The Three Roses: Book Two in The Adventures of Jamie and Bella

Author: Father Olivier Bonnewijn Illustrator: Amanda Wanert Publisher: Magnificat : Ingnatius Age Range: 7 – 10 The Three Roses didn’t disappoint.  This is a simple story about Bella and her prayer life.  We follow Bella as she graciously plays with her younger sister, and then settles down to her daily prayers.  Bella prepares her special …

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An Extraordinary Friend: Great Quality Catholic Children’s Story

Author: Father Olivier Bonnewijn Illustrator: Amandine Wanert Publisher: Magnificat-Ignatius Age Range: 7 – 10 depending on reading ability I haven’t seen this Catholic children’s series before.  Probably because it was originally published in another language, and this is the English translation version.  Father Olivier Bonnewijn is a Catholic priest born and raised in Belgium.  He …

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Lair of Illusion: Book Two Douglings Adventures

Author: Carissa Douglas Illustrator: Carissa Douglas Publisher: Sceptor Age Range: 8 – 14/15 I loved the first book in this series so much that I eagerly anticipated this second novel, Lair of Illusion.  And I wasn’t disappointed.  Once again, Carissa Douglass has based the characters of this large, homeschooling family on her own children. In …

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Mystic Informant: Catholic Supernatural Fantasy

Author: Carissa Douglas Illustrator: Carissa Douglas Publisher: Sceptor Age Range: 9 – 14 I loved this story.  From the very start I recognized this book as the type I absolutely love.  All of the winning elements are present – finding a mysterious old key, a secret tunnel, a spirit guide and a cracking adventure!  I …

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Braving the Storm: Exciting and Informative Catholic story

Author: Sister Maria Grace Dateno Illustrator: Paul Cunningham Publisher: Pauline Press Age Range: 6 – 10 This is the second book in the Gospel Time Trekkers series, written by Sister Maria Grace Dateno.  Once again, we travel back in time with siblings Hannah, Caleb and Noah to learn about some of the significant events in …

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King of the Shattered Glass: beautiful Catholic picture book

Author: Susan Joy Bellavance Illustrator: Sara Tang Publisher: Tan Books Age Range: 7 – 10 This distinctive picture book was not what I expected at all! It contains a beautiful story that has layers of meaning.  The more I contemplate it, the more I find to appreciate.  Basically, this is the story of a little …

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Do Carpenters Dream of Wooden Sheep?

Author: Corinna Turner Publisher: Unseen Books USA, an imprint of Zephyr Publishing. Age Range: 14 and up As with all the books I’ve read by this brilliant young Catholic author, I thoroughly enjoyed Do Carpenters Dream of Wooden Sheep. A fast paced and clever story aimed at teens, you’ll love this fresh take on the …

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You’re Not a Chicken: cute story by Catholic priest.

Author: Father Mark Goring Publisher: Tellwell Age range: 3 – 8   Father Mark Goring is a Catholic priest from Canada.  Well known on social media for his Catholic commentary, Father Goring has written several books. Here he has re-written the Ugly Duckling tale as You’re Not a Chicken. The premise is the same as …

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The Moon is Blue: Not Catholic

The Moon is Blue is such an enjoyable, funny, warm and enchanting book to read.  The characters resemble those who inhabit our favourite Roald Dahl tales.  Martyn Hesford cleverly enters the mind of a sweet young girl and brings to life her innocent, yet incisive, worldview. I thoroughly enjoyed reading the poetic style of writing …

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