From Margaret Mezzacapo
Author: Melody Carlson
Title: The Christmas Cat
Garrison Brown’s grandmother has died, and he returns to her home to dispose of her estate – and her beloved pets as well. In the course of doing this, he meets a cute-as-a-button girl and a courtship ensues. Christmas magic pervades everything and there’s a happy ending – although it seemed sad that cats who had been loved and cared for were now regarded as burdens to be gotten rid of.
From Evanne Orlean
Title: Merry Christmas Alex Cross
Author: James Patterson
Police psychologist Alex Cross called to help solve DC’s most violent crimes during holiday. Always torn between the job and being with family.
From Teen Blogger Sarah
author: Peck, Richard
A season of gifts
In the book A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck, twelve year old Bob moves next door to Mrs. Dowdel who is not your normal neighbor! As Bob deals with bullies, the holiday seasons, and helping his Dad (the new local Minister), somehow Mrs. Dowdel gets caught up in the action too! Luckily Bob doesn’t go through these problems alone, as he has his Elvis loving older sister and younger sister, who actually likes being with Mrs. Dowdel, to help him. As Bob, his family, and Mrs. Dowdel go through some hard times, you might wonder if things will turn out okay. Find out by reading “A Season of Gifts” by Richard Peck.
“A Season of Gifts” was a really good book that I enjoyed reading. I liked that the book took place in the 1950’s and was about what kids did for Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas. I thought the book did a great job of making you feel like you knew what it was like to be a kid during that time period. The book has the family go through a number of issues which eventually get straightened out with an uplifting ending. I recommend this book for anyone ages eight to twelve.
From Charlene Muhr
author: Evans, Richard Paul
The Christmas Box
A few months ago, I went to a library conference and attended a lecture by Richard Paul Evans. I was so moved by his talk that I purchased his book and had it autographed. He wrote and self-published the Christmas Box in 1993, a Christmas story that he had written for his children. The Christmas Box is a touching story of the real meaning of Christmas. A couple, Richard and Keri, and their daughter, Jenna, are hired as caretakers for an elderly and ailing widow, Mary, who resides in a Victorian mansion. It’s not long before Richard and his family become very fond of Mary. As the holiday approaches, Mary is concerned about Richard’s obsession for success and his failure to recognize the emotional needs of his family. One day, Richard discovers an ornate, heirloom box that contains love letters and is the key to a secret that Mary is holding close to her heart. This is guaranteed to be a tear jerker.