- File Size: 883 KB
- Print Length: 233 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Michael Welch (November 23, 2013)
- Publication Date: November 23, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0060YW9DQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,006,199 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Next Christmas in Girouette (Adventures in Girouette Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Told from the viewpoints of 13-year-old Autry and 11-year-old Oxana, the story is one that can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. Mr. Welch poses a mystery that occurred in 1940, using the characters’ personal recollections as well as newspaper documentation to slowly lead us to the climax.
I personally enjoyed the personal histories of some of the residents of Girouette (population 6, hence the designation Ghost Town). The stories detailing the adventures of Rocky Mountain Santa and his elves were inventive and extremely entertaining.
Overall, a solid tale, well-written, with a bit of a lesson softly woven in the story. Four stars.
Teenagers have lost how to communicate with people. So have we, the next and older generation. TV, computers, and electronic devices are what we "talk" to. Meaningful conversations, caring about one another that is what is important. Michael Welch did a wonderful job showing how it was in our parents and parents parents time; what extent people would go to, including endangering their own lives, for someone else. You will find the true meaning of Christmas when you read this book. Enjoy
There is a former ghost town fairly close to where I now live. I say "former" because it was a town much like Girouette when I first visited, soon after I moved into the state. Since then, it has been re-occupied by people who work out-of-town, but who have purchased the old coal miners' houses and renovated them, brought back small businesses, etc. I kept thinking of this local town while reading the book, and imagining everything I was reading happening there. Great connection! :-)
The Tales of Rocky Mountain Santa, run in serial by the paper in 1940, are absolutely delightful! So are the characters. This is a warm and fuzzy read ... I can see it being read aloud to younger children in installments or read by adults in a single sitting. It is definitely worthwhile!
This is a very well written story. Building to a very exciting Christmas and visits to follow. I would recommend this book to everyone.
Next Christmas in Girouette by Michael Welch is the first in a series of YA novels about the strange town, and a 60-year-old mystery that has left the six ‘diehard’ residents of Girouette believing in ‘Santy’ Claus. Young and old alike will enjoy Autry and Oxana’s adventures as they get to know the town’s oddball inhabitants, and learn that the true meaning of Christmas is not how many presents you get, but the relationships that you form.
Although the book is intended for a young audience, it’s a story that the whole family can read and enjoy.