Beautiful Historic Fiction

Playing By Heart by Carmela Martino This beautifully written Young Adult novel centers around the strong faith of two sisters, Emilia and Maria, and their extraordinary talents. The book is set in 18th Century Milan, Italy and focuses on their relationships with their father, as well as their struggle to follow the paths they believe …

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How to Raise Chaste Catholic Men

In today’s highly sexualized world, is it possible to raise chaste Catholic men? Leila Miller argues that it is. While nothing is guaranteed in parenting due to our children’s free will, Miller offers no-nonsense advice for moms in the second edition of Raising Chaste Catholic Men: Practical Advice, Mom to Mom. In the foreword, Fr. …

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Homeschooling for Families who can’t Homeschool

Over 20 years ago, Kenneth Danford started North Star: Self-Directed Learning for Teens, currently located in Sutherland, Massachusetts. Even before I began my homeschooling journey, I would see the tagline on bumper stickers: “Learning is Natural; School is Optional.” That tagline, which is the title of Danford’s new book, made me question what I thought …

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An Organizational Guide for the Rest of Us

Do you look at your friends’ organized homes with a little bit of envy? Do you wonder how they manage to keep their living spaces clean and organized? Some people are born with the natural ability to organize. Know Thyself: The Imperfectionist’s Guide to Sorting Your Stuff by Lisa Lawmaster Hess is not the organizational …

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The Power of the Rosary

A Single Bead by Stephanie Engelman A Single Bead is a beautiful young adult novel that centers around a family in need and a special rosary that affects the lives around them. This engaging story touches on very real and difficult issues such as loss and depression while focusing on the power of prayer and the importance …

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Beautiful New Catholic Children’s Books

Kimberly Fries has created a beautiful new collection of Catholic children’s books. Written by Fries with vibrant illustrations by Sue Kouma Johnson, these books are delightful additions to any home, Catholic school, or parish library. There are two saint books: Girl Saints for Little Ones and Boy Saints for Little Ones. Each two-page spread features …

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Fascinating Historic Teen Fiction

The Other Side of Freedom by Cynthia T. Toney In case you’re not familiar with Cynthia T. Toney, this very talented writer is the author of the award-winning Bird Face series of books – 8 Notes to a Nobody, 10 Steps to Girlfriend Status, 6 Dates to Disaster, and 3 Things to Forget. I have …

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A Unique Twist on the Passion Story

Awakening by Claudia Cangilla McAdam Awakening is one of those books that is hard to set aside. You just can’t help but continue to flip the pages, anxious to find out happens next. I found myself wanting to read just one more chapter after one more chapter. Even after I finished the book, my mind couldn’t …

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A Sweet Yet Powerful Story of Confronting Loss

The Locket’s Secret by K. Kelley Heyne The Locket’s Secret is a sweet yet powerful story about dealing with tragedy. This wonderful book for middle grade students focuses on the importance of family. The story follows Carrie and her family during their move across the country to a new home. This homeschooled teen struggles to …

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How to Be a Brave Learner

Julie Bogart is the well-known creator of the Brave Writer curriculum and founder of the Homeschool Alliance. In her new book, The Brave Learner: Finding Everyday Magic in Homeschool, Learning, and Life, Bogart shares how to take a “kind, gentle approach to parenting and homeschooling.” In the Foreword, Susan Wise Bauer, author of The Well-Trained …

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