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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