Welcome to the Literate Octopus.

I am a homeschool graduate, a compulsive doodler, an aspiring author, a Catholic, and a lover of nature, literature and science.

I am also a student at an authentically Catholic college and I set up this website to help me actually afford to go! Each time you buy something on this site, I get a commission. I've selected books, movies, and music that I have enjoyed or have some way helped in my spiritual development. I hope you like them too!

These are just a sampling. To see the full list by category, click the links at the very top of the page. 

New in 2010!
Martha & Chip
by Katharine Sohler

Something strange is happening in the peaceful kingdom of Crabbapple. All the White Magi have been captured by the evil witch Aylis and it's up to Martha to save them. But she won't be able to do it herself—Aylis has dragons, and lots of them. To rescue her friends, Martha will need help. But sometimes help comes from the most unexpected places. Written for young readers age 9-12, Martha & Chip is an illustrated, fun-filled adventure that shows that even the most humble creatures among us have important gifts to give.

120 pages + 20 illus. ~ paperback ~ $12.95

Broken Crusts
Songs of Faith and Freedom

by Clifford J. Laube

"I found myself amazed as I began to read Clifford Laube’s poems. They open out onto the great regions of Catholic spirituality. I was reminded of such writers as Romano Guardini, St. Francis de Sales, and some of those early
20th century French writers. I was really quite overwhelmed.
The sheer power and beauty of poem after poem
actually had me in tears, more than once.
Thomas Howard, author of On Being Catholic

136 pages + 8 illus. ~ paperback ~ $12.95

Crown of the World
Book 1: Knight of the Temple

by Nathan Sadasivan

"Nathan Sadasivan has a rare, raw talent and
Crown of the World is a rip-roaring success. A saga of Christendom told with a breadth of historical knowledge
and a depth of empathy and understanding, this novel transports us to a time of turbulence and faith. A work of
such accomplishment from a writer of such youth is simply astonishing. I hope and pray that this is the first
of many more to follow."

—Professor Joseph Pearce,
Ave Maria University,
author of
The Quest for Shakespeare

296 pages + map ~ paperback ~ $16.95

Nacar the White Deer
A Story of Old Mexico
by Elizabeth Borton de Treviño

A deep friendship springs up between a boy, who had
lost his voice and his mother at the same tragic moment, and
an ailing albino deer sent from China as a gift to the
King of Spain. This gentle story of Mexico in 1630 follows young Lalo on his journey back to the Mountain of
the Sleeping Lady. The journey is full of dangers found
in a wild landscape and of charming incidents found
in a people brimming with life and faith.

130 pages ~ paperback ~ $10.95


Disclaimer—You may be a little worried about letting a starving college student handle your book orders. This is completely understandable and I am happy to inform you that I, myself, do not process or ship any of the orders. Any purchase you make via the Literate Octopus is processed by the secure e-commerce sites run by Arx Publishing, LLC and Amazon.com and shipped by the same. I do receive a commission, so any purchase you make via this site really does help put me through school. Thank you!