Category Archives: Juvenile fiction

CWG Book Blast: 8 Notes to a Nobody, by Cynthia T. Toney

This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie Cynthia T. Toney’s book, 8 Notes to a Nobody. It has the Catholic Writer’s Guild Seal of Approval.  Anonymous sticky-notes, a scheming bully, and a ruined summer send 14-year-old Wendy down … Continue reading

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Finding Patience by Virginia Lieto is too good not to share

Adventures of Faith, Hope, and Charity: Finding Patience by Virginia Lieto has all the elements familiar to most children: families in transition, siblings, new classmates, loneliness and puppies! For children, waiting for anything seems endless! Faith Livingstone, age eight, would agree; … Continue reading

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Rosa, Sola, by Carmela Martino

  In Rosa, Sola, Carmela Martino extended an invitation for her readers to meet Rosa Bernardi and share the hospitality of her Italian immigrant household. Martino spiced the text with Italian dialogue and painted her chapters in domestic minutiae that … Continue reading

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Healer: A Novel, by John M. Wills

Healer reminds me of a Norman Rockwell print. Rockwell could transform the most ordinary, everyday events into the most extraordinary images. He filled his portraits with warm, happy, generous, uplifting people. Hidden among a cohort of typical high school kids, … Continue reading

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Down Right Good, by Karen Kelly Boyce

This story of social media with training wheels follows ten-year-old Angie’s Saturday deliveries of newspapers and baked goods. Each customer along Angie’s route receives her gifts and shares conversations, usually revealing vexing problems. Angie gathers problems at each stop, not … Continue reading

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Saint Magnus, the Last Viking, by Susan Peek

Susan Peek invites her readers to meet Saint Magnus, one of her friends in high places. Although he lived 950 years ago, he speaks, through his heroic example, to modern readers on the most fundamental of current problems. Standard definitions … Continue reading

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Two by Alan Bradley

As Chimney Sweepers Come to Dust, by Alan Bradley   I would not spill too many beans were I to say that in volume 007, Flaiva is older (12), wiser (IQ = 134) and exiled to the frozen tundra (Toronto.) … Continue reading

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In the Midst of Wolves, by Karen Kelly Boyce

William Shakespeare fans will see “In the Midst of Wolves” a modern extension of his tragedies. After Karen Kelly Boyce leaves you raw with the cruel machinations of Queen Regina, she soothes her readers with her spiritual insights and wisdom. … Continue reading

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The Catholic Fiction Critique Group

“I remember the trembling, nausea, and inability to focus that hit me when I first submitted a chapter to a critique group. That was many years ago. Those symptoms persisted for several years. Despite the agony, I continued to submit … Continue reading

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The Sisters of the Last Straw: The Case of the Haunted Chapel, by Karen Kelly Boyce

    Rejection, unrealistic expectations and behavioral issues often brought frowns to the faces of children. The Sisters of the Last Straw addressed these issues, firmly and lovingly; inspiring and consoling their young readers with their examples. The Case of … Continue reading

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