Book Series: Artemis Fowl, Redwall, and Spartan Quest

Hello Friends,

do you have children that read you out of house and home? I have a 14 and 11 year old who read so much that I have been seriously concerned we might run out of books to read. Thanks to the library and friends, who read just as much as they do, this has not happened yet. There is always a sigh of relief when we  find a series that has at least 12 books (which might get them through one summer). I asked my 14 year old to write up short summaries of some of the series he has read. Here are three to get you started. This is for readers who  have already read the well knowns like:

– Narnia

– Lord of the Rings

– Harry Potter

– Little House

– Percy Jackson

– Anne of Green Gables

-Inkheart/ Inkspell/ Inkdeath

Artemis Fowl, by Eoin Colfer. This series includes: Artemis Fowl, The Arctic Incident, The Eternity Code, The Opal Deception, The Lost Colony, The Time Paradox, The Atlantis Complex, The Last Guardian (Coming Out The Summer of 2012)

This series follows the the adventures of the young genius, criminal mastermind, and millionaire Artemis Fowl II. His adventures take him all over the human world and under it in the fairy world, where he both fights and aids the fairies with the help of his loyal bodyguard Butler and other friends he picks up along the way. I recommend these fun, witty, and exiting books for ages nine to ten and up.

Redwall Series (Brian Jaques): Redwall, Mossflower, Mattimeo, Mariel of Redwall, Salamandastron, Martin the Warrior, The Bellmaker, Outcast of Redwall, The Pearls of Lutra, The Long Patrol, Marlfox, The Legend of Luke, Lord Brocktree, The Taggerung, Triss, Loamhedge, Rakkety Tam, High Rhulain, Eulalia!, Doomwyte, The Sable Quean, The Rogue Crew.                                                                                            Following several centuries of (and before) the history of Redwall Abbey, a comfortable premises  in which mice, badgers, hares, moles, and various other creatures live peacefully. But occasionally they are attacked by rats, foxes, and other vermin and the peaceful creatures must rise up and defend their abbey. These epic twenty-two books are filled with adventure, battle, and fun humor. I recommend them for ages 9 and up.

Spartan Quest Series (Michael Ford): The Fire of Ares, Birth of a Warrior, Legacy of Blood

These dark, gory, and violent books are about the life of Lysander, a half-Spartan half-Helot (Spartan slave), who is given a chance to train to become a Spartan warrior. During his training and the battles he fights Lysander loses many of those close to him, and discovers just how hard his life has become in this society where the fittest prevail. This series gives a demonstration of what the life of a Spartan boy would have been like in a story-telling way. I recommend it for ages 11 and up.

Book Series: Artemis Fowl, Redwall, and Spartan Quest

Finn’s Book Review part 3

This post is by my 14 year old son, Finn. You can find all his book reviews in the “Books Series for Young Readers” section.

The Ruins of Gorlan (US)

Ranger’s Apprentice Series:

(The Ruins of Gorlan, The Burning Bridge, The Icebound Land, The Battle for Skandia, Erak’s Ransom, The Sorcerer in the North, the Siege of Macindaw, The Kings of Clonmel, Halt’s Peril, The Emperor of Nihon-Ja, The Lost Stories).
The Ranger Corp is responsible for policing the kingdom and being the king’s informants on events in the kingdom, among other things. Their skills at archery, stealth, knife throwing, and knife fighting are second to perhaps a rare few. This series follows the life and adventures of Will, a boy who is trained to be a Ranger. Over the course of the series, Will changes from a young, inexperienced boy, into one of the most skilled rangers, if not the most skilled, in the land. Along with his master, Halt, and a few close friends, Will defends the kingdom from invaders and other threats. A fun series with plenty of action and sarcastic humor.

I recommend this  eleven-book long series for ages ten and up.

Finn’s Book Review part 3

My Favorite Thanksgiving Reads


Are you exited about Thanksgiving? I am. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays. Maybe it is because it is all about families coming together, minus the stress of buying presents. It’s a day set aside to be thankful to God.

I didn’t grow up in this country, but I am really intrigued by it’s history. I love learning about it alongside my kids. When my oldest was in Kindergarten I stumbled upon picture books that brought the time of pilgrims, the Mayflower, and the first settlement to life for me. They are called “A Day in the Life of…” and filled with beautiful photography shot on Plymouth location, with people dressed in period clothing, inviting us to a typical day of their lives.


I can’t wait to take my children to these places some day. But until then I’m happy to read the books to them.

All books can be purchased at Amazon.


My Favorite Thanksgiving Reads

Book Series Continued


As I promised yesterday, here are more reading suggestions. The first two are by my son Finn, and the last is by me.









The Inkheart Trilogy (Cornelia Funke): Inkheart, Inkspell, Inkdeath

A trilogy in which some people have the ability to read writing into reality, the Ink books tell the tale of a young girl, her family and friends, as they experience adventure and battle in both this world and the Ink world, where life and death can be controlled with a few words. I recommend this fascinating, suspenseful trilogy for ages 11 to 12 and up.











The Inheritance Cycle (Christopher Paolini): Eragon, Eldest, Brisingr, Inheritance

The Inheritance Cycle follows the adventures of Eragon, a boy that finds a dragon egg and becomes a Dragon Rider, making him part of an Order that has been nearly dead for many decades. As he travels and battles his way through Alagaësia, Eragon discovers secrets about his past and comes across many strange creatures, some benevolent, some malevolent. With plenty of action and magic, this series  is one of my personal favorites and I recommend it for ages twelve and up.











Dragon Rider (Cornelia Funke)

If you enjoy fantasy stories about dragon riders, here is one suited for younger readers. Cornelia Funke is one of my favorite children’s authors, maybe because she is German. 🙂 Maybe because she is just really creative. I read the German version to Finn a while ago. A young, homeless boy, named Ben sets out on a quest to take dragon to find a mythical dragon paradise, where dragons can be safe from human destruction. I recommend this for ages 9 and up.


Hope this keeps you busy reading through the summer.

Have a great weekend!


Book Series Continued