Author Archives: AJ Cattapan

Monday Book Review: Winter by Marissa Meyer

I started this book during winter break and didn’t finish for nearly two months. To be fair, I’m working full-time and going to school, and the book is over 800 pages long! Title: Winter Author: Marissa Meyer Genre: science-fiction Age … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Erin’s Ring by Laura H. Pearl

Another YA book I was able to read over winter break (and have finally gotten around to writing the review!) Title: Erin’s Ring Author: Laura H. Pearl Genre: Historical fiction Age group: YA Summary (from back cover): “When thirteen-year-old Molly … Continue reading

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Books That Feature Catholic Schools

In honor of Catholic Schools Week, I thought I’d put together a list of novels that feature students in Catholic schools. Sadly, I was having trouble coming up with much of a list on my own, so I took to … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Rosa, Sola by Carmela Martino

Can I resist a middle grade book with an Italian-American main character and lots of Italian vocabulary words sprinkled throughout? No. No, I cannot. 🙂 Title: Rosa, Sola Author: Carmela Martino Age group: middle grade (on the youngish side) Genre: … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Six Dates to Disaster by Cynthia Toney

One of the best parts about winter break is having time to read something other than books for my doctorate program! I’m trying to get through several books this week, so hopefully, I’ll have several more Monday book reviews for … Continue reading

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Christmas Shopping Time!

Still doing some Christmas shopping? Yeah, me too! In fact, I have lots left to do! If you’re looking for a gift idea, why not give someone an autographed book? If you live in the Chicago area, you can come … Continue reading

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New Book Trailer to Mark Five-Year Anniversary!

Five years ago tonight, I finished the rough draft of Angelhood. I considered it a “practice novel,” something that would never be published (let alone win three awards). It was simply writing practice as a NaNo project for 2011. To … Continue reading

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Come to our Christmas Book Party!

On Wednesday night, nine young adult authors from the Catholic Writers Guild will be teaming up to give one whopper of an early Christmas party on Facebook! (We know, we know, it’s too early for Christmas, but we thought we’d … Continue reading

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Monday Book Review: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child

In case you missed it, this summer a new Harry Potter book was released. The first thing that needs to be said about the latest Harry Potter book is that it’s not really a book. It’s a play. The second … Continue reading

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Top 8 Tips for Writing for Teens & Tweens

Last Sunday, I had to pleasure of joining a panel of authors from the Mystery Writers of America in a free workshop on writing for young readers. For those of you who weren’t able to make it, I thought I’d … Continue reading

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