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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvey House Publishing (October 23, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0923568921
  • ISBN-13: 978-0923568924
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,020 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"...a real delight for yourself and your kids, a great way to immerse yourself and your 'tweens in the Little Way. I was completely pulled in by the story, which reads like Anne of Green Gables in that it is timeless and relevant." —Cheryl Dickow, author and president, Bezalel Books

"Nancy Carabio Belanger captures the struggles children deal with when their peers are unkind and untruthful. She has good insight into the motives which often lead children to do what they shouldn't, and she understands the need children have to feel accepted.... This is a book that nourishes the soul and teaches while it entertains." --Fran Rutherford, book reviewer --Tiber River Catholic Book Reviews

"This book offers a unique and fresh way to celebrate the life of St. Therese of Lisieux. It is a wonderful and engaging novel suitable for all but especially for tweens. They can share Olivia s life lessons as she deals with different relationships and real challenges." --The Catholic Press Association announcing Olivia and the Little Way as an award winner --The Catholic Press Association of the U.S. and Canada

About the Author

Nancy Carabio Belanger has loved to write ever since she was a little girl. She used to write fiction stories in math class when she was supposed to be listening to the teacher, a practice she certainly does not recommend to her readers. She has a great love for St. Therese of Lisieux, and can relate to the great saint's sometimes tempestuous and oversensitive personality. She says that Therese's Little Way is a reminder to all of us who feel like we can't do enough: we can all make little sacrifices to please God. A graduate of Michigan State University, she lives with her husband and two sons in Michigan.

More About the Author

Nancy Carabio Belanger has loved to write ever since she was a little girl. She used to write fiction stories in math class when she was supposed to be listening to the teacher, a practice she certainly does not recommend to her readers! She has a great love for St. Therese of Lisieux. She says that Therese's Little Way is a reminder to all of us who feel like we can do nothing, that we aren't old enough, smart enough, etc. We can all make little sacrifices to please God.

Olivia and the Little Way is a 2009 Catholic Press Association book award winner, children's books. It is also a 2010 recipient of the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval.

The pro-life sequel to Olivia and the Little Way, Olivia's Gift, has received the Catholic Writers Guild seal of Approval. It is also a 2011 Royal Dragonfly award winner, as well as a 2011 Catholic Press Association book award winner.

Her newest Catholic novel for pre-teens is The Gate. It is a first-place winner for Best Catholic Novel in the Catholic Press Association 2014 Book Awards. It is also a recipient of the Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval. The story centers around the life of troublemaker and eighth grader Josh, whose teacher assigns him a pen-pal project. Josh meets Pie, a spunky senior citizen with a love of his Catholic faith, Saint John Bosco, and the New York Yankees. But much to Josh's surprise, Pie creates his own project for Josh, and Josh realizes that God has a plan--even for him. Lisa Hendey, author and creator of Catholicmom.com, says of The Gate: "A novel that inspires from the start, it's a gripping story of discernment and saying "yes" to God's marvelous grace."

Father Chris Pietraszko, a priest of the Diocese of London, Ontario, Canada says: "The book itself (The Gate) is a great promoter of vocations because it doesn't fall into what I might call sentimentalism. Rather, it takes a real-life situation and places Christ right into it. It shows how priests are human, and called to conversion, and how God leads them."

Nancy graduated with degrees in English and journalism from Michigan State University. When she is not writing, she works as a freelance proofreader. She lives with her husband and two sons in Michigan.

Nancy is a member of the Catholic Press Association, the Independent Book Publishers Association, and the Catholic Writers Guild.

Visit Nancy on the web at www.harveyhousepublishing.com or her blog at nancybelanger.blogspot.com.

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I bought this book for my 5th grade daughter.
Peggy Bowes
You can be in the same situation as Olivia, and this story will help you to be strong.
Meg
BOTH of my daughters (I also have an 11-year old) and I LOVED IT!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Ellen Gable Hrkach VINE VOICE on May 13, 2010
Format: Paperback
Olivia and the Little Way is a delightful children's novel about Olivia Thomas, a ten year old who moves with her family from Texas to Michigan. She is nervous about going to a new school so her grandmother gives her a St. Thérèse chaplet and tells her about `The Little Way,' that St. Thérèse believed that "you can show your love for God by doing little things for Him with great love."

As each day goes by, Olivia learns how to love others through the Little Way. Later in the story, however, she makes a poor choice and must deal with the consequences. Olivia is frustrated and admits that the Little Way is not always easy. Her grandmother tells her, "You cannot expect to follow the Little Way without some hardship along the way. It is a work in progress. Do not get discouraged...God does not expect perfection; He only wants you to try your best every day." This is wonderful advice, not only for Olivia, but for all of us.

St. Thérèse has been one of my favorite saints since I visited Lisieux as a teenager many years ago, so I especially enjoyed this book and the St. Thérèse quotes at the beginning of each chapter. In this well-written and engaging novel, author Nancy Carabio Belanger illustrates St. Thérèse's Little Way in a delightful and unique approach without being preachy or dogmatic. I highly recommend this wonderful book not only for children, but for anyone interested in following the Little Way.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Hendey VINE VOICE on January 7, 2009
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Olivia and the Little Way by Nancy Carabio Belanger is one of my favorite new books for a few reasons. First off, it is a wonderful, engaging story!

Secondly, without being dogmatic the author is able to lovingly teach the reader about many of the important precepts of St Therese of Lisieux, one of the most important saints and a Doctor of the Catholic Church. The life lessons shared in this book are wonderful for a middle school aged audience, but the story will capture the hearts of a much more broad audience (including the moms of the those middle schoolers!)

I'm hoping that this will be the first of many books to come from author Nancy Carabio Belanger and that you will enjoy this book as much as I did!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By MaryPat St.Jean on October 17, 2011
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I love to read but I have have never written a review before. However, I just finished reading this book with my eight year old daughter and felt absolutley compelled to write about it! BOTH of my daughters (I also have an 11-year old) and I LOVED IT! While being an interesting story about the challenges of life for a fifth grade girl at a new school, it is also a great look at how to incorporate St. Therese's "Liitle Way" into everyday life, especially for a school age girl. It very cleverly weaves in the stories of personal challenges told by St. Therese herself in her autobiography "Story of a Soul". I am so greateful to have found a book for my tween daughters that is interesting, innocent, sweet, and yet very real.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By K. Bond on January 30, 2009
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A truly unique and fresh way to share the details of the life of a saint (in this case St. Therese of Lisieux) by making her an important ally in the life of a young girl. A real-life application of the riches of the saints is something we can all benefit from. Please write more!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cathy Randazzo on March 9, 2011
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Author, Nancy Belanger, knows that on some level, we ALL (preteens, teens, and even adults) struggle to fit in. We wonder what everyone expects from us, how to act in certain situations, and yes, often cave to satisfy the "popular norm" even though it may not be our personal choice.

These little occurrences happen daily and we feel the stress of being true to our self and to our faith. "OLIVIA AND THE LITTLE WAY" (and don't miss it's sequel, "OLIVIA'S GIFT") take us on that journey with a young girl tempted as we all are, by the many material things life has to offer. She learns that some things, and some people, aren't as she thought ... thought of as friends. How does she [we] find the right path and, more challenging, the strength to walk it!

"OLIVIA" books will empower you to choose that path and the books are a delight to read. Entertaining and exciting with a story that conveys such a powerful message in such a subtle "little way." Tweens won't be able to put it down as each adventure draws them to the next chapter and they feel and see so much of themselves in Olivia and so much parallel in the daily pressures of growing up. Teen and adult readers will also be reminded by this delightful novel to choose their path wisely.

Highly recommend this book and the sequel, "Olivia's Gift"

Give a gift that's entertaining, fun, exciting, and adventurous mixed with a dose of faith, morals, values, and strength of character. Build a better tomorrow, one reader at a time! Enjoy and thank you Nancy for these treasures.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By betty wolf on March 15, 2012
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I am always looking for excellent Christian books to recommend to my students and give as gifts. But so many are either too preachy or not well-written. Olivia and The Little Way surprised and delighted me! As an English teacher, I have always said that the test of a good children's book is that an ADULT will enjoy it. Both this book and its sequel, Olivia's Gift, kept me reading from cover to cover.

As Secular Carmelite with a special affection for St. Therese, I not only enjoyed these books as "good reads," but I was blessed by them. The quotations from St. Therese's works at the beginning of each chapter were great -- a reminder of why Therese is my favorite saint.
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