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Thursday, March 20, 2008

Take Ten: Christian Fantasy

As promised, I am posting a second Take Ten list this month. Like all book lists in this feature, these annotated lists of books are of the "take and go" variety. Librarians should be offering as many annotated lists as possible at their libraries and on their websites. Lists of books do not take up the physical space which must be devoted to displays, but they still supply your patrons with thoughtfully prepared information on where to find their next good read.

This Take Ten list was not prepared by me. Many of my students chose to create ten book annotated lists for their Midterms and this is one example. Rebekah explored the rich field of Christian Fantasy with an excellent annotated list of ten titles suitable for the entire family. Click on this link to see the list. Please feel free to use it and/or pass it on, but just credit this page as your source.


Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Thanks for posting your list. I noted, however, you didn't include some of the more current titles. I'd suggest you take a look at these:

Middle grade: On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness, Andrew Peterson, (WaterBrook, 2008)
The Wilderking Trilogy, Jonathan Rogers (Broadman & Holman, 2004-2005)

YA/Adult: Auralia's Colors, Jeffrey Overstreet (WaterBrook, 2007)
The Trophy Chase Trilogy, George Bryan Polivka (Harvest House, 2006, 2007)
The Guardian King Series, Karen Hancock (Bethany, 2003-2007)

There are others, but that's probably the best.

Another Becky

Becky said...

Thank you Becky. I will show this comment to my student who created the list. Her list did come with an 8 page paper explaining why she was going with "proven titles."

Rebecca LuElla Miller said...

Sounds like a great assignment, by the way!

I hope your student will find some of these additional titles ones she'll feel belong on her list of the proven. ;-)

A. Becky

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cleigh said...

I'd like to make a bid to get on your "List" I'm the writer of "The Wordsmith, the Kid and the Electrolux"
(Promo: http://cliffleigh.com/flash/WKEButton.html
and get more info about me here:
Let me know how to get a book to you for your thoughts.

cleigh said...

Sorry about all the deletes. I sent the message numerous times. I'm new at this blogging thing.

Rebekah said...


I chose titles regardless of age that were good and had captured my imagination over the years. Of course, I was choosing the first ones in series as introductions to those series.

One of the ways readers choose readalikes is by finding a new author and looking at what else the author has written. The other books by Karen Hancock can be found that way; I had a hard decision whether to introduce her series or Arena; I think I went with Arena because I had so many beginnings of series on my list and I wanted to vary series and standalone titles.

About the Wilderking trilogy - I did consider The Bark of the Bog Owl when making my list, but I just liked the other ones better. I had enjoyed reading the book very much - partly because I chose it by its cover (without reading all the inside front cover) and found the story strong – then started to recognize it was like the story of David. I liked having an "in" to the story's ending…

I came across The Legend of the Firefish (Trophy Chase trilogy book 1) in my search, but I thought it was another book, The Lampfish of Twill, which I didn't remember as being a Christian fantasy novel (and I didn't like it too much) so I didn't look into it further. I just started to read it yesterday and it looks to be a well-written story.

The others I hadn't heard of, but they're making their way onto my "want to read" list.

Thanks for the extra suggestions!

Rebekah (#3)

@cleigh - cool promo. I'll have to look into your book as well.

Charmaine said...

You write very well.