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7 Riddles to Nowhere

Title: 7 Riddles to Nowhere Author: A.J.Cattapan Publisher: Vinspire Publishing Age Range: 11 – 14   Young readers in this age group love riddles and puzzles.  And Amy Cattapan has brilliantly used riddles and puzzles to engage readers in this entertaining and interesting story about 12-year-old Kam who has to solve seven riddles in order …

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Secrets in September

Author: Doreen McAvoy Publisher: Lake Elk Publishing Age Range: 9 -14 What a great effort from newcomer author, Doreen McAvoy.  As a teacher and school librarian, McAvoy knows her readership well.  The dialogue and interactions between her young characters ring true. For the young people in this book, life revolves around friends, school, family and …

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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 …

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A is for Angel The Alphabet in Sacred Art

Author: Adrienne, Katie and Jaimee Keogler Publisher: Get creative 6, an imprint of Mixed Media Resources. Age Range: 4  – 7   This is one of those brilliant Catholic books that I wish I could buy for thousands of children to hold and gaze at. The premise is simple – an ABC book that features …

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The Hungry Kitten’s Tale

Author: Elizabeth Fust Illustrations: Mary MacArthur Publisher: Rivershore Books Age Range: 4 – 7   I love any story that features a cute kitten. Elizabeth Fust has produced a real winner here – The Hungry Kitten’s Tale tells the story of how Jesus miraculously fed the multitude with five loaves and two fishes. Told from …

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Our Lady’s Picture Book

Author: Anthony DeStefano Illustrator: Juliana Kolesova Publisher: Sophia Institute Press Age Range: 3 – 12 Following on from Our Lady’s Wardrobe, Anthony DeStefano has now authored this second beautiful hardcover picture book about Our Lady. This gorgeous book will show children that Our Lady has been featured in many significant art works, and that each …

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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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The Monks Make Amends

Author: Sylvia Dorham Illustrator: Christopher Tupa Publisher: Tan Books Age Range: Ages 4 – 7. This delightful and clever picture book is part of a series of books about a group of Carmelite Monks.  It is based on a real-life monastery in Cheyanne, Wyoming. In this story, there is tension and discord amongst the holy …

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Counting on Faith

Author: Maurice Prater Illustrator: Jason KoltuniakPublisher: Divine Providence PressAge Range: 3 – 6 This is a great read aloud book that follows the conventional format of a counting book. On each page Maurice Prater has chosen something numerical from scripture, e.g., the TEN commandments, or the FOUR writers of the gospels. This is such a …

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Will Wilder: The Relic of Perilous Falls

Author: Raymond Arroyo Illustrator: Antonio Javier Caparo Age Range: 10 and up. It was only after reading this book for the second time that I truly appreciated how much is going on.  Raymond Arroyo is a master storyteller, and I was so wrapped up in the story the first time I read it, that I …

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