Book Classifications

The Discerning Parent's Guide to Books

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway

The Old Man and the Sea – Ernest Hemingway, Charles Scribner’s Sons, United States, 1952 Rating: G  Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) Country of Origin / Focus: Cuba, United States Reviewed by: S … Continue reading

November 28, 2016

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton

The Outsiders – S.E. Hinton, Viking Press, United States, 1967 Rating: PG (Moderate violence including beatings, gang fights, murder, knives, broken glass and references to domestic abuse; Very mild, infrequent coarse language; … Continue reading

October 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

On the Road – Jack Kerouac

On the Road – Jack Kerouac Rating: M+ (Mild coarse language; moderate drug references; infrequent violence; moderate sexual references; a couple of implicit sex scenes; one brothel scene including some glorified description … Continue reading

October 5, 2015

Gone – Michael Grant

Gone – Michael Grant, Harper Collins, US, 2008 Rating: M (Moderate violence including some torture and cruelty, some gruesome scenes, mild horror, bulimia references, Moderate Themes: supernatural, power, death) Difficulty: … Continue reading

November 4, 2014

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson

Amy and Roger’s Epic Detour – Morgan Matson. Simon & Schuster Books. United States, 2010 Rating: M (Infrequent Course Language; Two implicit Sex Scenes; Infrequent Moderate Sexual References; Frequent mild … Continue reading

August 14, 2014

An Infinity of Mirrors – Richard Condon

An Infinity of Mirrors– Richard Condon. William Heinemann Ltd, London, 1964. Rating: M+ (Descriptive, infrequent sex scenes, Adult themes: rape, genocide, Frequent, moderate violence) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) … Continue reading

May 29, 2014

The Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare

The Clockwork Princess – Cassandra Clare. Simon&Schuster. United States, 2013 Rating: M+ (Frequent moderate violence; Supernatural themes; infrequent moderate sexual references – one moderate sex scene; infrequent low level coarse language) Difficulty: 1 … Continue reading

May 16, 2014

Damned – Chuck Palahniuk

Damned- Chuck Palahniuk, Vintage, United States, 2011. Rating: M+ (Infrequent coarse language, Frequent strong sexual references, Infrequent graphic sex scenes, Frequent drug and alcohol references, Graphic violence, Strong adult themes: … Continue reading

May 14, 2014

The Clockwork Prince – Cassandra Clare

The Clockwork Prince– Cassandra Clare. Simon&Schuster. United States, 2011 Rating: M (Frequent moderate violence; Supernatural themes; infrequent mild sexual references; infrequent low level coarse language) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country of Origin / … Continue reading

April 23, 2014

The Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare

The Clockwork Angel – Cassandra Clare. Walker Books. United States, 2010 Rating: M (Frequent moderate violence; Supernatural themes; infrequent mild sexual references; infrequent low level coarse language) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country of … Continue reading

April 4, 2014

Allegiant – Veronica Roth

Allegiant – Veronica Roth. Katherine Tegen Books/HarperCollins. United States, 2013 Rating: M (Infrequent low level course language, infrequent mild sexual reference, moderate violence, moderate moral and ethical themes) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country … Continue reading

February 14, 2014 · 1 Comment

Inkspell – Cornelia Funke

Inkspell – Cornelia Funke. Cecilie Dressler/Chicken House/Scholastic. Germany, 2005 (Originally: Tintenblut) Rating: PG (infrequent low level violence; infrequent mild sexual references; infrequent mild alcohol references; moderate supernatural themes) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Easy) Country … Continue reading

February 1, 2014

Inkdeath – Cornelia Funke

Inkdeath – Cornelia Funke. Cecilie Dressler/Chicken House/Scholastic. Germany, 2007 (Originally: Tintentod) Rating: M (frequent low level violence; infrequent mild sexual references; infrequent mild alcohol references; moderate adult themes – supernatural, death) Difficulty: 1 … Continue reading

January 28, 2014

Inkheart – Cornelia Funke

Inkheart – Cornelia Funke. Cecilie Dressler/Chicken House/Scholastic. Germany, 2003 (Originally: Tintenherz) Rating: PG (infrequent low level violence – torture; infrequent mild alcohol references; low level supernatural themes) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Easy) Country of … Continue reading

January 25, 2014

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