32 Days - Story of Faith and Courage

Ellen Prozeller
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Eleven-year-old Lucy's young life is turned upside down when Communist troops invade her small Chinese village during the 1948 revolution. The soldiers remove Lucy's teacher, Sister Elizabeth, from the school, and replace her with a strict, unyielding instructor who teaches the children to memorize the words of Mao Zedong and the tenets of the Communist party. Food is scarce, and soldiers patrol the streets and the town, forcing its residents to live in fear.

Lucy's family is forced to practice its Catholic faith in secret. After soldiers desecrate the church and imprison the priest, Lucy makes a heroic decision: she sneaks into the church at night to be with Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament. Many years later, her devotion and actions will be an inspiration to Bishop Fulton Sheen.

This historical fiction for children in grades 3-5 depicts a child living out her faith in a culture of opposition. The story is based in fact: Lucy is a true if virtually unknown hero who inspired others far beyond her time and place.


2017 ACP Award

Reading Level: Grades 3-5 (Ages 9-11):

Flesch-Kincaid Reading Level of Questions: 5.0
Questions for Accelerated Readers:

    • 1) How did Pei and her sister Ling escape from the wild boar?

      a. Pei and Ling ran and hid by the pond

      b. Pei prayed to Jesus for help and threw a stone at the boar

      c. Their parents came to help and scared away the boar

      d. Pei and Ling ran back to their house before the boar could catch them

    • 2) How did the Catholic families feel when the Communists came?

      a. They were happy that the Communists had come to help

      b. They were afraid of being arrested because they believed in Jesus
5.25 x 7.75

Ellen Lucey Prozeller has been a teacher on all levels from elementary school through college. She has also taught religious education on a volunteer basis for many years. She holds an MA in English literature and has published articles and short stories in the New York Times, St. Anthony Messenger, America Magazine, and more. In addition, Mrs. Prozeller has worked as an editor and corporate trainer. She is married and has two adult daughters and three grandchildren.

"Although the facts surrounding her life, even her real name, are unclear, her story of faith amid persecution under communist China will leave a memorable and inspirational impression. "
-Regina Lordan, The Monitor Newspaper of Trenton, NJ Catholic Diocese

"Readers in grades 3 through 5 will learn about a child their own age who lives her faith in a time of oppression: a young, unknown Catholic hero. "
-Barb Szysziewicz, OFS, CatholicMom.com Book Notes

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