Search For The Hidden Garden
Search For The Hidden Garden

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Smith, Sherry 

Pauline Books & Media 



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A Discovery with Saint Therese

About this Book:

In Search for the Hidden Garden, readers meet Saint Therese as a fifteen-year-old living in Lisieux in the months before entering her Carmelite convent. An imaginative historical novel, the story focuses less on Therese herself and more on the ways she helps the heroine, Charlotte Delacroix, grow in her love for Jesus.
This welcome addition to Pauline Kids' Friends with the Saints series takes readers into the heart and mind of a young girl coming to grips with life and unraveling a mystery? but is the mystery the location of a hidden garden for children, or is it the mystery of how to create a life by doing "small, good things" for others and thereby for God?
Sherry Weaver Smith follows up her acclaimed novel The Wolf and the Shield with the story of a friendship that transcends social class, life's challenges, and even death itself.

Features & Benefits:

  • Provides girls ages 7-10 with a positive believable role model
  • Vibrant historical fiction that weaves in a positive Catholic message
  • Offers an attractive glimpse of the mind, heart, and message of Saint Therese without being preachy
  • Models a relationship that readers can develop with the saints

About the Author:

Sherry Weaver Smith became Catholic after working alongside Salesian Sisters dedicated to helping homeless and working children in Manila, the Philippines. Weaver Smith wrote her first poems and children's fiction for her daughter, Laura. Her haiku collection, Land Shapes, was published by Richer Resources Publications. Weaver Smith received her bachelor's degree from Duke University in math and East Asian studies, and a master's in politics from the University of Oxford, England.

What Are People Saying about this Title?

"This story allows the reader to get to know the historical Thérèse (from her own biographical writings) as a real girl and not just a saint from long ago."
- Catholic Library World

Product Details:

Binding: paperback
Trim size: 5½ x 8¼ inches
Pages: 128

Keywords: Saint Therese of Lisieux, vocations, Carmelites, teen Catholic fiction, saints for girls-

Rita Irwin says...
This book was well-researched and, from an English teachers standpoint, well- written. There are so many lessons: The kindness Charlotte finally learns toward Louise along with the kindness and understanding she shows Olivier and his ill mother; the courage both Charlotte and Louise must have when dealing with Louises father; and the patience they find they must have with others. As a non-catholic, I have enjoyed learning about the saints in this series by Sherry Weaver Smith. I am looking forward to her next book.

Niccolò, Age 8 says...
STUDENT REVIEW: I really enjoyed Search for the Hidden Garden. I read it quickly, it was well-written and it had the right amount of suspense. The characters were very realistic. I wish Vincent had a larger part in the story. I really liked the Epilogue and the Historical Notes. There were two or three places where I had to re-read to understand better what was happening. The best part was the last one where everyone was happy. I would definitely recommend this book to a friend.

S.P. says...
I love the concept behind Sherry Weaver Smiths childrens series, "Friends with the Saints" of which "Search for the Hidden Garden" is the second book. Rather than focus on the actual life of a saint (in this case, St. Therese of Lisieux), the author instead builds a story around of a fictional character, a child, whose life crosses paths with the chosen saint and is thereby changed forever. Ten-year-old Charlotte is the heroine of this story and I think children will joyfully relate to her impulsive, adventurous, and at times very daring personality.The story begins with Charlotte sitting in her desk at school, daydreaming and longing for something exciting to happen to her (name me a kid who cant relate to that!). That special something does, indeed, happen very soon. Charlotte gets drawn into a treasure hunt involving a garden, with a young St. Therese (before her entrance into Carmel) as her spiritual guide and companion. By this means, the author has a delightful and very natural way of urging her readers to virtue without ever actually preaching to them. One feature I especially appreciate is the short but thought-provoking study guide at the back of the book. It makes it easy to implement the story into a classroom or homeschooling reading program. I eagerly look forward to further books in the series, and also recommend the authors first book, "The Wolf and the Shield."

Sylvia Buller says...
“Search for the Hidden Garden: A Discovery with Saint Therese” is author Sherry Weaver Smith’s second book in the Pauline Kids’ “Friends with the Saints” series. Like her first book, “The Wolf and the Shield: An Adventure with Saint Patrick" the work was a joy to read. As a classroom teacher, I look forward to introducing my fourth graders to this book, which is set in a hidden garden and pulls readers in with the excitement of a treasure hunt. These elements combined enable children to become absorbed in, and mesmerized by, this wonderful historical fiction mystery. However, there are also important life lessons along the way. As the main character, Charlotte, and her friends follow the path of the treasure map, their evolving friendship with Therese takes on a journey of its own. This parallel adventure allows them to learn the importance of true friendship, faith, and the joy of doing for others. Sherry Weaver Smith is not only able to perfectly capture a great story line for children, but also interweaves a significant moral about four Fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, gentleness, joy and patience. This book is well-written, interesting, and will be enjoyed by readers of any age. I am eager to share this book, and its lessons, with my students.

Connie Talbert Dugan says...
SEARCH FOR THE HIDDEN GARDEN is an excellent story for teaching children that it requires courage, or boldness as described in the book, to do what is right. However, in doing so, the lessons in the book also remind children that boldness is not to be confused with disrespect. In addition, my favorite lesson of the story is that leading a good life is as simple as appreciating and becoming a better person by being more “loving, gentle, joyful, and patient” with our family, friends, and strangers on a daily basis. The adventurous children in this story learn these valuable life lessons through the gentle guidance of St. Therese, before she enters into the Carmelite monastery.

Gregory Neuner says...
What child doesnt love stories of mystery and adventure? When 10-year old Charlotte finds a mysterious treasure map in her schools library in 1880s Normandy France, her vivid imagination and adventurous spirit set her on a search for the maps secret childrens garden. She and her friends must uncover overgrown paths to four special fruit trees and ultimately find the gardens hidden treasure. Along the way the children meet Therese Martin, soon to enter the convent at Lisieux at age 15. Therese helps the children understand the importance of faith and prayer and of doing small good things to help each other. Masterfully, Weaver Smith draws a parallel between the fruits of the four trees in the garden and the Fruits of the Holy Spirit: love, gentleness, joy and patience. In overcoming many obstacles, including adults who want to destroy the garden, the children are guided by the Fruits of the Holy Spirit and find the garden holds treasures far different from what they expected. Young readers will be intrigued as the gardens mysteries are gradually revealed and, as with any good adventure story, they will want to keep on reading to see what happens next to Charlotte and her friends. Weaver Smiths unique achievement here is that the books religious theme and lessons are subtly woven into the story and do not overpower it. The future St. Therese is cast as a minor character but her influence on the children is central to their growing spiritual awareness. Well plotted. Well written. Another winning performance by Weaver Smith.
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