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    January 19, 2010 by Brandy Vencel

    I try and read most everything my son reads before he reads it. This is not easy as {1} he reads quickly and {2} he has more time to read than I do. However, it is my duty to protect his mind. Here is what I’ve been previewing:

    Leepike Ridge

    Tentatively, I’m going to say this is one that I’ll keep and he will read it. {We acquired it via PBS recently.} What I’m trying to decide is if he is old enough now, or if I need to wait a bit. So far, it is fine, but I need to see how it all moves along. My one concern is the semi-romantic subplot. The main character’s mother is a widow, and everyone seems to want to marry her, and this is a big part of the book. Depending on which direction that takes, we may wait a bit to read it.

    The Fallacy Detective:
    Thirty-Eight Lessons on How to Recognize Bad Reasoning

    I already know that I love this book. We will definitely use it. E. is a bit young for it now, but I’m using it to reacquaint myself with all of the fallacies. I might try and teach some of them to him in conversation before giving him the book.

    The Penderwicks:
    A Summer Tale of Four Sisters, Two Rabbits,
    and a Very Interesting Boy

    So far, I am not super impressed with this one, even if there is an award seal on the front. We’ll see. My hunch is I’ll be relisting it on PBS without incident. I haven’t gotten far into the story, so my objection for now is simply that I expected a higher quality of writing than I’m seeing so far. We will see. Perhaps that changes. Some books are weak in the early chapters.

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  • Reply Brandy Afterthoughts January 21, 2010 at 11:48 pm

    You know, I have been pleasantly surprised at Leepike Ridge, not because I doubted Wilson, but because I doubted children’s publishers! He weaves a good story, and writes intelligently. I had expected something similar from The Penderwicks, I think because the whole family adventure genre reminded me of E. Nesbit, who had a wonderfully high level of writing for children. I think I will be relisting The Penderwicks on PBS.

    What a good idea to have father and son go through the Fallacy Detective together! I could see E. and Si enjoying that also.

  • Reply Emily January 20, 2010 at 6:59 pm

    I bought Leepike Ridge the year it came out – I think he was eighteen at the time – then I snatched it and read it first. 🙂 I’ve always enjoyed Nate Wilson’s writing (in Credenda Agenda) and was not disappointed in this book. Of course, since my son is much older than yours, I did not have the same concerns with plot involving any romantic hi-jinks.

    Same son also went through the Fallacy Detective book with my husband when he was a young teen. They both did the exercises, then met together to discuss.

    A couple of years ago I checked The Penderwicks out of the library to preview and was not impressed at all with the writing, nor the fact that there were hints of boy/girl romance, crushes, whatever it was I can’t recall exactly, but it soured me against the story, and I returned it unfinished. I guess the standards for what is considered “good” literature have declined somewhat?

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