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7 Riddles to Nowhere

Title: 7 Riddles to Nowhere Author: A.J.Cattapan Publisher: Vinspire Publishing Age Range: 11 – 14   Young readers in this age group love riddles and puzzles.  And Amy Cattapan has brilliantly used riddles and puzzles to engage readers in this entertaining and interesting story about 12-year-old Kam who has to solve seven riddles in order …

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A Mouse and A Miracle

Author: Cathy Gilmore Illustrator: Jean Schoonover-Egolf Publisher: Perpetual Light Publishing Age Range: 3 – 7 Cathy Gilmore and Jean Schoonover-Egolf have combined their remarkable talents to produce Tiny Virtue Heroes. This is a series of books for children that explore Christian virtues. Each book features an animal character who represents a particular virtue.  In this …

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McCracken. The Lost Island and The Lost Valley

  Author: Mark Adderley Publisher: Scriptorium Press Age Range: 12 -16   From the first few lines of the first book in this amazing series, I was captivated: “It was a brand-new Daimler, a twenty-horse-power, four-cylinder beauty, with a high bonnet, silver body-work and red leather upholstery.  It sent up clouds of reddish dust behind …

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Secrets in September

Author: Doreen McAvoy Publisher: Lake Elk Publishing Age Range: 9 -14 What a great effort from newcomer author, Doreen McAvoy.  As a teacher and school librarian, McAvoy knows her readership well.  The dialogue and interactions between her young characters ring true. For the young people in this book, life revolves around friends, school, family and …

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Candle’s Great Feast

Author: Kristina Lahr Illustrator: Virginia de la Lastra Publisher: Luminare Press Age Range: 3 – 7 Kristina Lahr reportedly received inspiration for this story while sitting in Adoration, gazing at the Monstrance.  It is a sweet story that children will enjoy – the story of a forgotten candle who sits at the back of a …

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Murder Most Picante and If Wishes Were Dragons

Author: Karina Fabian Publisher: Laser Cow Press Age Range: Older teen, young adult. Although these two books about Vern the dragon were not specifically written for a teen audience, older teens will enjoy reading them. Karina Fabian has produced two entertaining books which follow the fortunes (and misfortunes) of Vern – a dragon who lives …

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Catholic Shapes, Catholic Opposites and Catholic 123

Author: Hong Phuoc Nguyen Publisher: self-published Illustrator: Hong Phuoc Nguyen Age Range: 0 – 4   Doctor Hong Phuoc Nguyen was frustrated about the lack of Catholic oriented books for her little ones, and so she decided to do something about it!  And now we have these wonderful board books written and illustrated by Doctor …

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I’m a Saint in the Making

Author: Lisa Hendey Illustrator: Katie Broussard Publisher: Paraclete Press Age Range: 3 – 8   The wonderful Lisa Hendey has written another winner here. I’m a Saint in the Making is a bright and entertaining picture book that is packed full of information and ideas.  Each time I read through this book, I discover something …

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Divine Mercy for Children: A guided tour of the museum of mercy.

Author: Vinny Flynn with Brian Kennelly. Published: Tan Books Age Range: 8 – 14   I had mixed feelings about reviewing this book.  It is not really a “story” as such.  The book endeavours to explain Divine Mercy for children.  It is loosely held together by the notion that a narrator is guiding two children …

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A is for Angel The Alphabet in Sacred Art

Author: Adrienne, Katie and Jaimee Keogler Publisher: Get creative 6, an imprint of Mixed Media Resources. Age Range: 4  – 7   This is one of those brilliant Catholic books that I wish I could buy for thousands of children to hold and gaze at. The premise is simple – an ABC book that features …

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