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Freeing Tanner Rose: A Gritty and Fast Paced Catholic Story for Teens

I have read several of T.M. Gaoette’s stories and her greatest strength as an author is her real-life and sometimes gritty portrayal of young characters who are caught up in the contemporary world and battle contemporary problems. Teens will love this book but be warned: it contains drug taking, drinking alcohol to excess, teens behaving …

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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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The Silent Shepherd: Catholic children’s story about Christmas

Author: Patricia Moore Illustrations: Doriano Strologo Self-Published Age Range: 3 – 6 This is a short little book of 22 pages that tells the story of young Aaron and his father who meet baby Jesus when He is born in Bethlehem.  Patricia Moore has provided a simple story that is targeted towards young children. Young …

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Best Catholic Christmas Book: The Spider Who Saved Christmas

Author: Raymond Arroyo Illustrator: Randy Gallegos Published: Sophia Institute Press Age Range: 3 – 7 This Christmas picture book is an absolute pleasure to hold and read.  Raymond Arroyo, famous EWTN presenter and author of the Will Wilder series, has written an amazing tale that is set during The Holy Family’s journey to Egypt.  Sophia …

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Anything But Groovy : Catholic Teen Book set in 1974

Author: Amanda Lauer Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing Age Range: 10 -14 I never get tired of reading time travel stories.  Amanda Lauer took me down memory lane with this story of twelve-year-old Morgan who is transported back in time to 1974 and finds herself in her mother’s body, living her mother’s life. Following a bump …

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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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Catholic Shapes, Catholic Opposites and Catholic 123

Author: Hong Phuoc Nguyen Publisher: self-published Illustrator: Hong Phuoc Nguyen Age Range: 0 – 4 Doctor Hong Phuoc Nguyen was frustrated about the lack of Catholic oriented books for her little ones, and so she decided to do something about it!  And now we have these wonderful board books written and illustrated by Doctor Hong.  …

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That Easter Sunday

Author: Nadishka Aloysius Illustrator: Iaz Abdul Cader Publisher: Self Published Ages 8 – 11. Parental or Teacher Guidance Recommended.  This review is published on Easter Sunday, 2021, two years after the bombing of three Christian churches and two motels in Sri Lanka. Two hundred and ninety-five people lost their lives.  This story for children is …

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He’s Risen! He’s Alive and Jesus Washes Peter’s Feet

He’s Risen!  He’s Alive! Author: Joanne E. Bader Illustrator: Richard Heroldt Publisher: Arch Books Age Range: 5 – 9 And Jesus Washes Peter’s Feet Author: Glynes Balec Illustrator: Unada Gliewe Publisher: Arch Books Age Range: 5-9 I eagerly anticipated these two little books from Arch Books.  They were really cheap for a start, which makes …

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I Am God’s Storyteller: such a great Catholic book

Author: Lisa Hendey Illustrator: Eric Carlson Age Range: baby to about 10 -11 Publisher: Paraclete Press My favourite story books are the ones that you can read to the whole family.  This gorgeous book by the brilliant Lisa Hendey will be enjoyed by all children regardless of their age or level of understanding. What is …

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