Upper Elementary and Middle School

There are SO many awesome fiction books out there for this age group (9-13)

Seriously. I love them. I still enjoy reading a lot of these today – and I’m 17.


Check it out!


This first grouping is Saint books! Stories about the Saints throughout all of history! A bunch of these are part of the Accelerated Reader Program at schools – they are all marked with an “*”.  I’m also putting the year that the saint died in [or close to it anyway] so you can follow along in history as you study history in school. Make it Catholic!

Saints Books:

Saint Anthony and the Christ Child

*St. Benedict: Hero of the Hills (~450 A.D.)

*Bernadette: Our Lady’s Little Servant

Mother Cabrini Missionary to the World

St. Catherine Laboure and the Miraculous Medal

Saint Catherine of Siena

The Children of Fatima and Our Lady’s Message to the World

*St. Dominic and The Rosary

Edmund Campion Hero of God’s Underground

St Elizabeth’s Three Crowns

Father Marquette and the Great Rivers

Florence Nightingale’s Nuns

*Francis and Clare: Saints of Assisi

Saint Francis of the Seven Seas

Saint Helena and the True Cross

Saint Hyacinth of Poland: The Story of the Apostle of the North

*Saint Ignatius and the Company of Jesus

Saint Isaac and the Indians

*Blesseds Jacinta and Francisco Marto: Shepherds of Fatima [Encounter the Saints Series]

*Saint Joan: The Girl Soldier

*St. John Bosco and St. Dominic Savio

*Kateri Tekawitha: Mohawk Maiden

Saint Katharine Drexel: The Total Gift [Encounter the Saints]

The Little Flower: The Story of St. Therese of the Child Jesus

Saint Louis and the Last Crusade

Saint Margaret Mary and the Promises of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Blessed Marie of New France

St. Martin de Porres

*Saint Maximilian Kolbe Mary’s Knight [Encounter the Saints Series]

The Miraculous Medal: The Story of Our Lady’s Appearances to St. Catherine Laboure

Our Lady Came to Fatima

Patron Saint of First Communicants (St. Imelda)

Pauline Jaricot

Saint Philip of the Joyous Heart

Blessed Pier Giorgio Frassati: Journey to the Summit [Encounter the Saints Series]

*Saint Pio of Pietrelcina [Encounter the Saints Series]

Saint Pius X: The Farm Boy who Became Pope

Saint Rose of Lima

*Saint Therese and the Roses

Saint Thomas Aquinas: The Story of the Dumb Ox

St. Thomas Aquinas and the Preaching Beggars

St. Thomas More of London


Now, who went and saw the Hobbit this year, or last year, or the year before that when the fisrt 1/3 of it came out? 😀  Did you know that J.R.R. Tolkien was Catholic?

The Lord of the Rings Series is a classic and a must-read.

*The Hobbit

*The Lord of the Rings

*The Two Towers

*The Return of the King

Need I say more on those? I don’t think so. Except that Hobbits are haunting, Elves are exciting, Dwarves are daring, and Wizards are wise.  OH. And Smeagol/Gollum is creepy.







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