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Book Reviews for Parents

We are providing a limited number of book reviews for parents of teens and tweens. These book reviews cover content, themes and worldview of fiction books, not their literary merit. They are designed to equip parents to decide whether a book is appropriate for their children. A book's inclusion in this list does not constitute an endorsement by Focus on the Family.

We hope you find these reviews helpful. New book reviews will be added periodically, so we encourage you to check back regularly if you're looking for information on a particular work.

If you're looking for information about a particular book series, please be sure to look through our titles by series.

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Book Reviews, Titles A-C

Book reviews for parents

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Action Bible, The

Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The

Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, The


Al Capone Does My Shirts

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Almost Home

Always Watching

Amber Brown is Feeling Blue

Amber Spyglass, The

Andrea Carter and the Long Ride Home

Anne of Avonlea

Anne of Ingleside

Anne of the Island

Apothecary's Daughter, The

Artemis Fowl

Artemis Fowl: Arctic Incident

Asking for Trouble

Asterix In Corsica

August 1914



Back To School

Backstage Pass

Bad Beginning, The

Bad Idea: a novel with coyotes

Basilisk's Lair, The

Battle of the Labyrinth, The

Believer, The

Being Nikki


Beyond the Deepwoods

Beyond the Grave

Beyond the Reflection's Edge

Big Bike Mystery, The

Black Circle, The

Blood Ransom

Book of Names: A Novel ("Legends of Karac Tor"), The

Book of Time, The

Boy Who Dared, The: A Novel Based on the True Story of a Hitler Youth

Breaking Dawn

Bridget's Blog

Bronze Bow, The

Bucking the Sarge

Bud, Not Buddy

Burning Bridge, The

Call It Courage

Cannons of the Comstock

Capture, The

Carjackers, The

Carry On, Mr. Bowditch

Case of the Autumn Rose, The

Case of the Dinosaur in the Desert, The

Case of the Loony Cruise, The

Case of the Monster in the Creek, The

Case of the Red Hot Possum, The

Catching Fire

Changing Faces

Children's Book of Virtues, The

Chosen Ones

Christy & Todd: The College Years

Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls

Clique, The: Massie


Crazy Christmas Angel Mystery, The

Curse of the Cheese Pyramid, The

CyberQuest: The Complete Virtual Adventures

Book Reviews, Titles D-H

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Dangerously Alice

Dating Do-Over

Dazzle's First Day

Dear John

Destiny's Dilemma

Diamonds in the Shadow

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

Dicey's Song

Disguised: A Wartime Memoir

Door In the Wall, The

Door in the Dragon's Throat, The

Door Within, The


Duck for President

Echo in the Darkness, An


Edge of Apocalypse

Elijah of Buxton

Elsie's Endless Wait

Elsie's Impossible Choice

Emily Climbs

Encore, The


Escape from the Island of Aquarius

Evil Star

Fading Tracks


Fellowship of the Ring, The

Fever 1793

Field Guide, The

First Escape, The

Flight of the Phoenix

Flip Flop


Frontiersman's Daughter, The

Geronimo's Valentine

Gideon the Cutpurse

Giver, The

Glass Castle, The

Going Bovine

Golden Compass, The

Golden Spirit

Good Earth, The


Great Black Heroes: Five Brilliant Scientists

Grapes of Wrath, The

Gulliver's Travels

Hallelujah Lass, The

Happenstance Found

Happy Birthday, Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows

Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkhaban

Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone

Heart of Courage

Here, There Be Dragons

Hiding Place, The

Higher Power of Lucky, The


Horrible Harry Moves up to Third Grade

Horton Hears a Who

Hundred Dresses, The

Hunger Games, The

Hunter Brown and the Consuming Fire

Hunter Brown and the Secret of the Shadow

Book Reviews, Titles I-M

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Importance of Being Earnest, The

