Ages 7 – 12

The King of the Golden City: Classic Catholic Tale

Author: Mother Mary Loyola, updated by Lisa Bergman from the French version by Marie De Chateau-Verdun. Illustrator: Felix Jobbe-Duval from the French version. First Published: 1921 by P.J. Kennedy and Sons This version published: 2017 by St Augustine Academy Press Age Range: 7 – 12 This book was written by Mother Mary Loyola one hundred …

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The Breastplate of Righteousness: Clever and amusing Catholic children’s story

 Illustrator: Theresa Linden Publisher: Silver Fire Publishing Age Range: 8 – 12 This is the second book in Theresa Linden’s Armor of God series.  Read my review of the first book in the series HERE.  The stories of this series were inspired by a Biblical passage (Ephesians 6: 13-17) in which Paul describes the Armor …

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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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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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Sisters of the Last Straw: The Case of The Missing Novice

Author: Karen Kelly Boyce Illustrator: Sue Ann Gioulis Publisher: KFR Communications, Illinois Age Range: 8 and up Here is another fun-loving addition to The Sisters of the Last Straw series of books.  These short and entertaining books are comical and easy to read.  Each of the books stands alone but reading the first book in …

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Divine Mercy for Children: A guided tour of the museum of mercy.

Author: Vinny Flynn with Brian Kennelly. Published: Tan Books Age Range: 8 – 14 I had mixed feelings about reviewing this book.  It is not really a “story” as such.  The book endeavours to explain Divine Mercy for children.  It is loosely held together by the notion that a narrator is guiding two children through …

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Our Lady’s Picture Book: Gorgeous Catholic Children’s Book

Author: Anthony DeStefano Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova Publisher: Sophia Institute Press Age Range: 3 – 12 Following on from Our Lady’s Wardrobe, Anthony DeStefano has now authored this second beautiful hardcover picture book about Our Lady. This gorgeous book will show children that Our Lady has been featured in many significant art works, and that each …

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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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