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Holiday Books for Ages 8-10

Give your intermediate reader a book to cherish during the holidays.
 
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A Christmas Carol and Other Stories
by Charles Dickens

An immediate bestseller when it was first published in December 1843, A Christmas Carol has endured ever since as a perennial Yuletide favorite.

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The Nutcracker
by Jane B. Mason
A fantastic Christmas adventure!

It's Christmas Eve and Marie has found a funny-looking nutcracker under the tree. Marie's godfather says this nutcracker once saved a beautiful princess from a horrible spell cast by the wicked Mouse Queen. But Nutcracker is in danger-the Mouse King seeks revenge!
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The Gift of the Magi
by O. Henry Illustrated by Lisbeth Zwerger
This picture book version of one of the most famous Christmas stories ever written has been the most successful of Lisbeth Zwerger's books published in this country. Zwerger's simple, stark illustrations capture the human drama of O.
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The Jar of Fools: Eight Hanukkah Stories From Chelm
by Eric A. Kimmel Illustrated by Mordicai Gerstein

The residents of Chelm do not see things the same way that people in other towns and cities do. In Chelm, latkes can be created from nothing using a magic spoon, hay forks can be menorahs, and dreidels do not have any letters on their sides. But are the residents truly foolish, or perhaps wiser than all the rest?

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Kringle
by Tony Abbott Illustrated by Greg Call

Unlike the traditional Santa Claus myth, Kringle is a coming-of-age story about an orphan who becomes a force for good in a dark and violent time. It is a tale of fantasy, of goblins, elves, and flying reindeer — and of a boy from the humblest beginnings who fulfills his destiny.

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Zlateh the Goat and Other Stories
by Isaac Bashevis Singer Illustrated by Maurice Sendak

First published in 1966, this Newbery Honor Book includes seven folktales of Chelm, a village of fools, and illustrations by the noted illustrator, Maurice Sendak.

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The Legend of Old Befana: An Italian Christmas Story
by Tomie dePaola
This is a delightful reading of the favorite Italian Christmas story about an eccentric old woman and her never-ending search for the Baby King.
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A Child's Christmas in Wales
by Dylan Thomas

This gem of lyric prose has enchanted both young and old and is now a modern classic.

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