Brian's winter by Gary Paulsen PB PAU (YA) In Hatchet, 13-year-old Brian Robeson learned to survive alone in the Canadian wilderness, armed only with his hatchet. He was rescued at the end of the summer. Brian's Winter begins where Hatchet might have ended: Brian is not rescued, but must build on his survival skills to face his deadliest enemy--a northern winter. "From the Hardcover edition." Canadian Christmas stories in prose & verse 819.08033 CAN “Celebrations of the power of the Canadian spirit to thaw the winter ice, to transform the harsh northern winter into a festive season,” is how the editors aptly describe this anthology of adult and children‟s stories written on the occasion of Christmas. “From the back cover.” The Christmas tree by Julie Salamon FIC SAL The Christmas Tree is the tale of a little girl named Anna, who is orphaned and sent to live in a convent. The lonely girl befriends, as only a child can, a tiny fir tree. Anna and Tree, as she calls him, grow up together, unlocking the secrets of friendship and sharing the wonders of nature. A perennial holiday favorite, The Christmas Tree is about learning to love and, ultimately, being able to share that love with others The Christmas books, Vol. 1: A Christmas Carol/The Chimes by Charles Dickens 823.8 DIC Horrified by the poverty he witnessed around him, Charles Dickens endeavoured to alert people to the plight of England's poor whenever he could. In the autumn of 1843, he conceived the idea to write a Christmas story to celebrate the holiday and appeal to the social conscience of his readers. The Christmas Books is a wonderful volume collecting two of his best-loved holiday stories, the timeless The Christmas Carol and The Chimes. Here Dickens flexes his storytelling muscle and brilliantly blends comedy, satire and horror to create two enormously entertaining, yet powerful, tales. The Christmas books, Vol. 2: The Cricket on the Hearth / The Battle of Life / The Haunted Man by Charles Dickens 823.8 DIC The Cricket on the Hearth is set in a pantomime world of toys, it was acclaimed by an amused and delighted Thackery as a fancy „crammed with extra bonbons, French plums and sweetnesses.. a Christmas pageant which you witness in the arm chair – your private box by a fireside.‟ The Battle of Life, subtitles „A Love Story‟, has little in common with the other Christmas books, although it does share the theme of the morally beneficial effects of memory, which runs throughout the genre and is central to The Haunted Man. The last Christmas book contains one of Dicken‟s greatest comic families – the Tetterbys – and a horrifying, concentrated poignancy in its depiction of the Hungry Forties. The Christmas story: told through paintings 755.53 CHR The majestic Biblical account of Christ‟s birth as told Matthew and Luke has inspired many great paintings that have come to the collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Arts. In this book, a selection of these paintings is sensitively coupled with excerpts from the King James Version of the Bible. Accompanying the words of the Evangelists and the paintings is a lively and thoughtful commentary by Richard Muhlberger, formerly the Museum‟s Director of Education. The result is a unique and fascinating journey to Bethlehem. The Coming of winter David Adams Richards 819.3 RIC From the vivid opening hunt scene, we are in a community whose frustrations come to focus in the plights of twenty-year-old Kevin Dulse, his family, and especially his wild young friends. Hans Brinker or The Silver Skates by Mary Mapes Dodge PB DOD (YA) In a wonderland of frozen canals and water roads, the year's most glorious event is about to take place: the race to win the magnificent Silver Skates. But Hans and Gretel Brinker need a miracle, for their family is penniless. Sometimes good people are given a second chance, and a family's love can struggle against even the cruelest twists of fate. Lanterns across the snow by Susan Hill ; illustrated by Kathleen Lindsley. FIC HIL As an old woman, Fanny looks back to the country Christmas she had in England when she was nine and realizes the moment when she left her childhood behind her. The Life and times of Santa Claus L. Frank Baum PB BAU (YA) Where did Santa Claus come from? In this classic tale from Oz scribe L. Frank Baum, the beloved symbol of Christmas is removed from his conventional trappings and placed into the world of imaginative folklore. From his humble beginnings in an enchanted forest of mythical creatures to his toy deliveries to all the world's children, The Life and Adventures of Santa Claus is a must read for all ages. Skipping Christmas John Grisham FIC GRI Imagine a year without Christmas. No crowded malls, no corny office parties, no fruitcakes, no unwanted presents. That's just what Luther and Nora Krank have in mind when they decide that, just this once, they'll skip the holiday altogether. Theirs will be the only house on Hemlock Street without a rooftop Frosty; they won't be hosting their annual Christmas Eve bash; they aren't even going to have a tree. They won't need one, because come December 25 they're setting sail on a Caribbean cruise. But, as this weary couple is about to discover, skipping Christmas brings enormous consequences-and isn't half as easy as they'd imagined. A classic tale for modern times, "Skipping Christmas" offers a hilarious look at the chaos and frenzy that have become part of our holiday tradition. The thirteenth tale Diane Setterfield FIC SET Author Vida Winter decides it is time to tell the truth about her life and hires biographer Margaret Lea to tell her story. Two from Galilee by Marjorie Holmes PB HOL Here from Majorie Holmes, one of the most beloved authors of our day, is the extraordinary bestselling novel that tells the story of Mary and Joseph as it has never been told before--the greatest love story of all.