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100 Cupboards Book 1

100 Cupboards Book 1

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Readers who love Percy Jackson, the Unwanteds, and Beyonders will discover that 100 cupboards mean 100 opportunities for adventure! The bestselling and highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series starts here.

What dangers are locked behind the cupboard doors? Henry isn't brave, but when he hears a thumping and scratching on the other side of his bedroom wall, he can't ignore it. He scrapes off the plaster and discovers mysterious doors--cupboards of all different shapes and sizes. Through one he sees a glowing room and a man strolling back and forth. Through another he sees only darkness and feels the cold sense that something isn't right. When his cousin Henrietta boldly travels into the worlds beyond the cupboards, it's up to Henry to follow her. Now that he's opened the doors, can he keep the evil inside from coming through?

"A must-read series." --The Washington Post

100 Cupboards The Chestnut King Book 3

100 Cupboards The Chestnut King Book 3

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The bestselling and highly acclaimed 100 Cupboards series concludes with one final, epic battle in The Chestnut King. Perfect for readers who love Percy Jackson, the Unwanteds, and Beyonders!

Hidden cupboards behind Henry's bedroom wall unlocked portals to other worlds that Henry and his cousin Henrietta couldn't resist exploring. But they made one terrible mistake--they released the undying witch Nimiane. Her goal? To drain all life from every world connected to the cupboards. Henry must seek out the Chestnut King to defeat her, but doing so will force Henry to make a terrible, irreversible choice. With the fate of the worlds and everyone Henry loves hanging in the balance, will he have the courage to do what is needed to destroy the witch once and for all?

"A must-read series." --The Washington Post

A Fairchild Family Story #3 Up and Down the River

A Fairchild Family Story #3 Up and Down the River

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Bonnie and Debbie's desire to get rich causes them to respond to a sure-thing magazine advertisement. They are soon embarked upon an ambitious summer of selling "up and down the river." Not that circumstances end quite in the way they had imagined! In a surprising flurry of trading, the girls somehow accumulate wealth in the form of unexpected friends, assorted animals, and unforeseen situations, even as their collection of dimes and dollars seem always to be slipping through their hands. Bonnie and Debbie Fairchild occupy center stage in this story of a summer season in the lovely hills of Kentucky of the early 1900's. This is Book 3 in the Fairchild Family series.
A Fairchild Family Story #4 Schoolroom In the Parlor

A Fairchild Family Story #4 Schoolroom In the Parlor

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School in the Kentucky hills goes from August to the last Friday before Christmas. After that the snows are too high, and later, the thawing rivers too full, for the Fairchild children, and their neighbors, the Wattersons, the Sawyers, and the Huffs to make it safely to the little school house in the woods. Now that Althy is fourteen, Mr. Fairchild has other plans for the long winter months. Learn, along with Bonnie, Debbie, Chris and Emmy, what it is like to have school at home in the early 1900 s. The fourth and final book in the Fairchild Family series."
Adventures of Nick and Sam: Perfect Gifts #1

Adventures of Nick and Sam #1 Perfect Gifts

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Double the Fun, Double the Trouble

Introducing Book #1 in The Adventures of Nick & Sam!

The end of summer means two things for the twins Nicholas and Samantha. First, pack in a lot of fun before school starts. Second, get presents for their birthday.

But this year has its share of trouble when Nick and Sam get caught sneaking peeks at their hidden presents. And that's just the start! Later, Nick turns a family hike into a stinky event. Sam discovers just how dangerous disobedience can be. And an unwise buying spree leads to more problems than Nick could imagine. 

Will the twins be able to celebrate their birthday this year?

Adventures of Nick and Sam: Hidden Treasures #2

Adventures of Nick and Sam #2 Hidden Treasures

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It's a New School Year with New Surprises!

Introducing Book #2 in The Adventures of Nick & Sam!

Who knew the start of the school year could also be the start of so many new discoveries? In no time at all Nick and Sam are caught up in a family mystery, a dig for buried treasure and a secret about guardian angels. Faith-filled and faithful, Hidden Treasures is a collection of fun and inspiring stories about the wonder that surrounds us all.

Adventures of Nick and Sam: Best Advent Ever #3

Adventures of Nick and Sam #3 Best Advent Ever

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Introducing Book #3 in The Adventures of Nick & Sam!

The Perry family's first Advent in Hope Springs is a mix of drama and comedy as Sam competes with her best friend to be in the Christmas pageant, Nick hopes to play an angel that actually flies, the search for a Christmas tree leads to danger, and family traditions take on a whole new meaning of joy.

It's a time of fun, learning, and wonder that might become the Perry family's best Advent ever.

Adventures of Nick and Sam: Trouble with Lent #4

Adventures of Nick and Sam #4 Trouble with Lent

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Nicolas (Nick) and Samantha (Sam) Perry are twins. They moved with their parents, their brother Andrew, and their sister Lizzy, to the Colorado town of Hope Springs. The likeable and engaging characters reflect the sensibilities and struggles of being Catholic in the quirky small town of Hope Springs, and in the many adventures that make the teachings of the Church come alive.

