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Grades 4-8

7 Riddles to Nowhere by A.J. Cattapan

A selectively mute seventh-grade boy tries to save his Catholic school from closing by winning a riddle-solving competition that leads him and his eclectic group of friends through the churches of Chicago.

Themes: bullying, friendship, sacrifice, grit and determination

Free discussion guide available on author's website.  Details for free books for teachers, click HERE.

Rosa, Sola by Carmela Martino

Ten-year-old Rosa, the only child of Italian immigrants in 1960s Chicago, is overjoyed when God answers her prayers for a little brother, but then a tragedy threatens to pull her family apart.

Themes: loss, family, faith, prayer, grief, and immigrant life

Discussion questions included in back of book and on author’s website.

Saving Mount Rushmore: Saint Michael the Archangel Academy, Mission 1 by Andrea Jo Rodgers

John Jenkins is shocked when he learns he’s been accepted to a top-secret school for kids with special gifts, but then devastated when he discovers he was admitted due to a clerical error. As John and his schoolmates track down clues and solve puzzles in order to save Mount Rushmore, he discovers that everyone has special God-given gifts, including him.

Themes: faith, friendship, courage, patriotism, adventure, history, God-given gifts, good vs. evil

Discussion questions and educational resources are included in the back of the book.

Saving the Statue of Liberty: Saint Michael the Archangel Academy, Mission 2 by Andrea Jo Rodgers

John Jenkins and the kids from Saint Michael the Archangel Academy are onto their next mission—to save the Statue of Liberty. Help them uncover clues and solve puzzles at Liberty State Park and Ellis Island as they race to preserve the universal symbol of freedom.

Themes: faith, friendship, courage, patriotism, adventure, history, good vs. evil

Discussion questions and educational resources are included in the back of the book.

 

Grades 6-9

A Single Bead by Stephanie Lear Engelman

After discovering a bead to her grandmother's rosary a year after her grandmother's death in a plane crash, sixteen-year-old Katelyn sets off on a quest to find the remaining beads and discovers a series of miracles.

Themes: rosary, loss, depression, prayer, Blessed Mother, death, Heaven, Purgatory

Discussion questions included in back of book. Additional teacher resources available on author website.

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book Club

8 Notes to a Nobody by Cynthia T. Toney

Wendy Robichaud finds mysterious sticky notes all over school, but that's nothing compared to bullying from a classmate and a secret her best friend seems to be keeping. At the end of eighth grade, summer break looks hopeless, but it just might be the best summer of her life.

Themes: bullying, shyness and making friends, coping with divorced parents, blaming God, self-reliance, intergenerational friendships Discussion questions and resources are located at the back of the book, and a free downloadable Teacher’s Guide is found on the author’s website.

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book Club

The Other Side of Freedom by Cynthia T. Toney

In a southern farming community in 1925, thirteen-year-old Salvatore and his Italian immigrant father become involved against their will in a crime that results in the murder of an innocent man and family friend. Will Sal keep the secrets about that night as his father asks, or risk everything he and his family cherish in their new homeland, including their lives? 

Themes: This coming-of-age novel demonstrates a Catholic boy’s faith, courage, and desire to do right in the eyes of God, his family, his community, and his country. Discussion questions and resources are located at the back of the book, and visit the author’s website.

Playing by Heart by Carmela A. Martino

When fifteen-year-old Emilia uses her musical talents to help her father win noble status in 18th-century Milan, the repercussions threaten not only her dreams for her future but her sister’s very life.

Themes: faith, family, sibling rivalry, self-sacrifice, romance, vocations, discernment of how to use God’s gifts, women’s role in society, the power of music.

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book Club​​. Details for free Teacher's Guide, click HERE.

 

Grades 7-12

The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl

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 available on author website. Free 2-chapter download.

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Roland West, Loner by Theresa Linden

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 and student study guides available on author website.

 

An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl

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 available in back of book.

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book Club

 

10 Steps to Girlfriend Status by Cynthia T. Toney

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.

 

6 Dates to Disaster by Cynthia T. Toney

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.

 

Treachery and Truth by Katy Huth Jones

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.

