Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Riggs

As a child, Jacob was intrigued by the anecdotes his grandfather told of orphaned children with peculiar abilities who lived on an English isle, led by the pipe-smoking Miss Peregrine. Now sixteen, Jacob no longer believes in stories, but can’t deny a nightmarish image seen in the woods near his grandfather’s house, and the man’s…

The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

The Witch of Blackbird Pond is a Newberry Medal Award winner about a 17th century girl from Barbados, forced to move to Connecticut with her Aunt and Uncle. Though she has two female cousins close to her age, Kit finds the homespun, laborious Puritan life completely frigid compared to her childhood of warm beaches, endless…

Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers

What frontier man, in need of a sturdy, homemaking wife, would ever consider marrying the most expensive prostitute in town? Certainly not a resolute, guileless farmer who’s been saving himself for his future wife. But Michael Hosea, despite living in the hard frontier time of the California gold rush, is captivated by Angel, a prostitute…

The Changeling Sea by Patricia McKillip

Periwinkle’s father disappeared in his little row boat out to sea, an event which also caused her mother to lose both heart and mind to the sea. Though only a maid at the local inn, Peri decides to try hexing the sea using what she remembers from the elderly witch who abandoned the cottage she…

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

Little Women begins with four young women trying to make the most of their Christmas in New England while their father is away fighting in the Civil War. Too poor for any presents, the girls use creative, convicting generosity to overcome not only this, but other testing circumstances, aided by the benevolence of their wealthy,…

Wuthering Heights: Two parts of one dark soul

  Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte is a classic story about two despicable creatures who are both the same parts of one dark soul, mirroring that which we all have within us. They are torn apart by stubbornness and circumstance, once they’ve inexplicably obtained your sympathy. Heathcliff, a product of the dark alleys of London, was…

The Hobbit: The most eccentric being in all of Middle Earth

Hobbits are the kindest, most eccentric beings in all of Middle Earth, the land of fantastic creatures and a great evil ring. Most have heard of this story, or seen the film, but have you ever given the book a try? In case you hadn’t heard, the book is always better than the movie (except…