Another giveaway! I can’t help myself. (The giveaway is closed.)
Last time on the Library Project I talked about Michael Ward’s amazing book, Planet Narnia. A lot of you mentioned in the comments that you’d be interested in reading it. So I contacted Michael and asked him if he’d be interested in giving away a copy.
Not only was he excited, but he further graciously offered to give away a copy of The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens, which is a shorter version of Planet Narnia and designed to offer a study guide for older students of the books.
Now, I am encouraging you to read and enjoy great books without rushing to dissect them, especially if the dissection is going to be done with a blunt instrument. That operation is only likely to crush the subject!
But there’s nothing wrong with having a great discussion about a book you love. If the discussion takes place with interesting, informed people, then it’s a joy. That is the effect of reading Planet Narnia, which is a densely packed and scholarly book that offers a close reading of the Chronicles of Narnia as well as some of Lewis’ other works, most notably That Hideous Strength, another dear favorite of mine.
If you think your older children would benefit from an introduction to such a discussion, having already enjoyed the books on their own, or you yourself would prefer not to tackle the more detailed book right now, then maybe The Narnia Code: C. S. Lewis and the Secret of the Seven Heavens is a good choice.
I think interested 8th graders could read The Narnia Code with no difficulty. They will be introduced to philosophical ideas and approaches to reality that differ from today’s merely scientific one that they might not encounter otherwise.
Bridget, who just turned 17, found literary inspiration as well as a door to the world of medieval cosmology when she read Planet Narnia in the fall.
So leave a comment and let me know which of the two you’d like a chance to win! I will choose two winners at random (but I’ll make sure you each get the book you want). We’ll do the choosing next week — I think on Monday or Tuesday — I’ll let you know on Facebook and Twitter.
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