Saint Magnus, the Last Viking by Susan Peek

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

A Soldier Surrenders: The Conversion of Saint Camillus de Lellis by Susan Peek

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

Crusader King by Susan Peek

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

The Destiny of Sunshine Ranch by T.M. Gaouette

Relays the personal journeys of the Credence foster children and their struggles to overcome past and present pain and adversity. In this novel, the confidence of the devoted is challenged, but an even deeper understanding of God and His love are revealed.

Themes: includes overcoming past adversity, grief, loss, foster care, the power of prayer, friendship, faith, forgiveness, courage. Appropriate for students studying Christian morality. Free book study questions on author’s website.

The Other Side of Freedom by Cynthia T. Toney

In a southern farming community in 1925, thirteen-year-old Salvatore and his Italian immigrant father become involved against their will in a crime that results in the murder of an innocent man and family friend. Will Sal keep the secrets about that night as his father asks, or risk everything he and his family cherish in their new homeland, including their lives? 

Themes: This coming-of-age novel demonstrates a Catholic boy’s faith, courage, and desire to do right in the eyes of God, his family, his community, and his country. Discussion questions and resources are located at the back of the book, and visit the author’s website.

Playing by Heart by Carmela A. Martino

When fifteen-year-old Emilia uses her musical talents to help her father win noble status in 18th-century Milan, the repercussions threaten not only her dreams for her future but her sister’s very life.

Themes: faith, family, sibling rivalry, self-sacrifice, romance, vocations, discernment of how to use God’s gifts, women’s role in society, the power of music.

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book ClubDetails for free Teacher's Guide, click HERE.

Drive! (Unsparked 1.0): by Corinna Turner

Set in an alternative future where dinosaurs roam freely and humans live behind electric fences, the short story 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. Theology of the Body (Purity/Chastity) is presented positively throughout the series. Appropriate for students studying Dinosaurs, Catholicism/Christianity, Agriculture.

Secrets: Visible & Invisible by Corinna Turner, Cynthia T. Toney, Theresa Linden, Susan Peek,

T.M. Gaouette, Carolyn Perpetua Astfalk, Leslea D. Wahl

CatholicTeenBooks.com's first anthology: In a dystopian future, an innocent picnic turns deadly! Elijah knows nothing of the elderly stranger's secret past--until her disappearance changes everything. A mysterious, ever-changing painting alarms a group of teens. The cannonball took Dario's legs . . . Will he lose his soul too? The arrival of a mysterious girl challenges everything about Jason's life. An unlicensed driver. His dad's truck. What could possibly go wrong? An old tale of murder and forbidden love leads to a modern day treasure hunt.

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

Where You Lead by Leslea D. Wahl

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.

3 Things to Forget by Cynthia T. Toney

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.

Gifts: Visible & Invisible by Susan Peek, Katy Huth Jones, Carolyn Perpetua Astfalk, Theresa Linden, Leslea D. Wahl, Cynthia T. Toney, T.M. Gaouette, CorinnaTurner.

CatholicTeenBooks.com's second anthology:  Leaving the warmth of family for the cold unknown…on Christmas Eve. ​What can an ancient Christmas carol possibly have to do with one’s life? ​Will Christmas come at all to Marigold's topsy-turvy home? ​Risking capture on a crazy mission in a dystopian future…all for Christmas. ​Four simple words challenge her idea of a perfect Christmas. A new friend’s circumstances have her rethinking the value of a gift. ​A mysterious wood carving and a new kid shed new light on Christmas. ​Christmas Eve is upended by the plight of a starving dino family.

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

 

​​Grades 9-12

Angelhood by A.J. Cattapan

Seventeen-year-old theater geek Nanette expected a life on the stage, but instead, she got an afterlife as a guardian angel who must save another soul from the demons that torment her.

Themes: trust, hope, depression, teen suicide. Note: Angelhood is a speculative fiction with fantasy elements that are not to be considered a theological presentation of angels, just as one would not look for Catholic teaching in It's a Wonderful Life. Unlike the contemporary TV series "13 Reasons Why," this story shows the ugliness of suicide and promotes consideration of the consequences of actions.

Discussion guide available for free download on author's website. Details for free books for teachers, click HERE.