In Trouble with Lent, the fourth book of the Adventures of Nick and Sam, the Perry twins are celebrating Lent at school, at church, and with their family. The family discusses what they will be giving up for Lent, and Nick and Sam experience some struggles with their choices throughout the Lenten season. A new boy, Riley, comes into their class who is obsessed with Big Foot, and he and Nick get into some strange adventures seeking the famous creature. Sam enters the school spelling bee, and she struggles with temptation when someone tries to help her cheat. The kids learn about temptations, sacrifices, poverty, and the love of Jesus along the way. The chapters follow along the calendar for the season of Lent and lead right into the joy of Easter Sunday.

Ages 6 and up.

Adventures of Nick and Sam: A World of Wonder #5

Adventures of Nick and Sam #5 World of Wonder

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Nicolas (Nick) and Samantha (Sam) Perry are twins. They moved with their parents, their brother Andrew, and their sister Lizzy, to the Colorado town of Hope Springs. The likeable and engaging characters reflect the sensibilities and struggles of being Catholic in the quirky small town of Hope Springs, and in the many adventures that make the teachings of the Church come alive.

In A World of Wonder, the fifth book in the Adventures of Nick and Sam series, the Perry twins take part in the Great Easter Monday Snowball Battle, learn of an amazing mystery revealed in a church fire, and become the subject of a science project. These experiences teach Nick and Sam that God, like the world he created, is mysterious and wonderful.

Adventures of Nick and Sam: View from the Top #6

Adventures of Nick and Sam #6 View from the Top

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Nicolas (Nick) and Samantha (Sam) Perry are twins. They moved with their parents, their brother Andrew, and their sister Lizzy, to the Colorado town of Hope Springs. The likeable and engaging characters reflect the sensibilities and struggles of being Catholic in the quirky small town of Hope Springs, and in the many adventures that make the teachings of the Church come alive.

In View from the Top, the sixth book of The Adventures of Nick & Sam series, the Perry twins are looking forward to summer. As the school year comes to an end, Nick and Sam are already caught up in new beginnings. Not only are they packing for a move, but Nick begins to wonder if he's good at anything and Sam struggles to help two people she loves through their troubles. Together, the twins discover that how they deal with inflatable castles, bad throws, and difficult decisions often depends on having the right point of view. It's a lesson for everyone in this exciting and fun-filled story.

Ages 6 and up.

Betsy was a Junior and Betsy and Joe

Betsy was a Junior and Betsy and Joe

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"Some characters become your friends for life. That's how it was for me with Betsy-Tacy."--Judy Blume

With a Foreword by Meg Cabot

Maud Hart Lovelace's beloved Betsy-Tacy series continues with the third and final books set in Betsy and Tacy's high school years, Betsy Was a Junior and Betsy and Joe, featuring the original cover illustration from Betsy Was a Junior along with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Meg Cabot.

"Slipping into a Betsy book is like slipping into a favorite pair of well-worn slippers: It's always a pleasure to live in Betsy's world for a little while, to experience her simple joys, but also her (thankfully short-lived) sorrows." --Meg Cabot

"I re-read these books every year, marveling at how a world so quaint - Shirtwaists! Pompadours! Merry Widow hats! - can feature a heroine who is undeniably modern." --Laura Lippman

"There are three authors whose body of work I have re-read more than once over my adult life: Charles Dickens, Jane Austen, and Maud Hart Lovelace." --Anna Quindlen



Black Stallion

Black Stallion

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First published in 1941, Walter Farley's best-selling novel for young
readers is the triumphant tale of a boy and a wild horse. From Alec Ramsay and
the Black's first meeting on an ill-fated ship to their adventures on a desert
island and their eventual rescue, this beloved story will hold the rapt
attention of readers new and old.
Blood-Red Crescent

Blood-Red Crescent

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Age Range: 8 and up

The might of Islam threatened his world.

It's the year 1570. Fourteen-year-old Guido Callatta, son of a wealthy Venetian merchant, spends his free time roaming the docks, listening to the tales of gnarled old sailors, and dreaming of adventures at sea.

But his carefree life is about to change forever. Armies of Ottoman Turks threaten Europe from all sides, conquering Christian towns and forcing their people to convert. Moslem corsairs raid the coastlines at will.

Guido even hears talk of a massive Turkish fleet preparing to sail from the East, bent on destroying Europe's forces once and for all. The Ottoman Sultan even boasts that he will set the crescent moon of Allah over the dome of St. Peter's -- a crescent stained red with the blood of Christians.

When Pope Pius V calls for the creation of a Holy League of men and ships to face down the Moslem armada, Guido vows to join the fight: for his family, f

The might of Islam threatened his world.

