Genre Archives: Fiction

Fatherless (Novel)

January 15, 2013
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
“Fatherless” is an intriguing and thought-provoking read. The book takes a look at many “what-if” scenarios as it follows four families of various economic positions and scrutinizes the plans of the politicians who run our future country. What if assisted suicide was legal and considered a [...]

The Frontier Boys (Novelization)

June 1, 2012
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
“The Frontier Boys” is a fast-paced adventure where sports, crime, and moral dilemmas meet. Based on the film of the same title, author and director John Grooters explores the consequences of big crime on a small town. Readers will find themselves drawn into the characters’ struggle between [...]

Unconditional (Novel)

September 21, 2012
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
I found Eva Marie Everson’s novelization of the movie “Unconditional” difficult to put down. The excellent writing is amplified by a mesmerizing story of hope, transcendence, and compassion. Although this novel contains a fair share of violence, it is neither gratuitous nor glorified. Many [...]

Code of Silence (Novel)

April 1, 2012
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I immediately cared for the three teen characters, Cooper, Gordy and Hiro. They are regular kids enjoying a regular life and sharing good times with a trusted adult, Frank, at a local hangout. After witnessing a robbery and beating, Cooper risks himself to protect [...]

Aldos Fantastical Movie Palace (Novel)

August 1, 2012
Dove "Family-Approved" For All Ages
Chloe loves the family’s movie theater because when she is there no one can see her scars, which her father accidentally caused. Her father’s shame causes even deeper wounds in their relationship. When she meets a new neighbor who is blind, they definitely do not like each other but their [...]

The Last Martin (Novel)

May 1, 2012
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
“The Last Martin” is a fast-paced and quirky story of growing up, discovering your independence, and learning to truly live. When Martin Boyle concludes that his name is cursed and he has only weeks to live, his entire world is altered. Long an outsider at school and perpetually worried due to [...]

Interrupted: A Life Beyond Words (Novel)

March 1, 2012
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
“Interrupted: Life Beyond Words” is the coming-of-agestory of 14-year-old Alcyone Everly, written by 14-year-old Rachel Coker. The year is 1939 and Alcyone lives in rural Tennessee with her mother, who is dying of brain cancer. The first few chapters cover the last months of their quiet [...]

Sisters in All Seasons: Summer of the Wolves (Novel)

May 7, 2012
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
Cleverly crafted and close to home for many modern families, "Summer of the Wolves" is a great read! Lisa Williams Kline is a gifted storyteller, weaving themes of loyalty, popularity, and hierarchy into this tale for animal lovers. Kline provides a glimpse into the life of a blended family. The [...]

October Baby (Novel)

September 1, 2012
Dove "Family-Approved" For Ages 12 and Over
“October Baby” is an inspiring coming-of-age tale. Hannah has always felt like a misfit, as though a piece of her is missing. As a blossoming actress, she finds herself most comfortable on stage where she doesn’t have to fit in or figure out what’s expected of her. Yet, even on stage she [...]

Michael Vey 2: Rise of the Elgen (Novel)

Not Recommended for Families
Engaging and packed with action, “Michael Vey and the Rise of the Elgen” is supposed to be a Young Adult (YA) novel and is the second in the “Michael Vey” series. While the plot is compelling, the story is quite violent and graphic. The protagonist, Michael Vey, is surrounded by his [...]