Howl’s Moving Castle by Diana Wynne Jones

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Sophie’s life is settled. While her sisters go off to seek their fortunes, here she will be, at home, working in the family’s hat shop. But then she insults the Wicked Witch of the Waste one day, and the Witch gets revenge – turning her into an old woman.

Sophie is determined to resume her natural state and ends up moving into the moving castle of Howl, a dangerous wizard who is rumored to steal girls’ souls. She meets his strange accomplices and begins to see that he is not as dangerous as he seems. But it will take everything she’s got to find a bunch of missing persons, save Howl himself, and go back to her natural age.

 

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Scout Finch has a good life with her brother, Jem, and father, Atticus. They spend their days going to school, playing with their friend, Dill, and tormenting Boo Radley, the man next door who never comes outside. Her father is a lawyer, but his cases don’t typically come through the front door.

Then one day, Atticus has to take up a case that everyone is opposed to — a case where a black man has been accused of raping a white woman. Scout’s life suddenly changes as everyone around her begins dividing on either side of the Robinson case — and she has to form her own opinion of right and wrong.

 

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The Children of Hurin by J. R. R. Tolkien

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The evil Melkor cursed his enemy Hurin’s children, Turin and Nienor, dooming them to a life of woe and misery. They can try to outrun him, but they will never get away. His most faithful servant, Glauthung the dragon, is ready to track them down. It’s his own personal mission to subject them to as much pain as he possibly can.

This story is a tragic romance by the author of Lord of the Rings, so if you like either of those things, this is the book for you.

 

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A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

Meg’s father has been missing for years. Too many. And he’s not even on this planet. He’s somewhere deep in the reaches of space. Meg is ready to go find him.

With the help of three mysterious old ladies, her genius four-year-old brother Charles Wallace, and her new friend Calvin, Meg tessers into the unknown to save her dad. She discovers strengths that she didn’t know she had, and that even weaknesses can be used for good. She is the only one who can get them home in one piece and there is only one weapon that can save them. But she doesn’t know what it is!

 

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The Fellowship of the Ring by J. R. R. Tolkien

A book review by Faith Thompson

 

The deadly Ringwraiths are searching for a hobbit — Frodo Baggins. They want what he carries: The Ring of Power, which will enable the Dark Lord Sauron, its creator, to reclaim his rule. If Sauron recovers his Ring, all will be lost.

Battling Orcs, greedy men, and the Wraiths themselves — and aided by his gardener Sam, a wizard named Gandalf, and a mysterious Ranger named Aragorn — Frodo makes his painfully slow way across Middle-earth to Mordor, Sauron’s kingdom.  This is the only place where the Ring can be destroyed. Its seduction is so great that no one can wield it. All Frodo can hope for is the Ring’s destruction.

 

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