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Sisters of the Last Straw: The Case of the Christmas Tree Capers

Author: Karen Kelly Boyce Illustrator: Sue Anderson Gioulis Age: 6 – 12 Book Number Five in this wonderful series of books is all about Christmas.  In fact this book is my favourite 2022 Christmas book of the year for teens and children. I’ve read a few of the Sisters of the Last Straw series, and …

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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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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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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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Chasing Liberty: Exciting and Insightful novel for Catholic Teens

Author: Theresa Linden Publisher: Silver Fire Publishing Age Range: 14 + Once I’d started reading this book, I literally couldn’t put it down.  Theresa Lindon has cleverly created a dystopian world that uncomfortably resembles our own world here and now. As I write this review, millions of Australians are in coronavirus lockdown with enforced curfews …

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Murder Most Picante and If Wishes Were Dragons

Author: Karina Fabian Publisher: Laser Cow Press Age Range: Older teen, young adult. Although these two books about Vern the dragon were not specifically written for a teen audience, older teens will enjoy reading them. Karina Fabian has produced two entertaining books which follow the fortunes (and misfortunes) of Vern – a dragon who lives …

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Rightfully Ours

Author: Carolyn Astfalk Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing Age Range: 14/15 and up. Carolyn Astfalk has written a courageous book that tackles a contemporary issue head on.  Rightfully Ours explores the romantic relationship between two teenagers throughout a period of several years.  We read how their lives and relationship develop as they grapple with their growing …

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