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Before I Was Me: A Pro Life Catholic picture book

  Author: Frank Fraser Illustrator: Frank Fraser Publisher: Sophia Institute Press Age Range: 2 – 6   Sophia Institute Press is renowned for producing quality books and this one is no exception. Published in 2018, Before I Was Me is consistently cited as a family favourite, and most people give it exceptional reviews. I bought …

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Heaven’s Hunter: Brilliant Catholic Sci Fi

Author: Marie C Keiser Publisher: Self published Age Range: Ages 16 plus. I like to include young adult books in amongst these reviews.  The “young adult” and “teen” categories usually overlap and there is plenty in this story for teens to appreciate and enjoy. There are no teen characters in the story who are navigating …

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The Haunted Cathedral: exciting Catholic mystery

Author: Antony Barone Kolenc Publisher: Loyola Press Age Range: 11 – 14 years   This beautifully produced book by Loyola Press is the second in the Harwood Mysteries, which is a three-part series. The book feels like an ancient artefact itself with echoes of a leather bound, ornately decorated tome from the past. Not only …

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Roxy the Ritzy Camel: fun story based on scripture

Author: Anthony DeStefano Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey Publisher: Harvest House Age Range: 4 – 8   Published in 2016, this is a playful and fun picture book about Roxy the camel who learns that the way into heaven requires a big sacrifice.  Is Roxy prepared to make such a huge sacrifice? Anthony DeStefano’s books are always …

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Olivia and the Little Way: Gorgeous middle school story

Author: Nancy Carabio Belanger Illustrator: Sandra Casali LewAllen Publisher: Harvey House Publishing Age Range: 9 – 15, depending on reading ability. This is a sweet story about Olivia, who is soon to commence the fifth grade.  Olivia’s family, it seems, is to move interstate because of Dad’s work.  The good news is that Olivia will …

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The King of the Golden City: Classic Catholic Tale

Author: Mother Mary Loyola, updated by Lisa Bergman from the French version by Marie De Chateau-Verdun. Illustrator: Felix Jobbe-Duval from the French version. First Published: 1921 by P.J. Kennedy and Sons This version published: 2017 by St Augustine Academy Press Age Range: 7 – 12 This book was written by Mother Mary Loyola one hundred …

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Peter and the Big Breakfast: Bright Catholic Picture Book

Author: Andrew McDonough Illustrator: Andrew McDonough Publisher: Lost Sheep Resources Age Range: 4 – 7   This is the third book of Andrew McDonough’s that I have read and reviewed.  The three books, The Way of the Cross, Peter and the Rooster and Peter and the Big Breakfast describe the events of Easter in simple, …

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Listening for God: Clever Catholic children’s book

Author: Katie Warner Illustrator: Amy Rodriguez Publisher: Tan Age Range: 2 – 8 years.   Katie Warner is a Catholic children’s author and home-schooling mom. In Listening for God, she has taken a passage from 1 Kings (19:11-12) and recreated it for children.  In the passage, the prophet Elijah recounts how he was listening for …

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Freeing Tanner Rose: A Gritty and Fast Paced Catholic Story for Teens

I have read several of T.M. Gaoette’s stories and her greatest strength as an author is her real-life and sometimes gritty portrayal of young characters who are caught up in the contemporary world and battle contemporary problems. Teens will love this book but be warned: it contains drug taking, drinking alcohol to excess, teens behaving …

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The Easter Story: Classic Easter Picture Book

Author: Brian Wildsmith Illustrations: Brian Wildsmith Publisher: Oxford University Press Age Range: 5 – 8   This book was first published in 1993 by seasoned author and illustrator Brian Wildsmith.  It has been re-released a number of times and is considered a classic Easter book for children. The standout feature of this book is, of …

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