HUMMELSTOWN, Penn., July 5, 2019 /Christian Newswire/ — Catholic Teen Books authors recently took first, second, and third places in the CPA’s Book Awards in the Books for Teens & Young Adults category, a category open to both fiction and nonfiction. The awards, announced at the Catholic Media Conference and sponsored by the Catholic Press Association, help to promote outstanding Catholic material to the general public.
Corinna Turner received first place for her YA historical fantasy Elfling. The imaginative fantasy novel recounts a girl’s quest to find and save her father. Serapia, accompanied by her dragonet pet, goes from a toughened street urchin to a beloved daughter.
Leslea Wahl took second place for her YA contemporary novel Where You Lead. The adventure novel with a romantic thread includes a virtual tour of historic landmarks in the nation’s capital, making for a fun, fast-paced ride. Woven into the story is the theme of following God’s lead
The Catholic Teen Books short story collection Secrets: Visible and Invisible took third place. The collection includes seven short stories, each with its own secret, written by authors Corinna Turner, Cynthia T. Toney, Theresa Linden, Susan Peek, T.M. Gaouette, Carolyn Astfalk, and Leslea Wahl. As described by Mark Hart of Life Teen International, who provides the foreword, “Each story reveals something different about the human heart and our constant (though, often veiled) desire for truth and virtue.”
In the Catholic Novels category, Corinna Turner also took third place for The Siege of Reginald Hill, a spinoff from her popular I Am Margaret dystopian series.
In 2017, a group of authors writing primarily for Catholic teens launched CatholicTeenBooks.com. The website provides teen readers, parents, catechists, homeschool co-ops, youth ministers, and teachers with links to exciting, well-crafted books that raise the heart and mind to God and reflect the fullness and beauty of the Catholic faith.
Among the genres featured are suspense, romance, and lives of the saints with age-appropriate themes including the power of intercessory prayer, the communion of saints, the Rosary, Theology of the Body, and respect for all life.
Rather than stuffy stories of saccharine piety, readers find lively stories that appeal to the modern reader addressing issues such as suicide, abortion, grief, family relationships, disabilities, and dating, all informed by the light of faith.
The website includes a section for educators with links to discussion questions, where available. Educators are eligible for reduced-price book packs to help expand Catholic classroom libraries.
SOURCE Catholic Teen Books