Middle Grade Monday: Holiday Picks

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Looking for some cozy, wintertime reads? Check-out the list below for some of our top picks for the holidays!

The Chronicles of Narnia The Chronicles of Narnia, by C.S. Lewis, is one Chronicles of Narnia of the very few sets of books that should be read three times: in childhood, early adulthood, and late in life. In brief, four children travel repeatedly to a world in which they are far more than mere children and everything is far more than it seems. Richly told, populated with fascinating characters, perfectly realized in detail of world and pacing of plot, and profoundly allegorical, the story is infused throughout with the timeless issues of good and evil, faith and hope. This boxed set edition includes all seven volumes.”

The Bells of Christmas For generations Jason’s family has lived beside Bells of Christmasthe historic National Road near Springfield, Ohio. Although he knows the story of drovers and Conestoga wagons and Christmas one hundred years ago, Jason wonders how the holiday will be celebrated a hundred years in the future. Will there really be horseless carriages in the twentieth century? And sleighs that fly through the air? Here is a traditional story that shares with us Christmas, 1890, and celebrates the continuing joy of Christmas as we know it today. Let us rejoice with this loving family when relatives came to visit on a Great Day long ago.”

The Gift of Magi “O’Henry’s most famous short story, “The Gift of the The gift of MagiMagi” has a universal appeal that extends beyond the Christmas season. Set in New York at the turn of the century, the story centers on a young couple and the sacrifices each must make in order to buy the other a gift. The pictures by the award-winning Austrian illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger are infused with the poignancy and delight of this simple tale about the rewards of unselfish love.”

The Christmas Carol One of the best-loved and most quoted stories of  a-christmas-carol“the man who invented Christmas”—English writer Charles Dickens—A Christmas Carol debuted in 1843 and has touched millions of hearts since. 
Cruel miser Ebeneezer Scrooge has never met a shilling he doesn’t like…and hardly a man he does. And he hates Christmas most of all. When Scrooge is visited by his old partner, Jacob Marley, and the ghosts of Christmas Past, Christmas Present, and Christmas Yet to Come, he learns eternal lessons of charity, kindness, and goodwill. Experience a true Victorian Christmas!”

Little Women “The much-beloved story of the four March girls, Meg, Jo, little-womenBeth and Amy, as they grow to adulthood in 19th-century New England. Rractical Meg, iconoclastic, headstrong Jo (modeled on Alcott herself, shy, hardworking Beth and spoiled little Amy are faced with the prospect of a dreary Christmas the year their father is away at war. Money is tight, and what they do have the family shares with their even poorer neighbors. But the girls are resourceful, and they can never be really poor when they have each other.

As the year progresses, the girls have many domestic adventures. They meet Laurie, ‘that Lawrence boy,’ who lives in the immense house next door. He and his grandfather become good neighbors and friends, and Laurie seems to be falling for Jo. Meanwhile, Jo embarks on a writing career, publishing a story in the local newspaper. The girls all experience social triumphs and disasters as they try to find their place in the world.”

Holiday Princess “A princess always knows how to celebrate the holidays.Holiday Princess There’s Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Chinese New Year, Saturnalia . . .to name just a few. Then there’s gift giving, the royal Genovian Faberge advent calendar, hot chocolate with marshmallows — oh, and all those fabulous holiday movies. How will YOU celebrate this holiday season? Mia and her subjects have a few ideas.” 

How the Pops Stole Christmas “Winter Break is approaching, and How the Pops Stole Christmaseveryone at Joyce Kilmer Middle School is in the holiday spirit. Everyone except the Pops, that is! Jenny can’t wait for the holidays, but her good mood quickly evaporates when she picks Dana as her “Secret Snowflake” in English class and finds out that her friend Sam is heading home to England for the holidays. Things go from bad to worse when Jenny doesn’t get invited to her friend Mark’s New Year’s Eve party. What’s going on? Is Mark angry with Jenny about something she did? Or could the Pops have something to do with it?”

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