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    Fantasy Books for Boys

    Fantasy titles today abound on the shelves of bookstores and libraries.  As parents who endeavour to guide and help our readers learn discernment and with a child who has loved fantasy since he first read LOTR aged 10, we have journeyed down an unknown road, at times taking unexpected turns. Writing this post has been challenging as fantasy discernment is rather subjective for each family.  I have endeavoured to disclose to the best of my ability areas that may arouse concern.  I sincerely hope this post may aid you in finding new titles for your child/ren and in your decision as to whether it fits with your familiy’s comfort level. Sites/books to help…

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    Boys and Books

    A large focus of education today is illiteracy and in particular illiteracy and boys.  The solution of many  educators is to encourage boys to read extreme ‘twaddle’, books such as Captain Underpants and Santa Did a Fart!  In my opinion and many others, including author Max Elliot Anderson  this is not the solution. From their earliest years we have read to our boys;  adventure, mystery and fantasy, nature and historical novels.  Many of these books feature boys; boys achieving brave and daring deeds, solving crime, surviving in the wilderness, being courageous and chivalrous. Our boys have many favourites and everyday will find them spending an hour or more enjoying the…

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    New Release! Ranger’s Apprentice

    There has been great excitement in out house, Australian writer John Flanagan has published his eighth book in the Ranger’s Apprentice series. “Set in the mythical land of Araluen, the series follows the adventures of Will, a small and lively 15 year old boy living in medieval Castle Redmont. Rejected for training as a warrior-knight, Will is apprenticed instead to the Ranger Corps – a mysterious group who act as the King’s eyes and ears throughout Araluen and beyond its shores. As an Apprentice Ranger, Will is trained to be an expert archer and knife thrower, as well as learning the skills of silent, unseen movement, tracking and concealment. Gradually,…

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    Koala has read her 60 Books!!

    Koala has finished her bookworm! As I shared previously she had to read 60, it sounds like alot, but well, she is a speed reader and an incredibly voracious reader so it seemed fairly comparable to the boys’ target. Due to my rules, she has only just completed her target, truth be told in this time period she has most likely read 180 books but Trixie Belden and Enid Blyton don’t cut the ice with me. I thought it may be of interest to share her list here for those readers whom like me are constantly on the look out for book lists. The list is rather eclectic reflecting the…