009 A Conversation with J.A. Sommer- Author of Zao's Tales

A chat on dyslexia, middle grade fantasy, living in West Africa, and a Charlotte Mason dad's CM experience

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(In this episode Ambre mistakenly uses the word “cliché” while describing the quotability of the text of Zao’s Tales when “maxim” would have been more accurate.)

  • A book John can’t recall the title of- can you help him out? He recalls it was a kids spy book with possibly a decoder ring on the kid’s hi-top shoes. If you know the book please share it in the comments!

  • The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan

  • A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

  • I Call it Heresy! by A.W. Tozer

  • Imagination Redeemed by Gene Veith Jr. and Matthew Ristuccia

  • Rules for a Knight by Ethan Hawke

  • Charlotte Mason's Home Education Series

  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel (a love or hate series according to John)

  • Lord of the Rings trilogy

  • Edith Nesbit books

A few favorite authors of theology: A.W. Tozer, C.S. Lewis, Oswald Chambers

Ambre’s favorite Edith Nesbit reader on Audible is Cathy Dobson- give your ear a few minutes to adjust to her cadence when listening to a sample.

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Books and stories mentioned:

  • Men of Iron by Howard Pyle

  • Chronicles of Narnia

  • Harry Potter

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