Recommended Classics

Kit and I have done quite a bit of reading together over the years for school.  Even though every child (and 

some adults, like me) hate the thought of doing schoolwork, we found ourselves anxiously awaiting  the 

time that we could sit down and finish these books.  They are classic, they are clean, and they are fun, and 

sometimes even romantic.  I hope you enjoy these as much as we did!


In an ancient Arab nation, one woman dares to be different.Buran cannot -- Buran will not-sit quietly at home and wait to be married to the man her father chooses. Determined to use her skills and earn a fortune, she instead disguises herself as a boy and travels by camel caravan to a distant city. There, she maintains her masculine disguise and establishes a successful business. The city's crown prince comes often to her shop, and soon Buran finds herself falling in love. But if she reveals to Mahmud that she is a woman, she will lose everything she has worked for.

Mary, Bloody Mary

Mary Tudor is a beautiful young princess in a grand palace filled with servants. She is accustomed to sparkling jewelry, beautiful gowns and lavish parties. Then, suddenly, she is banished by her father, King Henry VIII, to live in a cold lonely place, without money, new clothes, or even her mother.

At first it seems like a terrible mistake.  Even when her father has a public and humiliating affair with a bewitching woman, Mary remains hopeful.  But when he abandons her mother, marries his mistress, and has a child with her, Mary begins to lose faith.  And now, dressed in rags, she is summoned back to the palace to be a serving maid to her new baby stepsister.

Mary Tudor, daughter of King Henry VIII, is a servant in her own home.  Believe it or not, it's all true.

Beware, Princess Elizabeth

Princess Elizabeth's father, King Henry VIII, is dead. Now at the mercy of those in power, Elizabeth is imprisoned by her own sister, Mary; betrayed by the man who has captured her heart; and forced to practice a religion that defies her deepest beliefs. But through it all, the fair-haired princess is determined to stay alive, and to do whatever is necessary to one day rule her beloved England. 

Doomed Queen Anne

This is the true story of the girl everyone loved to hate--the girl who won the heart of England's most powerful man, King Henry VIII, and risked everything to become queen. 

 Mara, Daughter of the Nile

The story tells of a beautiful young slave girl, Mara, living in ancient Egypt during the rule of Queen Hatshepsut, pharaoh at the time. Mara is not like other slaves; she can read and write, as well as speak Babylonian.She also, oddly enough, has bright blue eyes. Struggling daily to find a way out of her wretched life as a slave Mara takes secret visits to the marketplace, behind her cruel master's back. On one such trip, Mara is observed by two people, who both note her wit and intelligence. The first appears shortly afterwards to buy her from her master and offers Mara an escape from her life: If she will serve him and the Queen as a spy and accomplish her mission, he promises her riches and freedom, but death, if she is found out. Mara accepts the task. She is sent to the Royal Court in the guise of the interpreter of a Canaanite princess from Syria, Inanni, who is supposed to marry Thutmose III, Hatshepsut's half-brother, who for years has been trying to overthrow her. Mara's task is to find out, how he keeps contact with his followers.However, on the ship that should bring her to Abydos, where she should meet the princess, the second observer finds her again: Sheftu, the scribe, turns out to be Lord Sheftu, the leader of the rebellion, whose object it is to bring Thutmose on the thrown. When Mara overhears him plotting with the Nekonkh, the captain of the same river boat, he threatens to kill her if she does not help him. He gives her the task of carrying his messages to Thutmose.

In this gripping historical page-turner, sixteen-year-old Kit must defend her life when she is accused of witchcraft in Puritan New England. After she is forced to leave her luxurious home in Barbados to live with her stern and dour Puritan Connecticut relatives, she finds herself facing execution. Author Speare brings seventeenth-century America to vibrant life for today's children. 

"In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit. Not a nasty, dirty, wet hole, filled with the ends of worms and an oozy smell, nor yet a dry, bare, sandy hole with nothing in it to sit down on or to eat: it was a hobbit-hole, and that means comfort."

The hobbit-hole in question belongs to one Bilbo Baggins, an upstanding member of a "little people, about half our height, and smaller than the bearded dwarves." He is, like most of his kind, well off, well fed, and best pleased when sitting by his own fire with a pipe, a glass of good beer, and a meal to look forward to. Certainly this particular hobbit is the last person one would expect to see set off on a hazardous journey; indeed, when Gandalf the Grey stops by one morning, "looking for someone to share in an adventure," Baggins fervently wishes the wizard elsewhere. No such luck, however; soon 13 fortune-seeking dwarves have arrived on the hobbit's doorstep in search of a burglar, and before he can even grab his hat or an umbrella, Bilbo Baggins is swept out his door and into a dangerous adventure.

The dwarves' goal is to return to their ancestral home in the Lonely Mountains and reclaim a stolen fortune from the dragon Smaug. Along the way, they and their reluctant companion meet giant spiders, hostile elves, ravening wolves--and, most perilous of all, a subterranean creature named Gollum from whom Bilbo wins a magical ring in a riddling contest. It is from this life-or-death game in the dark that J.R.R. Tolkien's masterwork, The Lord of the Rings, would eventually spring. Though The Hobbit is lighter in tone than the trilogy that follows, it has, like Bilbo Baggins himself, unexpected iron at its core. Don't be fooled by its fairy-tale demeanor; this is very much a story for adults, though older children will enjoy it, too. By the time Bilbo returns to his comfortable hobbit-hole, he is a different person altogether, well primed for the bigger adventures to come--and so is the reader.

The Wolves of                     The Golden                       A Murder for                       Catherine called
Willoughby Chase             Goblet                                 Her Majesty                        Birdy

The Screwtape                    Detectives in                     The Mystery of the            Pride and Prejudice
Letters                                   Togas                                  Roman Ransom                             

Sense and                                                   The Chronicles                     
Sensibility                   Call of the Wild        of Narnia                    Little Women