Catholic teen novel

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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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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The Treasure With a Face: Catholic hero’s journey

Author: Janeen Zaio Publisher: Perpetual Light Publishing Age Range: 9 – 13 This is the classic tale of the hero’s journey.  Twelve-year-old Eli is sent on a dangerous journey to deliver a precious mirror to a wealthy customer.  Along the way he manages to overcome seemingly insurmountable challenges and ultimately finds his true self and

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A Single Bead: A Catholic teen story about grief and loss

Author: Stephanie Engelman Publisher: Pauline Books and Media Age Range: 12 plus There are some real strengths to this book by Stephanie Engleman.  Firstly, I had tears in my eyes by the sixth page – this story is gripping and heart rending.  A family gathers on the anniversary of the death of their mother/ grandmother

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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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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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The Three Most Wanted: Catholic Teen Novel

Author: Corrina Turner Publisher: UnSeen Books Age Range:  13 + This is the second book in Corrina Turner’s confronting and exciting ‘I Am Margaret’ series. I read the first book some months ago, and you can read my review HERE. I was so shaken/enthralled/petrified by the first book in the series, that I needed a

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I Am Margaret: Brilliant Catholic Teen Story

Title: I am Margaret Author: Corinna Turner Publisher: Unseen books; an imprint of Zephyr Publishing Age range: 14 and up. I’m a great fan of British born author Corinna Turner.  She writes extremely well and has provided us here with an astounding story.  I’ve had to process ‘I Am Margaret’ mentally and emotionally for a

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