Contributor Marilee Haynes Wins Catholic Arts and Letters Awards


Editor’s note: Congratulations to our own Marilee Haynes, author of the wonderful book a.k.a. genius. Marilee Haynes was awarded the Catholic Writers Guild’s highest recognition. Marilee, we are blessed to have you as a part of our family! Lisa

Cover Image- a.k.a. GeniusJuly 31, 2014 (Boston) —Pauline Books & Media is proud to announce that the middle-grade novel, a.k.a. genius by Marilee Haynes received the Catholic Arts and Letters Award (CALA) for Children’s Fiction from the Catholic Writers Guild at the Catholic Marketing Network 2014 Trade Show today in Chicago, Illinois.

All fiction entered into the CALA competition must fulfill the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval prerequisite guaranteeing the work displays sound Catholic doctrine. Outstanding works of fiction are judged based on exemplary literary merit. The Children’s Fiction category includes picture books, early readers and middle grade.

Haynes also received a second-place award in the Teen and Young Adult category from the Catholic Press Association at the Catholic Media Conference in June in Charlotte, NC for her a.k.a. genius. The sequel to this award-winning book, Genius Under Construction, was published by Pauline Books & Media in March 2014.

In a.k.a. genius, Gabe Carpenter, a seventh grade student at St. Jude Middle School, is surprised to learn that the results of his standardized testing classify him as a genius. Considering the fact that he can’t open his own locker, becomes completely tongue-tied around his sister’s friend Becca and has a father who wishes his son were a basketball star instead of a science nerd, Gabe is having a hard time dealing with his new identity. After his second-best friend stops speaking to him and he is placed in an advanced class, Gabe starts to feel that Saint Jude is the only one who can help.

In a phone interview after the CALA ceremony, author Haynes said, “I was beyond thrilled to hear about the award and think Gabe, the genius himself, would be just as excited. I hope this recognition helps a.k.a. genius find even more young readers. I promise they’ll like him!”

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About Author

Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of and the bestselling author of the Chime Travelers children's fiction series, The Grace of Yes, The Handbook for Catholic Moms and A Book of Saints for Catholic Moms. As a board member and frequent host on KNXT Catholic Television, Lisa has produced and hosted multiple programs and has appeared on EWTN and CatholicTV. Hendey hosted “Catholic Moments” on Radio Maria and is the technology contributor for EWTN’s SonRise Morning Show. Lisa's articles have appeared in Catholic Digest, National Catholic Register, and Our Sunday Visitor. Hendey travels internationally giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic technology and communications topics. She was selected as an Elizabeth Egan Journalism Fellow, attended the Vatican Bloggers Meeting, the “Bishops and Bloggers” meeting and has written internationally on the work of Catholic Relief Services and Unbound. Hendey lives with her family in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles. Visit Lisa at for information on her speaking schedule or to invite her to visit your group, parish or organization.


  1. Congratulations, Marilee! I’ll pick up the book for my 12 year old soon-to-be 7th grader. I didn’t know there were such awards to help parents pick sound Catholic fiction for their children. Thanks!

  2. Congrats Marilee!! What an honor indeed!! I too will be picking up a copy for my children — always excited too when I see great things from my dear friends at Pauline Books and Media!!

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