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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 Clown of God

  Author: Tomie DePaola Illustrator: Tomie DePaola Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books Age Range: 4 – 8   Originally published in 1978, this picture book is different to most.  Tomie DePaola has enjoyed a loyal following of readers for decades.  Reviewers of his work speak of DePaola’s care and attention to detail and the authentic …

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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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The Secret of the Hidden Scrolls. Book 1: The Beginning

Author: M. J. Thomas Illustrator: Graham Howells Publisher: Worthy Kids, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc. Age Range: 6 – 10 I wasn’t sure about reviewing this book because the author is not Catholic.  But I decided to include this one simply because it’s such a great book, and there isn’t anything specifically un-Catholic …

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Finnian

Author: Philip Kosloski Artist: Michael LaVoy Published: Voyage Age Range: Parental discretion: 10 +   I bought the first four books of Finnian bound together in one volume.  The premise of the story is based on a real-life, but strange natural phenomenon – seven mountains which form an almost perfect straight line across the globe from …

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Perilous Days

Author: Kathryn Griffin Swegart Cover Illustration: John Folley Publisher: Self Published. Ages: 10 -14.   Although this book is aimed at a younger readership – I have to admit that I really loved it!  The story is unusual, engaging, fast paced and enjoyable. I have no doubt that readers much younger than myself will love …

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Brilliant! 25 Catholic Scientists, Mathmeticians and Supersmart People

Author: David Michael Warren Illustrator: Jaclyn Warren Published: Pauline Books and Word on Fire Institute Age Range: 7-11   It’s always such a pleasure to hold a beautifully produced hardcover book in your hands. Brilliant! Is an important book that I wholeheartedly recommend that you buy for your students, children or grandchildren.  Dispelling myths that …

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Belt of Truth

Title: Belt of Truth Author: Theresa Linden Publisher: Silver Fire Publishing Age Range: 7-11 This is the first book in a series of books that Theresa Linden has named The Armor of God series.  The inspiration for this series of books is a scriptural passage from Ephesians 6:13-17: “Therefore, put on the armour of God …

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Miraculous! Catholic Mysteries for Kids

Author: Kathryn Griffin Swegart Front cover art: John Folley Publisher: Self Published Age Range: 8 and up. This user-friendly little book is just what teachers and homeschoolers need!  Kathryn Griffin Swegart has presented the stories of four saints and seven miracles in short story form.  Each chapter is only two or three pages long and …

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