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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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Max and Benedict

Author: Jeanne Perego Illustrator: Donata Dal Molin Casagrande Published: St Pauls Publications (Australia and New Zealand, Ignatius Press elsewhere) Age Range: 6 -12 This is a gentle book – a picture book that is not so much a story, as the daily observations of Pope Benedict from the point of view of a blue rock-thrush. …

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Rightfully Ours

Author: Carolyn Astfalk Publisher: Full Quiver Publishing Age Range: 14/15 and up. Carolyn Astfalk has written a courageous book that tackles a contemporary issue head on.  Rightfully Ours explores the romantic relationship between two teenagers throughout a period of several years.  We read how their lives and relationship develop as they grapple with their growing …

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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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The Saintly Outlaw

Author: Paul McCusker Publisher: Augustine Institute Age Range: 9 – 14 depending on reading ability. Paul McCusker is a seasoned writer having written for radio, plays and a movie.  He brings his experience to the well-known tale of Robin Hood in this enjoyable tween book that takes readers back to twelfth century England. There are …

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That Easter Sunday

Author: Nadishka Aloysius Illustrator: Iaz Abdul Cader Publisher: Self Published Ages 8 – 11. Parental or Teacher Guidance Recommended.  This review is published on Easter Sunday, 2021, two years after the bombing of three Christian churches and two motels in Sri Lanka. Two hundred and ninety-five people lost their lives.  This story for children is …

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