Let’s Discuss Historical Fiction with Leslea Wahl!

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Reading with Your Kids Podcast ft. Leslea Wahl & Jack Ro

Hey everyone,

In this meaty episode of the Reading with Your Kids podcast, We are overjoyed to be joined by Leslea Wahl, author of Secrets AnthologySecrets: Visible and Invisible is a collection of short stories by seven CatholicTeenBooks.com authors. Leslea is joining us today to talk about her new book and to share with us some of her favorite historical fiction reads of all time. Historical fiction is a great way for children to learn history, and be engaged at the same time so tune in to learn about some of the great historical fiction that you can read with your family.

We also have a very special guest from Croatia who will review a wonderful adventure book for kids. Please welcome Jack Ro to the podcast!


Books from this episode:

Secrets: Visible & Invisible: 

This book is an anthology of short stories by 7 of the authors atCatholicTeenBooks.com

Secrets: Visible & InvisibleAs 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.” Secret (n.) – something kept hidden from knowledge or view; a mystery. In a dystopian future, an innocent picnic turns deadly! Elijah knows nothing of the elderly stranger’s secret past–until her disappearance changes everything. A mysterious, ever-changing painting alarms a group of teens. The cannonball took Dario’s legs . . . Will he lose his soul too?

The arrival of a mysterious girl challenges everything about Jason’s life. An unlicensed driver. His dad’s truck. What could possibly go wrong? An old tale of murder and forbidden love leads to a modern day treasure hunt. For nothing is hid that shall not be made manifest, nor anything secret that shall not be known and come to light.

Purchase Link: Amazon

Visit Leslea’s website at www.LesleaWahl.com.



Julia’s Gifts (Great War Great Love #1) by Ellen Gable

Julia's Gifts“Outstanding and unforgettable book!” Jean Heimann, author As a young girl, Julia began buying gifts for her future spouse, a man whose likeness and personality she has conjured up in her mind, a man she calls her “beloved.” Soon after the United States enters the Great War, Julia impulsively volunteers as a medical aid worker, with no experience or training. Disheartened by the realities of war, will Julia abandon the pursuit of her beloved? Will Julia’s naïve ‘gift scheme’ distract her from recognizing her true “Great Love?” From Philadelphia to war-torn France, follow Julia as she transitions from unworldly young woman to compassionate volunteer.

Purchase Link: Amazon


Mission Libertad by Lizette M. Lantigua

Mission Libertad Crack the Biblical code in this story of suspense, adventure, discovery, and faith! Fact and fiction converge in this thrilling tale of 14-year old Luisito Ramirez a courageous boy who daringly escapes from 1970s communist Cuba as he becomes immersed in American culture, and carries out a secret religious mission under the eyes of spies. Integrating Spanish vocabulary and Cuban culture, this novel for ages 10-14 provides an exciting story of the Catholic faith lived out during the turmoil.”

Purchase Link: Amazon


A World Such as Heaven Intended by Amanda Lauer

WINNER in the 2016 Catholic Arts and Letter Award (Young Adult Category)!

A World Such as Heaven Intended by [Lauer, Amanda]Heaven Intended (Book One) Amara McKirnan and Nathan Simmons share a devotion to their Catholic faith but their loyalties lie on opposite sides of the Civil War. Dedicated to the Confederate cause, Amara offers to help out at her uncle’s makeshift hospital in Atlanta. Fate brought Nathan to their doorstep and into Amara’s life. Little does Amara know that the wounded soldier she cares for harbors a secret that will not only jeopardize his life but hers as well.

Follow Amara and Nathan’s story from the heart of war-torn Atlanta to the Northern Georgia battlefields to the plains of East Texas as their lives become intertwined in a way that shatters the separate worlds they once knew.

Purchase Link: Amazon


Hatchet by Gary Paulsen

Hatchet Thirteen-year-old Brian Robeson, haunted by his secret knowledge of his mother’s infidelity, is traveling by single-engine plane to visit his father for the first time since the divorce. When the plane crashes, killing the pilot, the sole survivor is Brian. He is alone in the Canadian wilderness with nothing but his clothing, a tattered windbreaker, and the hatchet his mother had given him as a present.

At first, consumed by despair and self-pity, Brian slowly learns survival skills—how to make a shelter for himself, how to hunt and fish and forage for food, how to make a fire—and even finds the courage to start over from scratch when a tornado ravages his campsite. When Brian is finally rescued after fifty-four days in the wild, he emerges from his ordeal with new patients and maturity, and a greater understanding of himself and his parents.

Purchase Link: Amazon


A big thank you to Leslea & Jack for joining us today and sharing their review with us!


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