Book Classifications

The Discerning Parent's Guide to Books

Monster Love – Carol Topolski

Monster Love – Carol Topolski, Fig Tree, United Kingdom, 2008 Rating: R  (Infrequent very strong coarse language, frequent mild-moderate coarse language; Strong themes of child abuse including neglect and murder; fairly … Continue reading

November 28, 2016

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train – Paula Hawkins, Doubleday, United Kingdom, 2015 Rating: M  (Moderate violence, Moderate sexual references, moderate coarse language. Moderate themes including domestic violence and alcoholism) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 … Continue reading

November 28, 2016

Alcatraz 1259 – William G Baker

Alcatraz #1259 – William G Baker, Createspace, United States, 2013 Rating: M+ (Moderate Prison Violence, Mild Sexaul References, Moderate Crime, Moderate Coarse Language) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country of Origin / Focus: United … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Eleven Hours – Paulinna Simons

Eleven Hours – Paullina Simons, St Martin’s Press, New York, 1999 Rating: M+ (Infrequent moderate coarse language; Infrequent moderate violence; One scene of explicit sexual violence towards the end; Moderate Themes: kidnapping, … Continue reading

October 5, 2015

The Gods of Guilt – Michael Connelly

The Gods of Guilt – Michael Connelly, Allen & Unwin, Australia, 2013 Rating: M (Frequent mild Violence; Infrequent moderate coarse language; moderate prostitution references; mild sexual references; Adult themes: Crime, … Continue reading

July 24, 2014

I’d Tell You I Love You, But Then I’d Have To Kill You – Ally Carter

I’d tell you I love you, but then I’d have to kill you – Ally Carter, Hachette Livre, Australia, 2008 Rating: G (Some mild violence, Spy Themes) Difficulty: 1 2 … Continue reading

June 13, 2014

Out of the Easy – Ruta Sepetys

Out of the Easy– Ruta Sepetys, Penguin, London, 2013 Rating: M (Frequent, moderate sexual references; Frequent, Mild Violence; Moderate Themes: Prostitution, Sexuality, Relationships, Mob Violence, Corruption, Crime; Mild Gambling References) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 … Continue reading

March 28, 2014

We Need to Talk About Kevin – Lionel Shriver

We Need to Talk About Kevin– Lionel Shriver. Counterpoint Press, United States, 2003 Rating: R (Strong Adult Themes: Death, Massacre, Parenting, Mental Illness; Moderate Coarse Language; Several Disturbing and Graphic Sexual References; Strong Violence; … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

Temperance Brennan (Series) – Kathy Reichs

Temperance Brennan (Series) – Kathy Reichs. Arrow Books. United States (Also known as: ‘Bones’ Series) Titles to Date: Déjà Dead (1997) Death Du Jour (1999) Deadly Decisions (2000) Fatal Voyage (2001) … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

Danger in the Shadows – Dee Henderson

Danger in the Shadows – Dee Henderson. Tyndale House Publishers. 1999. Rating: PG (Some adult themes and plots that may scare young children; Kidnapping) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Easy) Country of Origin / Focus: … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

Darkly Dreaming Dexter – Jeff Lindsay

Darkly Dreaming Dexter– Jeff Lindsay. Doubleday. United States. 2004 Rating: M+ (Strong Graphic Violence; Adult Themes: Death, Murder, Serial Killing; Infrequent Sexual References; Psychologically Disturbed Narrator) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) Country of Origin … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

Murder on the Orient Express – Agatha Christie

Murder on the Orient Express– Agatha Christie. Collins Crime Club, United Kingdom. 1934. Rating: G Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country of Origin / Focus: United Kingdom Part of the Hercule Poirot Series Reviewed … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes – Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes– Arthur Conan Doyle. George Newnes, United Kingdom. 1892. Rating: PG (Adult Themes: Murder, Crime; Some Violence) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) Country of Origin / Focus: United Kingdom Reviewed … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

Plain Truth – Jodi Picoult

Plain Truth– Jodi Picoult. Washington Square Press, United States. 2001. Rating: M (Adult Themes: Murder, Crime, Religion, Sexuality; Moderate Violence; Moderate Sexual References; Some Coarse Language) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country of Origin … Continue reading

October 31, 2013

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