- File Size: 883 KB
- Print Length: 158 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: #602,337 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.
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.
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
As for the flaws, they can be summed up in one word: dry. Scenes often seem to lack the emotion the author is trying to convey - the main characters hardly seem affected when tragedy or danger strikes, and they feel bland compared to the more interesting secondary characters. I do, however, acknowledge the possibility that the author set out to write them as everyman/woman characters, which is always a difficult balance to strike. There was also a little too much 'tell' and not quite enough show.
Don't let this small criticism dissuade you: the author did an excellent job of making Girouette feel like an enviable place to live. It's a town of great warmth of spirit despite its isolated and inhospitable environment. I give this book a sincere recommendation, and I hope to see an improvement in the author's craft in his future work.