Angel's Catholic Books

BOOKS AVAILABLE:  All books were created for use in the classroom and include: age appropriate vocabulary words; word banks; Catholic values and faith vocabulary; and/or bullying materials.
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 Book 1 and 2 in the Angel or Not! Series
Angel or Not?Angel for Sure! and
Angel or Not? Ohhh so Not!
Read the first 5 Chapters of each book on the Chapters page

    BOOK 1 

2nd Edition with revised ending to comply with National Bullying guidelines. Catholic, Bullying,Fiction Chapter Book- 208 pgs

        BOOK 2
Focus is on Consequences of Cheating on a test; making good decisions;Catholic, Fiction, Chapter Book, 214 pgs.
By author Lori Diez


Angel or Not? Angel for Sure!
              Has received the:
       Catholic Writers Guild
             Seal of Approval!

   Book Review of Angel or Not? Series

                       by Julia Johnson
Catholic Teacher Daydreams

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Angel's Books ~ Children's Catholic Literature

It is not a moment too soon that good faith-filled juvenile fiction has hit the bookshelves.  Angel or Not? book series by Lori Diez are uplifting, unique books for third grade students and up.  These treasures highlight the lives of Angel Hennessey and her friends who attend Catholic school.   Lori Diez illustrates a lovely picture of Catholic life, for American culture that knows little about the Catholic faith and its blessings, but she also explores the reality of bullying.

Aspects of our Catholicity that readers will enjoy are Angel's loving, supportive family; her kind friends; prayer life; and her amazing teacher Sister Rita.   Children will read about how Catholic families live each day focused on what Jesus would do.  And, although the characters in Diez's books fall short of angelic behavior, because they are human, readers will discover the joy in trying.  They will also discover that prayer, Mass, family guidance, and Catholic teachings and traditions are blessings to help children and role models love Jesus and one another.

Although there are wonderful gifts associated with being Catholic, readers will also discover, through Angel or Not? books, that our heroine, Angel, is a very "normal" child.  Angel struggles with the class bully, getting a new teacher, innocent crushes and friends and family hurting.  Following her conscience, when it's tempting to do the wrong thing, is Angel's biggest struggle, which is something all children relate to.

Children growing up in Catholic families and/or attending Catholic schools will benefit from reading Mrs. Diez's books, too.  God willing, Catholic children may even be able to empathize with having a special teacher like Sister Rita.  What a breath of fresh air it is to read about a Sister who is fun, energetic and spiritual.  Anyone who has met Sisters, who teach, know that many are full of spunk and divine inspiration that is passed down to the children they teach.  Diez's characterization of Sister Rita was a literary gift that this mom could relate to, as I taught with many wonderful Sisters in Catholic schools.  I can only pray that today's Catholic children meet a "Sister Rita" in their childhood.

My nine year old is closest to the age I'd recommend Angel or Not? books.  Because Angel is a girl, he had a little difficulty understanding some of the relationships Angel acquired.  Young girls will grasp the girls' friendships well.   However, he related to the classroom bully, the Catholic traditions
Angel and her family celebrated  and Angel's brother, Anthony.  The content and vocabulary of Diez's books were perfectly matched to my son's reading abilities. 

Speaking of vocabulary and content, another unique contribution Diez makes for readers is that she includes a word bank at the end of her books.  This addition enriches student's vocabulary.  For students studying their faith, a few of the words focus on the Catechism.  A mother of three, Lori Diez, also saw the importance of adding comprehension questions at the end of her books.  Finally, her grandest dream realized, Lori, contributes 75% of Angel's Books to Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay (an organization dedicated to foster children finding forever families).

Visit to learn more about this wonderful organization that means so much to Lori and her family. 

And to find out more about Angel's Books: Angel or Not? Angel for Sure! and Angel or Not? Ohhh so Not!!!!, click on the following link  
Our family recommends both books.
Julia Johnson at 7:37 PM

Sunday, July 21, 2013

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Angel or Not? Series
Now has two books available in the projected 3 book series.  The books were written by, Lori Diez, a Catholic mom of three who after 18 years in Catholic School realized the need for fun, real-life books that incorporated good morals, values while reinforcing the Catholic faith.

The Angel or Not? series are engaging books for preteen children that focus on real life ups and downs of being a girl in Catholic school. Students will follow along with Angel as she travels through fourth grade and learns to handle her own conflicts while attempting to stay in 'angel-mode' even though, sometimes her thoughts and actions aren't so angelic. Readers will associate with Angel as she realizes that every action has a consequence.

The books are not meant to teach our Catholic faith, but rather to integrate our faith with a story-line that children/students want to read because they feel a strong connection with the main character - Angel, her family and friends.  In addition, teachers like the books for class readers because they include bold vocabulary words throughout the story and include word banks in the back. There is also a workbook PDF available for additional class participation. They are the perfect book series for 3-5th graders for summer reading. Children want to find out what happens in Book one and are eager to get their hands on its sequel Book two!

                The first book in the series focuses on Bullying and how to handle the bully, while the second book focus is that of cheating on a test and the consequences associated with cheating and lying.

        Read the first 5 Chapters
on  the " Chapters of Book" pages.


            Book 3

 How Rosie and Sampson 
    Saved Christmas
Early Reader Chapter Book- 54 pgs
  Come explore the true meaning of Christmas through the story of the Nativity! Rosie, the old family dog, and Sampson, the playful new puppy, must work together to save their beloved owner’s Christmas play. Scripture verses, traditional carols, and unique characterization portray the story of Jesus’ birth in an exciting, child-friendly, and educational way.  Explore the world of Christmas through Rosie and Sampson’s eyes and  discover how they save Christmas! by author, Heather Finster.

             Angel's Books donates 75% 
       75% of the profits from "Angel or Not?" Books are donated to children in foster care, served by the Children's Board Heart Gallery of Tampa Bay 

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