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Santa Monica: A Misplaced Adventure [Kindle Edition]

Karen Jones
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Book Description

Monica dreams of playing Santa in the holiday performance presented by her local theater group. But will her theater coach, Mr. Shelley, be willing to cast a girl as Santa? What will her parents think? Will her friends ridicule her for wanting a boy's role? Will her super-talented friend, Eric, get the role just because he's a boy? Follow Monica on her quest to play Santa Clause as she prepares for her audition, copes with her friends comments and questions, and ultimately follows her heart to be anything she wants to be.

Monica and her family's special place is The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf at 829 Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica, CA. It's just across the street from their apartment and they go there sometimes to relax and other times for something special. Monica likes to get a hot chocolate and stir it with a peppermint candy cane. Monica's mom, Alejandra, likes to get the chai tea latte and her dad, Buz, will occasionally stop in and get a coffee on his way to work as a surf instructor.

Santa Monica is a fantasy adventure for bedtime or anytime. Written to be read aloud to children of any age or read alone by children ages 8-12. Approximately 9,500 words with full-color images.

Product Details

  • File Size: 2667 KB
  • Print Length: 43 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Karen Jones; 2 edition (January 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009EJ2ABA
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,802,077 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Christmas Story!!! January 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
Monica hopes to play Santa Claus in the Christmas play. But the competition is stiff! One of her best friends wants the same part and he has a bit of an edge because he's a boy.

What a great little chapter book for early readers. From the main star, Monica, to the colorful director of the Christmas play, the characters leap to life in this lovely story. As the tale unfolds, the reader learns about compassion, generosity and friendship. And young Santa Monica shows us that when it comes to something you truly want, you gotta go for it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars ***Cutest Little Christmas Story*** December 25, 2012
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SANTA MONICA: A Misplaced Adventure, by Karen Jones is a great fantasy/adventure. The Author says this is a book for 8 to 12 yr. olds but I am 54 and I loved it. Follow along in Monica's quest to become Santa..... Can she do it? ..... Or, will someone else fill the role? This amazing book is available from That's where I bought mine!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Santa Monica: A Misplaced Adventure, sweet story December 19, 2012
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This book is ao adorable. I love the way that this girl has such a good time celebrating Christmas. I love that she is adopted it shows adopted children are special.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Santa Monica (A Misplaced Adventure) March 12, 2012
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A children's tale of diversity and determination. Monica wants to play the part of Santa in the Christmas and Holiday play for her school. Along the way she must decide for herself what the role means to her. Very good little book.
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More About the Author

Karen began her writing career creating poems for handmade birthday cards at work. Later she started a story as part of a 1,000 word homeschool contest. Being rather chatty, she found it difficult to stay anywhere near 1,000 words and gave up. A few years later, she finished that story and it became her first children's book.

She would love to say that her children's stories come from a finely-honed understanding of the hearts and minds of children. But in actuality, they bubble up out of a childish imagination she never grew out of. Her short stories and novels also come from that imagination with a little bit of life experience thrown in. Karen often writes about events directly from her life but not before she has pounded and twisted them almost beyond recognition.

Karen lives with her husband, teenaged daughter, mean Chihuahua, and a cat named Fitch, in a rural area of Indiana. They long for the beach and plan to move to Santa Monica one day. Especially the Chihuahua, who finds the winters in Indiana far too cold.

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