A book summary of family friendly novels take the guesswork out of choosing your next book.
Books are fun to read, but with such a variety of books out there, it is hard to select one that is wholesome and entertaining without reading it.
These summaries are meant to make your book choices easier by providing you with the story line in a few paragraphs and without spoiling the whole story. This way, you can decide if a book is worth reading before you pick it up.
You will also discover which virtues the author presents. Another thing you can do with these summaries is use for literature discussions in the home.
Family friendly book summaries for our favorite books include:
In the book, Joan of Arc, the author, Mark Twain, sweeps the reader of his feet to the fifteenth century. France has been fighting for freedom for nearly one hundred years. By now she is tired of fighting and rebelling. Her king does not care for the future of his country. All seems lost until a country maid of seventeen declares that she will shake England off.
A Tale of the Wars of the Roses, also published as Grisly Grisell, is a Cinderella story that is steeped in virtue and valor.
The book opens in the year 1443 and closes in 1467. Through all these years the reader follows the life of Grisell. Throughout them she learns a great deal about life and the cruelty of fellow men.
Come Rack! Come Rope!, by Msgr. Robert Hugh Benson takes the reader to the Protestant Revolt of the 16th century is well into its course with a cruel Protestant Queen on the throne of England killing Catholic priests and laymen in her wake. Catholics find ways to live, keep and even die for their Faith. They hide priests in unknown places and hear Mass secretly.
This excellent novel shows that fidelity to the Faith and to friends is a necessity if you want yourself and your comrades to be strong during this hard time.
In Mark Twain’s Famous book, The Prince And The Pauper, the reader sees just how important it is to be who you are and not wish to be anyone else’s position.
Throughout the story the reader follows both the young, elaborate, and proud Prince Edward of England and the poor, plain, and humble pauper Tom Canty of the streets.
When these two meet each other, they also meet the adventure of their lives.
Fabiola by Cardinal Nicholas Patrick Wiseman, sweeps the reader to the early Roman persecutions where martyrs shed their blood for the prosperity of the Church and for the conversion of sinners.
Their examples are outstanding and though they do not know it, the conversion of the proud Fabiola will someday be the fruit of their sufferings.
Pride and Prejudice, by Jane Austen is a story about five sisters and the love affairs of three of them. Jane Austen, does a perfect job of setting up her characters, making the reader feel like they can actually crack into the characters' minds and think the way they think and feel the way they feel.
Jane Austen does a great job of showing the reader that people are not always the way they appear when you first meet them.
Travel with Elizabeth Bennet and her sisters through the joys and sorrows portrayed in this novel.
A Tale Of Two Cities, by Charles Dickens takes place during the French Revolution. Paris and London are shown in this touching story about loyalty and fidelity to the ones you love.
In this classic, bravery and loyalty win the day.
This is especially true in the case of Sydney Carter. This character seems to be an afterthought. Dickens never puts a lot of emphasis on him throughout the beginning of the novel but...
the reader is surprised when he ends up being the hero!
The most touching part of the story is when Dickens tells us what Sydney is thinking as he mounts the scaffold:
“It is a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
In the short story, The Story of the Other Wiseman by Henry van Dyke, the fourth wise man achieves his goal almost without knowing it.
Artiban wanders for many years trying to find the promised
The journey is long for Artiban because he has a compassionate heart. On his mission he helps the poor and the sick delaying him from finding the Christ Child. After he has given all his gifts to the poor and helpless he believes he has failed his mission.
Little does Artiban know that by helping others he is helping Christ.
In the book Kidnapped, by Robert Louis Stevenson the reader is swept to Scotland in 1751, six years after the Jacobite uprising.
This novel tells the story of David Balfour's adventure as he travels through the lowlands as well as the highlands of Scotland with the outlaw Alan Breck Stewart.
This story is an adventurous epic and an all-time favorite. It introduces the reader to many
characters while covering a large setting.
David and Alan build a strong and unique friendship that never wavers despite their many differences.
Both being suspected for the murder, Alan and David “take to the heather.” Dodging red coats and using secret hiding places, Alan and David finally make it to safety in the lowlands. Here Alan helps David get his estate from his greedy uncle before he returns to France.
Loyalty, courage, forgiveness and friendship linger in the reader’s mind and help inspire him to develop these traits in his own life.
The Singing Tree book summary shows that families can be loving to each other, to their friends and even to their enemies.
