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Book Title: Catholic, Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High School - Book 1|
The author of the book: Christian M. Frank
ISBN 13: 9781928832997
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 486 KB
Date of issue: March 1st 2008
Read full description of the books Catholic, Reluctantly: John Paul 2 High School - Book 1:Full disclosure: I edited this book as head of the John Paul 2 High team, or, as I prefer to call myself, the Series Queen.
What can I say? This has been, hands down, the most exciting writing project I've been involved in to date. A team of young writers, editors, and consultants (including Father Christopher Pollard, attache to the Vatican at the UN) came together to create this series for Catholic teens. Mostly because we were all former Catholic teenagers who grew up never having any books featuring Catholic kids we could really relate to, and we wanted to change that for Catholic teens growing up today. Sophia Institute Press agreed to publish this unusual joint venture, and for the past few years we John Paul 2 High team members been having crazy late-night meetings at my house, where we discuss, argue, and carefully plot out the books, then take turns writing them under the name Christian M. Frank. We write several books at once so that we can get them into print more quickly. It's actually not a new idea: the Nancy Drew mysteries were written the same way. (In case you're wondering where Christian M. Frank came from: the author's name is an amalagamation of our chief alma maters: most of the original team graduated from either Christendom College or Franciscan University. The M stands for Our Lady, of course, whose prayers and guidance we always seek.)
Okay, so... Book One. John Paul 2 High is a tiny Catholic school stuck in a disused public grade school in a neck of woods between a massive public high school, Sparrow Hills, and a convenience store. The school gets up and running with only seven kids its first year. The most mysterious student... okay, one of the most mysterious students is Allie Weaver. Beautiful and barely Catholic, she's highly intriguing to sophomore George Peterson, who left Catholic school wrestling to attend this new school. While Allie struggles to understand the hyper-Catholic atmosphere of her new school, George becomes embroiled in a conflict with her boyfriend and the public school wrestling team. Catholicism, annulments, moral issues, poltergeists, hazing, and holy saints all weave in and out of this first installment of the story of John Paul 2 High. We're out the gate and the saga has begun. Hope you enjoy it!
When you read it, feel free to leave feedback and questions at www.johnpaul2high.blogspot.com.
Read information about the authorWhat do you call a group of people who on the outside, are normal Catholics, but who have periodic crazy meetings late at night and sporadic email wars over plot points?
Well, you could call it a parish subcomittee, but that's also a good description of the John Paul 2 High Team.
The Team first started meeting three years ago when Sophia Press accepted our proposal to create a series of fun teen novels geared specifically to Catholic teens. Most of us grew up reading teen fiction, and we noticed how there were never any novels specifically for Catholic teens.
Sure, there was regular secular fiction, but lots of it could be pretty crass, and the main characters were fairly godless.
So some of us read Christian fiction, but sometimes that kind of fiction was too squeaky-clean to be really like "real life." Plus, the main characters might love God, but they never seemed to deal with the issues that most Catholic teens had to deal with.
In short, there wasn't any fiction out there for "people like us." So, we decided to write some.
And it's been a lot of work, but still a lot of fun. Together we created the characters we hope you'll come to know and love, and we created the stories we hope will keep you riveted. Right now we have fourteen books plotted out in the series, and some of us take turns writing them, under the name of Christian M. Frank.
Why do we take turns writing them? So we can publish more than one book a year. Our goal is to publish three books a year. Since it takes about a year to write a book, we needed to have more than one person writing the books.
And why use a pen name? So it's easy to find the books in the library, on Amazon searches, and so on. (Imagine how confusing it would be if Book One was published under the name of Strikeman, Book Two under the name of O'Shaughnensy, Book Three under the name of Suki Liam, etc.).
And why Christian M. Frank? Because some of us are proud graduates of Franciscan University of Steubenville, and some of us are proud graduates of Christendom College. So we thought we'd give half the name to each alma mater. And we put in an "M" for Mary, our Blessed Mother, to keep the peace between us.
So we hope you like the books, stay tuned for more, and if you think of it, say a prayer for us! Thanks!
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