Katie is always nine years old, and where is the other fourth grade class?

Nine year-old orphan Katie is trying to understand what is going on around her. She finds a website devoted to petitions and answers to prayers in the form of roses. Katie becomes intrigued with St. Therese of Lisieux and her roses, and places her difficulties and hope of becoming Band Princess in St. Therese's kind smile.

Choir director Sister Frenchetta picks on Katie. She hates choir and the humiliation she suffers at the hands of Sister. Jimmy Marcone is a fourth grade classmate. He chases Katie home on his green and yellow-striped bike after daily choir practice. Katie cannot qualify for band membership unless she stays in choir. She has to be a band member to be nominated for Band Princess. Can she endure the torments?

  • Classification: Universal
  • Work is: Extract only on Authonomy
  • First submitted Aug. 4, 2010
  • Last updated Aug. 4, 2010
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  • Tari's avatar
    Tari wrote 3 years, 8 months ago
    This is so refreshing. I have always been very fond of the little Saint of the Roses, St. Theresa de Lisieux and have a book of her life story in my library at home along with one of St. Theresa of Avila . I also love the quotes. The first person in letter form does create a bond with the reader immediately. I like the form of a personal letter of prayer to the Saint, in which the plot unfolds. ...
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    writerchick11 wrote 3 years, 9 months ago
    Hi, I wanted to write again because I've read it in more depth. Like someone said earlier, this would be hard to publish in its current form, but hey! You HAVE to write this as a fiction with this character - I love her. Is she a real person? She leaves shadows on the ground, I can assure you. With her unique voice, she is someone who I would love to read about and would definitely buy a book with ...
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  • NMott's avatar
    NMott wrote 3 years, 9 months ago

    Excellent concept for a childrens book, unfortunately the way you've structured it is more suited to a blog than a novel. Worth checking out Ways To Live Forever by Sally Nicholls, for tips on how to structure such a book.
    All the best with it.

  • Retired user
    writerchick11 wrote 3 years, 9 months ago

    Needs to be published.

  • Cariad's avatar
    Cariad wrote 3 years, 9 months ago

    An unusual book - some formatting problems made it a little hard to read in parts, but very touching.

  • leelah's avatar
    leelah wrote 3 years, 9 months ago
    This touched my heart. Not because I am a Catholic - because i love writings from the heart who lets us see a child/ourselves/ as we are - in all our facets. I like the commentary - and there seems to be a pedagogic side of it that I found myself liking. That shows me that you are not preaching, but speaking from an open and wise heart. I wish you tyhe very best with this , and i hope ...
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  • DouglasLeBlanc's avatar
    DouglasLeBlanc wrote 4 years, 5 months ago


    I just finished reading the first chapter. A fantastic concept! And well executed too. I think that the narrator's occasional asides work well, and contrast nicely with the child-like writing of the letters. Humorous, serious, and flows well.... I will try to read more when I get the chance.


  • Retired user
    LL Su [Retired] wrote 4 years, 8 months ago
    MK, I love St. Therese's book, Story of a Soul. She's my patron saint. My grandma named me after her for her little ways. The part where she says that not everybody can be a rose in God's garden because it would make His garden boring left an unforgettable impression on me. Some of us have to accept that we are just violets. My name actually means "lotus" so it was a spiritual message for me. I am the lotus ...
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    karenrosario wrote 4 years, 8 months ago

    This looks really cute and I have put it on my watchlist for now- might I ask that you do something to sort out the massive gaps of white space as I found it rather off-putting scrolling down to try and read it!
    I look forward to getting a proper read of it soon

  • Neville's avatar
    Neville wrote 4 years, 9 months ago

    This makes a change, a delightful read, of a world as seen from a 9 year old childs eyes
    Introduced as a series of letters that Katie has written, it comes across very clear with a good voice
    I enjoyed reading your book and can easily relate to it from my own 9yrs old Granddaughter.
    Best wishes and pleased to rate your book. RATED.

    kind regards,


  • Walden Carrington's avatar
    Walden Carrington wrote 5 years ago

    Dear St. Therese...Letters From Katie Marie is a delightful collection of letters. Katie should be a good influence on your young readers. I look forward to seeing the complete work. Backed with pleasure.

  • DMHeadley's avatar
    DMHeadley wrote 5 years ago

    The cover page is very eye catching and was a very enjoyable well written read.

    Sammy and the Wise Willow

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    name falied moderation wrote 5 years ago
    Dear M.K. Your short pitch took me to your long pitch which is very well crafted and promises an interesting original read. I I am amazed as I see the books on this site, with the minds, and the talent which produce writtings with such skill. I do wish to congratsulate you on your book. I have not read all your writing but I do wish to back this book so it may asssit you BACKED BY ME FOR SURE. ...
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  • SusieGulick's avatar
    SusieGulick wrote 5 years ago

    Dear M.K., You scriptures, quotes, & Katie's diary entries are precious - amazing, your gifted writing. :) Thank you for sharing from your (& Katie's) heart. :) May you write many many more books. :) I've backed both of your books & you've backed my memoir/testimony "Tell Me True Love Stories" - could you please take a moment to back my "He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not?" Thanks. :) Love, Susie :)

  • Elizabeth Wolfe's avatar
    Elizabeth Wolfe wrote 5 years ago
    Dear M.K., I think you have a beautiful coer - just lovely! Your pitch is excellent too. In your passage from Luke at the beginning of the book, the word "God" is bumped out of alignment, like maybe you tabbed it over too many times. It's just a small thing, but distracted me a little. Overall, very nice! BACKED Elizabeth Wolfe (MEMORIES OF GLORY) Please excuse the following message if I’ve already sent it to you. Sometimes I get confused! ...
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    Andrew Burans wrote 5 years ago

    What you have posted so far is a most compelling read. Using the first person narrative voice through letters from Katie Marie to St Therese is extremely well done and your christian messages clearly shine through. Your descriptive writing will appeal to your intended audiences. Backed.

    Andrew Burans
    The Reluctant Warrior: The Beginning