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Monday, 6 December 2021

The Christmas Lights From - Catholic Teen Books

The Christmas Lights
From Catholic Teen Books
eISBN 9798985348507
ASIN B09MBGFJPM


This book is a little different. It is deeply moving and a wonderful read. It was sort of an experiment. We are informed that:

“The Christmas Lights is a collective short story written sequentially in individual pieces by seven Catholic Teen Books authors and originally presented aloud on Reading with Your Kids Podcast.”

And the description of the story is:

“When a blizzard puts Camilla and her family in jeopardy, she must brave the snowstorm to get help. Lost and alone, all she can do is search for Christmas lights, which is either a direction from her dead grandma or a delusion. Help does come, in completely unexpected ways.”

We are further informed in the introduction that:

Catholic Teen Books is a collaborative website of authors who all write faith-based fiction for middle school and high school teens. In December of 2020, a friend approached us about writing a collaborative story for Christmas that would be read on his podcast, Jedlie’s Reading with Your Kids Podcast, on Christmas Eve.

Several members of our group jumped at the chance to join in this unique experience. Jed gave us a prompt, and one by one each of us wrote a section as the story was passed from author to author. Only the final author knew the entire story until we read it for the podcast.

The contributors are:

Leslea Wahl
Andrea Jo Rodgers 
Stephanie Engelman 
Carolyn Astfalk
Antony Barone Kolenc
Corinna Turner
A.J. Cattapan

This is a wonderful story, very moving.  The story is set in December of 2020. Camilla and her family are travelling to spend Christmas with her grandfather, who is now a widow. Camilla had big plans for 2020 and they all went off the track pretty quick. Remote learning, masks, face shields, no sports and more all wreaked havoc on her plans. After an accident can she find the strength to do what it takes to try and save her family. As she realized her previous complaints were really small matters, she prays and hopes for help.

Help might come from the most surprising of places. But to find out you will need to read this excellent short story.

Please note: This is a collective short story written sequentially in individual pieces by seven Catholic Teen Books authors and originally presented aloud on Reading with Your Kids Podcast. Proceeds from this e-book will be donated to Cross Catholic Outreach.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews: 2021 Catholic Reading Plan!

Links to other reviews of books by the contributors:

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