Month: January 2022

Sisters of the Last Straw: The Case of The Missing Novice

Author: Karen Kelly Boyce Illustrator: Sue Ann Gioulis Publisher: KFR Communications, Illinois Age Range: 8 and up Here is another fun-loving addition to The Sisters of the Last Straw series of books.  These short and entertaining books are comical and easy to read.  Each of the books stands alone but reading the first book in …

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A Single Bead: A Catholic teen story about grief and loss

Author: Stephanie Engelman Publisher: Pauline Books and Media Age Range: 12 plus There are some real strengths to this book by Stephanie Engleman.  Firstly, I had tears in my eyes by the sixth page – this story is gripping and heart rending.  A family gathers on the anniversary of the death of their mother/ grandmother …

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The Silent Shepherd: Catholic children’s story about Christmas

Author: Patricia Moore Illustrations: Doriano Strologo Self-Published Age Range: 3 – 6 This is a short little book of 22 pages that tells the story of young Aaron and his father who meet baby Jesus when He is born in Bethlehem.  Patricia Moore has provided a simple story that is targeted towards young children. Young …

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The Last Straw: problematic Christmas Story from a Catholic Perspective

Author: Fredrick H. Thury Illustrated: Vlasta van Kampen Published: Charlesbridge Age Range: 4 – 8 I had a range of responses to this Christmas story of Hoshmakaka, the camel, who carries gifts to “a new baby king” in Bethlehem.  There are some really great elements to this picture book, but also a few things that …

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