Book Notes for Teens: 7 Reasons to Read "Secrets"

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A brand-new #1 new release on Amazon is a terrific introduction to the work of 7 Catholic authors! Here are 7 reasons your teen will want to read Secrets: Visible and Invisible, a short-story collection compiled by CatholicTeenBooks.com.

  1. Secrets reached #1 in the “Values and Virtues Fiction for Teens” category in its first 24 hours!
  2. From dystopia to historical fiction to sweet romance to mystery, there’s something for every reader to like in this collection — and it might even encourage a reader who’s locked in to a certain genre to branch out a bit.
  3. Appropriate for readers in middle-school and up, Secrets would be an excellent addition to a school or classroom library.
  4. As Mark Hart of Life Teen International write in the foreword, “Each story reveals something different about the human heart and our constant (though, often veiled) desire for truth and virtue.”
  5. Some of these stories introduce readers to characters from the authors’ full-length novels.
  6. Secrets is a high-quality, independently-published work written expressly for the teen audience.
  7. There’s a giveaway for a free copy of Secrets!

I’m very familiar with the work of many of the authors whose stories are featured here: Carolyn Astfalk, T.M. Gaouette, Theresa Linden, Cynthia T. Toney, and Leslea Wahl. Two other authors are new to me: Susie Peek and Corinna Turner — and I’ll definitely be taking a look at these authors’ full-length work after getting a taste of their writing.

Here’s a bit about the 7 stories you’ll find in this anthology:

  • In a dystopian future, an innocent picnic turns deadly!
  • Elijah knows nothing of an elderly stranger’s secret past — until her disappearance changes everything.
  • A mysterious, ever-changing painting alarms a group of teens.
  • A cannonball took Dario’s legs … Will he lose his soul too?
  • The arrival of a mysterious girl challenges everything about Jason’s life.
  • An unlicensed driver. His dad’s truck. What could possibly go wrong?
  • An old tale of murder and forbidden love leads to a modern-day treasure hunt.

As a rule, I don’t endorse a book I haven’t read. I’m proud to endorse Secrets and I’ll state right now that there’s a very good chance I’ll be reading it again.

This anthology of Catholic fiction for teens will introduce readers to seven diverse authors. Many of these stories, in a variety of genres but linked by a common theme, offer a peek at characters from full-length novels. Readers already acquainted with these authors will enjoy new perspectives on favorite characters. Kudos to CatholicTeenBooks.com and these seven authors for dreaming up this excellent collection.

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Copyright 2018 Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS
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Barb Szyszkiewicz is a wife, mom, Secular Franciscan, managing editor for Today's Catholic Teacher magazine and editor at CatholicMom.com. Her three children range in age from high school to young adult, and she enjoys writing, cooking, and reading. Barb is a music minister at her parish and an avid Notre Dame football and basketball fan. Find her blog at FranciscanMom and her family’s favorite recipes with nutrition information for diabetics at Cook and Count.

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