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Stories of Beowulf Told to Children by H.E. Marshall

The saga of Beowulf is pretty amazing and Stories of Beowulf Told to Children tells some of the stories in a way that young children can read and understand while still preserving the spirit of the original. This is a great book for anyone studying the middle ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 23,153
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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The Jewel Thief by Andrea Pearson

Carter and Ridge are no longer friends, but they both still remember the spell to bring people back even though they’ve given the book back to Aldo. In The Jewel Thief, the second book in the Ranch City Academy series, Ridge brings back a jewel thief and Carter has to figure out how to stop him. My 8- and 10-year-old boys really enjoyed the book. It’s very short and simple and a quick read even for an elementary schooler reading to themselves.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 23,080
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Reason I Chose It: Figured the Boys Would Like It

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Bezza’s Book of Enchantments by Andrea Pearson

Carter and Ridge discover a spell to temporarily bring back people from the dead. The person can only stay for enough time to complete a specific task and cannot do anything other than what they were brought back to do. In Bezza’s Book of Enchantments , the first book, they bring back Nikolaus Kraft to help them with an oral report. I figured my 8- and 10-year-old boys would like it and I was totally right. They got really excited when they recognized two of the characters (from the Kilenya series). The story is very short and simple. It’s absolutely perfect for reading to kids or to give to an elementary schooler to read.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82 (this book is not counted toward annual total)
Pages Read in 2017: 23,045
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Reason I Chose It: Figured the Boys Would Like It

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The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit

When their father is taken away, three children and their mother must move and are left very poor. The children make friends with the railway near their house and many people associated with it including an old gentleman who rides the train.

The Railway Children is a sweet book with a lovely ending. It is very, very, very dated which I suppose makes it a bit quaint, but also makes it a bit annoying to read. Regularly, the author as narrator inserts their random thoughts into the story which is a bit jarring and pulls you out of the story. The children have interesting adventures, but nothing in how they are told is especially engaging. It’s a decent enough book to read for adults and children alike.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 82
Pages Read in 2017: 22,989
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Adrian for Next School Year

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The Children’s Homer by Padraic Colum

Aimed at kids, The Children’s Homer tells the story of the Iliad and the Odyssey. Given that those are pretty exciting books, it’s just incredble to me how utterly boring the majority of the book is. It is also written in a way that makes it very awkward to read aloud. If it was the only choice for telling these stories to kids, I’d recommend it, but since there are other much better choices, I really do not.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 21
Pages Read in 2017: 6259
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Reason I Chose It: Part of the Boys’ History Curriculum

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D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths

D’Aulaires’ Book of Greek Myths is a wonderful book for sharing Greek mythology with children. I can totally see why it is so popular. The pictures are absolutely beautiful. The stories and information are told in quite a lovely way. My 8-year-old son enjoyed listening to me read them to him very much and my 10-year-old often chose to listen in, too.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 15
Pages Read in 2017: 4524
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Reason I Chose It: Assigned to Adrian in School

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The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict by Trenton Lee Stewart

9-year-old Nicholas Benedict has a problem. He falls asleep when he gets emotional and sometimes sees an old hag in his sleep and wakes up screaming. Because of this, the director of his new orphanage makes him sleep locked in a faraway room. Nicholas, however, is incredibly clever so he quickly makes a key that allows him to get out of his room at night. He learns about a treasure believed to be hidden somewhere in his orphanage. He becomes determined to solve the mystery and find the treasure.

The Extraordinary Education of Nicholas Benedict is the prequel to the three Mysterious Benedict Society books. Instead of many puzzles to solve, there is one huge puzzle in this book. It is fun to try to solve it along with Nicholas. The story is engaging and though it is written for children, it is enjoyable for adults as well. My 8 and 10 year old sons loved it, as did I. I highly recommend this book to people of all ages, but read the other three Mysterious Benedict Society books first!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2016: 127
Pages Read in 2016: 34,809
Hours Listened: 27 hours 2 minutes
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