Book Review

King of the Shattered Glass: beautiful Catholic picture book

Author: Susan Joy Bellavance Illustrator: Sara Tang Publisher: Tan Books Age Range: 7 – 10 This distinctive picture book was not what I expected at all! It contains a beautiful story that has layers of meaning.  The more I contemplate it, the more I find to appreciate.  Basically, this is the story of a little …

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Do Carpenters Dream of Wooden Sheep?

Author: Corinna Turner Publisher: Unseen Books USA, an imprint of Zephyr Publishing. Age Range: 14 and up As with all the books I’ve read by this brilliant young Catholic author, I thoroughly enjoyed Do Carpenters Dream of Wooden Sheep. A fast paced and clever story aimed at teens, you’ll love this fresh take on the …

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You’re Not a Chicken: cute story by Catholic priest.

Author: Father Mark Goring Publisher: Tellwell Age range: 3 – 8   Father Mark Goring is a Catholic priest from Canada.  Well known on social media for his Catholic commentary, Father Goring has written several books. Here he has re-written the Ugly Duckling tale as You’re Not a Chicken. The premise is the same as …

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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 Adventures of Nick and Sam Books 1 and 2

Author: Paul McCusker Illustrator: Robert Dunn Publisher: Augustine Institute Age Range: 6 – 10 Author, Paul McCusker, has written a series of books about twins named Nick and Sam who are presented as typical kids in a relatively happy family.  While brother and sister have adventures and learn lessons along the way, McCusker uses the …

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Before I Was Me: A Pro Life Catholic picture book

  Author: Frank Fraser Illustrator: Frank Fraser Publisher: Sophia Institute Press Age Range: 2 – 6   Sophia Institute Press is renowned for producing quality books and this one is no exception. Published in 2018, Before I Was Me is consistently cited as a family favourite, and most people give it exceptional reviews. I bought …

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Heaven’s Hunter: Brilliant Catholic Sci Fi

Author: Marie C Keiser Publisher: Self published Age Range: Ages 16 plus. I like to include young adult books in amongst these reviews.  The “young adult” and “teen” categories usually overlap and there is plenty in this story for teens to appreciate and enjoy. There are no teen characters in the story who are navigating …

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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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Roxy the Ritzy Camel: fun story based on scripture

Author: Anthony DeStefano Illustrator: Richard Cowdrey Publisher: Harvest House Age Range: 4 – 8   Published in 2016, this is a playful and fun picture book about Roxy the camel who learns that the way into heaven requires a big sacrifice.  Is Roxy prepared to make such a huge sacrifice? Anthony DeStefano’s books are always …

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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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