Ages 10 plus

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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Chime Travelers: The Sign of the Carved Cross and The Whisper in the Ruins.

Title: The Sign of the Carved Cross Author: Lisa M. Hendey Illustrator: Jenn Bower Publisher: Servant, and imprint of Franciscan Media  Age Range: 8 – 13 I enjoyed this story aimed at the 7 –   10 years age group.  Young readers will relate to our main character’s problem:  she’s being rude to the new girl …

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With Two She Flew: enchanting Catholic children’s story

Author: Catherine Bodega Publisher: Park End Books Age Range: 7 and up – older students can engage with this story too. This little book was such a surprise. It is a lyrical and beautiful story about a young girl who helps hide away three refugee children who are threatened with deportation. The most interesting and …

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Treasures Visible and Invisible: brilliant Catholic teen book.

Authors: Theresa Linden, Susan Peek, Antony B. Kolenc, Amanda Lauer, Carolyn Astfalk, Leslea Wahl, T.M.Gauette, Corinna Turner. Publisher: CatholicTeenBooks.com Age Range: 11 and up Oh my goodness!  What a treasure this volume of short stories is. A while ago, I reviewed the first volume of short stories – Secrets: Visible and Invisible, which was produced …

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The Treasure With a Face: Catholic hero’s journey

Author: Janeen Zaio Publisher: Perpetual Light Publishing Age Range: 9 – 13 This is the classic tale of the hero’s journey.  Twelve-year-old Eli is sent on a dangerous journey to deliver a precious mirror to a wealthy customer.  Along the way he manages to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and ultimately finds his true self and …

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Not Catholic, Not Recommended: The Promise and the Light.

Author: Katy Morgan Publisher: The Good Book Company Age Range: 10 – 16 years The premise of this book attracted me – a retelling of the story of Christmas from the perspectives of Mary, Joseph and Zechariah. Each chapter is written as a diary entry from the perspective of one or another of these three …

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The Diaries of Joseph and Mary: Catholic Christmas Story for Children and Teens

Author: Dennis P McGeehan Publisher: Self Published Age Range: 12 and up This is a great idea.  Dennis P McGeehan has written a series of diary entries that he imagines Joseph and Mary wrote during their lifetimes.  The diary entries relate to the main events described in scripture – the annunciation, visiting Elizabeth, journey to …

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Anything But Groovy : Catholic Teen Book set in 1974

Author: Amanda Lauer Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing Age Range: 10 -14 I never get tired of reading time travel stories.  Amanda Lauer took me down memory lane with this story of twelve-year-old Morgan who is transported back in time to 1974 and finds herself in her mother’s body, living her mother’s life. Following a bump …

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Will Wilder and the Lost Staff of Wonders: Adventure novel for Catholic Kids

Author: Raymond Arroyo Publisher: Penguin Random House, Yearling Books Age Range: 10 – 14 This is Book Two in the Will Wilder series, and it is another thrilling adventure that will keep you reading and turning the pages.  I found the first book in the Will Wilder series to be so packed full of excitement …

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7 Riddles to Nowhere: Puzzles and Fast Paced Mystery for Catholic Middle School

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 to …

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