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Secrets: Visible & Invisible (Catholic Teen Books Visible & Invisible Anthology Series) Kindle Edition
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Regina Lordan for Catholic News Service
"Seven Amazing Secrets . . . At a time when so much entertainment and fiction for teens is saturated with envy, lust, pride and other moral toxins, the book Secrets: Visible and Invisibleis a powerful, and FUN-to-read, virtue-rich alternative. The talented team of authors behind CatholicTeenBooks.com has created the perfect way for readers to enjoy a taste of fresh new fiction that satisfies a deep hunger in the teen soul. Teens . . . you need to get your Catholic parents, grandparents, or teachers to get this book for you. Really. You'll be glad you did."
Barb Szyszkiewicz, OFS, Editor, CatholicMom.com and Managing Editor, Today's Catholic Teacher magazine
"Featuring seven fabulous stories from top authors in Catholic teen fiction, Secrets is as entertaining as it is relevant and thought-provoking. It's sure to capture your imagination, move your emotions, and stir your soul. Teens and adults alike are sure to enjoy the variety of tales, which are cleverly united by themes of secrets and faith. Packed with powerful, meaningful, memorable stories, this anthology is so good, you won't be able to keep Secretsto yourself!"
Sarah Damm, mom of 6 and writer at sarahdamm.com
- ASIN : B07F63ZN5Z
- Publication date : June 30, 2018
- Language : English
- File size : 770 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 218 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #413,973 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Dystopian is not my favorite genre, but Corinna Turner’s “The Underappreciated Virtues of Rusty Old Bicycles” is an intriguing title. This suspenseful story gripped me and made me anxious for young Margo and Bane, who just wanted to have a picnic and now are in danger from government soldiers hunting subversives.
In “Recreation” by Cynthia T. Toney, Elijah is a realistic teen and stole my heart as the story unfolds and he befriends an elderly neighbor in need of assistance. The ending is one of the most perfect ever! My favorite in the collection.
Theresa Linden’s “The Portrait of the Firestarters” is about a youth group and a painting that has changed each time they meet is mysterious and compelling. An effective device to show how important it is not to judge on appearances.
A gritty short historical piece by Susan Peek with a kapow title “On the Brink of Hell” puts the reader in the middle of the scene with the battle-injured Dario. A powerful experience of the power of redemption. Bravo!
I love the tone of T. M. Gaouette’s “Sister Francesca.” It feels like a legend, even though the setting is modern.
The main character in Carolyn Astfalk’s “Behind the Wheel” is so human and so endearing. As a Mom I alternately wanted to shake the MC and hug him. A poignant coming-of-age story!
Leslea Wahl’s “More Precious Than Gold” is a fun mystery, and readers of The Perfect Blindside and An Unexpected Role will enjoy seeing those characters together in this story.
Secrets of Faith
The Underappreciated Virtues of Rusty Old Bicycles, is a dystopian tale from Corinna Turner. In this story we meet Margo and Bane, two pre-teens out for a joy ride. They live in a futuristic time where religion and faith are taboo, yet Margo and Bane are practicing Catholics. Masses are said underground. After attending a secret Mass, they get into trouble while trying to get home on time. Will the authorities let them go, or will they convict them of joining the “Resistance?” Margo and Bane’s faith is only one of several secrets revealed in this page-turning, fast paced story, that serves as a prequel to I am Margaret.
Secrets of Generosity
In Recreation, by award winning novelist, Cynthia T. Toney, we meet two recent high school graduates, Elijah and Darrell, who spend their last summer together before college begins. How do they use their time? By generously giving of their talents, free of charge, to fix up a home of an elderly neighbor. At first Elijah begins to help Miss Vivian on his own, but eventually, Elijah realizes that he needs Darrell’s help to complete all the tasks. So, Elijah lets Darrell in on his secret of how he has been spending most of his free time. But that’s not the only secret in this story. The ending is a real whopper that will put a smile on any reader’s face, as generosity is on steroids in this wonderful short story.
Secrets of Truth
In The Portrait of the Fire Starters, by Theresa Linden, we meet a group of teens that gather at St. Michael’s High School as members of the Fire Starters club. One day, they show up for their meeting and there is a painting there that depicts the bodies of each of the Fire Starter participants, without faces. The teens find it all very puzzling and gather together to figure out who painted the portrait, and why. As the teens return for subsequent meetings, they notice that the portrait changes. Finding this to be rather disturbing, the teens start to confide in each other and share their secrets. In the process, the teens come to realize that they had made unfounded assumptions about each other, as well as other peripheral characters within the story. Truth and caring are quite evident within this story, expressed in a most profound way.
Secrets of Mercy and Forgiveness
On the Brink of Hell, by Susan Peek, is an historical short story that serves as a prequel to A Soldier Surrenders: The Conversion of St. Camillus de Lellis. In this short story, set in 16th century Italy, we meet Dario, a Roman soldier injured in battle. As Dario is near death, he fears his destiny is Hell, given his past deeds. Peek masterfully alternates between Dario’s present day and his past, where the reader is informed of Dario’s memories of his own improper behavior. One of his arch enemies was a man named Camillus, a mercenary for hire. The altercations between Dario and Camillus must be confessed by Dario, as these are secrets that he does not want to take to his grave. In this story, we see mercy and forgiveness lavishly displayed, with an ending I did not see coming, but it brought me to tears!
Secrets of Love
Sister Francesca, by T. M. Gaouette, is a heart-warming story of love for God and friends. Francesca knows at age 14 that she wants to become a nun. Jason, at age 16, just wants to know Francesca. Their friendship blossoms over time, and their respective intentions never waver. So, something must give as their intentions take them down different paths. After God alters Francesca’s course, the two part, yet remain friends over time. It is through Francesca’s witness of her love for God that Jason finds his way in life. This story is filled with the virtues of love and friendship.
Secrets of Fortitude
Behind the Wheel, by Carolyn Astfalk, serves as a prequel to Rightfully Ours. In this short story we learn of the earlier days of two brothers, named Sean and Paul. At 15, Sean has a certain girl on his mind, and he sneaks out of the house to meet her at the local pizza shop. What ensues after that is nothing but disaster. Sean gets in trouble for leaving his younger brother alone, and for driving to the pizza shop without a driver’s license. What you will see on display in this story is the virtue of fortitude; a sense of courage to own up to the truth, even when you know it will get you into trouble with your father.
Secrets of Caring
Lastly, we have a short story titled, More Precious than Gold, by Leslea Wahl. In this inspiring tale, we meet four young adults who come together to donate their time for a week at a summer camp. In the process, they meet a young boy, named Jet, who seems lost and grief-stricken at the loss of his older brother, due to gun violence. With each adult using their God-given talents, they all help Jet heal, and in the process help Jet find his true talent. This story teems with the virtues of caring, compassion and friendship.
Each one of these seven stories are magnificent. The teens in your life will thoroughly enjoy Secrets – Visible and Invisible.
I must confess, my favorite is the author’s work entitled Recreation.
How many times do we pass by someone who may need our help and don’t even stop to question? That’s what happens to Elijah as he walks to the pool every day in the summer with his friend, Darrell. He’s pondering how he can make extra money even as he walks past a home that desperately needs some care. It isn’t until he realizes that an old woman lives there alone, that he figures out how he can help her and himself at the same time.
What he discovers—the power of an unlikely friendship and the gifts we receive when we ask for nothing in return—are nothing short of powerful. I sincerely hope there are many, many stories like this one in these authors hearts. I want to keep reading and being uplifted.
I was given a copy of the book by the authors but I was not required to write a review. The review is mine and freely given.
Angela Moody – Author, No Safe Haven.