Paper Bag Christmas
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During the holiday season, Dr. Christopher Ringle works as Santa Claus at the local mall. He meets Molar Alan, who would benefit by learning the true meaning of Christmas. The doctor recruits Mo to volunteer at the children’s hospital during the holidays and bring holiday cheer to young cancer patients. Mo meets a girl with facial scars, who hides behind a paper bag. Does Mo find the Christmas spirit after all?

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Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 160
Vendor: Center Street
Publication Date: 2017
Dimensions: 7.50 X 5 (inches)
ISBN: 1478974761
ISBN-13: 9781478974765

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When Molar Alan and his older brother, Aaron, fill out their Christmas wish lists front and back, the Santa at the mall informs the boys they won't be getting anything they asked for. Instead, he says, they will receive everything they never wanted. This isn't your garden-variety Santa, he's Dr. Chris Ringle, a pediatric oncologist, and he enlists the brothers as Santa's elves at the children's ward for the holidays.

Each boy is charged with a very special assignment. Aaron will befriend Madhu, a fast-talking boy on an organ transplant list who, though not Christian, has an insatiable curiosity and wants to learn all about the holiday. Madhu is determined to be a wise man in the hospital pageant, despite the objections to his interpretation of the role.

Molar's task is considerably harder, as he attempts to help a lonely little girl named Katrina. Katrina's surgery has left her scarred, and she has shut herself away from everyone. But it is through her that the true spirit of Christmas will touch the lives of all those around her in a way none of them would have foreseen.

Author Bio

Kevin Alan Milne is the author of The Paper Bag Christmas, The Nine Lessons, Sweet Misfortune, The Final Note, and One Good Thing. His work has been translated into fifteen languages. Milne grew up in the quiet country town of Sherwood, Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and five children.

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"The Paper Bag Christmas is one of the most inspiring and emotionally endearing books I've ever read."—Shirley Howard, President, The Children's Cancer Foundation
"The Paper Bag Christmas reads like a Christmas classic -- warm, funny, sweet, inspiring, humbling, and nostalgic."—Debra Paulk, Gift Basket Review
"The Paper Bag Christmas is the rare kind of story that makes your eyes teary while your heart smiles. I was truly moved."—Jason Wright, 'New York Times' bestselling author of 'Christmas Jars' and 'The Wednesday Letters'
"Milne's debut novel is the epitome of the true meaning of Christmas. It's an inspiring tale filled with heartfelt characters that will move readers to view Christmas in a whole new light."—Leslie L. McKee, Romantic Times
"The story is unexpectedly heartwarming...delivering his warm fuzzies and dashes of Christmas hope and magic."—Publishers Weekly
"[T]he book is just right for a family reading-aloud project . . .Milne also provides an . . .unforgettable story, forcing us to believe in all of his characters . . .and in something more."—Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
"This is a small book in size but the message it sends is so big-this book points out the true meaning of Christmas."—American Chronicle
"[I]t's sweetly honest, ushering in the holiday season with joyful ease."—Deseret News

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  1. Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    An unforgettable story about more than just two boys whose lives will be forever changed one Christmas!
    November 22, 2017
    Heart2Heart
    Victorville, CA
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    One of my most treasured books in my permanent library at home is the Winner's Game by Kevin Alan Milne. It was in that novel that not only was I introduced to a talented author, but also to the incredible life-changing stories that he could weave through the use of words on a simple piece of paper. They are the kinds of stories that stay with you long after you have put it down. I have to share the one book I will probably buy for all my family members this Christmas and it is The Paper Bag Christmas.

    Its a short book, with a lasting message. When two young boys Molar Alan and his brother Aaron are taken to visit Santa Claus late one evening, they are challenged by him despite their lengthy Christmas lists for all the presents that can think of, to take a gift of everything they never wanted. That alone is enough to make most readers want to read this book. I mean, just what does that entail? The boys are taken into confidence by Dr. Ringle, a generous old man who loves to spend time visiting the children in his oncology ward at the hospital and brings the boys along dressed as his elves. Besides handing out the required red paper wish lists and candy canes, each of the boys are tasked with befriending a child in the hospital.

    They will spend the next several days acting in Dr. Ringle's absence to break through the barriers each of these children are facing. For Aaron, his is a young boy from India, Madhu, who longs to understand the Jesus of the Bible when faced with Santa Claus. As the upcoming Christmas pageant approaches, he longs to be considered as one of the wise men, and when he learns those have all been filled, he makes a wonderful intelligent plea for them to reconsider more than just three. For Molar, his is the most difficult. Katrina is living on borrowed time. Everyone in her family has already died and now she is a ward of the hospital waiting to see when her last day will come. She is also bitter and wants nothing to do with Christmas. It was something she shared with her grandfather who has died and to enjoy it would feel like she is betraying him. So she remains shut in her room and the only way she will allow visitors is when she is cloaked in a paper bag she wears to cover her face.

    I received The Paper Bag Christmas by Kevin Alan Milne compliments of Center Street Publishing, a division of Hachette Book Groups. This is such a wonderful and heartwarming book as you discover deep down inside what will break through each of the children. Despite what you might think more than just one life will be changed through their assigned tasks and the gifts they receive will be priceless in the end. I encourage you all to pick up a copy of this book, and incorporate it into that tradition of storybook time with your children especially at Christmas. This is the one book that your children will want to read again and again, and so will you. I give this book a 5 out of 5 stars and hope you decide to pick it up!
  2. daffys4yu
    Spencer, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A very touching story
    January 13, 2011
    daffys4yu
    Spencer, MA
    Age: 35-44
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Paper Bag Christmas - eBook.
    This book was wonderful! I loved the characters. It was a very well written book. I especially love the message in the book.
  3. RaeRae
    PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    December 28, 2010
    RaeRae
    PA
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for The Paper Bag Christmas - eBook.
    Recommend this one highly. Very good message in it!
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