It’s the year 1570. Fourteen-year-old Guido Callatta, son of a wealthy Venetian merchant, spends his free time roaming the docks, listening to the tales of gnarled old sailors, and dreaming of adventures at sea.

But his carefree life is about to change forever. Armies of Ottoman Turks threaten Europe from all sides, conquering Christian towns and forcing their people to convert. Moslem corsairs raid the coastlines at will.

Guido even hears talk of a massive Turkish fleet preparing to sail from the East, bent on destroying Europe’s forces once and for all. The Ottoman Sultan even boasts that he will set the crescent moon of Allah over the dome of St. Peter’s — a crescent stained red with the blood of Christians.

When Pope Pius V calls for the creation of a Holy League of men and ships to face down the Moslem armada, Guido vows to join the fight: for his family, for his city, for his Faith.

And although his father tells him he’s too young for war, soon he’s caught up in a whirlwind of knights and nobles, bloody battles and arduous journeys. Finally, Guido finds himself alongside Don John of Austria, who will lead the Holy League in its last desperate fight to save Christian Europe: the legendary Battle of Lepanto.

In this historical tale of Catholic heroism, courage, and holiness, readers of all ages will be reminded that when the Faith is threatened, extraordinary valor may be demanded of any one of us — even the very young.

Ages 8 and up.  196 pages.

Braving the Storm (Gospel Time Trekkers)

Braving the Storm (Gospel Time Trekkers)

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In this second volume of the Gospel Time Trekkers series, children ages 6-9 are taken on a time traveling journey that imaginatively retraces Jesus's miracle of the five loaves and two fish and the miracle at the wedding in Cana. On this journey, three modern siblings set off with Levi to find Jesus, only to get lost in Cana in the middle of a raging storm! How will they ever get home?
Catholic Guide to Narnia

Catholic Guide to Narnia

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Dive deeper into the world of Narnia with your family, classroom, or small group with A Catholic Guide to Narnia: Questions and Activities for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe

Explore the rich Christian symbolism that can be uncovered through engaging discussion questions, activities, and references to Scripture and The Catechism of the Catholic Church. To help Catholics appreciate this C.S. Lewis masterpiece, A Catholic Guide to Narnia can be used with both the book and movie versions of The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe.

Families, individuals, and small groups will not only gain a more profound understanding of the amazing world of Narnia, they will also grow in their appreciation of and love for the Catholic FaithA Catholic Guide to Narnia: Questions and Activities for The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe includes:

  • 100 fun and interesting questions and answers on the story’s content

  • Over 20 activities for families, small groups, or individuals

  • Discussion questions to engage in the content

  • Bible and Catechism references to see how it is connected to the Catholic Faith

  • "For Further Exploration” sections with suggestions on how to discover more about the themes discussed

Chime Travelers #1 Secret of the Shamrock

Chime Travelers #1 Secret of the Shamrock

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When Patrick has to work on his church's cleaning team on a Saturday, he thinks his weekend fun is ruined. But when the old church bells start chiming, Patrick and his pet frog, Francis, are suddenly taken back through time to ancient Ireland. Will the strange shepherd he meets be able to help him get home, or will Patrick be stuck taking care of sheep in the rain and mud forever? Find out in The Secret of the Shamrock.

Book 1 in the Chime Travelers series, exciting new chapter books ideal for children in grades 2-5.

Chime Travelers #2 Sign of the Carved Cross

Chime Travelers #2 Sign of the Carved Cross

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Katie joins her friends in being mean to the new girl, Lily. But suddenly, Katie becomes the new girl--in 1675! She has no idea how she traveled in time to a Native American village, but she's hoping the young woman she meets will be nicer to her than Katie was to Lily. Tekakwitha is a quiet girl with scars on her face from a terrible disease. Tekakwitha's family doesn't accept her because of her faith, and soon she and Katie have to run away in the middle of the night. Will Katie ever find her way back home? Find out in The Sign of the Carved Cross.

Book 2 in the Chime Travelers series, exciting new chapter books ideal for children in grades 2-5.

Chime Travelers #3 Whisper in the Ruins

Chime Travelers #3 Whisper in the Ruins

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Somebody is angry, and they're taking it out on St. Anne's.

Patrick and his twin sister Katie are shocked when they learn that someone threw a brick through the St. Francis of Assisi stained glass window at St. Anne's. What would make someone angry enough to damage the beautiful old window? And how will the church ever be able to repair it? The twins want to investigate, but before Patrick can learn anything, he's swept into another adventure--in the year 1205!

Patrick's second Chime Travel journey takes him back to Assisi, where he meets a brave young man who wants to leave his family's wealth behind so he can answer God's call in his life. Young Francis invites Patrick to help him repair an old church, but Francis's father is furious with his son's decision and will do almost anything to stop him. Can Francis and Patrick follow God's command to rebuild the church? And will Patrick's time in Assisi help him solve the mystery of the broken window at St. Anne's?

Book 3 in the Chime Travelers series, exciting new chapter books ideal for children in grades 2-4.