Icebound Land, The

In the Shadow of Lions

Independence Hall


Into the Wild

Invisible Friend, The

Iron Thunder


Jerusalem Interlude

John Hancock, Independent Boy

Joys of Love

Judy Moody

Julia Gillian (and the Art of Knowing)

Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus

Just Ask

Kate and the Spies

Kathleen's Abiding Hope

Kathleen's Enduring Faith

Kathleen's Shaken Dreams

Kathleen's Unforgettable Winter

Katy's New World

Kingdom's Dawn

Kingdom's Quest


Kristy's Great Idea

Lady Carliss and the Waters of Moorue

Last Breath

Last Invisible Boy, The

Last Straw, The

Legend of Gid the Kid and the Black Bean Bandits, The

Legend of Ten-Gallon Sam and the Perilous Mine, The

Less Is More

Life of Pi: A Novel

Lightning Thief, The

Little Klein

Little Sister Is NOT My Name!

Little Toot

Living Nightmare, A

Looking For Alaska

Looking Glass Wars, The

Lord of the Flies

Losers, Inc.

Love Killer, The

Lucky Breaks

Maggie Come Lately

Mandie and the Holiday Surprise

Manga Messiah

Masquerade, The

Maudie in the Middle

Maximum Ride: The Angel Experiment

Maze of Bones, The


Merchant of Death, The

Mercy Clifton: Pilgrim Girl

Millie's Courageous Days

Millie's Faithful Heart

Millie's Grand Adventure

Millie's Reluctant Sacrifice

Millie's Remarkable Journey

Millie's Steadfast Love

Millie's Unsettled Season

Miracles on Maple Hill

Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane, The

Mixed Bags

Moby Dick: A Pop-Up Book

Motorcycles, Sushi & One Strange Book

Moving Day


My Side of the Mountain

Mystery of the Silver Coins

Book Reviews, Titles N-S

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Nate Donovan: Revolutionary Spy

Naya Nuki: Shoshoni Girl Who Ran

New Horizons

New Moon


Nineteen Eighty-four

Not-So-Simple Life

Old Man and the Sea, The

On the Run

One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovich

One False Note

One Hundredth Day of School, The

Outsiders, The

Owling, The

Passage, The

Penderwicks, The: A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits, and a Very Interesting Boy


Perfectly Proper Prince, The

Peter and the Starcatchers

Pinky and Rex and the Double-Dad Weekend

Pitcher's Duel

Point Blank

Pox Party, The


Pride and Prejudice

Princess Academy

Princess and the Goblin, The

Princess Diaries, The

Princess Plot, The

The Prophecy


Raiders From the Sea

Raiders Promise, The

Ransom's Mark

Raven's Gate


Return of the King, The

Reveal, The

Rilla of Ingleside

Ring of Rocamadour, The

Rodrick Rules

Romeo and Juliet

Ruins of Gorlan, The

Sam the Minuteman

Sarah's New World: The Mayflower Adventure (1620)

