Do you have a voracious reader in your home? Does going to the library and sifting through all the new titles for young adults make your head spin? Does your reader beg for more current reads? I would like to introduce you to a resource our family has used for years – Redeemed Reader (RR). I first heard about RR from Dr. Donna Johnson at the Living Education Retreat. Well, actually it was my teenage daughter, Katie, who heard her recommend RR. Immediately, Katie used the book reviews to scout out current books that she could trust and I was grateful as I had no time to review/read all our school books AND keep up with all the new young adult fiction and nonfiction titles. So enjoy this guest post by the managing editor of RR, Betsy Farquhar. And check out some of her delicious recommendations, too!
In a nutshell, we critique books from a Christian worldview: recently published gems that are worth reading, the occasional “retro read,” and contemporary “buzz books” (such as potential Newbery winners and popular authors such as Rick Riordan). Our primary focus is new books because there are already so many other excellent resources cataloging the older titles worth reading. We like to highlight spiritual materials for children and families (see our annual Bible review series). We also offer resources such as booklists and reflections on bookish ideas. Our hope is that Redeemed Reader better equips you to walk into Barnes and Noble or your local library and find great books for your children and families.
It’s hard to find current events covered in older, living books. You might be interested in reading and discussing with your teens books like Under Our Skin by Benjamin Watson (racial tension from a Christian perspective), Seeking Allah, Finding Jesus by Nabeel Qureshi (a Muslim man’s conversion to Christianity), or Every Falling Star by Sungju Lee (a boy’s escape from North Korea). Check out our recent Ten True Stories for Teens for more ideas.