Our Favorite Fiction!

We adore a great fiction book! Great fiction sometimes tells more truth about life than non-fiction easily can.

Because we believe that Christians are repenting people (and not perfect people), we don't appreciate books that present Christians as people do nothing but "perfect" things and thinking nothing but "perfect" thoughts. We think that such books not only fail to tell the truth about life, but they may not inspire the kind of valor that is needed to live life successfully.

Virtue is not the human default; living a godly life is the greatest of perilous quests.

We take very seriously the Bible's admonitions against witchcraft, but we feel convinced in our own hearts that Hansel and Gretel did not encounter that kind of witch.

We believe that in order to see how the world works--that men reap what they sow and be sorry for their sins--that good books can include bad characters who do bad things.

We also believe that sometimes violence is a part of godly virtue.

Not everyone will share these opinions, so we offer the following list of some of our favorites with parental pre-reading recommended.

100 Cupboards series, Leepike Ridge, and others by N. D. Wilson

Babe by Dick King-Smith

The Book of Dragons by E. Nesbit

Castaways in Lilliput and others by Henry Winterfeld

The Cavalcade of Kings by Eleanor Farjeon

The Chestry Oak by Kate Seredy

The Chronicles of Narnia by C. S. Lewis

The Disappearing Man and Other Mysteries and The Key Word and Other Mysteries (the "Larry" stories) by Isaac Asimov*
(These are much better than Sobol's Encyclopedia Brown books.)

The Dragonkeeper Chronicles by Donita K. Paul

The Enchanted Castle by E. Nesbit

Eragon (not for the plot, but for the beautiful writing) by Christopher Paolini

Eric in the Land of the Insects by Godfried Bomans

Family Sabbatical by Carol Ryrie Brink

Father Brown and The Man Who was Thursday by G. K. Chesterton

Five Children and It by E. Nesbit

Freddy Goes to Florida and other Freddy the Pig books by Walter R. Brooks

Henry Reed books by Keith Robertson

The Hobbit by J. R. R. Tolkien

The Holy War by John Bunyan

Homer Price and others by Robert McCloskey

Hue & Cry and others by Elizabeth Yates

Leepike Ridge by N. D. Wilson

Little Pilgrim's Progress by Helen L. Taylor

Magic books by Edward Eager

The Magic World by E. Nesbit

Mama's Bank Account by Kathryn Forbes

Marguerite Henry's horse stories

Martin Pippen in the Daisy Field by Eleanor Farjeon

Mary Makes a Cake and others by Emma L. Brock

The Moffats and other Moffatt books by Eleanor Estes

The Mystery of Burnt Hill by Keith Robertson
(Hard to find, but worth the search!)

Nobody Plays with a Cabbage and others by Meindert de Jong

The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Phoenix and the Carpet by E. Nesbit

The Pickwick Papers and others by Charles Dickens

Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan

Pride and Prejudice and others by Jane Austen

Redwall series by Brian Jacques
(Some children haven't cared for the later books.)

Right Ho, Jeeves and others by P. G. Wodehouse

The Runaway Princess by Milly Howard

Scottish Seas and others by Douglas Jones

Sherlock Holmes and others by Arthur Conan Doyle

The Silver Curlew by Eleanor Farjeon

The Singular Adventures of Baron Munchausen by Raspé

Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis

The Treasure Seekers and The New Treasure Seekers by E. Nesbit

The War for Mansoul by Ethel Barrett

The Wingfeather Series by Andrew Peterson

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