Saving Sailor


School's Out

Sea of Monsters, The

Shack, The

Sidney & Norman

Sign of the Beaver, The

Single Shard, A

Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court

Sir Dalton and the Shadow Heart

Sir Kendrick and the Castle of Bel Lione

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The

Skeleton Key

Skin Hunger

Sky the Blue Fairy


Snow Treasure

So Not Happening

Sober Faith



Stealing Bradford

Stone Fox


Subtle Knife, The

Summer Before, The

SummerHill Secrets, Volume 1

Sword Thief, The

Book Reviews, Titles T-Z

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Tale of Two Cities, A

Theodore Boone: Kid Lawyer

Time for the Stars

Time Quake, The

Time Thief, The

Time Travelers, The

Tinker's Daughter, The

Titan's Curse, The

To Kill a Mockingbird

Tombs of Anak, The

Tour de Force

Toward the Goal: The Kaká Story

Trapped at the Bottom of the Sea

Tree for Peter, A

Tree Grows in Brooklyn, A

Trion Rising

True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle, The

True Friends

Truth About Forever, The

Truth Slayers




Two Towers, The

Unafraid: Mary

Under Siege

Vanishing Sculptor, The

Vienna Prelude

Voice in the Wind, A

Wheel On the School, The

When You Reach Me

Whipping Boy, The

Winter Room, The

Words Unspoken

Wrinkle in Time, A

Zelda and Ivy: The Runaways

Book Reviews, Titles by Series

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The 39 Clues


Aedyn Chronicles


The Alex Rider Series


Allie Finkle's Rules for Girls

Amazing Indian Children

Amber Brown

Anne of Green Gables

Artemis Fowl


The Astonishing Life of Octavian Nothing: Traitor to the Nation

Bad Idea

The Baby-Sitters Club

Becoming Beka

Boarding School Mysteries

The Book of Time Trilogy

The Books of Umber

Butterfly Meadow

Candlewick Sparks

Carmen Browne

Carter House Girls

Charmed Life

Chip Hilton Sports

Chosen Girls

The Chronicles of the Imaginarium Geographica

The Chronicles of the Scribe

Circle C Adventures

Cirque Du Freak: The Saga of Darren Shan

The Clique Summer Collection

Codebearers Series

The College Years

Cooper Kids Adventures

Crimson Cross

Cul-de-Sac Kids

Daughters of Faith

The Davis Detective Mysteries

Diary of a Teenage Girl

Diary of a Wimpy Kid

The Door Within Trilogy

The Dopple Ganger Chronicles

DragonKeeper Chronicles

Dragons of Starlight

Echoes From the Edge

The Edge Chronicles

The End Series

The Elijah Project

Emily Novels

Faith and Friends

The Gatekeepers

Geronimo Stilton

The Gideon Trilogy


Guardians of Ga'hoole

Harry Potter


Hello Reader Science Series

Heroes of Promise

His Dark Materials

Horrible Harry

The Hunger Games

I Can Read Book

I Witness

Inheritance Cycle

Inkheart Trilogy

Internet Girls

I, Q

Judy Moody

Junie B. Jones

Katy Lambright

The Kingdom

The Knights of Arrethtrae

Legends of Karac Tor

A Life of Faith

A Lineage of Grace

London Confidential

Lord of the Rings

Looking Glass Wars

Mandie: Her College Days


Mark of the Lion

Maximum Ride

Mission Hope

Nathaniel Fludd, Beastologist

The New Sugar Creek Gang

Mrs. Piggle-Wiggle

The Pathway Collection

Payton Skky



Percy Jackson and the Olympians

The Powerlink Chronicles"

The Princess Diaries

Princess Power

Rachel Yoder

Rainbow Magic

Ranger’s Apprentice

The Rayne Tour


Ready, Freddy!

Real Life

Real TV

The Red Blazer Girls

Red Wheel


A Resurrection of Magic

Rugendo Rhinos

Saga of the Sierras



A Series of Unfortunate Events

The Shadowside Trilogy

Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants

Sisters in Time

The Spiderwick Chronicles


SummerHill Secrets

Theodore Boone

The Tillerman

Time Quartet

Twilight Saga

Uglies Trilogy

Viking Quest


Watchers Chronicles

Young Patriots

Zion Covenant

Family-Friendly Picture Books

Here are a few reviews of books for younger kids.

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To help parents find reading material for younger children, the Thriving Family staff reads hundreds of picture books published each year. Then we create an annual list and choose to review only 10 that have family-friendly text and illustrations. This highlighting of 10 picture books from the previous year began with books published in 2008 and continues today.

What is a family-friendly picture book?

Family-friendly picture books can do one of two things. They can

We hope you enjoy our picks of this year's 10 Family-Friendly Picture Books! (Scroll down further for staff picks from previous years.)




10 Family-Friendly Picture Books from 2009




10 Family-Friendly Picture Books from 2008

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