Chime Travelers #5 Strangers in the Manger

Chime Travelers #5 Strangers in the Manger

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It's Christmas time at St. Anne parish, and a new family has arrived! The Perez family doesn't look like the other families in the parish. As five-year-old Mateo stares at Katie and Patrick, clutching his little stuffed burro, they see he's just puzzled about them. But it's Father Miguel's job to take care of them, right? Just then, a bell rings and the twins are swept up in another Chime Travel adventure, this time to find Mary and Joseph on their way to Bethlehem.

This fresh yet authentic retelling of the biblical Infancy Narratives sheds new light on the life of the Holy Family. And when at last the Magi arrive, Katie asks Mary, "Are you sure you want all of these strangers around the baby?" Mary smiles. "Strangers are simply new friends, just waiting to be loved." Katie and Patrick think of the Perez family. Can they still make new friends for Christmas?

Book 5 in the Chime Travelers series, exciting new chapter books ideal for children in grades 2-5.

Chronicles of Narnia #6 Silver Chair

Chronicles of Narnia #6 Silver Chair

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A full-color paperback edition of The Silver Chair, book six in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with full-color cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

Through dangers untold and caverns deep and dark, a noble band of friends is sent to rescue a prince held captive. But their mission to Underland brings them face-to-face with an evil more beautiful and more deadly than they ever expected.

Enter a land where enchantment rules in The Silver Chair, the sixth book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series. For over sixty years it has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters. This is a complete stand-alone read, but if you want to discover what happens in the final days of Narnia, read The Last Battle, the seventh and concluding book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian

Chronicles of Narnia Prince Caspian

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A full-color paperback edition of Prince Caspian, book four in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with full-color cover and interior art by the original illustrator, Pauline Baynes.

The Pevensie siblings are back to help a prince denied his rightful throne as he gathers an army in a desperate attempt to rid his land of a false king. But in the end, it is a battle of honor between two men alone that will decide the fate of an entire world.

A battle is about to begin in Prince Caspian, the fourth book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been enchanting readers of all ages for over sixty years. This is a stand-alone novel, but if you would like to see more of Prince Caspian's adventures, read The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the fifth book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Chronicles of Narnia Voyage of the Dawn Treader

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A full-color paperback edition of The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, book five in the classic fantasy series, The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition is complete with full-color cover and interior art by the original illustrator of Narnia, Pauline Baynes.

A king and some unexpected companions embark on a voyage that will take them beyond all known lands. As they sail farther and farther from charted waters, they discover that their quest is more than they imagined and that the world's end is only the beginning.

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is the fifth book in C. S. Lewis's classic fantasy series, which has been drawing readers of all ages into a magical land with unforgettable characters for over sixty years. This is a novel that stands on its own, but if you would like to continue to the journey, read The Silver Chair, the sixth book in The Chronicles of Narnia.

Courageous Quest (Gospel Time Trekkers)

Courageous Quest (Gospel Time Trekkers)

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In this fifth volume of the Gospel Time Trekkers series, children ages 6-9 are taken on a journey that imaginatively retraces Jesus restoring Bartimaeus' sight and calling Zacchaeus down from the tree. When time traveling siblings arrive in Jericho and learn that Jesus is on his way to Jerusalem, they want to follow him. But the roads leading to Jerusalem are confusing and dangerous. Will they go anyway despite these warnings, or realize that a courageous quest can mean more than putting themselves in danger?
Cure of Ars: the Priest Who Out-Talked the Devil

Cure of Ars: the Priest Who Out-Talked the Devil

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Milton Lomask contributes his second volume to the Vision Books series of saints for youth 9 - 15 years old in this story of the greatly beloved Cure of Ars. Jean-Marie Vianney, a farm boy born during the French Revolution, longed to become a priest. But he could not learn Latin, and it seemed as if the humble, lovable, slow-thinking Jean-Marie would never be ordained. He did at last become a priest, and such a holy one that St. Jean-Marie Vianney is invoked as the patron saint and model of parish priests everywhere. To many he is known, not by name, but simply as "the Cure of Ars, " the parish priest who devoted his life to the little village of Ars and so successfully led his people to sanctity that he became a prime target of the devil.
Discovery at Dawn (Gospel Time Trekkers)

Discovery at Dawn (Gospel Time Trekkers)

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In this sixth volume of the Gospel Time Trekkers series, children ages 6-9 are taken on a journey that imaginatively retraces the events surrounding Jesus's crucifixion and resurrection. Upon arriving in Jerusalem, time-traveling siblings learn that Jesus is in town! It finally seems like they will be able to meet him. But with darkness consuming the sky, soldiers stationed throughout the city, and Jesus's apostles looking worried, something is not right...
Father Damien and the Bells

Father Damien and the Bells

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This 25th volume in the acclaimed Vision Books series of saints' lives for youth 9-15 years old is the story of the saintly Fr. Damien, who in 1872 went to the island of Molokai, where lepers had been exiled to live in miserable surroundings. Damien earned the trust of the lepers, and his appeals for help resonated throughout the world. He spent his life caring for all the needs of the outcast lepers, and even after Damien himself contracted leprosy he carried on working for his fellow lepers to the end. Illustrated

Father Marquette and the Great Rivers

Father Marquette and the Great Rivers

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This Vision book for youth 9 - 15 years old tells the thrilling story of one of America's greatest missionaries who came down from Canada with explorer Louis Joliet to explore the mighty Mississippi River, the "great river" bordered by Indian tribes who killed white men on sight.

