Book Classifications

The Discerning Parent's Guide to Books

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy

Far from the Madding Crowd – Thomas Hardy, United Kingdom, 1874 Rating: PG (Mild themes: Death, mental illness, relationships, infidelity; tasteful description of a corpse, description of suffering and death) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 … Continue reading

October 13, 2016

Sophie’s Journey – Sophie Collings

Sophie’s Journey – Sally Collings, Harper Collins, Australia, 2007 Rating: PG (Infrequent mild coarse language; descriptions of trauma and medical procedures) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Proficient) Country of Origin / Focus: Australia Reviewed by: … Continue reading

October 5, 2015

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

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

A Bend in the Road – Nicholas Sparks

A Bend in the Road – Nicholas Sparks Rating: M (Infrequent moderate violence; mild coarse language; sexual references; one mildly described sex scene) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Confident) Country of Origin / Focus: United … Continue reading

July 13, 2015

Golden Earrings – Belinda Alexandra

Golden Earrings – Belinda Alexandra, Harper Collins, Australia, 2011 Rating: M (Moderate War Violence, Some gory references to injuries; Infrequent, moderate sexual references, including implicit and described sex scenes; mild … Continue reading

June 29, 2015

High School Musical 2 – N.B. Grace

High School Musical 2: The Junior Novel – N.B. Grace, Disney Press, United States, 2007 Rating: G Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 (Easy) Country of Origin / Focus: United States Book 2 in the High School … Continue reading

May 28, 2015

The Cuckoo’s Calling – Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling– Robert Galbraith (J K Rowling). Little Brown. United Kingdom, 2013 Rating: M+ (Frequent Very Strong Coarse Language; Moderate Sexual References; One Implicit Sex Scene; Infrequent Descriptive Nudity; Strong Violence; … Continue reading

May 25, 2015

Tully – Paullina Simons

Tully – Paullina Simons, Flamingo, London, 1994 (this edition 1995) Rating: R (Moderate coarse language; multiple explicit and described sex scenes; multiple implicit sex scenes; strong sexual references; described nudity; moderate drug … Continue reading

May 1, 2015

The Shadow of the Wind- Carlos Ruiz Zafon

The Shadow of the Wind – Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Editorial Planeta. Spain, 2001 Rating: M+ (Frequent Course Language; Infrequent Descriptive Nudity; Multiple Implicit Sex Scenes; Moderate Violence; Infrequent Moderate Sexual References; Mild … Continue reading

February 18, 2015

I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai

I am Malala – Malala Yousafzai, Text Publishing Company, Australia, 2014 Rating: PG (Moderate descriptive war violence and acts of terror; Moderate descriptions of injury and medical procedures; Moderate themes: Taliban, Religious … Continue reading

January 27, 2015 · 1 Comment

My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin

My Brilliant Career – Miles Franklin, William Blackwood and Sons, Australia, 1901 (Later published in 1980) Rating: G (Mild Coarse Language; Some descriptions of poverty and alcoholism) Difficulty: 1 2 … Continue reading

January 9, 2015

Knights of the Hawk – James Aitcheson

Knights of the Hawk – James Aitcheson. Preface. United Kingdom, 2013 Rating: M (Frequent battle violence; Adult themes; Occasional course language; Occasional, low-level sexual references) Difficulty: 1 2 3 4 … Continue reading

December 9, 2014

The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion

The Rosie Effect – Graeme Simsion, Text Publishing Company, Australia, 2014 Rating: M (Infrequent, moderate coarse language; moderate sexual references; implied sex scene; some mild descriptions of medical procedures; mild drug and … Continue reading

December 4, 2014

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