1. Because reading Catholic teen fiction can be more fun than going to the movies.
2. Because you might waste an entire day stretched out on the couch, reading, but you won’t need to feel guilty.
3. You also won’t need to find that bookmark you lost because you won’t want to put the book down.
4. And you won’t need to save your receipts or scraps of junk mail to use for bookmarks. Same reason as number 4.
5. Because Catholic fiction reveals that there’s more to life than what we can see.
7. Because of fun story lines take the reader back in time or into the future, close to the saints, or close to trouble.
8. Because books don’t need batteries but Catholic books still shed light.
9. Because you ARE a Catholic teen, so reading fiction for Hindu octogenarians might not be your thing.
10. Because Catholic fiction can stir your heart and give you courage… and direct your soul to God.
Bonus reason: ‘Cause you really don’t want Roland West to stay a loner. That would be sad.
More about Roland West, Loner:
Roland West, Loner is a contemporary Christian story of a fourteen-year-old boy who finds himself friendless at a new school and the subject of cruel rumors. Despised by older twin brothers, he feels utterly alone but not without hope. If he can avoid his brothers while his father is away, he might have a solution to his problem. When his brothers lock him away, having a plan of their own, he gets rescued by an unlikely pair: a neighboring autistic boy and his brother. Struggling to trust his new friends, secrets, rumors, lies, and an unusual inheritance put him on a journey that just might have the power to change the life of this loner.
Roland West, Loner addresses loneliness, sibling relationships, facing fears, autism, and the Communion of the Saints. Susan Peek, highly popular author of saint stories for teens, including A Soldier Surrenders said, “A heartwarming tale of friendship, faith, and forgiveness. Linden had me laughing on one page and crying on the next. The story stayed with me long after I closed the last page. Simply put, Roland West, Loner is the best Catholic fiction I’ve read in ages.”
Theresa Linden, an avid reader and writer since grade school, grew up in a military family. Moving every few years left her with the impression that life is an adventure. Her Catholic faith inspires the belief that there is no greater adventure than the reality we can’t see, the spiritual side of life. She hopes that the richness, depth, and mystery of the Catholic faith arouse her readers’ imaginations to the invisible realities and the power of faith and grace. A member of the Catholic Writers’ Guild, Theresa lives in northeast Ohio with her husband, three boys, and one dog. Her other published books include Chasing Liberty and Testing Liberty, books one and two in a dystopian trilogy.