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I just re-read one of my favorite juvenile fiction series so I could share it with you. It was just as good the second time around (maybe better).

The 100 Cupboards Series by N.D. Wilson (100 Cupboards, Dandelion Fire, and The Chestnut King) is the story of Henry, an over-protected yet unloved boy who goes to live with his aunt, uncle and three cousins in Kansas when his parents go missing. While there, Henry, and his cousin, Henrietta, discover a wall of mysterious cupboards that have been plastered over in his attic room.

That’s when the adventures begin. Henry discovers new worlds and has to learn where he fits into them, and where he fits into this one. He encounters beauty, mystery, and a tremendous evil he must help defeat.

The overarching themes are of family and courageous action in the midst of fear and uncertainty. N.D. Wilson’s the 100 Cupboards, as well as in his other books, challenges his characters to do what is right and selfless in the face of overwhelming odds. And through challenging those characters, he will inspire your kids.

And I must say my appreciation for ND Wilson’s well-crafted writing has only grown. I’ve certainly never read another author who is able to turn a character’s monolog about a tumbleweed into something profound.

As a parent, you do need to know that these books are intense. They contain some violence (mainly against an evil witch and her minions) and some grotesque descriptions. Also, the main character curses during one intense moment. Becuase of these factors, I’d recommend the 100 Cupboards Series for ages 10 and up, especially boys.

These are superbly written, imaginative, whole-hearted books to inspire selfless action in the face of danger. And that’s what I want for my kids.

I listened to the audiobook versions this time, and they were beautifully done. Links below.

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100 Cupboards by N.D. Wilson

What books do you think inspire kids to be selfless heroes?

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