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'Tis the Season (Main Street Series #3)

by Martin

Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
Pages: 208
Paperback
ISBN: 9780439868815






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Overview of 'Tis the Season (Main Street Series #3)

The holiday season comes to Camden Falls in this remarkable new novel from Ann M. Martin.

Christmas is coming to Camden Falls, and Flora and Ruby don't know how to feel about it; it's their first Christmas without their parents, and the memories are both happy and sad. Luckily, Flora and Ruby are surrounded by people who care about them -- from their grandmother Min to their friends Olivia and Nikki, who are dealing with challenges of their own. There's also an unexpected visitor: Flora and Ruby's aunt, whose presence promises to shake things up. It's going to be a Christmas that nobody ever forgets....

Synopsis of 'Tis the Season (Main Street Series #3)


Christmas is coming to Camden Falls, and Flora and Ruby don't know how to feel about it; it's their first Christmas without their parents, and the memories are both happy and sad. Luckily, Flora and Ruby are surrounded by people who care about them -- from their grandmother Min to their friends Olivia and Nikki, who are dealing with challenges of their own. There's also an unexpected visitor: Flora and Ruby's aunt, whose presence promises to shake things up. It's going to be a Christmas that nobody ever forgets....

Children's Literature

Sisters Flora and Ruby are excited to experience their first Christmas in Camden Falls. Regrettably, this is also their first Christmas without their parents. Fortunately, the energetic sisters have made lots of friends in the pleasant little town known for its many exciting holiday traditions. They spend most of their time at Needle and Thread, the sewing shop where their grandmother works. Their best friends, Nikki and Olivia, help keep them busy by assisting them in creating a winter window display for the store. The girls love to help the customers and make it their business to know everyone in town. They have a great time leading the townspeople in making Christmas presents for the homeless. This activity gives Flora, Ruby, and Olivia the idea to plan a big Christmas surprise for Nikki s needy family. Flora and Ruby maintain festive optimism even when their snooty aunt visits for Christmas. Martin makes this a fun, breezy read while touching on some serious issues such as death, child abuse, and poverty. She describes a small, cheerful town that becomes like family to Flora and Ruby. Bright pictures of the town and an illustration showing the layout of the girls favorite hangout helps readers picture the girls running around town. Martin writes the main characters, Flora and Ruby, caringly and thoughtfully. This story will get readers in the holiday spirit. This is the third book in Martin s Main Street series. Reviewer: Julie Minnich

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Children's Literature

Sisters Flora and Ruby are excited to experience their first Christmas in Camden Falls. Regrettably, this is also their first Christmas without their parents. Fortunately, the energetic sisters have made lots of friends in the pleasant little town known for its many exciting holiday traditions. They spend most of their time at “Needle and Thread,” the sewing shop where their grandmother works. Their best friends, Nikki and Olivia, help keep them busy by assisting them in creating a winter window display for the store. The girls love to help the customers and make it their business to know everyone in town. They have a great time leading the townspeople in making Christmas presents for the homeless. This activity gives Flora, Ruby, and Olivia the idea to plan a big Christmas surprise for Nikki’s needy family. Flora and Ruby maintain festive optimism even when their snooty aunt visits for Christmas. Martin makes this a fun, breezy read while touching on some serious issues such as death, child abuse, and poverty. She describes a small, cheerful town that becomes like family to Flora and Ruby. Bright pictures of the town and an illustration showing the layout of the girls’ favorite hangout helps readers picture the girls running around town. Martin writes the main characters, Flora and Ruby, caringly and thoughtfully. This story will get readers in the holiday spirit. This is the third book in Martin’s “Main Street” series. Reviewer: Julie Minnich

School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-In this installment, sixth-grader Flora and her younger sister, Ruby, are getting ready for their first Christmas in Camden Falls with Grandmother Min. The mood is festive in their close-knit community, but friends and neighbors are dealing with such issues as poverty, abusive parents, and Alzheimer's disease. There are no quick fixes to these tough problems, but the hard edges are sanded away, and the gentle, clear-eyed narration keeps readers focused on the positive. There is an old-fashioned tone to the story, reminiscent of Maud Hart Lovelace's "Betsy-Tacy" books (HarperCollins); readers can expect plenty of feel-good moments and satisfying plotlines in this snowy Christmas tale.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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