If there’s one thing Katie never thought she’d do, it was walk through something called the “Door of the Dead.” During a class field trip to visit the monastery of the Poor Clares, Katie is unexpectedly swept up into her second Chime Travelers adventure. She finds herself in Assisi, the same city where her twin brother Patrick met St. Francis of Assisi on his last journey through time. Instead of meeting St. Francis, Katie meets a young woman named Clare. Clare has everything—she’s beautiful, her family is wealthy, and she is to be married soon. Katie discovers that Clare also has a secret: she wants to leave everything behind and join Francis and his brothers in service to God. But Clare’s family doesn’t want her to go. On the night she leaves, Clare and Katie must run through the darkness and escape through a door only used for funerals, the Door of the Dead. Has Clare made a mistake? Is God really calling her to leave everything she knows behind? And should Katie go with her on this dangerous adventure? Book 4 in the Chime Travelers series, exciting new chapter books ideal for children in grades 2-4.
About the Author
Lisa M. Hendey is the founder and editor of CatholicMom.com and the bestselling author of The Grace of Yes: Eight Virtues for Generous Living and The Handbook for Catholic Moms. A frequent radio and television contributor and producer, Lisa has appeared on EWTN, CatholicTV, Relevant Radio, Immaculate Heart Radio, KNXT TV, and other Catholic media platforms. She travels internationally, giving workshops on faith, family, and Catholic new media topics.
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The Mystery at Midnight based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
I love the Chime Travelers books, and hope to eventually collect them all! Did I mention they’re written for kids? I want to collect them all, and I’m a grown up! But my 3 year old daughter has loved listening to these stories as well. These books are full of adventure and surprise. Katie and Patrick are siblings who find themselves traveling back in time on occasion when they hear church bells chime. In Lisa Hendey’s book “The Mystery at Midnight,” Katie chime travels and meets Clare while visiting the Poor Clares on a school field trip. The story winds through a turning point in Clare’s life, as she decides that she wants to serve Jesus and the poor no matter what the cost. Clare’s zeal is contagious, and Katie soon finds herself wanting to imitate Clare’s decisions. Your children may want to imitate Clare, too, after reading this book! I absolutely love when chapter books have pictures, as they are engaging for small children, and hold the attention of my 3 year old. The Chime Travelers books are filled with adorable, fun illustrations! Jen Bower is the illustrator, and she has a style all her own! I have enjoyed turning the pages to see what cute little scene is coming up next. These books are truly universal and invite everyone to discover the riches of the Faith we hold in our hearts. “The Mystery at Midnight” would make a wonderful gift for any child. It can be read aloud to small children. It can be read with a parent for those learning to read. Children can also read it themselves, of course. And adults will also delight in following along with these well-written gems!
Title: The Mystery at Midnight - Chime Traveler series 4 Author: Lisa M. Hendey Published: 5-13-2016 Publisher: Franciscan Media / Servant Pages: 128 Genre: Christian Fiction Sub-Genre: Time Travel; Children and Teens; Religious Fiction ISBN: 978163253 0387 Reviewer: DelAnne Reviewed For: NetGalley My Rating: 5 Stars . It is hard to find good Christian books for younger readers that won't constantly preach at them. The Chime travelers series is the perfect series for such readers. I myself enjoyed the series, but loved that four of my teen great-nephews and great-nieces were able to share them with me. We have a tradition we have shared from the time they first started school. No matter where they live we have all picked a book and read it and shared our thoughts on each chapter and book as a whole. It was a good way to ensure we stayed in touch when living in separate states. Sometimes I end up having to juggle four to five books at a time, but it is something I started with their parents when they were young and now have continued with the next generation. The only complaint I got from my family was that the story ended. It was enjoyed by all of us and they asked questions about faith without prompting. Thank you Ms. Hendey I try to urge them in their faith, but sometimes can see a glazed look enter their eyes and fear I am pushing them away. This series has given me an opening I needed to discuss it with them. We have taught them from the cradle of our Lord and His teachings but that does not stop the worry of outside influences. The character of St Clare is presented as a human being with human frailties and not the perfect s the town of Assisi during the Saintly person. They can relate to Katie and follow her story of suddenly finding herself interest. I hope they will enjoy the other books in the series as well. My rating is 5 out of 5 stars. I look forward to sharing more with them.