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Title:
The paper bag Christmas
Author:
Milne, Kevin Alan.
Personal Author:
Edition:
First Center Street edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Center Street, 2008.

©2006
Physical Description:
ix, 150 pages ; 20 cm
Summary:
"A heart-tugging tale of a boy who discovers the true meaning of Christmas through his friendship with a troubled little girl"--Provided by publisher.
General Note:
Originally published: Orem, Utah : Granite Pub., c2006.
Language:
English
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 5.6 5.0 135419.
ISBN:
9781599950730
Format :
Book

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Dr. Christopher Ringle is the last person you'd expect to find moonlighting as Santa Claus at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. But it is there that he meets a young man named Molar Alan, who desperately needs a new perspective on the underlying value of Christmas. Dr. Ringle recruits Mo and his older brother as volunteers at a nearby children's hospital for the holiday season. At the hospital, Mo is tasked to help bring holiday cheer to the young cancer patients on the fifth floor. His biggest challenge is befriending a decidedly angry girl who is so embarrassed by her scarred appearance that she hides her face behind the safety of a paper bag. Almost in spite of himself, Mo finds that Christmas joy emanates from a source far greater than the North Pole, while the young girl learns that she is more beautiful than she had ever imagined.


Author Notes

Kevin Alan Milne earned an MBA at Pennsylvania State University. Born in Portland, Oregon, Milne grew up in the nearby quiet country town of Sherwood, Oregon. He now resides in Brentwood, California. This is his first novel.


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Publisher's Weekly Review

In this affable yuletide yarn, brothers Aaron and Molar are understandably preoccupied with the material side of Christmas, until they meet Dr. Ringle, a shopping mall Santa who is also a doctor at a local children's cancer ward. Dr. Ringle encourages them to volunteer at the ward from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and especially encourages their friendship with two children: recalcitrant and angry Katrina, whose postsurgical scarring leaves her afraid to be seen without a paper bag on her head, and effusively optimistic Madhu, who does not understand the story of Christmas. The story is unexpectedly heartwarming, and Milne mostly avoids sap while delivering his warm fuzzies and dashes of Christmas hope and magic. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved