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Fundamentals of Literature: A Study Guide

Although there are many ways of studying literature in the homeschool, all of them should, to some extent, involve discussions of fundamental concepts such as conflict, character, theme, structure, point of view, and moral tone.  Whether one uses a textbook, reads novels, stories, and poems, or focuses on writing, understanding these fundamentals is essential to […]

Review: Katharina, Katharina by Christine Farenhorst

Katharina Schutz, curious, talkative, and impulsive, notices everything around her:  Frau Bauer, the neighbor across the street whose babies all died;  the light in the studio where she learns to weave; cousin Ursula’s bitterness; the different priests; and the ever-present need to be good enough to earn favor for those who have died.  And in […]

Review: Trunk of Scrolls by Darlene Bocek

While there are many novels about Reformation times, and many church history biographies throughout the ages, we have come across very little fiction about early church history and even less about the creeds.  However, Darlene Bocek’s novel Trunk of Scrolls  covers the time after 526 AD, after the council of Chalcedon and during the continuing […]

Review: High as the Heavens by Kate Breslin

Evelyn Marche, British nurse in WW1 Brussels, had taken over Edith Clavell’s hospital, even winning an Iron Cross for saving the life of a German major.  Now she directed the hospital during the day while in the evenings, she helped her aunt and uncle run a café frequented by the Germans. In her few remaining hours she […]

Review: A Name Unknown by Roseanna White

Rosemary Gresham, a London street urchin grown up, supported the other orphans she called family by taking on assignments from Mr. V.  Once she ‘liberated’ an old manuscript from the British Museum.  At other times she, like Robin Hood, relieved wealthy women of their jewellery.  But on the eve of World War I she was […]

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