Helen Mason

Helen Mason B.A. (English), B.Ed. (Special Education), M.Sc.Ed. (Outdoor Teacher Education)

Helen has always loved reading and from a young age was a frequent visitor to both her church and public libraries. After teaching elementary school for eight years, she developed a freelance writing career, selling articles to magazines throughout North America and in Asia. Between 1988 and 2013, she edited and later managed the development of educational materials for use in the schools. These included videos, books, teacher guides, and online products.

Helen has authored 23 non-fiction books, five of them published in 2013. She has also written a career series for young people that is currently in production. She is retired, enjoying her twin grandsons, and working on two novels for young readers. Her blog on reading to children is available at http://soundsforfun.ca/category/parent-notes/reading-chair/.

Book Reviews by Helen Mason

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The Devil Likes to Sing

The devil likes to sing. He also likes to tempt people, particularly those who think they're too sophisticated to be fooled by him. Take Timothy, a successful writer who sold so many copies of his first book, 101 Good Things About Christmas, that publishers asked him to write more, a series that ended with 101 Good Things About Labor Day — and his wife leaving him.

So there he was, a miracle child who almost had a doctorate, had sold nine million copies of his first book, and lived in a Chicago penthouse overlooking Lake Michigan. Enter the devil.

But Timothy thinks he'...

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Perelandra (Space Trilogy, Book 2)

Imagine being present in the Garden of Eden when Satan tempts Eve. Imagine the barriers that Satan might put up to prevent your interference. That is the situation in which Ransom finds himself in this second title, Perelandra, in C.S. Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy, which includes Out of the Silent Planet and That Hideous Strength.

Since his return from Malacandra (Mars), Ransom has communicated with Oyarsa, the spirit in charge of that planet. In this way, he has learned that the Bent One who rules Thulcandra (Earth) is planning some sort of attack on Perelandra (Venus). Ransom is aske...

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Out of the Silent Planet (Space Trilogy-Book 1)

Out of the Silent Planet is the first title in C.S. Lewis's Cosmic Trilogy, which includes Perelandra and That Hideous Strength.

The story starts when Dr. Elwin Ransom, a scholar interested in the structure and development of language, is at the beginning of a solitary walking tour. Unable to get good lodgings where he expected, he is making his way through torrential rain with little hope of finding a place to stay.

When he talks to a farm wife who is watching for her son to come home, he hears about two professional but mysterious men who live in a house nearby. Ranso...

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Remember Sara

Dr. Sara Strampein seems to have everything. She is intelligent, petite, attractive, and head of the cardiac valve surgery team at Massachusetts General Hospital. She doesn't spend much time worrying about her neglected childhood as the only child of a single mother more interested in making money than in nurturing her daughter. Recently, however, memories of this neglected childhood have started to interrupt Sara's regulated life. Then she begins to have panic attacks.

While Sara tries to ignore the signs that there's something she needs to deal with, the nuns at Mount Carmel are facing their own ...

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The Fantasists

The Fantasists was first published in Danish in 1857. The current translation is by John Lynch.

The main character of this novel is Conrad, a young Danish boy who is the nephew of the local squire and is brought up by him. During the novel Conrad grows up in rural Denmark, goes away to Copenhagen to study for his degree, and gradually develops an adult life which includes a career and courtship.

The narrative, told from Conrad's point of view, some of it comprised of journal entries, includes the stories of three best friends: Conrad, Christian (the parson's son) and Thomas (a cowher...

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