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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Center Street; 1 edition (October 29, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599950731
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599950730
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #508,904 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

In this affable yuletide yarn, brothers Aaron and Molar are understandably preoccupied with the material side of Christmas, until they meet Dr. Ringle, a shopping mall Santa who is also a doctor at a local children's cancer ward. Dr. Ringle encourages them to volunteer at the ward from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and especially encourages their friendship with two children: recalcitrant and angry Katrina, whose postsurgical scarring leaves her afraid to be seen without a paper bag on her head, and effusively optimistic Madhu, who does not understand the story of Christmas. The story is unexpectedly heartwarming, and Milne mostly avoids sap while delivering his warm fuzzies and dashes of Christmas hope and magic. (Oct.)
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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

More About the Author

Kevin Milne was born in 1973 in Portland, Oregon. Although Oregon was always considered home, he also spent portions of his childhood in Virginia, Hawaii, and California. In 1991 he graduated from Sherwood High school, followed by undergraduate studies at Brigham Young University, then an MBA from Pennsylvania State University. As an adult he has lived in such varied places as Vermont, New Jersey, Nevada, Austria, and Croatia.

Since beginning his writing career in 2007, Milne's novels have been reproduced in 16 languages worldwide. His first published work, "The Paper Bag Christmas", was converted to a stage play in 2011.

Today, Kevin resides once more in his home town of Sherwood, Oregon. He and his wife, Rebecca, were married in Washington DC in 1995, and are the proud parents of five children.

Customer Reviews

It made me laugh, it made me cry.
Molly
At just 150 pages, this is a quick read, but one that will stay with you long after the book is closed.
Shelly Burns
Great message and very easy to read.
Kelsi Christensen

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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Kyle Doyle on October 10, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Typically, one would find my wife and I having dissimilar tastes in what we read. She prefers to soak in the 'suspenseful heart-wrenchers', while I tend to enjoy more of the adventurous and humorous stories.

We do, however seldom, find a work of Literature that satisfies us both. "The Paper Bag Christmas" is one such gem that we discovered, love and have added to our family collection. I would highly recommend you do the same.

Milne writes in such a way that you quickly become woven into the fabric of the story, hardly able to stop reading once you have begun. The experiences of the characters become personal and you share every tear and laugh along the way.

A more appropriate recommendation would be to buy two: one for yourself, and one as a gift for a loved one. You are guaranteed to want to share it after you read it. Buying them together will save you on shipping.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A. Pohren VINE VOICE on November 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
The Paper Bag Christmas is a perfect example of the greatness of quality rather than quantity. Often it is very easy to forget the true meaning of Christmas, with all of the materialistic hype that revolves around the holidays. However, with The Paper Bag Christmas, author Kevin Alan Milne brings to light the true meaning behind this celebrated time of year. It is not what we get or even what we can give material wise, but rather what we can give of ourselves and in return receive the greatest gift of all - or rather, as stated within The Paper Bag Christmas, the gift that is "everything you've never wanted for Christmas".

Molar and his older brother Aaron, help a pediatric oncologist, Dr. Chris Ringle, by assisting as Santa's elves, in a very special hospital children's ward. Though Molar and Aaron do not voluntarily begin this task, they soon realize the happiness they can bring to the other children and develop some very special bonds with the children - especially a young girl who wears a paper bag over her head to hide her "ugliness" and a young boy whose religion does not celebrate Christmas, and who knows very little of it's true traditional meaning. Though these two children appear the least likely, they are actually the ones to forever change Molar and Aaron's lives - as well as many around them. Molar also learns the truest meaning of friendship as well as the fact that just a few kind words and gestures can mean so very much to someone.

The Paper Bag Christmas is a wonderfully beautiful and heart warming story that will bring laughter, as well as tears. It is a story that you will want to read again and again and also a story that you will want to recommend to others. There are few books that forever touch the heart, and The Paper Bag Christmas is one of those. I highly recommend this and know that it will make a beautiful addition to anyone's library.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Sandra Heptinstall on January 21, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Paper Bag Christmas
By: Kevin Alan Milne

As a book reviewer I am very seldom at a loss for words. I bought this book because I love Christmas, and after reading a review, I decided to buy it. I am having a hard time finding the words to do justice to this book. It is a beautiful story of two brothers named Aaron and Molar who discover, "The best gift they never wanted for Christmas." This book has made me smile and then cry at times. I can't recommend this book enough. All that I can say is buy this book, give yourself a present, as you will not be disappointed. I wish all parents today would do what the parents in this book have done. Teach their children it is better to give then receive. Then their children will say, "The best gift I never wanted for Christmas." I would like to say to the author, "What a wonderful gift you have for writing"

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By White Fang on August 15, 2011
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This is one of the most beautiful Christmas stories I have ever read and I collect Christmas books! This book is suitable for both adults and children above third grade. Tears will flow and and you will also laugh with the adventures of Molar and his brother Aaron as they volunteer in the terminally ill department of a children's hospital in the weeks before Christmas. As you meet the various individuals in the terminally ill unit you will rejoice in their perseverance and cry with their discouragement. One of the patients named Katrina always wears a paperbag over her head when Molar and his brother Aaron visit because she thinks she is ugly and no one would want to see her face. Hence, the title of the book -- "The Paperbag Christmas". However the book gives much insight into several other terminally ill patients like Madhu who is Hindu, but has a great interest in Christmas. My one wish would be that each of us and our children could somehow be Molar and Aaron and actually have the experience of volunteering in this terminally ill unit that the author writes about. We would all have a deeper understanding of the true meaning of Christmas. The next best thing is to get the book and experience this Christmas journey for yourself. It is a small book and could be read in a night or two. Most people will not be able to put it down and will probably read it in one night. This is a book to be shared with everyone and would make the most meaningful Christmas gift. Someone in Hollywood or the Hallmark Film Corporation is missing the boat by not buying the production rights to this book and producing one of the most wonderful Christmas stories ever!
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