Ages 12 – 16

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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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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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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A Single Bead: A Catholic teen story about grief and loss

Author: Stephanie Engelman Publisher: Pauline Books and Media Age Range: 12 plus There are some real strengths to this book by Stephanie Engleman.  Firstly, I had tears in my eyes by the sixth page – this story is gripping and heart rending.  A family gathers on the anniversary of the death of their mother/ grandmother …

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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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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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McCracken. The Lost Island and The Lost Valley: Historic adventure novels for Catholic Teens

  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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The Three Most Wanted: Catholic Teen Novel

Author: Corrina Turner Publisher: UnSeen Books Age Range:  13 + This is the second book in Corrina Turner’s confronting and exciting ‘I Am Margaret’ series. I read the first book some months ago, and you can read my review HERE. I was so shaken/enthralled/petrified by the first book in the series, that I needed a …

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