St. John Bosco: The Juggling Saint by Maria Riley is the third in the Adventures with the Saints series of books about three young children who have the ability to time travel (think Magic Treehouse books or The Chime Travelers series) and meet important saints. In the first two books, the children met St. Joseph and then St. Therese.
In this installment, Joshua is scared about starting second grade at a new school. St. Rafael the Archangel helps the children meet with St. John Bosco, the patron saint of school children. When they first meet, he is busy performing a juggling and magic show for a group of children, but when they have the opportunity to talk to him and his guardian angel dog Grigio, the saint teaches them an important lesson about trust in God. Joshua’s fears are allayed and he is ready to go to school.
This series of books helps introduce children to popular saints in a conversational way. It also teaches important spiritual lessons.
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