Welcome to the Children’s Christmas book fair with books for children up to the age of twelve years old. All of which would make great gifts.
The first author has a book for older children..Laura Smith with Saving Hascal’s Horrors.
About the book
Ten-year-old Mike Hascal loves horror movies. His family owns a horror-themed shop that his sister, Julie, inherited from their dad who died when Mike was only two. Before his death, the shop held a contest to see who could find and photograph a real live ghost. Two teenage boys went into some nearby woods looking to win this contest. One of the boys, Shawn Mackey, never made it out of the woods. Shawn’s father, a teacher at Mike’s school, then forced the Hascal family to close their shop to the public.
When Mike finds out about this, he and his friends, along with his new friend and horror movie lover, Freddy Nickerman, spend the summer planning a search for Shawn’s body in the now forbidden woods. Will Mike and his friends make it out and save the shop, or will the ghost of Shawn Mackey keep them from leaving too?
One of the reviews for the book
10-year old Mike Hascal loves horror movies, and it just so happens that his family owns a horror-themed shop—Hascal’s Horrors. Before his Dad’s death, the shop held a contest to see who could take a photograph of a real live ghost. Two teen boys entered the forest, where the ghost was purported to be, but only one returned. Will the ghost of Shawn MacKay seek revenge on Mike and his friends who are now out searching the woods for his body?
This story has turned out to be one of my all-time favorite pre-teen/teen reads! Smith touches on all the classic hallmarks of middle-school life as her characters deal with peer pressure, bullying, food fights, puppy love, and everything in between. Her main character, Mike, is an average 10-year-old, wondering about the usual things that 10-year-old boys wonder about. He’s an endearing character that shows a good deal of soul and dimension as he learns that you can’t judge everyone can by first appearances and their initial behavior.
“Saving Hascal’s Horrors” is a remarkable coming-of-age/horror story with just a small touch of magic. The tale is quite reminiscent of the popular cult movie “The Goonies”, and it and will likewise take readers along on a grand and noble quest, treating the macabre with wonder and humor as it appeals to the curiosity of pre-teens and the young-at-heart everywhere.
Other children’s books by Laura Smith
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The next author is also in the main Cafe and Bookstore, but has written this delightful story for children. Oskar’s Quest by Annika Perry.
About the book
Oskar is afraid of adventures. Yet one day he finds himself on a mysterious island which needs his help.Join Oskar on this unexpected and magnificent quest, where he finds not only courage but so much more…“It’s light, extremely enjoyable and very gripping.” Esther Chilton – author & editor.Perfect for ages 3 to 6.
One of the reviews for Oskar’s Quest on Goodreads
“Oskar’s Quest” is a beautifully illustrated book sharing a message of courage, kindness and friendship. Annika Perry has a gift for writing up, not down to children. Even very young children are attentive, curious and observant. My four year old Granddaughter and I love reading “Oskar’s Quest!” My Granddaughter has already memorized parts of this book, especially the sound effects. She loves following “Oskar,” the blue bird, and “Maya,” the golden bird, throughout the story. Often a key to an engaging children’s book is how the adult also enjoys reading the book over and over and over again. I highly recommend “Oskar’s Quest!”
The final authors today are Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange with illustrations by Jo Robinson – Myrtle and the Big Mistake: Myrtle the Purple Turtle Series
About the book
When a lie is told about one of Myrtle’s friends, she knows it’s up to her to make sure the truth comes out. Join Myrtle and friends on this new adventure that encourages children to think about the impact that gossip might have on other kids, to do the right thing and have the courage to stand-up for others.
Myrtle and the Big Mistake is the fourth book in the best-selling children’s series, Myrtle the Purple Turtle, about friendship, kindness, inclusion and self-esteem. Written by Cynthia Reyes and Lauren Reyes-Grange, the books have been praised by children, parents and grandparents, teachers, librarians and book reviewers around the world.
A recent review for the book
Myrtle and her friends are back with another story about kindness, friendship, and personal growth. In this new book, the authors have included a guide to help parents and caretakers discuss issues like bullying, lies, and fixing mistakes with young kids. I highly recommend this book, and the entire Myrtle series, for pre-school aged kids.
Other books in the Myrtle the Turtle Series
Thanks for dropping in today and I hope that you have found some wonderful book gifts for the younger members of the family.