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The Three Roses: Book Two in The Adventures of Jamie and Bella

Author: Father Olivier Bonnewijn Illustrator: Amanda Wanert Publisher: Magnificat : Ingnatius Age Range: 7 – 10 The Three Roses didn’t disappoint.  This is a simple story about Bella and her prayer life.  We follow Bella as she graciously plays with her younger sister, and then settles down to her daily prayers.  Bella prepares her special […]

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An Extraordinary Friend: Great Quality Catholic Children’s Story

Author: Father Olivier Bonnewijn Illustrator: Amandine Wanert Publisher: Magnificat-Ignatius Age Range: 7 – 10 depending on reading ability I haven’t seen this Catholic children’s series before.  Probably because it was originally published in another language, and this is the English translation version.  Father Olivier Bonnewijn is a Catholic priest born and raised in Belgium.  He

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The Haunted Cathedral: exciting Catholic mystery

Author: Antony Barone Kolenc Publisher: Loyola Press Age Range: 11 – 14 years   This beautifully produced book by Loyola Press is the second in the Harwood Mysteries, which is a three-part series. The book feels like an ancient artefact itself with echoes of a leather bound, ornately decorated tome from the past. Not only

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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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Sister Aloysius Gets Ready for the First Day of School

Author: Linda Etchison Illustrator: Denise Plumlee-Tadlock Publisher: Self published Age Range: 3 – 7 years   There are currently four books in the Sister Aloysius series.  Linda Etchison and Denise Plumlee-Tadlock have produced a delightful series of stories about a young nun, Sister Aloysius.  In Sister Aloysius Gets Ready for the First Day of School,

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McCracken. The Lost Island and The Lost Valley: Historic adventure novels for Catholic Teens

  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 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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Perilous Days – Thrilling Novel for Pre-Teens

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 it

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Search for the Hidden Garden; A Discovery with Saint Therese

Author: Sherry Weaver Smith Illustrated: Rebecca Thornburgh Published: Pauline Books Age Range: 7 – 12   Quite simply – I LOVED THIS BOOK.  What a delightfully written and crafted story.  This is one of two books in the Pauline series “Friends of the Saints”.  In this book, Saint Therese of Lisieux is fifteen years old

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