Hi friends! I’m so, so excited to come to you today with my stop on The Other Side of The Wall Blog Tour! I’m very happy to have Amy on here today to discuss her favorite Christmas middle-grade reads*!
*which, by the way, i think we need more of. let’s start a petition friends.
Favorite Christmas Middle-Grade Reads by Amy Ephron!
The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clark Moore, which is so much fun to read to and with children the night before Christmas. My parents, my sisters, and I used to decorate our tree on Christmas Eve, a ten-foot tall tree with lights, ornaments, garlands, and tinsel. And our mother would read The Night Before Christmas aloud. It was extraordinarily sweet. We would all sneak down the next morning. Underneath the tree on top of the white sheet (meant to emulate snow L.A.-style) were piles of wrapped presents for all of us.
Little Women by Louisa May Alcott, a marvelous novel for anyone. The opening chapters are all at Christmas, longing for lost Christmas traditions in war-time, the four girls, first feeling sorry for themselves, then deciding to each buy one present for their mother (Marmee). They wake up to find books under their pillows. Then, Marmee convinces them to give their breakfasts to a family that is in more dire straits than them, which is noticed by their neighbor, the older Mr. Laurence. He sends over a surprise and unexpected Christmas dinner for them as a reward for their kindness and selflessness.
And a little known classic, The Story of Holly & Ivy by Rumer Godden. It’s all about a toy store—and the toys that don’t get bought the night before Christmas. They want a home. And there’s a doll who wants a girl, and a girl who lives in an orphanage who wants a doll and a family.
I totally forgot about Little Women when thinking about what books to read for the rest of the year but that IS one of the best books to read around Christmas! These are all great recommendations, and I’m so thankful to her for featuring in this post and to Penguin for including me on their blog tour!
Information About Amy and The Blog Tour:
Blog Tour Schedule
November 6 – Eltpeace – Creative Instagram Picture
November 7 – A Fictional Bookworm – Author Guest Post: Favorite Christmas Middle Grade Reads
November 8 – Laura Bookish Corner – Dream Cast
November 11 – The Reading Corner For All – Inspired by the Book: Baking + Creative Instagram Picture
November 12 – Homeschool On the Range – Unit Study
November 13 – Wishful Endings – Author Guest Post: Tess and Max’s Favorite Top Ten Things about London at Christmastime
November 14 – Homeschool by the Beach – Inspired by the Book
November 15 – Trissinalovesbooks – Creative Instagram Picture + Pin Fit
It’s Christmas break and Tess and Max are in London, staying at the posh Sanborn House with their Aunt Evie. As they wait for their parents to arrive, there is an unusual snowstorm that makes the city seem as if it’s caught in a snow globe. Perfect weather for an adventure in Hyde Park. But when Max, Tess, and Aunt Evie leave to search for a cab, they find a horse and carriage and driver curiously waiting for them at the curb. And that’s just the beginning…
Soon Tess is charmed by a mysterious boy named Colin who lives at the hotel all year round–on the 8th floor. But Max is sure the elevator only had 7 floors the day before. And how come everyone at the hotel seems to ignore Colin? Things seem to get stranger and stranger. There’s a 1920s costume party in Colin’s parents’ apartment. A marble that seems to be more than it appears. And a shadow that passes mysteriously by Tess and Max’s hotel window.
Tess wants to figure out what’s going on, but finds only more questions: Is it just a coincidence that Colin’s last name is Sanborn, the same as the hotel? Why does the cat’s-eye marble look eerily similar to the crystal at the top of their hotel room key? And, most importantly, what happened in that hotel one Christmas long, long ago?
In this mysterious story sprinkled with holiday enchantment, Amy Ephron transports readers into the magic of London at wintertime, where it’s just possible that what seems imaginary is real, and your wishes might come true.
Amy Ephron (www.amyephron.com) is the author of The Castle in the Mist, her first book for young readers, which was nominated for a SCIBA Award, and of Carnival Magic, a companion book. Amy has also written several adult books, including A Cup of Tea, which was an international bestseller. Her novel One Sunday Morning received the Booklist Best Fiction of the Year and Best Historical Fiction of the Year awards and was a Barnes and Noble Book Club selection. She is a contributor and contributing editor at Vogue and Vogue.com, and her work has appeared in numerous other publications. She was also the executive producer of Warner Brothers’ A Little Princess. Amy lives in Los Angeles with her husband; between them they have five children. You can follow her on Twitter and Instagram @amyephron.
I hope y’all enjoyed this guest post! My review for The Other Side of The Wall will be up on Saturday. Tell me: do you have any favorite Christmastime middle-grade reads?