Of the few who had dared explore this immense waterway, none had lived to return and report where it emptied. If he could travel to the mouth of the "great river", Fr. Marquette hoped to obtain new lands for France and new souls for Jesus Christ. He braved the dangers of tomahawks and tortures to bring the Word of God to the Indians of the New World. Rapids, floods, Indian superstitions, tribal warfare - these are only a few of the obstacles Father Marquette and Louis Joliet encountered in trying to meet their challenge. Illustrated.

Cover art by Chris Pelicano

This Vision book for youth 9 - 15 years old tells the thrilling story of one of America's greatest missionaries who came down from Canada with explorer Louis Joliet to explore the mighty Mississippi River, the "great river" bordered by Indian tribes who killed white men on sight.

Of the few who had dared explore this immense waterway, none had lived to return and report where it emptied. If he could travel to the mouth of the "great river", Fr. Marquette hoped to obtain new lands for France and new souls for Jesus Christ. He braved the dangers of tomahawks and tortures to bring the Word of God to the Indians of the New World. Rapids, floods, Indian superstitions, tribal warfare - these are only a few of the obstacles Father Marquette and Louis Joliet encountered in trying to meet their challenge. Illustrated.

Francis and Clare, Saints of Assisi

Francis and Clare, Saints of Assisi

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A Vision Book about St. Francis and St. Clare, the two very popular saints of Assisi. Helen Homan has captured all the excitement and beauty of the lives of these saints from their childhood growing up together in Assisi to their profound conversion and lifelong influence�indeed centuries-long influence�on the whole world through their radical living of the Gospel and founding of two great religious orders, the Franciscans and the Poor Clares. Combining the stories of Francis and Clare in one volume makes for a book that will be of great interest to both boys and girls of a wide age span. Illustrated.

Cover art by Chris Pelicano

This book is now part of Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader program. Quizzes are currently available.

Gospel Time Trekkers #1 Shepherds to the Rescue

Gospel Time Trekkers #1 Shepherds to the Rescue

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In this first volume of the Gospel Time Trekkers series, children ages 6-9 are taken on a time traveling adventure that imaginatively retraces the birth of Jesus through the experiences of Hannah, Caleb, and Noah. These modern siblings meet Benjamin, a shepherd boy from Biblical times whose grandfather heard the message of the angels at the birth of Jesus. When this foursome becomes surrounded by hungry wolves, Benjamin has much to teach the siblings about shepherding.
Gospel Time Trekkers #3 Danger at Sea

Gospel Time Trekkers #3 Danger at Sea

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In this third volume of the Gospel Time Trekkers series, children ages 6-9 are taken on a journey that imaginatively retraces Jesus welcoming the child Rebecca into a gathering with his disciples through the experiences of three modern siblings: Hannah, Caleb, and Noah. When Caleb offers to help out with the fishing for Rebecca's family, little does he know the danger that lies ahead with only a torch lighting the way, fish wildly flapping, and gusting winds whirling through the air.
In the Realm of Mist and Mercy

In the Realm of Mist and Mercy

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Torn from his woodland home, the orphan Waljan finds life in the city with the widow Pruitt strange and tormenting, Wally faces many trials at the hands of the widow's conniving twins, not to mention Mortinburg's shadier characters: a leering hag, the manipulative Judge Asmodeus, and a gang of lawless lawmen led by the shifty Bruce Malvo. But a mysterious wall and the society that meets beneath it hold the secret to Wally's identity. Will he find his true home . . . or will his own decisions deprive him of it?

Kateri Tekakwitha: Mohawk Maiden

Kateri Tekakwitha: Mohawk Maiden

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This book is from the famous line of Vision books of saints that are one of the most popular and well-told series of stories for young people. This is the inspiring story of Blessed Kateri Tekakwitha, a holy young Indian woman, who was converted to Christianity by the French missionaries led by St. Isaac Joques during the 1600's.
Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

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A mass-market paperback edition of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, book two in the classic fantasy series The Chronicles of Narnia. This edition features cover art by Cliff Nielsen and interior black-and-white illustrations by the series' original illustrator, Pauline Baynes. 

Four adventurous siblings—Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy Pevensie—step through a wardrobe door and into the land of Narnia, a land frozen in eternal winter and enslaved by the power of the White Witch. But when almost all hope is lost, the return of the Great Lion, Aslan, signals a great change . . . and a great sacrifice.