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book Club

An Unexpected Role by Leslea Wahl

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 available in back of book.

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book Club

Life-Changing Love by Theresa Linden

A novel about dating, courtship, family, and faith that follows three teens on their journey to know themselves, their goals, and how to accomplish them.

Themes: courtship vs. current dating practices, struggling with purity, obedience, finding the beauty within, Eucharistic miracles, supporting a friend faced with a crisis pregnancy, abortion vs. adoption, speaking the truth when it’s hard.

Book club discussion questions in the back of the book & student study guides available on author website.

Battle for His Soul by Theresa Linden

A novel that shows the unseen spiritual battles around us, through the eyes of the guardian angel of a rich teenage boy whose bad decisions have alienated him from both friends and family.

Themes: spiritual warfare, the power of prayer before the Blessed Sacrament, consequences of drinking and drug use, the Miraculous Medal, guardian angels, mercy, and forgiveness. Book club discussion questions are available on author website.

Freeing Tanner Rose by T.M. Gaouette

What happens when a superficial starlet, addicted to Hollywood is forced to live in the world of a boring, kung fu-loving, Christian boy? Will Gabriel's faith encourage Tanner to change her partying ways or will her wild undertakings and addicting vices tempt him to do things he'd never, ever considered before?

Themes: includes temptation, addiction, drug use, grief, loss, fame, premarital chastity, dating, modesty, power of prayer, strength in faith.

Appropriate for students studying the Theology of the Body or Christian morality. Free book study questions on author’s website.

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book Club

Saving Faith by T.M. Gaouette

When Gabriel’s best friend’s sister, Faith, has decided that a life for the Lord is just way too confining, she focuses her interests on a handsome, but worldly, boy from her school, who has major self-control issues in and out of the kung fu arena. Can Gabriel save Faith from self-created destruction or is he just too lost in his own worldly struggles to lend a hand?

Themes: includes living in the world, relationships/dating, broken families, emotional and physical abuse in relationships, premarital chastity, power of prayer, overcoming adversity.

Appropriate for students studying the Theology of the Body or Christian morality. Free book study questions on author’s website.

Standing Strong by Theresa Linden

Follow the West brothers in this contemporary teen fiction as they struggle through temptations and trials down paths they can barely see, toward goals they desire in the depths of their hearts. ​Book four in the West Brothers series.

Themes: family relationships, struggling against temptation, sacramentals, the Brown Scapular, vocational discernment, and learning to trust. Book club discussion questions are available on author website.

Roland West, Outcast by Theresa Linden

A shy teen fears speaking up, but when his best friend begs him to look into the vandalism of an outcast’s house, his detective skills may be the only way to find answers.

Themes: speaking up when it's hard, same-sex attraction (including the Church's teachings), judging actions but not others, respecting those with different opinions, true vs. false compassion.

Brothers by Corinna Turner

I Am Margaret Prequel Novella In a totalitarian atheist state of the future, a young man must risk everything to follow his vocation. Meanwhile 13-year-old Joe discovers a terrible, life-changing secret—and must flee in a desperate bid for survival.

Themes: vocation to the priesthood, self-sacrifice, faith, martyrdom, the dangers of eugenics (the culture of death). 

The Perfect Blindside by Leslea Wahl

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 available on author website. Free 2-chapter download.

Where You Lead by Leslea D. Wahl

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.

3 Things to Forget by Cynthia T. Toney

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.

A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer

A soldier and a young lady on opposite sides of the Civil War find common ground through their Catholic faith that helps them survive the conflict that tore their nation apart.  

Themes: Loss, addiction, faith, love, trust, forgiveness, loyalty, bravery, resilience, Civil War, Catholicism

A Life Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer

A young lady discovers that God's plans for her are greater than her own through the relationship she develops with an enemy solider during the Civil War. 

Themes: Faithfulness, bullying, trust, compassion, spirituality, loss, forgiveness, slavery, Civil War, Underground Railroad, rejection, love, resilience, Catholicism 

 

Grades 11-12

Chasing Liberty trilogy by Theresa Linden

A young woman longs for freedom in a dystopian future where the earth is elevated above man, science is unchecked by ethics, the family is eradicated, and the government controls everything.

