Engaging students with Catholic literature can often feel like an arduous task. The stereotype of the classic Catholic book is something old, boring, irrelevant. While that can be true for some books, stories with modern settings, resonant characters, and timely themes are emerging. These books don’t have to wait for young readers to find them. Teachers can use them in the classroom to infuse lessons about literature with texts their students are likely to pick up again.
Using the young adult fiction model, Pauline Books & Media offers a line of teen titles to get kids reading more frequently and with greater mindfulness. The Catholic motifs throughout the books bring faith into the stories both subtly and organically.
Author Leslea Wahl knows the power of using fiction to teach teens a lesson or to subtly communicate ideas about faith, life, and God.
To discover the power of fiction in your classroom, Leslea is offering the first two chapters of her book The Perfect Blindside for free. Download them now to begin your journey with fiction in the classroom. Inspire your students with stories they can relate to and draw upon in their own experiences with faith and learning.
About The Perfect Blindside: Fresh off a championship medal, Jake Taylor’s parents have dragged him to a middle-of-nowhere town in Colorado, far from where he wants to be. Smart and savvy, Sophie has spent the summer before her junior year of high school avidly following Jake Taylor in every article she can find, but now she sees the “truth” behind the story — he’s really just a jerk. When the only thing they can see is each other’s flaws, how can Jake and Sophie work together to figure out what’s really been happening at the abandoned silver mine? Follow Sophie and Jake into secret tunnels as they unravel the mystery and challenge each other to become who God wants them to be.
Let The Perfect Blindside be your introduction to Pauline's full line of teen and young adult books for every occasion and reader. Using this type of books in your teaching will help engage students and give them the love of reading about their faith.