Little Men, 150th Anniversary Ed.

Little Men, 150th Anniversary Ed.

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A beautiful unabridged 150th Anniversary Edition with 16 illustrations by Reginald Birch

Little Men, or Life at Plumfield with Jo's Boys, was first published in 1871. The novel reprises characters from Little Women and is considered by some the second book in an unofficial Little Women trilogy, which is completed with Alcott's 1886 novel Jo's Boys. This book tells the story of Jo Bhaer and the children at Plumfield Estate School. It was inspired by the death of Alcott's brother-in-law. It has been adapted to film and television.

Locket's Secret

Locket's Secret

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Caught living in a world between fantasy and reality, Carrie, a 13-year-old homeschooled girl, struggles to make sense of loss and new beginnings, seeking comfort in a heart-shaped locket with a secret. "Themes include: family, fantasy, and grief.""

Caught living in a world between fantasy and reality, Carrie, a 13-year-old homeschooled girl, struggles to make sense of loss and new beginnings, seeking comfort in a heart-shaped locket with a secret. "Themes include: family, fantasy, and grief.""

Louis and Zelie Holy Parents of Saint Therese

Louis and Zelie Holy Parents of Saint Therese

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Louis and Zélie Martin, the parents of Saint Thérèse of Lisieux, were the first married couple ever canonized together by the Catholic Church. This inspiring story begins in their childhoods and follows them through their joys as well as their sorrows.

Louis, the son of a French army officer, had desired to be a priest. Instead he became a watchmaker, happy to remain single in service of God and neighbor. Zélie had thought about becoming a religious sister, but she became an expert lace maker and started her own company, doubtful she would ever marry. Then one day they passed each other on a bridge . . .

The Martins married and welcomed nine children, five of whom lived to adulthood and became religious sisters. Their household was full of love, which extended, sometimes heroically, to many others outside their family, including the needy and the enemy soldiers quartered in their home during the Franco-Prussian War.

The secret to their unfailing love was their boundless faith in God. All the challenges the Martins faced, great and small, were met with a profound trust in Divine Providence.

Margaret and The Pope Go to Assisi Pope's Cat series #4

Margaret and The Pope Go to Assisi Pope's Cat series #4

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In this fourth installment of "The Pope's Cat" series, Margaret and the Pope travel for the first time together away from the Vatican and out of Rome. They go by train to the Umbrian hill town of Assisi, a place of pilgrimage for Christians all over the world who want to remember the life of St. Francis of Assisi. Together they visit the great Basilica named for St. Francis, greet Franciscan friars at the monastery, attend a World Day of Prayer for Peace, meet religious leaders (each, it seems, with a very different hat!) from around the world, and see evidence of the spirit of St. Francis all over town.

Most of all, the Pope shows his love and care for his vulnerable creature friend, as at the beginning of the book when someone from the Curia has frightened Margaret and she's hiding in a closet in the Pope's apartment. "Don't worry, il mio amore." (Il mio amore means "My love.") "People can be so fussy, can't they?" the Pope says, picking her up in his arms.

Margaret's First Holy Week Pope's Cat series #3

Margaret's First Holy Week Pope's Cat series #3

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The story of Margaret and her friend the Pope continues with Book 3 in The Pope's Cat series.

This adventure has Margaret experiencing the prayers, penitence, liturgy, and excitement of Holy Week in the Vatican and Rome--from the joy of Palm Sunday in St. Peter's Square, to foot-washing in a Roman prison, the solemnity of Good Friday, and the expectation of Easter.

She learns about Jesus and the meaning of his Passion, visits important new places such as The Sistine Chapel, where she seems to pray beside the Pope, and the Roman Colosseum, where she learns that many early Christians were martyrs for their faith. Margaret's friends, the Swiss Guards, are watching over her, and she manages to eat (she still loves to eat!) some interesting foods, even though it's Holy Week. Oh yes, and she sleeps a lot.

Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity

Mother Seton and the Sisters of Charity

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In 1975, Mother Elizabeth Seton was canonized as America's first native-born Roman Catholic saint. This Vision Book tells the inspiring true story of the life of Elizabeth Bayley Seton from her childhood in a distinguished New York family to her becoming a sister and foundress of an order of nuns.

Born in 1774, Elizabeth Bayley grew up in a well-to-do Protestant family and seemed destined for a tranquil life. At age 19 she married William Seton and together they had five children. Tragedy struck when William died of tuberculosis in 1803. Elizabeth learned that her family fortune was lost as well. She converted to Catholicism at a time when Catholics were the object of persecutions in the United States. Her family was shocked by this decision. Elizabeth met Bishop Carroll of Maryland, and he gave her the inspiration to found the American Sisters of Charity and the first American parochial Catholic school. In time her order of sisters flourished, and they established more schools, orphanages and hospitals across the United States. At her early death (46 years old) Mother Seton's congregation numbered twenty-one communities throughout the country. Illustrated

A series which should be found wherever there are young Catholic readers.
-Ave Maria

Parents will not have to wonder why Johnny won't read if these Vision Books are made available to their children . . . Splendid in design and format . . .
- Catholic Standard and Times

The entire series of Vision Books is recommended for solid training for youth.
- The Tablet.

