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#1 Andrew Peterson’s Wingfeather Saga Books 1-4
Janner Igiby, his brother, Tink, and their disabled sister, Leeli, are gifted children as all children are, loved well by a noble mother and ex-pirate grandfather. But they will need all their gifts and all that they love to survive the evil pursuit of the venomous Fangs of Dang, who have crossed the dark sea to rule the land with malice…
#2 J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Series 1-7
Harry Potter has never been the star of a Quidditch team, scoring points while riding a broom far above the ground. He knows no spells, has never helped to hatch a dragon, and has never worn a cloak of invisibility. All he knows is a miserable life with the Dursleys, his horrible aunt and uncle, and their abominable son, Dudley – a great big swollen spoiled bully…
#3 S.D. Smith’s The Green Ember Saga 1-4
Heather and Picket are extraordinary rabbits with ordinary lives until calamitous events overtake them, spilling them into a cauldron of misadventures. They discover that their own story is bound up in the tumult threatening to overwhelm the wider world. Kings fall and kingdoms totter. Tyrants ascend and terrors threaten. Betrayal beckons…
#4 Katherine Applegate’s Endling Trilogy 1-3
Byx is the youngest member of her dairne pack. Believed to possess remarkable abilities, her mythical doglike species has been hunted to near extinction in the war-torn kingdom of Nedarra. After her pack is hunted down and killed, Byx fears she may be the last of her species. The Endling. So Byx sets out to find safe haven, and to see if the legends of other hidden dairnes are true…
#5 Brandon Sanderson’s Skyward (Skyward 1)
Spensa’s world has been under attack for decades. Now pilots are the heroes of what’s left of the human race, and becoming one has always been Spensa’s dream. Since she was a little girl, she has imagined soaring skyward and proving her bravery. But her fate is intertwined with her father’s–a pilot himself who was killed years ago when he abruptly deserted his team, leaving Spensa’s chances of attending flight school at slim to none. No one will let Spensa forget what her father did, yet fate works in mysterious ways. Flight school might be a long shot, but she is determined to fly. And an accidental discovery in a long-forgotten cavern might just provide her with a way to claim the stars.
#6 David R. Mains’ Tales of the Kingdom
Enjoy reading these storybooks for children after dinner together or as bedtime stories with your kids. You’ll revel in these modern fairy tales — each chapter an allegory for your children to decipher, with short moral stories and lessons for living that convey values and virtues … like honesty, compassion, loyalty, friendship, perseverance, positive self-esteem, courage, and more. You’ll embrace these fiction fables within your family, as they are children’s books with inspirational moral values and Christian themes, to encourage you all to better living in this challenging world in which we live everyday.
#7 S.D. Smith’s The Last Archer (Green Ember Archer 1)
A Green Ember story set during Heather and Picket’s arrival at Cloud Mountain, The Last Archer follows the journey of Jo Shanks. Jo is a gifted archer with a burden on his back and a fire within. Eager to see the Longtreaders receive justice, he travels from his Halfwind Citadel home to a Cloud Mountain poised on the brink of war. What he finds there will confront his convictions and test his resolve as the war begins and King Jupiter’s heir is revealed. A kingdom in the balance. An arrow aimed at the heart of darkness. Who will take the shot?
#8 Jonathan Auxier’s Sweep: The Story of a Girl & Her Monster
For nearly a century, Victorian London relied on “climbing boys”—orphans owned by chimney sweeps—to clean flues and protect homes from fire. The work was hard, thankless, and brutally dangerous. Eleven-year-old Nan Sparrow is quite possibly the best climber who ever lived—and a girl. With her wits and will, she’s managed to beat the deadly odds time and time again. But when Nan gets stuck in a deadly chimney fire, she fears her time has come. Instead, she wakes to find herself in an abandoned attic. And she is not alone. Huddled in the corner is a mysterious creature—a golem—made from ash and coal. This is the creature that saved her from the fire.
#9 S.D. Smith’s The First Fowler (Green Ember Archer 2)
A Green Ember story set after the attack on Cloud Mountain and the battle at Jupiter’s Crossing. In this sequel to The Last Archer, Jo Shanks is back in action against the Preylord tyrants. Alongside Helmer and Emma, this riveting adventure sees Jo on a perilous journey where survival and the cause itself are at stake. Faced with a calamitous quandary, the loyal band of rabbits must break out of a fatal trap and survive to breathe life into the fledgling resistance. An heir in peril. An archer hunted from the skies. Who will hunt the hunter?
#10 John Hendrix’ The Faithful Spy: Dietrich Bonhoeffer & the Plot to Kill Hitler
As Adolf Hitler’s Nazi party gains strength across Germany, the pastor Dietrich Bonhoeffer forms a breakaway church to speak out against the complacency of established political and religious authorities. When the Nazis outlaw the church, he escapes as a fugitive. Struggling to reconcile his faith and the teachings of the Bible with the Nazi Party’s evil agenda, Bonhoeffer decides that Hitler must be stopped by any means possible!
- Christiansen, James C. The Voyage of the Basset. (4.06)
- Cohen, Christine. The Winter King. (4.02)
- Sanderson, Brandon. Starsight. (Skyward 2) (4.02)
- d’Aulaire, Ingri. Book of Norse Myths. (4.02)
- Smith, S.D. Tales of Old Natalia 1-2. (3.98 avg.)
- Mull, Brandon. The Five Kingdoms 1-3. (3.94 avg.)
- Milne, A.A. Winnie the Pooh. (3.93)
- Peterson, Andrew. Wingfeather Tales. (3.93)
- Taylor, Helen. Little Pilgrim’s Progress. (3.93)
- Saint-Exupéry, Antoine de. The Little Prince. (3.87)
- Jones, Diana Wynne. Howl’s Moving Castle. (3.80)
- Tolkien, J.R.R. The Hobbit. (3.78)
- Macdonald, George. The Princess & Curdie & The Goblin. (3.76)
- Lewis, C.S. The Chronicles of Narnia 1-7. (3.76)
- Stewart, Trenton Lee. The Mysterious Benedict Society 1-3 (3.67 avg.)
- Rogers, Jonathan. The Bark of the Bog Owl (The Wilderking Trilogy, #1) (3.65)
- Dahl, Roald. The BFG. (3.65)
- Kaye, M.M. The Ordinary Princess. (3.63)
- Stewart, Paul. The Quint Saga 1-3. (3.59)
- Macdonald, George. Day Boy and Night Girl. (3.57)