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First-Place, Best Catholic Novel— 2014 Catholic Press Association book awards

For smart-aleck Josh, being a Christian in the eighth grade is completely irrelevant, especially with the temptations that middle school can bring. For him, life is all about playing video games, getting money, and causing trouble. He doesn’t need anybody and he makes his own rules. When his teach
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Paperback, 309 pages
Published November 2013 by Harvey House Publishing
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Laura Pearl
May 19, 2014 Laura Pearl rated it it was amazing
It is with distinct pleasure that I highly recommend The Gate, the latest triumphant YA novel by acclaimed Catholic writer Nancy Carabio Belanger (author of Olivia and the Little Way and Olivia's Gift). I only wish it had been around when my own five sons were in junior high!

The reader is introduced to Joshua Lasko, a troubled 8th grader and only child who has been a bit lost since the death of his father two years ago. Once a happy, church-going, clean-living kid who did well in school (a forme
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Jaime
Dec 24, 2013 Jaime rated it it was amazing
I won this in a Goodreads giveaway and I am so glad that I did.

Josh is an eighth grader who lost his dad almost two years prior to the story. When his father died, he and his mother stopped going to church, she go a new job which kept her working longer, and their money supply decreased. Josh becomes surly and acts out - his grades slip, he lies and steals, he begins to turn people against him.

At the start of the school year, Josh gets sick and comes back to school to learn he has a new project
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Paul Ray
Jan 30, 2014 Paul Ray rated it it was amazing
I found "The Gate" by Nancy Carabio Belanger to exhibit an authentic portrayal of what Jesus Christ intended His Church to be: a hospital for sinners, a sure refuge of reconciliation, a beacon of hope, life and love. It will touch the heart of anyone who is seeking to find meaning in life, at any age, amidst all of the noise we all contend with everyday. It challenges the reader to examine themselves in light of the virtues which we were all created to embrace, which give us happiness, ...more
Ellen Gable
Jan 02, 2014 Ellen Gable rated it it was amazing
Josh is an eighth grader with an attitude. When his teacher assigns a pen-pal project involving an elderly man in a rest home, Josh wants nothing better than to finish it and move on. Since his father died, Josh has become accustomed to doing the minimum at school, at home and at church. He is angry, frustrated and self-centered. When Josh finally meets his pen-pal, Pie, the feisty and devoutly Catholic elderly man challenges him in more ways than one. As Josh’s friendship with the man deepens, ...more
Linda K.
Dec 04, 2013 Linda K. rated it it was amazing
October 5, 1947... "Back goes Gionfriddo...back, back, back...heee makes a one-handed catch against the bullpen! Oh, doctor!"... excerpt from "The Gate" by Nancy Carabio-Belanger. If you aren't hooked yet, you soon will be. Nancy Carabio-Belanger gets deep into the mind and heart of 8th grader Josh Lasko as he struggles with adolescence and acceptance. I purchased this book as a gift for a 12 year old, and decided to read a few pages before wrapping it up. I was hooked! Highly, highly ...more
Celina Pohl
Sep 15, 2015 Celina Pohl rated it it was amazing
The Gate by Nancy Carabio Belanger

This is one of my favorite books because the story is so beautiful. In the story, a kid named Josh, is assigned a pen pal, named Pie. Well he is assigned to Pie, Pie teaches Josh how to became a good Catholic.

I love this book and would recommend this book to all young Catholics.
Taylor Smith
Sep 11, 2015 Taylor Smith rated it really liked it
This book is very good. I would recommend it to anyone that enjoys spiritual books. It is about a boy who gets assigned a pen pal that who has a deep love for his Catholic faith. This book is so good you cannot stop reading it! The ending is so great and interesting.
Marilyn
Jun 21, 2016 Marilyn rated it it was amazing
Just a beautiful book and definitely high on the favorites list. Made me quite emotional. A must read for elementary, middle and high school boys. Good for a family read aloud too. Much to think about family, vocations, the elderly, technology etc.
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Nancy Carabio Belanger, a graduate of Michigan State University, has loved to write ever since she was a little girl. She used to write fiction stories in math class when she was supposed to be listening to the teacher, a practice she certainly does not recommend to her readers! She has a great love for St. Therese of Lisieux. She says that Therese's Little Way is a reminder to all of us who feel ...more
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