Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Some Holiday Recommendations...

Winter vacation is fast approaching and with it plenty of time to read a good book. Here are some holiday titles you might want to check out:

Peiling and the Chicken-Fried Christmas by Pauline Chen.

Christmas season is in full swing, and Peiling Wang can't take another minute of it. She feels completely left out! Her family is from Taiwan, and even though they've lived in America since she was small, they have never once celebrated the old-fashioned, stockings-over-the-fireplace, all-American Christmas!

Peiling finally musters the courage to ask her parents the big question: can we celebrate Christmas this year? What follows is a full-scale battle between cranberry sauce and soy souce, carols and karaoke, roast turkey and Peking duck. When the dust finally settles, Peiling starts to understand - it's not about being from China or America; it's all about feeling at home.

When Santa Fell to Earth by Cornelia Funke

Thanks to Twinklestar, that marzipan-loving but lightning-shy reindeer, Santa and his caravan have come crashing down in a storm just two weeks before Christmas.

Luckily he's (literally!) dropped into a nice neighborhood. But Santa's not safe.

The ruthless Gerold Geronimus Goblynch plans to put an end to children's wishes and turn the holiday season into his personal moneymaking scheme. Only Santa stands between him and his grinchlike tricks. With the help of kids Charlotte and Ben, Santa will have to face Goblynch and his Nutcracker goons if he's ever to rescue Christmas!

'Tis the Season (Main Street Book 3) by Ann M. Martin
Christmas is coming to Camden Falls, and Flora and Ruby don't know how to feel about it; it's their first Christmas without their parents, and the memories are both happy and sad. Luckily, Flora and Ruba are surrounded by people who care about them--from their grandmother Min to their friends Olivia and Nikki, who are dealing with challenges of their own. There's also an unexpected visitor: Flora and Ruby's aunt, whose presence promises to shake things up. It's going to be a Christmas that nobody ever forgets...

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