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Holiday Books for Middle Schoolers

Get your independent reader in the festive spirit with these books that celebrate the season.
 
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The Bells of Christmas
by Virginia Hamilton Illustrated by Lambert Davis

Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890.

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The Birds' Christmas Carol
by Kate Douglas Wiggin Illustrated by Jessie Gillespie
Few characters embody the spirit of Christmas more fully than Kate Douglas Wiggin's Carol Bird. This classic Christmas story by the author of Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm features a child as memorable and charitable as Dickens's Tiny Tim.
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Christmas After All: Christmas After All: The Great Depression Diary Of Minnie Swift
Series: Dear America
by Kathryn Lasky

At the age of twelve, Minnie Swift is living through one of the toughest times in America's history, The Great Depression. She keeps a detailed diary over the span of one Christmas month.

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A Holiday Memory
Series: Heartland
by Lauren Brooke

Amy reminisces about her mother's final Christmas and the trials of training Sundance. Frustrated by Sundance's attitude and her mother's rigorous training schedule, Amy's holiday spirit is lacking until Sundance falls ill.

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Holiday Princess: A Princess Diaries Book
by Meg Cabot Illustrated by Chesley McLaren

A princess always knows how to celebrate the holidays. There's Christmas, Hanukkah, Yule, Chinese New Year, Saturnalia… to name just a few.

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How the Pops Stole Christmas
by Nancy Krulik

Jenny can't wait for the holidays, but her good mood quickly evaporates when she picks Dana as her "Secret Snowflake" in English class and finds out that her friend Sam is heading home to England for the holidays.

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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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The Stone Lamp: Eight Stories of Hanukkah Through History
by Karen Hesse Illustrated by Brian Pinkney

In a series of eight powerful and evocative free-verse poems, Newbery Award winner Karen Hesse captures this resilient spirit of the Jewish people over hardship and horror, through the voices of eight children at Hanukkah. Full color.

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