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Mystery of the Missing Jars (Gospel Time Trekkers)

Mystery of the Missing Jars (Gospel Time Trekkers)

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In this fourth volume of the Gospel Time Trekkers series, children ages 6-9 are taken on a journey that imaginatively retraces Jesus raising Jairus' daughter, Sarah, from the dead. Three time-traveling siblings meet Sarah, who takes them to her father's pottery workshop. When four of Jairus' jars go missing, one of the siblings becomes the prime suspect. In trying to prove his innocence, he learns that "being raised to new life" can mean more than being raised from the dead!
Old Sam and the Horse Thieves

Old Sam and the Horse Thieves

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Lee and Johnny Scott are back—and so is Old Sam—in this sequel to Old Sam, Dakota Trotter. Despite the disfiguring injury that ended Old Sam’s career as a champion thoroughbred trotter, he is still as fast—and as canny— as ever, an indispensible help for the Scott family in their new home. Then, Old Sam mysteriously goes missing. Johnny figures that any thief who dares to steal that horse will soon be sorry. With the help of Lee and their gang of friends, Johnny soon has things well in hand, finding Old Sam’s track, setting up a communication system that works with mirrors and well-placed minions—and generally running circles around his elders. And, of course, Old Sam does not let his boys down. That Johnny also encounters some sobering moments in his headlong pursuit of justice is a sad, perhaps unavoidable, consequence in a way of life still on the fringes of civilized society.

Both books about Old Sam and the Scott family are based on the author’s true-life, homesteading experiences in what is now the southeastern region of the state of North Dakota.    AGES 11 and up.

Olivia and the Little Way

Olivia and the Little Way

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Fifth grader Olivia Thomas has moved to a new school in a new state, and is eager to make friends! Her best friend quickly becomes someone she has never seen - St. Therese of Lisieux.

Follow Olivia's trials as she tries to fit in at St. Michael's School. With the help of her grandmother, she learns about the "Little Way" of serving God and how it can change everything!

This touching and heartfelt story celebrates the life of St. Therese and will inspire children to follow her example and discover how to live the Little Way for their own lives, and the blessings and even miracles that come from it.

Nancy Belanger has created a contemporary example of how to live like a saint – something children greatly need in today's culture. It will inspire and encourage young readers toward a more wholesome childhood marked by a generous and vibrant faith. Illustrated.

Nancy Carabio Belanger has loved to write ever since she was a little girl. She has a deep love for St. Therese, and believes that Therese's Little Way is a reminder to anyone who feels like he can't do enough that we can all make little sacrifices and acts of love to please God.

Our Lady Came to Fatima

Our Lady Came to Fatima

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Who would have thought that the Blessed Mother would choose to come to Fatima, that remote farming village on a rocky slope in Portugal? No one was more surprised than Lucia, Jacinta, and Francisco, the little shepherds to whom she appeared in 1917.

In this 27th volume of the acclaimed Vision Books series for youth, readers will be enthralled by the story of the village and its people, of the scornful neighbors and the puzzled parents. Above all, it is a warm story of three little ones who insisted that Our Lady had indeed come to Fatima, and from whose faith grew one of the greatest spiritual movements of our time. Illustrated.

A series which should be found wherever there are young Catholic readers.
--Ave Maria

Outlaws of Time #3 Last of the Lost Boys

Outlaws of Time #3 Last of the Lost Boys

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From the bestselling author of 100 Cupboards comes the spellbinding finale of the Outlaws of Time series, perfect for fans of Armand Baltazar's Timeless: Diego and the Rangers of the Vastlantic or Soman Chainani's School of Good and Evil series.

Alex always thought his life was boring at best. But when he learns that his favorite time-traveling heroes Sam and Glory are his real parents, Alex realizes he never needed to dream of an elsewhere. Just an elsewhen.

But when Alex sets out to find Father Tiempo, he is ambushed and transformed into the powerful villain El Terremento. Now there's not a second to waste.

Unless Sam and Glory Miracle can stop the son they didn't even know they were going to have--let alone lose--history will be unhinged, for good.

Outlaws of Time The Song of glory and Ghost

Outlaws of Time The Song of glory and Ghost

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From the bestselling author of 100 Cupboards comes the second book in a one-of-a-kind middle grade time travel series that is perfect for fans of Soman Chainani's School for Good and Evil books.

Sam Miracle never thought that his future could lie in the past. But after leaping through centuries at the side of a mystical time walker, Sam and his best friend, Glory, know that the next morning's sun could belong to yesterday as easily as tomorrow.

