The Chronicles of Narnia The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe(AR 5.7) Prince Caspian (AR 5.7) The Voyage of the Dawntreader (AR 5.9) The Silver Chair (AR 5.7) The Horse and His Boy (AR 5.8) The Magician’s Nephew (AR 5.4) The Last Battle (AR 5.6)
Other Books The Great Divorce Out of the Silent Planet (AR 7.4) Perelandra (AR 7.3) Surprised by Joy (AR 8.3) That Hideous Strength (AR 7.1)
Your Responses and Reviews!
Never give up; never give up. That is the message I am constantly hearing while reading The Horse and His Boy (C.S. Lewis Pte. Ltd, 1952) by C.S Lewis. This novel follows the life story of a young boy who never knew his father. He was is taken in by a filthy, old sailor who treated him like a slave. Soon, a rich calormoren man comes to their small shack and demands they give him hospitality. Shasta is then forced to sleep outside by himself, in the cold. While he is outside, he overhears the man and the sailor talking about selling him as a slave. He knows if he does not leave at once, he will never again be free in his life.
While he is thinking of all this, he finds out that the calormen’s horse used to be a persevering, free talking horse of Narnia. The two set off on an adventure to save their lives. While they are leaving, they meet a girl named Aravis and her talking horse, Hwin. Together they cross arid and dangerous deserts, and jungles with lions. They are close to getting caught many times. When it seems the adventure is finally over, they courageously go to battle to ever save both Narnia and Archenland. I have to tell you, this is one of the most remarkable, adventurous, valiant and exciting novels I have read. I felt as though I couldn’t put the book down, because I needed to know what would happen next! (Morgan in grade eight)
I am currently reading a book called The Silver Chair by C.S. Lewis (Scholastic Inc. 1953). There isn’t just one main character, there are three and all three of them are actually quite brave. I say that because at the beginning of the book, the three of them have to sneak past more than fifty armed giants who are not very small. To make matters worse, three are walking across a very flat land without a place to hide if the giants see them. They go into many dark places and none of them really like going where they cannot see, something to which I can easily relate. I am really enjoying this book, even though it is fiction. In fact, I think it is safe to say that this is one of my favourite novels. (Kiera in grade eight)
At the beginning of The Voyage of The Dawn Treader, Eustace seems to be a self-centred, selfish-as-a-dragon-with-gold, extraordinarily grumpy boy. He is always writing in his journal about how everyone is a fiend and how no one is as smart as he is. The only reason he is happy is that his cousins are staying in his house and he can harass them and they can’t do anything about it. His relationship with his cousins changes, though, when tragedy strikes.
He and his cousins mysteriously come to Narnia, a land that can only be reached by magic. They go exploring a new, uninhabited island. Eustace thinks he will go explore by himself, so he will not have to work. He leaves and gets lost. Soon, he finds some treasure in a dragon’s cave, puts some bracelets on so he can carry more treasure, and falls asleep. He wakes up and the magic of the bracelet has turned him into a dragon. Being fully separated from the human world, he becomes very lonely. He cannot talk. This makes him realize that his cousins were his friends and that they were only trying to help him. What will happen next? Will they realize that he is a dragon? Will they attack him? Will his life ever be the same again? Read this great fantasy novel to find out! (Morgan in grade eight)
I recently read a great book called Prince Caspian by C. S Lewis (HarperCollins, 1951). The main characters, Peter, Edmund, Susan and Lucy, are on their way to a boarding school in England when they are magically summoned to Narnia. Once there, they face a dilemma: help Narnia fight in battle against the evil Telmarines or stay out of the fight. There are all sorts of complications. Peter, Edmund, and Susan being unable to see Aslan, remaining hidden from the fearsome Telmarines, and Peter duelling King Miraz to crown the rightful king. In the end, Peter wins the gruelling battle against King Miraz, and the rightful king, Prince Caspian, is crowned King of Narnia. I can tell you that this novel was one of the most breathtaking and fascinating books I’ve read in a long time. (Meghan in grade eight)
I recently read a fascinating book called The Horse and His Boy by C. S. Lewis (HarperCollins, 1954). The main character, Shasta, is a young boy who lives in the far south, in a town called Calormen on a little creek of the sea, with a ruthless fisherman named Arsheesh. Shasta thinks he is his real father. But he soon faces a serious dilemma: he must decide to either run away to Narnia with Tarkaan, Anradin’s talking horse, or stay and be sold to the Tarkaan for whom he would be a slave. There are all sorts of complications. He escapes from his house into the night without the fisherman or the Tarkaan noticing. He does not know how to ride the horse on which he is to escape. And he runs into a boy who looks exactly like him. At the end of this novel, Shasta is reunited with his real father, King Lune, and his twin brother, Prince Corin, and fights in a battle against Rabadash’s army of two hundred. Years later, Shasta becomes King Cor of Archenland and marries Aravis who he meets on his journey to Narnia. I can tell you that this was one of the most interesting books I’ve read in a long time. (Meghan in grade eight)
Did you know that Narnia is a magical world where animals can talk? Did you know that in Narnia it is always winter because the White Witch has cast a spell over the land? The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe by C. S Lewis (HarperCollins, 1950) tells us all sorts of wonderful and fascinating facts about the magical world of Narnia. In reading this book, I learned that humans who venture into Narnia are called Sons of Adam and Daughters of Eve. I also learned that if two Daughters of Eve, Susan and Lucy Pevensie, and two Sons of Adam, Peter and Edmund Pevensie, came to Narnia together they will become kings and queens and free the land from the evil White Witch. I discovered that the old Professor in this book is Digory from The Magician’s Nephew. I also discovered that Aslan is the protector of Narnia and is a very powerful lion. The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe is an extraordinary book about the compelling and fascinating world of Narnia. (Meghan in grade eight)
Have you ever felt heavyhearted? Have you ever felt fearful? Then you’ll know exactly how the main character feels in the novel The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis (HarperCollins, 1995). Digory is heavyhearted. His mother is horribly sick and is going to die. Digory loves his mother with all his heart and wants more than anything to have his family healthy and together. Digory is also fearful. He has accidentally brought an evil witch from Charn to Narnia with his uncle’s magical ring and fears she may cause trouble. Aslan, a great talking lion who is the creator and protector of Narnia, scares away the witch and sends Digory on a quest to get a magical apple from a faraway garden that will be planted to grow into a tree and help protect his lands. The magical apples can only be picked and eaten by people who are trying to help others, and if someone eats one for their own benefit, they become immortal but also find great despair. As he reaches the garden, Digory encounters the evil witch who has just eaten an apple selfishly. The apples now became a horror to her, and she is doomed to despise them ever after. Knowing this, the evil witch tries to persuade Digory to eat the apple or take it to his dying mother and cure her, for she knows that if a tree is planted in Narnia she will not be able to return there. What should Digory do? What will he do? Read this spectacular novel to find out. (Meghan in grade eight)