I read Our Lady of Fatima
for school many years ago. I thought it might be a bit difficult to read, but much to my surprise it was quite easy, yet not at all written like a children's book. The book is written like a story, yet with loads of interesting facts about the three children, their families, the history and geography of Portugal and the local countryside, and the religious and political dealings during the early 1900's. It makes for a great spiritual read as well as a history book with a unique perspective.
The author, William Thomas Walsh, clearly outdid himself with this book. He actually lived the life of the children during his research and talked with the children's immediate families. His knowledge about the children, the country, and the apparitions is clearly seen in the book and it really feels as if you are right there living it with Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta. The book takes you through the years before the apparitions of Mary to after the death of Francisco and Jacinta.
This book also has a personal connection with me as it was one of the turning points for my parents. I am not sure if it was before or after my mama became Catholic, but it was this book that sparked a devotion to Mary that never ended and an interest in Marian apparitions that continues to this day. We even have life-sized statues infront of our house of Our Lady of Fatima and the three children.
I do think this book should be on the top of the list for books all Catholics should read. It is a short read, but one packed with history, religion, excitement, drama, tears, joys, and much inspiration.