But no day is safe. Since the Vulture escaped, Sam and Glory's greatest nemesis has left no time nor place unmarked by his path of destruction. At least Sam and Glory have Peter, the youngest version of their mentor, Father Tiempo, to help repair the sands of time... until they don't.

Determined to save their friend from the Vulture's clutches, Sam and Glory put their trust in Ghost, a creature from before time itself. But now, the sidekick must fill the legend's shoes, the hero must play backup, and the powers they have yet to discover might just hold the key to protecting every last second for eons to come.



Ranger's Apprentice: Burning Edge

Ranger's Apprentice: Burning Edge

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The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

For years, the Kingdom of Araluen has prospered, with the evil lord Morgarath safely behind the impassable mountains. For years, its people have felt secure. But the scheming hand of the dark lord has not been idle. . . . On a special mission for the rangers, Will and his friend Horace, an apprentice knight, travel to a neighboring village and discover the unsettling truth: all the villagers have either been slain or captured. Could it be that Morgarath has finally devised a plan to bring his legions over the supposedly insurmountable pass? If so, the king's army is in imminent danger of being crushed in a fierce ambush. And Will and Horace are the only ones who can save them.

Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings, T.H. White’s The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini’s Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin’s Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Ranger's Apprentice: The Icebound Land

Ranger's Apprentice: The Icebound Land

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The international bestselling series with over 5 million copies sold in the U.S. alone!

Kidnapped after the fierce battle with Lord Morgarath, Will and Evanlyn are bound for Skandia as captives aboard a fearsome wolfship. Halt has sworn to rescue Will, and he will do anything to keep his promise-even defy his King.

Expelled from the Rangers he has served so loyally, Halt is joined by Will's friend Horace as he travels toward Skandia. On their way, they are challenged constantly by freelance knights-but Horace knows a thing or two about combat. Soon he begins to attract the attention of knights and warlords for miles around with his uncanny skill. Even so, will they be in time to rescue Will from a horrific life of slavery?

The smash hit series continues with another heart stopping adventure.

Perfect for fans of J.R.R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings, T.H. White's The Sword in the Stone, Christopher Paolini's Eragon series, and George R. R. Martin's Game of Thrones/A Song of Ice and Fire series.

Saint Bakhita of Sudan: Forever Free

Saint Bakhita of Sudan: Forever Free

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The name "Bakhita," which means "fortunate," was sarcastically bestowed upon this young child when she was kidnapped into slavery. After being taken to Italy and put into service as a nanny, she was sent to live with the Canossian Sisters in Venice, eventually becoming part of their community. For twenty-five years, she joyously carried out humble services in the convent, including taking care of the wounded during World War I. This African saint's engrossing life story, heroic choices, and forgiving heart make her a wonderful role model!
Saint Bernadette: Our Lady's Little Servant

Saint Bernadette: Our Lady's Little Servant

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This is the story of the girl to whom the Blessed Virgin appeared as a little young lady and revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception. Bernadette Soubirous lived with her family in the abandoned jail of the little French village of Lourdes, never dreaming that the very name of Lourdes would one day bring inspiration and hope to millions. Bernadette studied her Catechism, took care of her brothers and sisters, and gathered firewood - and no one knew she was a Saint. But one day, as she was gathering wood, Our lady appeared. Within a few weeks, thousands were kneeling in the field to pray to the Lady who could be seen and heard only by Bernadette. This was the beginning of one of the greatest Marian Shrines of modern times and of the miracles with which Our Lady blessed her children. Illustrated

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This book is now part of Renaissance Learning's Accelerated Reader program. Quizzes are currently available.

Saint Catherine Laboure: and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

Saint Catherine Laboure: and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal

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Milking cows, mysterious visions, boarding school, political disorder, and a miraculous medal with a secret...encounter Saint Catherine Labouré in this exciting biography! Perfect for ages 9-12, this 30th volume in the Encounter the Saints series familiarizes children with the story of Saint Catherine from her childhood farm life to her life of service as a Daughter of Charity. Discover how Catherine sees to the creation of a medal, statue, and chapel in the name of Our Lady in this story of determination, faith, and humility.

Meet Saint Catherine and experience the heroism and holiness of one of God's great friends!

Milking cows, mysterious visions, boarding school, political disorder, and a miraculous medal with a secret...learn all about Saint Catherine Labouré in this exciting biography!

Perfect for ages 8 - 12, this 30th volume of the Encounter the Saints series familiarizes children with the story of Saint Catherine Labouré-from her childhood growing up on a farm, to attending boarding school to learn to read and write, to becoming a Daughter of Charity, to her death-all within the context of the political disorder that France experienced during the 1800s-all while Catherine was receiving visitations from the Blessed Mother.

Saint Catherine was committed to serving the poor, sick, and needy; but her encounters with the Virgin Mary changed her life and gave the world the Miraculous Medal. In Saint Catherine Labouré and Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, children will discover how Catherine's friendship with God and her care for others show us how to live Our Lady's message.