These books made the Winter Issue 2016 Bulletin Board, and here’s why.
by Barb Szyszkiewicz
Mother Teresa: The Smile of Calcutta, for ages five and up, tells the story of a newly canonized saint who lived in our times. Charlotte Grossetete’s 36-page picture book ($14.99, Ignatius Press) demonstrates to young readers how Mother Teresa saw Jesus in the eyes of those who were abandoned, unwanted, and dying.
Middle-grade readers will enjoy Mother Teresa of Calcutta by Francine Bay ($14.99, Ignatius Press). This illustrated 36-page book tells the inspiring story of St. Teresa of Calcutta’s life and how this one small, simple woman, with deep faith and love, made a huge impact for good on the world.
A novel just right for middle-schoolers, Seven Riddles to Nowhere by A.J. Cattapan ($12.99, Vinspire Publishing), centers on a cyber-scavenger hunt reminiscent of The Westing Game but with higher stakes—the survival of a beloved Catholic school. Kam and his friends are challenged by bullies as they make their way through unfamiliar neighborhoods, seeking clues in churches and racing against time to win an inheritance that could help keep their school open.
Barb Szyszkiewicz is a Secular Franciscan wife, mom, writer, musician, and school library volunteer from New Jersey. She is an editor at CatholicMom.com and has taught in Catholic schools at all levels, from kindergarten through college.