I wanted to take a few minutes to tell you about one of my holiday favorites.
I stumbled across The Angel Tree by Daphne Benedis-Grab 2 years ago at my daughter’s Scholastic Book Fair. I’m not even really sure what drew me in, but I bought it. She was 6 at the time, so I read it to her, chapter by chapter, each night in December. Long story short, we both fell in love with the story.
It’s recommended for ages 8-12 and grades 3-7, but I think younger girls especially might still enjoy it. The main characters are young teenagers in high school. They come from different backgrounds and have to deal with typical teen stuff. They have challenges with their families, with their school work and activities, and with figuring out just who they are. Sound familiar?
The four unlikely friends are drawn into a heart warming mystery that challenges them to get over their differences and work together. The themes of community and generosity also run through this book. It manages to be a lovely holiday story, while still being pretty realistic. There is no fairy tale here except for the beautiful New England-feeling backdrop of small town life.
If you know a young person who needs a solid holiday read this year, I highly recommend the Angel Tree!