Author Archives: AJ Cattapan

Monday Book Review: The Other Side of Freedom by Cynthia T. Toney

Here’s another book from one of the CatholicTeenBooks.com authors! Title: The Other Side of Freedom Author: Cynthia T. Toney Genre: historical fiction Age group: middle grade Summary: (from author’s website) In a southern farming community in 1925, thirteen-year-old Salvatore and his … Continue reading

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Word of the Year 2018! (And the Good News Jar of 2017)

HAPPY NEW YEAR! Welcome to 2018! I hope this year will be one of many blessings for all of you. As I’ve done for the last five years, I picked a “word of the year,” a word to give this … Continue reading

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VIDEO: My EWTN Bookmark Interview

Earlier this year, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Doug Keck of EWTN’s Bookmark program. During our time together, we talked about my middle grade mystery Seven Riddles to Nowhere, the award it had just won, and why … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Playing by Heart by Carmela Martino

I’m so excited today to introduce you to a brand-new YA romance from my good friend Carmela Martino. I met Carmela through the Catholic Writers Guild and soon discovered that we have many things in common: we are both Chicagoans, … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Dear Pope Francis

I received a copy of this book from a friend this past summer. If you haven’t read it already, it’s even cuter than you might imagine! Title: Dear Pope Francis: The Pope Answers Letters from Children Around the World Author: … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Battle for His Soul by Theresa Linden

In June, Theresa Linden’s book Battle for His Soul won first place in the CPA Book Awards for the teen/young adult category. Recently, I had the pleasure of reading this third book in the West Brothers series. Title: Battle for … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: The King’s Prey by Susan Peek

We don’t talk enough about mental illness. We stigmatize it and then want to sweep any discussion of it under the rug. So it’s little surprise that I didn’t even know there was a patron saint of the mentally ill … Continue reading

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Seven Riddles to Nowhere wins another award!

In case you haven’t already heard, my middle grade mystery Seven Riddles to Nowhere won Honorable Mention for Catholic children’s books at the Catholic Press Awards last Friday! This is a very broad category that included both fiction and nonfiction, … Continue reading

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That time I went to Lourdes and God whacked me upside the head

Everyone who goes to Lourdes and enters the healing water baths has a story. I guess it’s time I finally told mine. In case you haven’t already heard, I had the opportunity to visit Lourdes on pilgrimage with some of … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: St. Magnus, the Last Viking by Susan Peek

Susan Peek is known for writing historical novels based on the lives of lesser-known saints–and boy, does she bring these characters to life! This is my first novel by Susan Peek, and I look forward to reading more. Title: St. … Continue reading

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