Item description for The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne...
Overview Enlisted by a Santa-costumed doctor to help him while visiting the children at a nearby hospital, brothers Molar and Aaron befriend a young transplant candidate who expresses curiosity about Christmas and an angry girl who hides her scars behind a paper bag.
Publishers Description 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.
From Publishers Weekly 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.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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Studio: Center Street
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 7.6" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.8" Weight: 0.5 lbs.
Release Date Oct 1, 2008
Publisher Warner/Faith Books
ISBN 1599950731 ISBN13 9781599950730
Availability 0 units.
More About Kevin Alan Milne
Kevin Alan Milne is the author of The One Good Thing, The Paper Bag Christmas, The Nine Lessons, Sweet Misfortune, and "The Final Note." He earned an MBA at Pennsylvania State University. Born in Portland, Oregon, Milne grew up in the nearby quiet country town of Sherwood, Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and five children.
Reviews - What do customers think about Paper Bag Christmas?
The Paper Bag Christmas Nov 24, 2009
What a great read!! We're reading this to our children and grandchildren.
Great Kids Story Nov 18, 2009
This a good book for kids. Has a good message about greed and selfishness that is cured by compassion and sacrifice for those that are less fornuate.
A touching and endearing story about the true meaning of Christmas Aug 29, 2009
This is a touching and endearing story about the true meaning of Christmas. The main characters Molar and his brother Aaron learn the value of friendship and selflessness and how important it is to look beyond ourselves. This story was very touching and it makes you stop and think about your own life and outlook on the world and the effect you can have on others. I think that this would be a wonderful young adult novel for teens and young adults as it is told in a child's perspective. It is also short enough to hold their attention and have a great impact as well! It can easily be read in one sitting.
A magical novella Jul 15, 2009
An inspiring, charming little story about finding "everything you never wanted for Christmas".
Mo and his brother Aaron meet Santa at the mall. Santa is a pediatric oncologist and instead of simply giving them a present, he enlists their help as Santa's elves in the children's ward at the hospital. Each boy is tasked with getting to know a specific patient.
Aaron befriends Madhu, a charming boy who, although not Christian, has a fascination with Christmas and wants to learn all he can. Mo befriends Katrina, a young girl who has been through surgeries which have left her scarred and vulnerable. She wears a paper bag on her head and hides away from everyone.
The boys learn the true meaning of friendship and what kinds of gifts we should give at Christmas.
A magical novella. Easily read in one sitting, a funny, heartwarming story and one that will stay with you. I loved it. This would make a great Christmas film.
An emotional read Jan 31, 2009
What a great book for year-round reading. If you love children and Christmas and a wonderful message, you will love this book. What an inspiring story - get a copy for yourself and several to give as gifts!