Sisters of the Last Straw: The Case of the Haunted Chapelby Karen Kelly Boyce, Sue Anderson Gioulis
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The Sisters of the Last Straw and the Case of the Haunted Chapel is the first in a series of children’s books that convey the fun-filled story of a group of misfit nuns. These sisters and their madcap adventures teach the importance of tolerance and forgiveness. Each book focuses on the virtues of Gospel living and the frailties of human nature. While children delight in the humor and fast-paced exploits of this special group of nuns, they learn the need to be forgiving of the faults of others and to look for the good in all people. Children are enchanted and entertained with the humorous escapades of the characters while learning the importance of basic Christian values, growth, and love.
Meet the Author
Karen Kelly Boyce was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. She learned her faith and love of reading at the hands of the Sisters of Mercy. Only a few blocks away from the Barron Library, she spent most of her summer days and weekends lost in the stories and biographies of famous people. The turbulent sixties led her away from her first loves of church, reading, and writing. The only part of her faith that remained was the belief that we were made to help others. That belief led her to graduate as an RN in 1974.
Karen married in 1975, and raised two children. After going through a Life in the Spirit Seminar, she found peace and eternal love in the faith that would sustain her. In 1990, she became very ill and was eventually diagnosed with end stage Lyme Disease and was unable to work as a nurse anymore. As a disabled person, Karen's love of reading was rekindled and her love of writing born again.
All three of Karen's books have received the esteemed Catholic Writers Guild seal of approval.
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I’m an eclectic pagan who has been looking for a good Christian book to review for my blog. I loved the concept of this series so I contacted Ms. Boyce and she sent me a free copy of the first book to review. This is the first book in a series designed to teach tolerance and acceptance to children in grades three through five. If this book is any indication of the series, this will be a great series for parents and grandparents to read with their kids. There are several opportunities in the 79-pages of the first book for parents and grandparents to discuss major issues – like smoking cigarettes – with their children. The majority of this book focuses on setting up the rest of the series. We meet the main characters, the Sisters of the Last Straw. The nuns are a quirky cast of characters and their antics are dispersed with Biblical parables. The mystery lacked depth to me; granted, it's been a long time since I've been a member of this book's intended audience! I’m eager to read the next installment and I anticipate the day when this series can be sold in boxed sets - I have a feeling that this is the way I will recommend buying them.