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books suitable for AGES 12+

BIRD FACE SERIES

10 Steps to Girlfriend Status

Cynthia T Toney

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BIRD FACE SERIES

BOOK 2

Looking through an old photo album with her elderly neighbor, Wendy Robichaud opens a door to triple trouble: a Cajun family secret, two very different boys, and a fight to keep her surrogate grandmother’s love

Themes: friendship between a deaf and a hearing teen, first romance/dating, adjusting to a blended family, coping with a loved one’s illness (Alzheimer’s), interracial ancestry

Discussion questions and resources are located at the back of the book, and visit the author’s website.

BIRD FACE SERIES

6 Dates to Disaster

Cynthia T Toney

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BIRD FACE SERIES

BOOK 3

When Wendy's stepfather loses his job, the family’s plan to visit Alaska on vacation is ruined, and Wendy may never see Mrs. V and Sam again. When help arrives in the form of tutoring a classmate, Wendy’s money problems appear to be solved—until the arrangement takes a turn that gets Wendy into trouble like never before. And in the final months of ninth grade, she might lose everything she counted on for the future.

Themes: academic honesty, communication with parents, earning money wisely, complications of romance/dating, risking one’s future

Discussion questions and resources are located at the back of the book, and visit the author’s website.

BIRD FACE SERIES

3 Things to Forget

Cynthia T Toney

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BOOK 4

In Alaska, Wendy thinks she's left her problems behind but strange surroundings bring strangers into her life, along with secrets that threaten her friendship with Sam. If a girl forgets the bad stuff, how can she judge what’s good?

Themes: 3 Things to Forget encourages adoption, trusting the trustworthy, being kind to unkind people, wild animal conservation and being kind to animals, guiding a friend you believe is making a mistake/bad decision, accepting/Adapting to changes or conditions in friendships and love relationships, forgiveness, interacting with others different from you, faith in God, gratitude.

No discussion guide at this time.

CTB ANTHOLOGY

Secrets: Visible & Invisible

Carolyn Astfalk, T M Gaouette, Theresa Linden, Susan Peek, Cynthia T Toney, Corinna Turner, Leslea Wahl

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CTB ANTHOLOGY

BOOK 1

CatholicTeenBooks.com first short story anthology. Seven stories. One theme. A variety of genres, including dystopian, historical, mystery, saint story, and contemporary.

Themes: faith, family, conversion, charity, self-sacrifice, romance, vocations, discernment of how to use God’s gifts.

Discussion guide available.

CTB ANTHOLOGY

Gifts: Visible & Invisible

Susan Peek, Katy Huth Jones, Carolyn Astfalk, Theresa Linden, Leslea Wahl, Cynthia T Toney, T M Gaouette, Corinna Turner

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CTB ANTHOLOGY

BOOK 2

Catholic Teen Books Christmas-themed short story anthology with 8 short stories in a variety of genres written by 8 CTB authors!

Themes: Christmas, faith, family, conversion, charity, self-sacrifice, romance, vocations, discernment of how to use God’s gifts.

No discussion guide at this time.

CTB ANTHOLOGY

Treasures: Visible & Invisible

Theresa Linden, Susan Peek, Antony B Kolenc, Amanda Lauer, Carolyn Astfalk, Leslea Wahl, T M Gaouette, Corinna Turner

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CTB ANTHOLOGY

BOOK 3

Catholic Teen Books third anthology with 8 short stories in a variety genres all with a St. Patrick theme!

Themes: St. Patrick, faith, conversion, saints, family, sacrifice, and more.

No discussion guide at this time.

CTB ANTHOLOGY

Ashes: Visible & Invisible

Leslea Wahl, Cynthia Toney, Marie Keiser, Carolyn Astfalk, Amanda Lauer, Ellen Gable, Corinna Turner, Antony Kolenc, T.M. Gaouette, Theresa Linden

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CTB ANTHOLOGY

BOOK 4

A Lent-themed anthology with 10 short stories.

Themes: repentance, forgiveness, resisting temptation, courage, perseverance, sacrificial love, and responsibility.

Discussion guide coming soon.

FINDING FAITH

Into the Spotlight

Leslea Wahl

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FINDING FAITH

BOOK 1

A humorous and touching story of sixteen year old Josie. After a humiliating event forces her to spend the summer with her Aunt on a South Carolina island, she becomes entangled in a mystery which causes her to rely on her faith and discover who God wants her to be.

Themes: Finding yourself, dealing with bullying, being grateful for blessings

Discussion questions and study guide available in back of book and on author website.

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

Boy Who Knew (Carlo Acutis)

Corinna Turner

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FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

BOOK 1

Fictional teens learn about different saints as they go through their own life struggles, and we see the inspiration and influence of the book's saint in their lives. In 'The Boy Who Knew (Carlo Acutis)' a fifteen-year-old boy with leukemia gets to know Blessed Carlo Acutis, re-evaluates his priorities in life and gains the strength to face his illness.

Themes: Faith, friendship with the saints, fear, mortality, death, beatification

Includes Discussion Questions, Prayers, and Bibliography.

FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

Child, Unwanted (Margaret of Castello)

Corinna Turner

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FRIENDS IN HIGH PLACES

BOOK 3

Fictional teens learn about different saints as they go through their own life struggles, and we see the inspiration and influence of the book's saint in their lives. In 'Child, Unwanted (Margaret of Castello)' a thirteen-year-old abortion survivor struggles to believe his foster family love him after an accident. Saint Margaret of Castello helps him to see his life differently.

Themes: Friendship with the saints, Pro-Life Issues (abortion and euthanasia), life-changing injury, fostering/adoption

Includes Discussion Questions, Prayers, and Bibliography.

LIVES OF LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS SERIES

Crusader King: A Novel of Baldwin IV and the Crusades

Susan Peek

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LIVES OF LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS SERIES

BOOK 1

An action-packed historical novel about the little-known life of Baldwin IV of Jerusalem, the leper Crusader king who –despite ascending the throne at only thirteen years old, and his incredibly debilitating disease – performed great and heroic deeds in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds.

Themes: courage, loyalty, friendship, unflinching love for God and duty, disabilities, courage, the Crusades

No discussion guide at this time.

LIVES OF LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS SERIES

Soldier Surrenders: The Conversion of Saint Camillus de Lellis

Susan Peek

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BOOK 2

Soldiering, gambling, brawling, drinking. As a young man, St. Camillus excelled at them all. Add to that his fiery temper and innate knack for getting into trouble, and Camillus de Lellis seems the last person who could ever achieve holiness! But God had plans for the stubborn young soldier, whether Camillus liked it or not…

Themes: conversion to God, overcoming faults and vices, friendship

No discussion guide at this time.

LIVES OF LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS SERIES

Saint Magnus, The Last Viking

Susan Peek

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LIVES OF LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS SERIES

BOOK 3

Come back in time 900 years, to the fierce and desolate Northern lands, where Norsemen ruled with ax and sword. A dying king, a shocking death-wish, his heirs divided with an oath of blood . . . A fast-paced historical novel about Saint Magnus Erlendson, a young Viking prince involved in a feud with his cousin Hakon. Based on true historical events.

Themes: forgiveness, courage, accepting God's will, sacrificial love, family ties, family feuds, putting duties of state above personal inclination

No discussion guide at this time.

LIVES OF LITTLE-KNOWN SAINTS SERIES

Saint Cloud of Gaul, The Prince Who Traded Kingdoms

Susan Peek

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BOOK 5

Hurled into a life of danger, where his royal identity must remain hidden at all costs, Cloud eventually stumbles upon the only Kingdom worth fighting for.

Themes: courage, vocation, perseverance in God's will, leadership, humility, saint

No discussion guide at this time.

PREQUEL TO ELFLING

Most Expensive Alley Cat in London

Corinna Turner

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PREQUEL TO ELFLING

BOOK 1

Young Serapia Ravena is living rough on the streets of old London, along with her dragon-like pet, Raven. Starving after a near-fatal illness, Serapia is delighted to find the meal she so desperately needs to survive. But nothing about this skinny alley cat is as she expects. It may provide a very different means of deliverance—or doom.

Themes: Redemption, salvation, second chances, repentance, family loyalty, duty, fortitude, courage.

No discussion guide at this time.

STANDALONE

Where You Lead

Leslea Wahl

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STANDALONE

BOOK 1

Sixteen-year-old Eve Donahue’s lonely existence changes in an instant when visions of a mysterious stranger haunt her. Certain God is calling her for a mission, she bravely says yes and begins her quest to meet this young man.

Themes: faith, courage, God's will, God's plan, recognizing and having the courage to answer God's call in big and small ways.

Discussion questions and study guide are available in the back of the book and on the author website.

STANDALONE

Treachery and Truth

Katy Huth Jones

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STANDALONE

BOOK 1

A novelization of the brief life of Saint Wenceslas (the “Good King” of the Christmas carol) through the POV of his faithful young servant, Poidevin. While both boys and girls will enjoy this fast-paced historical novel, boys especially will find several strong role models. Even as a young teen, Wenceslas (portrayed here by his Czech name, Vaclav) showed great faith, courage, humility, and compassion.

Themes: the meaning of suffering, fidelity to Christ, loving our enemies

Discussion questions located in the back of the book.

STANDALONE

Elfling

Corinna Turner

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STANDALONE

BOOK 2

She must find her father or die. Alone on the streets of London, young Serapia Ravena seeks her father, her only hope of survival. But he hides a dark secret, one that threatens his very life and his very soul.

Themes: Redemption, salvation, second chances, repentance, family loyalty, duty, fortitude, courage.

No discussion guide at this time.

THE BLINDSIDE SERIES

Perfect Blindside

Leslea Wahl

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THE BLINDSIDE SERIES

BOOK 1

An Olympic snowboarding superstar with an ego and a high school journalist with a chip on her shoulder must team up to solve the mysterious happenings in their small Colorado town.

Themes: discovering God's will, using your talents to help others

Discussion questions and study guide available on author website. Free 2-chapter download.

