Ages 12 – 16

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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McCracken. The Lost Island and The Lost Valley

  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

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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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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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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I Am Margaret

Title: I am Margaret Author: Corinna Turner Publisher: Unseen books; an imprint of Zephyr Publishing Age range: 14 and up. I’m a great fan of British born author Corinna Turner.  She writes extremely well and has provided us here with an astounding story.  I’ve had to process ‘I Am Margaret’ mentally and emotionally for a …

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Sisters of the Last Straw: The Case of the Haunted Chapel.

Author: Karen Kelly Boyce Illustrator: Sue Anderson Gioulis Publisher:  St Benedict Press Age Range: 9 or 10+ (parental guidance for younger readers) This is an entertaining and refreshing book filled with imperfect but likeable characters.  Some parents and teachers may not approve of some of the content.  One sister struggles with swearing, another with smoking …

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