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The Paper Bag Christmasby Kevin Alan Milne
If you're looking for something special this holiday season, this is it. Written by our very own local author Kevin Alan Milne, The Paper Bag Christmas is a delightful tale about two brothers who venture out with their parents to ask the shopping-mall Santa Claus for all their Christmas wishes. But this Santa is no regular guy, and he makes them an offer that seems to good to pass up. What makes this book so special is what happens when these little elves discover the true meaning of Christmas — and it has nothing to do with their wishes, but everything to do with their hearts. This wonderful holiday story is about the true meaning of Christmas.
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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.
"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." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Dr. Christopher Ringle recruits Mo Alan to help bring holiday cheer to the young cancer patients at a nearby hospital, including a decidedly angry girl who is so embarrassed by her scarred appearance that she hides her face behind the safety of a paper bag.
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