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Product Details

  • Paperback: 293 pages
  • Publisher: Harvey House Publishing (November 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0923568999
  • ISBN-13: 978-0923568993
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #113,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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If you want your children to have wholesome companions, then joyfully welcome Olivia into your home! While other contemporary literature focuses on the dark side, Nancy Carabio Belanger's heroine nourishes your children's souls and leaves them edified, energized, and enlivened to live our Catholic faith generously. --Colleen Hammond, author of Dressing With Dignity

With Olivia's Gift, talented author Nancy Carabio Belanger delivers another treat for young readers, and the young at heart who love them. You'll be entertained and inspired by this story of loving and serving others, which should be on the required reading list for every Catholic school. --Lisa M. Hendey, author of The Handbook for Catholic Moms

Parents looking for a book that...promotes wholesome Christian values and the Catholic faith will want to get their hands on Olivia's Gift. Pro-life values are subtly underscored in a moving chapter...and Olivia's turning to her favorite saint for help ultimately leads her to do the right thing, after taking a few wrong turns along the way. Even better, her example influences her friends to become better persons themselves. --San Antonio Today's Catholic

A story of the human spirit...offers a unique and fresh way to celebrate the life of St. Therese of Lisieux. --The Catholic Press Association of the United States 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. 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.

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

Like Olivia, Nancy loves to cook and be in the kitchen, trying new recipes. She also enjoys spending time with her family, gardening, and relaxing with a good cookbook, reading it like a novel. 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.


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.

Harvey House Publishing has just released her newest Catholic novel for pre-teens: The Gate. It 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, the Catholic Writers Guild, and the American Author's Association.

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

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I loved this story, the follow-up to Olivia and the Little Way.
Kathylee Johnson
The examination of conscience is excellent and girls will relate to Olivia's 'fear' of confession.
ToHimThruMary
I can't wait to read the next book, and hope the story is made into a movie."
Michele E. Bottesi

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Mary G on December 30, 2010
Format: Paperback
Nancy Belanger has followed up the success of Olivia and the Little Way with an even better story. Olivia's Gift tells the story of now-12-year-old Olivia and her friend Hayley and their summer journey to a better understanding of friendship, truth, and learning what is truly important and good. Along the way, the best friends lie and try to mold themselves to "fit in" with the "cool kids" only to discover the Truth: envy and covetousness and pride are never the answer.

Olivia and her family are given a beach house for a month and Olivia brings her best friend Hayley with her for this adventure. The two girls meet some kids at the beach who are "so cool" -- rich, smug, and very worldly -- and Olivia and Hayley get caught up in trying to keep up with these "beautiful people". What happens next is classic pre-teen angst but with the redeeming addition of healthy doses of Catholicism and relying on prayer and the saints' examples to solve problems.

This is a great read for all Catholic tweens/teens ... and the examination of conscience Olivia does is a wonderful example of how this age group can do a good confession without fear. I also appreciated the honest look at praying before the Blessed Sacrament and Olivia's admitting that sometimes it's just duty rather than love that brings her before the Lord.

Excellent, excellent, excellent! Teaches without preaching and very realistic consequences! Thank you, Ms. Belanger!
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I rec'd a copy of Olivia's Gift to evaluate for the Catholic Writers Guild. The above review is my honest opinion of this work of Catholic literature.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michelle on December 19, 2010
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I give this story five stars for content because Olivia's Gift is a sweet story that pays beautiful homage to Saint Therese and because it provides a wonderful example of examination of conscience for any young girl to follow as Olivia faces the challenges of peer pressure and temptation.
-Michelle Buckman, author of Rachel's Contrition
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa M. Hendey VINE VOICE on December 11, 2010
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With "Olivia's Gift," talented author Nancy Carabio Belanger delivers another treat for young readers, and the young at heart who love them. You'll be entertained and inspired by this story, which should be on the required reading list for every Catholic elementary school. Moving beyond an engrossing plot, this book encourages the reader to look at the world around them and find ways to love and serve others. I highly recommend it for families, classrooms, community groups and anyone who loves a great, uplifting story.
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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 enjoyed reading Olivia and the Little Way (prequel to Olivia's Gift) but I LOVED Olivia's Gift!! The author achieves the impossible: she wrote a non-preachy, lecture free story, focusing on the topic of MODESTY -- that would not GAG a young teen reader! I am giving this book and its prequal, to every 5th - 7th grade girl I know! (Read my review of Olivia and the Little Way for for more of what I think of Nancy Belanger's books. Please, Nancy, write more!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Astrid on June 23, 2011
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This book is for any girl, it is very positive, and inspire to grow and understand the true love that it is necessary in life.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kathylee Johnson on August 15, 2011
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I loved this story, the follow-up to Olivia and the Little Way. Mrs. Belanger tells the story so tenderly, and with such understanding of the difficulty of being a preteen, especially nowadays. The way she applies the wisdom of St. Therese to a child's life and decision-making is real and believable, as is Olivia herself. I love the insistent emphasis on modesty and obedience, without preachy overtones. It's a delightful, loving story, and I do hope we'll be hearing more from Olivia soon. I have a nine-year-old daughter who loves to read, and I know that she will find sure-footed companions in both Olivia and St. Therese!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Grace Blue Jay on July 11, 2011
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I liked this book a little bit more than the first. This book is wonderful!!!!!! I can't wait to read the next book and the next and the next... I agree with someone else who wrote a review who said she thinks it should be made into a movie and I totally agree! I would love it if this book and Olivia and the Little Way could be made into a movie! That would be cool! Anyway, Olivia and her parents, little sister, grandma and one of her friends go on a vacation of a life time. I've been to the beach in N.C. and I almost felt like I was there with Olivia. The waves crashing down on the sandy beach. The wonderful softness of the sand between my toes, the nice breeze, it was all so real! I recommend this book to everyone! Please read it and don't forget to read Olivia and the Little Way also!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Michele E. Bottesi on April 10, 2011
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"Olivia's Gift is the story of a girl who spends the summer with her family and friend Hayley at her aunt's summer house on the beach. I became closer to St. Therese by reading Olivia's Gift and felt that I am like Olivia in similar ways.

I really recommend this book because the story is so interesting, and deals with real world stuff. I asked myself, "Would I do the right thing or would I do the wrong thing, if it was me?"

The book is worth reading because it keeps you thinking. It was so good, I couldn't put it down! I can't wait to read the next book, and hope the story is made into a movie."

Alyssa, age 11, 6th grader
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