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MaMa in the Holler Earns 5-Star Review

Months ahead of its release date, MaMa in the Holler has already earned a 5-star review from Readers Favorite! Congratulations to Jaime McKoy for writing such a touching book and to Hope Smith for illustrating it! Preorder your copy today!

MaMa In The Holler by Jaime McKoy is a beautiful story and speaks about the bonding between a grandmother and a grandchild. Hope Smith’s illustrations are as delightful as the story and breathe life into the events and make the bonding between MaMa and the girl palpable to youngsters.

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Playing By Heart Earns More Rave Reviews!

Playing by Heart, a young adult historical novel by Carmela Martino, is no stranger to rave reviews. Since its release in September 2017, the book has maintained a 4.9 star rating on Amazon, has received the Catholic Guild’s Seal of Approval, and has won several awards. Now, YA Books Central Review gave the book another thumbs-up with a review that calls it “a pleasure to read.”

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The novel was also reviewed in the February issue of  the Italian Catholic
Federation Bollettino. [Page 7] The reviewer, Vince Piro, said that Martino “[fills] her novel with a page turning plot, relatable and engaging characters, and descriptions of Italy and court life that fill the reader’s imagination.”

Congratulations to Carmela Martino for penning this extraordinary novel!

 

The Rainbow With Dull Colors by J.J. Johnston Earns 2 5-star Reviews!

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The Rainbow with Dull Colors’ speaks to the ‘Archie’ in all of us. Despite his sad self-image (compared to what he sees in his peers) he stumbles on the path to finding real joy in the way God made him. JJ Johnston shares that map through this ‘colorful’ story of self discovery. And just like with Archie, the rainbow with dull colors, God, in His Mercy, wants to show us exactly how special we are, too. ~Foundation of Jesus The Divine Mercy


The Rainbow with Dull Colors by J.J. Johnston is a beautiful little book that teaches children the importance of having confidence in how valuable they are to God, no matter what they look like or whether they are different from other children. Archie, a self-conscious rainbow up in heaven, is sad because he has very dull colors. The others glow brightly and are sure they are better suited to God’s work. They pick on him and laugh at him. God takes Archie on a tour of the world and explains that He doesn’t always use flashy things to speak to people. After comforting Archie, he explains that Archie was made this way deliberately for a reason and then He gives him a special mission.

What a charming book! With lovely illustrations that capture every emotion the rainbows are feeling and that children can sympathize with, The Rainbow with Dull Colors stood out to me as an excellent children’s book. Without being heavy-handed, J.J. Johnston builds a solid explanation for how God cares for those who feel underrated, in friendly language kids can understand. The parallel between Archie being discounted by other rainbows up in heaven and his mission, a shy little girl who is being picked on at school on earth, teaches kids in a nutshell that God understands—He isn’t remote. He sees everything and He cares. The message that God wants us to be proud of our individuality, even if it seems we don’t have what someone else does, is a great focus for the story. Archie tries to be someone he isn’t, but only by doing what God has required of him does he find true happiness.~Sarah Scheele for Readers’ Favorite