Saints

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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Peter and the Big Breakfast: Bright Catholic Picture Book

Author: Andrew McDonough Illustrator: Andrew McDonough Publisher: Lost Sheep Resources Age Range: 4 – 7   This is the third book of Andrew McDonough’s that I have read and reviewed.  The three books, The Way of the Cross, Peter and the Rooster and Peter and the Big Breakfast describe the events of Easter in simple, …

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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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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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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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A Mouse and A Miracle: Bright and Original Catholic Annunciation Story for Children

Author: Cathy Gilmore Illustrator: Jean Schoonover-Egolf Publisher: Perpetual Light Publishing Age Range: 3 – 7 Cathy Gilmore and Jean Schoonover-Egolf have combined their remarkable talents to produce Tiny Virtue Heroes. This is a series of books for children that explore Christian virtues. Each book features an animal character who represents a particular virtue.  In this …

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I’m a Saint in the Making

Author: Lisa Hendey Illustrator: Katie Broussard Publisher: Paraclete Press Age Range: 3 – 8 The wonderful Lisa Hendey has written another winner here. I’m a Saint in the Making is a bright and entertaining picture book that is packed full of information and ideas.  Each time I read through this book, I discover something new …

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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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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 – Exciting Adventure Teen Graphic Novel

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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