The Nagy family shows love to each other twice. One of the ways they show this is when they are housing their uncle and his daughter, Kate. Later in the story, Janci and Kate go and bring their Grandparents to live with them. They do both of these things out of love for their family.
The Nagys also are loving to their friends. The Nagys bring a girl whose father is at the war to live with them. After some time, they also welcome her mother to their ever growing household.
On top of that they take in a sick friend of theirs and her newborn baby. They lovingly care for all of these friends until their husbands and fathers return from the war.
The Scarlet Pimpernel, by Baroness Emmuka Orczy takes the reader to revolutionary France in 1792 where people thirst for their fellow countrymen’s blood. This 211 page historical drama, published by Dover, copyright in 2002, also takes place in England where Sir Percy and Marguerite Blakeney live. Other characters include the heroic Scarlet Pimpernel and his evil nemesis, Chauvelin. In this thrilling novel, no matter how many traps he sets for the cunning Scarlet Pimpernel, Chauvelin always comes up empty handed.
Baroness Orczy’s characters teach the reader loyalty, self-denial and bravery. In the end, Marguerite was loyal to the Pimpernel by putting her life in danger to warn him. The Scarlet Pimpernel’s extraordinary self-denial as he bravely faces many dangers for the sake of others inspires the reader.
Loyalty, self-denial and bravery linger in the reader’s mind and help inspire him to develop these virtues in his own life.
The Jesuit Martyrs of North America "Saints Among Savages" is the true story of love for suffering, love for one’s enemies, and finally love for God.
The book is based on the letters the Jesuits sent to their superiors in France relating their sufferings and hardships in the New World.
Although this is a very disturbing book about how Christianity came to our nation, reading about how much the martyrs suffered for the sake of their enemies, allows the reader to clearly see how the North American Martyrs loved suffering, their enemies, and above all, how they loved God.
Ad maiorem Dei gloriam!
These Happy Golden Years book summary shows how Laura’s joys are the result of all the hardships she endured from boarding with the Brewsters to teaching unwilling students.
It takes trial to make something perfect. If something has never been tried, then how do people know it will work? Laura may have had many thorns in her side, but she bore them and was rewarded.
This romantic climax to the Little House Series is a tale that will be enjoyed by young girls and maturing girls alike. Laura's struggles growing up and all the virtues that were instilled in her are displayed in the story of the women she becomes. Read it...it's great!
Outlaws Of Ravenhurst, by Sister M. Imelda Wallace-The exciting story about a “farmer's son” returning to his true home in Scotland.
The Gordon walks into a new culture where he must choose between a royal seat beside the King of Scotland or a royal seat beside the King of Heaven.
Outlaws Of Ravenhurst, by Sister M. Imelda Wallace is the story about a boy returning to his true home in Scotland. Protestant Scotland tries to turn him from his Faith. But the Gordon is unmovable.
Outlaws of Ravenhurst is both inspiring and entertaining for children and adults.
Consider throwing a highland games party to celebrate Scotland's culture and help this story come alive.
The Winged Watchman, by Hilda van Stocum-The amazing story about World War II in Holland. Written in ten-year-old Joris Verhargen’s eyes the story shows how the war affected different people in different ways. This story demonstrates neighborly love for one another.
Heidi, by Johanna Spyri-The story about Heidi, a virtuous little girl and her many adventures. One of the most enduring stories ever written.
Life in the nineteenth century rural Swiss Alps is compared to the urban city of Frankfort, Germany, as the story unfolds.
This book shows that Christian virtues can be evident anywhere and in anyone, as seen in the actions of Heidi, and the other characters.Click here to read the complete book summary.
Black Beauty , by Anna Swell-For any horse-lover, this book will take you into an animal’s world and their look at the people around them.
Charlotte’s Web, by E.B. White-This book demonstrates the love of a little girl and her pig.
When all the animals on the farm hear that the pig is going to be Christmas dinner, only the spider can put a plot together.
Read this exciting story to learn how the spider saves the life of the pig.
Dracula, is a horror novel by the author Bram Stoker. Famous for introducing the vampire Count Dracula, the novel tells the story of Dracula's attempt to move to England so he may find new blood and spread the undead curse, and the battle between Dracula and a small group of men and women begins.
Once again, John Bosco was right, you should never read books you aren't sure about. It's just the same as drinking something you knew was poisoned just because it was offered to you in a golden cup. Books can be "bad companions" for anyone.
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