Category Archives: Juvenile fiction

Thrice the Brinded Cat Hath Mew’d, by Alan Bradley

Flavia de Luce fans stand to applaud her return from her interminable trials in the tundra of Toronto. Unfortunately, her family barely recognizes her existence. “Like a pair of sick suns rising, (her sister) Daffy’s eyes came slowly up above … Continue reading

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The Book Thief, by Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak’s social/historical novel, The Book Thief, follows the citizens of Himmel Street in Molching, Germany between 1939 and 1943.  In particular, he logs the fortunes and misfortunes of Hans and Rosa Hubermann and their foster child, Liesel Meminger, the book … Continue reading

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CWG Book Blast: Saint Magnus, the Last Viking, by Susan Peek

This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Guildie Susan Peek’s book, SAINT MAGNUS, THE LAST VIKING. It is a SOA award winner. Teaser: In this fast-paced novel for teens, the conflict unfolds between Saint Magnus Erlendson, a heroic young … Continue reading

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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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