Category Archives: Semi-Fiction

Theras and His Town by Caroline Dale Snedeker

Theras and His Town is about the struggle of an Athenian boy called Theras whose father was killed in battle and who was parted from his family and sent to Sparta, a nearby city-state in Ancient Greece. He goes to great lengths to return home, and on the way, meets Abas, a perioikoi boy. Eventually, Theras and Abas make it back to Athens after months of traveling. When he returns, Theras discovers that his father is alive and well, and had only been imprisoned and released, not killed. This book is not only about Ancient Greece, but also about family, and helping those in need.

The Hittite Warrior by Joanne Williamson

The Hittite Warrior is about a young boy who grew up in Hatti, an ancient Hittite province. As he grows up, the people on the other side of the Mediterranean Sea, the Sea Peoples, became more and more dangerous, imposing a threat on the boy’s homeland. He is forced to flee his country and goes to Canaan, where a large family takes him in a cares for him. He meets a friend there, and together the two save a baby from being sacrificed to a god. This, however, made them unwanted in Canaan, and once again, the boy is forced to run for it, his new friend tagging along. They go south, into the land of the Hebrews, who almost sacrifice the pair to their god. They are spared from that fate by an old woman who used to be a Canaanite before she too had to flee. After a few weeks, the boy returns home to Hatti, only to find that the Sea Peoples have begun to attack the country. He goes to fight the Peoples, but when he returns home, the capital city gets destroyed. ‘The Hittite Warrior’ is a well written masterpiece, telling the tale of a fugitive as he runs around the Mediterranean.

A Child’s Christmas in Wales, by Dylan Thomas

This book is a boy (really the author) telling a story of Christmas within a story of Christmas. He tells his friends all about Christmases in Wales. He talks about his uncles, who sit around and talk, and about his silly aunts who sing outside and always say the right things. He also talks about all the presents that they get, their traditions, and so on. I liked this book. I think that everybody will, too, but especially readers who like history and Christmas.

Time Cat By Lloyd Alexander

This is a fun, exciting, and adventurous book. Jason, a boy, and Gareth, a cat, go on nine fun adventures. They teach people how to treat cats, and, in return, those people teach them something about themselves. My favorite adventure is in Germany, in 1600.Everybody in the town they visit is superstitious about witches & demons. Jason and Gareth get arrested, but escape with the help of an old miller. Some of the adventures are hilarious, others are suspenseful or mysterious, and all of them are educational. Jason and Gareth are brave and daring. I love this book. I would recommend it to anybody, but young readers will especially like this book.

Calvin Ophoff

The One and only Ivan, by Katherine Applegate

Ivan, a gorilla, works in a circus at a mall with his friends Bob, a dog, and Stella, an elephant. He lives in a cage, watching TV and listening to humans. As we soon learn, he has a very curious and hilarious past, and soon becomes an artist. However, when a baby elephant named Ruby comes to the mall, everything changes for Ivan. Now he makes one last masterpiece to save Ruby. Despite a sad part, animal-lovers will enjoy this book.

 Calvin Ophoff

Owls in the Family, by Farley Mowat

In this cute and hilarious book, we read about the life and times of two owls, called Wol and Weeps, begin raised by Farley and Bruce, two schoolboy friends. Readers will enjoy each chapter, where something goes wrong every time. At first we start with Wol, an elderly owl. Then, three chapters in, we find Weeps, a lovable but not very courageous owl. Readers will love each and every page from when Wol disturbs French class until Weeps huddles under Farley’s legs for protection from a flock of crows. This book will be especially enjoyable for animal-lovers.

Calvin Ophoff