Category Archives: Young Adult Fiction

The Leaf of Lorien in The Lord of the Rings

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy by J. R. R. Tolkien “Not idly do the leaves of Lórien fall.“ “One who cannot cast away a treasure at need is in fetters.” This past weekend I did something I never thought … Continue reading

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The Fight for Equality: Animal Farm

Animal Farm by George Orwell “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.” Although I enjoy reading fiction and read a fair amount of it (I earned my degree in English, after all), I recommend more … Continue reading

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Understanding – the First Step Towards Compassion: Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card “…it did not occur to them that this twelve-year-old boy might be as gifted at peace as he was at war.” Well, I’m not a huge Sci-Fi reader, but I had seen the movie Ender’s … Continue reading

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‘Tis the Season – to Try a Little Dickens!

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens “Who can listen to objections regarding such a book as this? It seems to me a national benefit, and to every man or woman who reads it, a personal kindness.” – William M. Thackeray on … Continue reading

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Tips for Joyful Gift Giving

The Gifts of the Magi and the Gift of God “And they fell to the ground and worshiped Him. Then, opening their treasures, they presented to Him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Matthew 2:11). Is gift giving a joy … Continue reading

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Black & White & Red All Over: Lessons from The Scarlet Letter

The Scarlet Letter by Nathaniel Hawthorne “He to whom only the outward and physical evil is laid open, knoweth, oftentimes, but half the evil which he is called upon to cure. A bodily disease, which we look upon as whole and … Continue reading

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