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The Gate

4.60  ·  Rating details ·  35 ratings  ·  11 reviews
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
Paperback, 309 pages
Published November 2013 by Harvey House Publishing
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Paul Ray
Jan 30, 2014 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, fulfillme ...more
Laura Pearl
Nov 19, 2013 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
Jaime K
Dec 22, 2013 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
Leslea Wahl
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
life-changing time in his past. The way the story is written I assumed several key aspects of the story, but I just couldn’t wait to see how it played out. I was so moved by the story of Josh and the elderly gentleman he reluctantly befriends, Pie.
The relationship between these two unlikely friends was incredibly touching. My heart went out to both of these characters - the snarky teen and the curmudgeony old man. The voice of the lead character, Josh, is fantastic, the smart aleck language - a
Ellen Gable
Nov 07, 2013 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 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 recommende ...more
Ann Marie
Feb 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Clearly, anything by Nancy Belanger is to be read. It's about this kid who lost his Dad two years ago and turned into a complete jerk and doesn't practice Catholicism anymore. For school, he meets a nice old man who helps him get closer to the church. He contemplates stealing and reads bad stuff, although they don't say what it is. Depending on how mature you are, junior high to early high school is when you should read this. I have this book as well.
Celina Pohl
Sep 13, 2015 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 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.
Jun 21, 2016 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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The Gate was a very entertaining read and i really loved it. the characters were extremely lovable and were funny too. i loved Josh’s smart alec sense of humor and his sarcasm. and Pie made me laugh out loud. this was an inspiring read, i recommend it highly. it’s cool to see how much Josh changes throughout the book too. from a good kid who had dug himself into a really deep hole and can’t seem to find his way out, to a kid who comes to love his Catholic faith with a lot of help from a friend. ...more
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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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