The Angel or Not? Series is an exciting fiction chapter book that combines Catholic and family values in a fast moving story-line. Student readers will recognize their own Catholic schooling connection with the main character Angel, her family, friends and Sister Rita.
The books make an excellent class and summer reading option as the series reinforce good values, opens the door for discussion on bullying, making good choices and the consequences of cheating. In addition, both books include bold vocabulary words throughout the story and include word banks in the back of the book. Worksheets are available to download on our "Teacher Information" page above. The first book in the series focuses on Bullying, while the second book focuses on the consequences of cheating on a test and the consequences associated with cheating and lying.
BOOK 1 - Angel or Not? Angel for Sure!
Recognition: Catholic Writers Guild Seal of Approval-2014! and Moonbeam Children's Book Award
An engaging book for preteen children, that focuses on real life ups and downs of being a girl in Catholic school. Follow Angel through fourth grade as she learns how to handle her own conflicts while attempting to stay in 'angel-mode' even though, her thoughts and actions aren't always so angelic. Stay with her through the story as she realizes that every action has a consequence.
In this, the first book of the series, Angel, the main character is being bullied and must figure out how to handle and befriend the bully. You’ll meet Sister Rita, Angel’s family, friends and her first crush—Dreamboat Tony!
It’s easy to be drawn into Angel’s world while she tries to solve the Sonya Mystery. You’ll understand why she feels stuck in the Twilight Zone during Sonya’s and brother Anthony’s accidents.
Read the First 5 chapters on our Teacher Information page
Book 1 focuses on Bullying; Making good decisions; Catholic values; First of its kind Catholic Fiction Chapter Book, 199 pgs.
Included in the book are Vocabulary words and Class Discussion Questions on Bullying. Work sheets and handouts available by request on our Teacher Information Page
BOOK 2 - Angel or Not? Ohhh So Not!!!
Your favorite characters are back and the drama continues! As Angel, a fourth grader in Catholic school discovers why Sonya was a bully and must say “Goodbye” to the “Sonya Mystery.”
Dreamboat Tony is still a dreamboat and Sister Rita is full of her usual surprises. You’ll meet the new neighbors and get an “ear-full” from Angel’s Grammy. From a fender-bender with Dad, to playing on the Jesuit football field, brother Anthony is back in action!
In this captivating sequel, Angel’s world spirals out of control when she makes the worst mistake of her life! Find out exactly what Angel did to
earn the book its title: Angel or Not? Ohhh So Not!!! -
Read the first 5 chapters on our Teacher Information page
Book 2 focuses on the Consequences of Cheating on a test; making good decisions; Catholic, Fiction, Chapter Book, 214 pgs. By author, Lori Diez
BOOK REVIEW OF ANGEL OR NOT? SERIES
BY JULIA JOHNSON, CATHOLIC SCHOOL TEACHER
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).Type your paragraph here.
Visit www.HeartGalleryTampaBay.org 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 http://angelscatholicbooks.com.
Our family recommends both books.
Julia Johnson at 7:37 PM
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