Deanna Rutledge

Writer & Teacher

Category: Reading

Readers Make Better Writers

I am a teacher, specializing in English/writing classes for home school and Christian school students. As I recently posted on my website, I am also a novelist. However, all of my life I have been an avid reader. It all began in the third grade when my local branch of the Enoch Pratt Free Library (the Baltimore public library system) held a summer reading program for kids. After that, I was hooked. Continue reading

A Recommendation for Young Adult Boys

LONGBOW, Wayne Grant, Published independently, 2014. Available on Amazon.

Most YA boys love books where the protagonist is up against impossible odds and must face them down and conquer them. This adventure series set in 12th century England, filled with battles, swords, bows and arrows, evil villains, brave knights, and non-stop action, is one of them. Roland Innes is definitely a hero one can root for.

When Roland’s father is killed, he must flee for his life, but he is hounded by a relentless enemy. Continue reading

A Recommendation for Young Adult Girls

WATERFALL, Lisa T. Bergren. Published by David C. Cook (2012 Christy Award Winner).

While excavating a Tuscan tomb with their mother during a summer vacation, sisters Gabi and Lea are transported back to 1332 Tuscany and the battles between Florence and Siena.

Lots and LOTS of action. It is more fantasy than fiction based on historical facts. In actual fact, young girls sword-fighting with medieval knights is so highly improbable that normally I would discount the book because of it. Continue reading

A Book for College Age & Adult Readers

ALL FOR A STORY, by Allison Pittman (2014 Christy Award Winner) published by Tyndale House.

Keep in mind as you read this that God sent His son to save sinners. In this novel set during Prohibition, the protagonist, Monica Brisbane, is not a faultless heroine. In fact, she spends her evenings in D.C.’s speakeasies. She also works undercover for a scandalous newspaper. You probably will not like her too much at the beginning. However, when she meets the new owner of the paper, an honorable and upstanding Christian, her world view changes. And isn’t that what the Good News is all about?

What I liked about this book was the way the author brought the Jazz Age to life and how a young girl, full of high spirits, without Christ in her life, could be caught up in it. I like the fact that the story line is a little unexpected. It is not grim or depressing. There is no violence or gory scenes. The characters are well written and the writing style draws the reader right along. However, I foresee that this is a book readers will either like a lot, or not at all.

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