Themes: the importance of individual liberty, faith, and traditional family to a stable society; the dangers of advancing science and technology without ethical considerations; coping with trauma, self-sacrifice for a greater good, heroism. Appropriate for students studying American Government/Civics, Ethics/Morality, or American History. (Book 3 recounts specific events in American Revolutionary War history as experienced through 3D gaming.)

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book Club

Rightfully Ours by Carolyn Astfalk

Grief, loneliness, and unavoidable circumstances draw two teens together. Their friendship deepens to love as they hunt for lost treasure, placing them in the path of temptation and forcing them to affirm their beliefs about love and sexual relationships.

Themes: premarital chastity, temptation, authentic love, Theology of the Body

Appropriate for students studying the Theology of the Body or Christian morality. Discussion questions available on the author’s website.

The King's Prey: Saint Dymphna of Ireland by Susan Peek
An insane king. His fleeing daughter. Estranged brothers, with a scarred past, risking everything to save her from a fate worse than death. Will Dymphna escape her deranged father and his sinful desires?

Themes: runaways, family violence, mental and emotional instability, courage, brotherly love, sacrificing oneself for another, purity, loving God above all things

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book Club

I Am Margaret series by Corinna Turner
In a totalitarian atheist state of the future, a young woman rejects the accepted wisdom that the imperfect are more use dead than alive, and that religious belief is a threat to society.

Themes: self-sacrifice, faith, martyrdom, the dangers of eugenics (the culture of death). Although the books are set in the future, they challenge the reader to think about the real life persecution of Christians going on in the world today, and where the logical end point of the culture of death might be. Appropriate for students studying Ethics/Morality, Religious Persecution (present or historical, especially Elizabethan England on which the persecution is partly modeled), Medical Ethics, Government/Civics. Theology of the Body (Purity/Chastity) is also shown positively in the series, especially during the third and fourth books, in which references to NFP/NFA occur organically. The prequel novella "Brothers" has a strong theme about the vocation to the priesthood.

*Recommended for TFG Generations Book Club

The Siege of Reginald Hill by Corinna Turner

A spinoff from the I Am Margaret series. Father Kyle Verrall is in big trouble-his sister's worst enemy is hell-bent on taking revenge on the famous Margaret Verrall by killing her brother as slowly and horribly as he can. But Kyle has a powerful weapon Hill knows nothing about. Is Reginald Hill the hunter - or the hunted?

Themes: redemptive power of suffering, loving one’s enemies, complete abandonment to the will of God, martyrdom, priesthood, self-sacrifice, faith, the dangers of eugenics (the culture of death).

Yesterday & Tomorrow series by Corinna Turner
In an alternative present, the West is suffering Islamist attacks on the same scale as currently, in reality, are occurring in the Middle East and Africa. When a full out takeover attempt is launched, a weak government struggles to cope, whilst a group of young people suddenly find themselves behind enemy lines. In the prequel novella, ‘Someday’, the kidnapping of the 276 Nigerian Schoolgirls from Chibok, Nigeria in 2014 is retold, with the action moved to the UK.

Themes: Christian Persecution, Terrorism, Martyrdom, Faith, Survival (Mental, Emotional and Physical). Appropriate for students studying Currents Affairs, Ethics/Morality, Christian Persecution, Comparative Religion, Middle East.

For Eden's Sake by T.M. Gaouette

Barely out of college, Isaac trades the quiet of his family ranch for the excitement of the big city with his dream job at an up-and-coming advertising agency. Until his perfect new world is shattered by bad choices, a pretty girl, a moment's temptation—and a late night walk that quickly spirals out of control.

Themes: includes living in the world, relationships/dating, broken families, emotional and physical abuse in relationships, premarital chastity, pro-life.

Appropriate for students studying the Theology of the Body or Christian morality.

A Love Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer

The Lord works to change hearts and minds during the Civil War as a young lady reconnects with her first love, a soldier with a secret that not only puts his life at risk, but hers as well

Courage, compassion, faithfulness, ingenuity, love, empathy, human trafficking, Civil War, redemption, Catholicism, forgiveness, unplanned pregnancy, resilience, resourcefulness    

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