Ages 10 plus

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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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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Jenna’s Journey

Author: Karen Kelly Boyce Publisher: Pen it! Publications Age Range: 10 -14 Karen Kelly Boyce has written a colourful, fanciful and fresh novel that will appeal to a wide age range.  Although aiming at the tween to early teen market, this book will be enjoyed by anyone who loves well written fantasies in which the …

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Blessed Mother Mary, the Rosary, and You. A Guided Journal

Author: Rosanne Pallini-Verlezza Illustrator: Rosanne Pallini-Verlezza Publisher: Self Published, printed by Blurb. Ages: 7 – 14 This book is a little different from most that I review.  This is not a ‘story’ as much as an activity book which teaches children about the Rosary. On the other hand, there are many stories from the Gospels …

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The Saintly Outlaw

Author: Paul McCusker Publisher: Augustine Institute Age Range: 9 – 14 depending on reading ability. Paul McCusker is a seasoned writer having written for radio, plays and a movie.  He brings his experience to the well-known tale of Robin Hood in this enjoyable tween book that takes readers back to twelfth century England. There are …

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Shadow in the Dark

Author: Antony Barone Kolenc Publisher: Loyola Press Age Range: 11- 16 This a great book.  It contains all the features of a classic story for young teens – a mystery, a boy’s dorm, skulking around a castle in the middle of the night, shadowy figures walking in the woods, a lovely pretty girl who lives …

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Secrets Visible & Invisible

Authors: Corinna Turner,  Cynthia T. Toney,  Theresa Linden,   Susan Peek,  T.M.Gaouette,  Carolyn Astfalk,  Leslea Wahl. Publisher: Catholic Teen Books. Age Range:  11+ I recall from my teaching days that finding short stories for teens was always a problem – there never seemed to be enough collections of short stories available that were good examples of …

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Finnian

Author: Philip Kosloski Artist: Michael LaVoy Published: Voyage Age Range: Parental discretion: 10 +   I bought the first four books of Finnian bound together in one volume.  The premise of the story is based on a real-life, but strange natural phenomenon – seven mountains which form an almost perfect straight line across the globe from …

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Perilous Days

Author: Kathryn Griffin Swegart Cover Illustration: John Folley Publisher: Self Published. Ages: 10 -14.   Although this book is aimed at a younger readership – I have to admit that I really loved it!  The story is unusual, engaging, fast paced and enjoyable. I have no doubt that readers much younger than myself will love …

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That Easter Sunday

Author: Nadishka Aloysius Illustrator: Iaz Abdul Cader Publisher: Self Published Ages 8 – 11. Parental or Teacher Guidance Recommended.  This review is published on Easter Sunday, 2021, two years after the bombing of three Christian churches and two motels in Sri Lanka. Two hundred and ninety-five people lost their lives.  This story for children is …

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