Category Archives: Unconditional Recommendation

Edenbrooke

by Julianne Donaldson

 Unconditional Recommendation: A darling story of an innocent, whimsical 17-year-old girl who learns to embrace the love and acceptance she didn’t think would be hers.

Age: Young Adult
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 264
Published: 2012

Genre: Historical Romance

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The Horse and His Boy

by C.S. Lewis

Unconditional Recommendation: A young boy and a talking horse escape captivity and flee north to Narnia only to end up trying to save it from a prideful Calormene prince.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book Three
Pages: 224
Published: 1954

Genre: Fantasy, Christian Allegory

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Prince Caspian

by C.S. Lewis

Unconditional Recommendation: Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy return to Narnia to aid Prince Caspian and Aslan in their endeavors to take back Narnia from the Telmarines.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book Four
Pages: 223
Published: 1951

Genre: Fantasy, Christian Allegory

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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by C.S. Lewis

Unconditional Recommendation: Four children travel through a wardrobe to Narnia and assist the lion Aslan to triumph over the White Witch, who has cursed the land with eternal winter.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Chronicles of Narnia, Book Two
Pages: 189
Published: 1950

Genre: Fantasy, Christian Allegory

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Out of My Mind (#1)

by Sharon M. Draper

Unconditional Recommendation: 11-year-old Melody overcomes the limitations of her cerebral palsy to communicate with others and finally share the thoughts and smarts that have been locked away inside her mind.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Out of My Mind, Book One
Pages: 295
Published: 2010

Genre: Contemporary

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Into the Land of the Unicorns (Unicorn Chronicles #1)

by Bruce Coville

Unconditional Recommendation: Thrust into another world, young Cara must make friends with fantastical creatures in order to keep a magical amulet out of evil hands and fulfill her grandmother’s request.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Unicorn Chronicles, Book One
Pages: 176
Published: 1999

Genre: Fantasy

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Poppy

by Avi

Unconditional Recommendation: A little mouse discovers the truth and her courage when she defies the menacing great horned owl and journeys out of bounds to find a new home for her family.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: The Poppy Books, Book Three
Pages: 163
Published: 1995
Genre: Fantasy, Animal

Awards: Boston GlobeHorn Book Best Fiction Award (1996), New Mexico’s Children Choice Award (1999), National Christian School Association, Crown Classic (1998), Maryland’s Children’s Choice Award (1998), ALA Notable (1996)

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Kiki’s Delivery Service

by Eiko Kadono

Unconditional Recommendation: Half-witch Kiki with her black cat Jiji follow witch tradition and fly off to find a new town to make home for her 13th year in this darling coming-of-age story.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 193
Published: 2020 (U.S. Translation); 1985 (original Japanese)  

Genre: Fantasy

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Ella Enchanted

by Gail Carson Levine

Unconditional Recommendation: In this fairytale retelling, Ella, cursed by a fairy to obey every command, sets out to break her curse and protect those she loves.

Age: Middle Grade
Series: Stand Alone
Pages: 232
Published: 1997
Genre: Fairytale, Fantasy

Awards: Newbery Honor (1998), Mythopoeic Fantasy Award for Children’s Literature (1999), Grand Canyon Reader Award for Teen Book (1999), Maryland Black-Eyed Susan Book Award for Grade 6-9 (2000), Dorothy Canfield Fisher Children’s Book Award (1999)

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