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The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature (Canto)
C.S. Lewis
Boys and Girls Learn Differently!: A Guide for Teachers and Parents
Michael Gurian, Terry Trueman, Patricia Henley
Ambition and Survival: Becoming a Poet
Christian Wiman
Deep River: The Life and Music of Robert Shaw
Keith C. Burris
Daring, Trusting Spirit
John De Gruchy
The Vatican Diaries: A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Power, Personalities, and Politics at the Heart of the Catholic Church
John Thavis
The Whisperers: Private Life in Stalin's Russia
Orlando Figes

Linnets and Valerians

Linnets and Valerians - Elizabeth Goudge This is a good book (it is juvenile literature), with one caveat. There is a struggle between good and evil, and this is manifested in some magic. The bad magic is with voodoo dolls (you find out 3/4ths of the way through the book). When we do this as a read-aloud in our family, I will edit that chapter.I thought seriously about not reading the book aloud, but the rest of the book is very good, so I decided editing around the unsavory part would be appropriate.Four children are staying with their uncle after their mother dies and their father is in Egypt at an archaeology dig. Their uncle is the local village vicar and he instructs them rigorously in a classical education in payment for their remaining with him. The children end up redeeming a very sad situation with an elderly widow who also lost her young son 27 years before. I would recommend the book to read, editing for younger children, and for an older child the discussion of spells and such might be worthwhile.