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Book Review – Erin’s Ring

Erin’s Ring by Laura H. Pearl Presented in a story-within-a-story, Erin’s Ring offers an historical novel set within the story of two contemporary teen-age friends from very different kinds of families. Both stories have elements of Catholicism offered as ordinary and important parts of life. The small town setting is appealing and the characters are …

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A Complicated War: A Review of ‘A Long Walk to Water’

“I didn’t understand this complicated war, how it mortally devoured the land and left it so full of skeletons.”– Benson Deng, They Poured Fire on Us from the Sky 

Reading Levels

Interest Level: 6-9

Reading Level: 3-8

Review and Comments

When I was teaching high school, I taught the book They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky.  This was my first real introduction to the Lost Boys and the war in Sudan.  I’d heard mention of it on the news and in conversation, but had no real personal connection.  Yo

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Book Review – Julia’s Gifts

Julia’s Gifts by Ellen Gable As a young girl, Julia began buying gifts for her future spouse, a man whose likeness and personality she has conjured up in her mind, a man she calls her “beloved.” Soon after the United States enters the Great War, Julia impulsively volunteers as a medical aid worker, with no …

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Book Review – The Gate

Book Review – The Gate by Nancy Carabio Belanger First-place winner, Best Catholic Novel–Catholic Press Association 2014 Book Awards For smart-aleck Josh, being a Christian in the eighth grade is completely irrelevant, especially with the temptations that middle school can bring. For him, life is all about playing video games, getting money, and causing trouble. …

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Book Review – A Single Bead

Book Review – A Single Bead by Stephanie Engelman On the anniversary of the plane crash that took the life of her beloved grandmother and threw her own mother into a deep depression, 16-year-old Katelyn Marie Roberts discovers a single bead from her grandmothers rosary-a rosary lost in the crash. A chance encounter with a …

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Book Review – Awakening

Book Review – Awakening by Claudia Cangilla McAdam Fear drives me forward as I rush down a rocky path in Jerusalem, trying to sort things out even as dusk makes it harder to hurry. Am I really an American girl, cast back to the time of Jesus? Or a delusional Jewish teen, plagued with visions of …

Verse of the Month

1 John 4:8 – “Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.” As we draw nearer to Valentine’s Day, we tend to think more about love. We should not only be thinking about love, but the Love; God. Love is a powerful thing; it is the main strength of all relationships, …

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Book Review – The Relic of Perilous Falls

Book Review – The Relic of Perilous Falls by Raymond Arroyo Will Wilder is a mischievous, headstrong twelve-year-old with an otherworldly gift—he alone can see the nefarious creatures encroaching on Perilous Falls. For nearly a century, a sacred relic has protected his hometown from the raging waters surrounding it. But when Will “borrows” the relic …

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