WEST BROTHERS SERIES

Roland West, Loner

Theresa Linden

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WEST BROTHERS SERIES

BOOK 1

A contemporary Christian story about a fourteen-year-old boy who finds himself friendless at a new school and the subject of cruel rumors.

Themes: loneliness, sibling bullying, family relationships, friendship, having a sibling/friend with disabilities, Communion of Saints, miracles, mercy, and forgiveness

Book club discussion questions are available on author website.

WEST BROTHERS SERIES

Fire Starters

Theresa Linden

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WEST BROTHERS SERIES

BOOK 6

While struggling to prepare friends for Confirmation, a group of teens suspect someone is behind the potential closing of their church.

Themes: Confirmation, listening to the Holy Spirit, the 7 gifts of the Holy Spirit, being a soldier of Christ, family relationships, friendship, grieving the death of a loved one, sacrificing for others, self evaluation, apologizing, and prayer.

Book club discussion questions are in the back of the book and available on author website.

unSPARKed SERIES

Please Don't Feed the Dinosaurs

Corinna Turner

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unSPARKed SERIES

BOOK 1

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short fiction series follows Darryl and her younger brother Harry, the children of a dinosaur farmer, and Joshua, an eighteen-year-old hunter, as they face challenges from both wildlife, and other people.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Grief, Power of the Sacraments, Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Agriculture

No discussion guide at this time.

unSPARKed SERIES

Truly Raptor-ous Welcome

Corinna Turner

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BOOK 2

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short fiction series follows Darryl and her younger brother Harry, the children of a dinosaur farmer, and Joshua, an eighteen-year-old hunter, as they face challenges from both wildlife, and other people.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Grief, Power of the Sacraments, Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Agriculture

No discussion guide at this time.

unSPARKed SERIES

Panic!

Corinna Turner

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unSPARKed SERIES

BOOK 3

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short fiction series follows Darryl and her younger brother Harry, the children of a dinosaur farmer, and Joshua, an eighteen-year-old hunter, as they face challenges from both wildlife, and other people.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Grief, Power of the Sacraments, Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Agriculture

No discussion guide at this time.

unSPARKed SERIES

Farmgirls Die in Cages

Corinna Turner

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unSPARKed SERIES

BOOK 4

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short fiction series follows Darryl and her younger brother Harry, the children of a dinosaur farmer, and Joshua, an eighteen-year-old hunter, as they face challenges from both wildlife, and other people.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Grief, Power of the Sacraments, Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Agriculture

No discussion guide at this time.

unSPARKed SERIES

Wild Life

Corinna Turner

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BOOK 5

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short fiction series follows Darryl and her younger brother Harry, the children of a dinosaur farmer, and Joshua, an eighteen-year-old hunter, as they face challenges from both wildlife, and other people.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Grief, Power of the Sacraments, Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Agriculture, Purity/Chastity

No discussion guide at this time.

unSPARKed SERIES

Right Rex Rodeo

Corinna Turner

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unSPARKed SERIES

BOOK 6

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short fiction series follows Darryl and her younger brother Harry, the children of a dinosaur farmer, and Joshua, an eighteen-year-old hunter, as they face challenges from both wildlife, and other people.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Grief, Power of the Sacraments, Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Agriculture, Purity/Chastity

No discussion guide at this time.

unSPARKed SERIES

FEAR

Corinna Turner

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unSPARKed SERIES

BOOK 7

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short fiction series follows Darryl and her younger brother Harry, the children of a dinosaur farmer, and Joshua, an eighteen-year-old hunter, as they face challenges from both wildlife, and other people.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Grief, Power of the Sacraments, Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Agriculture, Purity/Chastity

No discussion guide at this time.

unSPARKed SERIES

Different Kind of Camouflage

Corinna Turner

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unSPARKed SERIES

BOOK 8

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short fiction series follows Darryl and her younger brother Harry, the children of a dinosaur farmer, and Joshua, an eighteen-year-old hunter, as they face challenges from both wildlife, and other people.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Grief, Power of the Sacraments, Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Agriculture, Purity/Chastity

No discussion guide at this time.

unSPARKed SERIES

Different Kind of Freedom

Corinna Turner

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BOOK 9

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short fiction series follows Darryl and her younger brother Harry, the children of a dinosaur farmer, and Joshua, an eighteen-year-old hunter, as they face challenges from both wildlife, and other people.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Grief, Power of the Sacraments, Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Agriculture, Purity/Chastity, Mental Health

No discussion guide at this time.

unSPARKed SERIES

Liam and the Hunters of Lee'Vi

Corinna Turner

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BOOK 10

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short story follows Liam as he seeks to save his parents and sisters after a car wreck.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Adventure, Rural vs. City life

No discussion guide at this time.

unSPARKed SERIES

Very Jurassic Christmas

Corinna Turner

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BOOK 12

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short fiction series follows Darryl and her younger brother Harry, the children of a dinosaur farmer, and Joshua, an eighteen-year-old hunter, as they face challenges from both wildlife, and other people.

Themes: Dinosaurs, Faith, Loyalty to friends and family, Grief, Power of the Sacraments, Crime/Thriller/Mystery, Agriculture

No discussion guide at this time.