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Buffalo Nickel Christmas

Buffalo Nickel Christmas

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by Larry Enright
     
 

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It's Christmas Eve in sleepy little Gambier, Ohio, and a massive snowstorm is giving the rural town more than just a white Christmas. Roads are closed, everything is shut down, and the monster outside is angry, rattling the windows and howling in the chimney.

Harry Ryan has decided to stay at school over winter break to finish his term paper, but it's not going

Overview

It's Christmas Eve in sleepy little Gambier, Ohio, and a massive snowstorm is giving the rural town more than just a white Christmas. Roads are closed, everything is shut down, and the monster outside is angry, rattling the windows and howling in the chimney.

Harry Ryan has decided to stay at school over winter break to finish his term paper, but it's not going well, and now he regrets the decision that has left him stranded so far from his family. You see, as well as being Christmas, December 25th is also Harry's birthday.

As he looks out his window at the stark and beautiful campus, at the icicles on the bushes along Middle Path, the snow pasted on the windward sides of trees, and the layers of vanilla icing covering the world's chocolate cake, it reminds him of a Christmas a long time ago.

Buffalo Nickel Christmas is Harry's story of that special day. It begins with an ordinary boy in an ordinary world, but as a monster storm approaches and Christmas Eve finally arrives, the boy discovers that he is anything but ordinary, and the world becomes a very magical place indeed.

You will meet some unusual people in this story, and hear unbelievable things. You might even see a wizard and a king or two. Sixteen forevers will pass in this book. That's a very long time. Many magical things can happen when it's sixteen forevers and still no Christmas. Whatever you do, don't listen to that little voice inside your head that tells you it's illogical, that it doesn't make sense. Listen for the whistling teakettle and be ready with your wish.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781467977531
Publisher:
CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date:
11/20/2011
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.41(d)

Meet the Author

Larry Enright was born to Irish Catholic first-generation immigrants and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. After college, he moved to the Philadelphia area where he has filled his life with many careers including teacher, musician, computer programmer, researcher, and writer. He has published three novels.

Four Years from Home (2010), a mystery of discovery and redemption, is his first published work and was a best seller on Amazon for 9 months.

A King in a Court of Fools (2011), a story of kids being kids in a time when things were simpler and every day was an adventure, was originally published as a serial novel.

Buffalo Nickel Christmas (2011), a young man's remembrance of a Christmas a long time ago, is a Christmas story for everyone.

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Buffalo Nickel Christmas 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
NancyMilton More than 1 year ago
This story starts as a charming Christmas story about kids in the 1950's and turns into a touching tale of magic and belief in the true spirit of the season. I loved this book.
SteveHinton More than 1 year ago
This story artfully describes the magic of Christmas in a way that never neither fully denies nor affirms the existence of Santa Claus and the magic surrounding the December holiday. You are led through an adventure that takes a magical turn several chapters into the story, but you can't tell if the author is stating it as truth, or telling us it is something else far more ordinary. The ambiguity that remains, even at the end, is done so skillfully and the writing is just so top notch that I was left with a tear in my eye at the heartwarming and special quality of Buffalo Nickel Christmas.
KirkOrman More than 1 year ago
This starts as just such a fun little story that makes you marvel at the innocence of children and turns into something very special. I think it will appeal to young and old alike and is a real keeper.
MosheGift More than 1 year ago
Just a really nice story about kids and Christmas, but with a cool twist that makes it a heartwarming tale for adults as well. A fresh look at what the author calls "the magic of Christmas."
KelseyMorgan More than 1 year ago
I took my time reading this one. There¿s a lot packed into this story ¿ humor, warmth, a bit of local history, magic ¿ and I didn¿t want to miss a thing. I really enjoyed Larry Enright¿s other two books, Four Years from Home and A King in a Court of Fools, and this one was of the same high caliber. A great read for the Christmas season and any season for that matter. It¿s simply a feel good story.
franellan More than 1 year ago
Buffalo Nickel Christmas by author Larry Enright Reviewed by Fran Lewis The holidays are when we spend time with our family so why did Harry Ryan decide to stay at school and miss his family gathering? Schoolwork piled up, too much to do Harry decided to stay at Kenyon College and spend Christmas alone. Author Larry Enright reminds the reader about this young man, his family and his life way before college started and all the Christmases past before bringing the reader back to the present. Harry Ryan was quite a character and enjoyed spending time with his sisters and brothers. The author reflects back to his early life and Christmases as he recounts the events he had with his family that bring to life the fun he had growing up making snow angels, looking out of his window at the campus covered with snow and remembering his life growing up. The snow reminding him of vanilla icing and the world¿s chocolate cake. Take the trip along with Harry and this reviewer to a magical world filled with so many different things you will wish you were there too. Christmas is not just for getting presents or giving them. Family is what is important. The Ryan children love going through the Sears Catalog and choosing their special gift for the holiday. What makes this event so special for the reader is that they do it as a family, discuss their choices and hope Santa will honor their wishes remembering that he is always watching them so they better be good! When the weather bureau reports that a huge Monster storm is about to approach you can hear the cheers miles away of every kid in town. The schools close early for the holiday, parents stay home from work and great things can happen in just one day. Of course in this story by Larry Enright more than just great things happen, magical and exciting things happen when the Ryan children go to their favorite store to find that one special present they might want. Enter Noble¿s Department store and remember you just might find more than you are looking for by the time you leave. Riding up the escalator trying to find the toy department the Ryan children encounter someone they think is Santa. Within seconds of Santa¿s exit a strange man appears and things begin to change for them. Let me introduce Professor Rumpledumpling Special Investigator Santa W. Claus Enterprises Inc investigating whether this store Santa is the real deal. Entranced by this man and fascinated by his odd appearance the Ryan children decide to become deputized Santa¿s helpers to help him find out the truth. Gold dust and all and a special present for their mom they follow him up the escalator hoping to learn the truth and their adventure begins. But, then something happens and Harry, our narrator becomes lost from the group and winds up somewhere else. Disoriented, afraid and not sure what to do next he runs smack into someone he names the Old Crone and another strange lady dressed in pink calling herself Lady Blue. Poor Lady Blue has been locked away in this room or tunnel for so long she lost sight of reality and the real world. Trying to find their way out of the tunnel they meet another strange character The Mole. Talking to him he learns his name was Brownie or it used to be Brownie and he joins the group trying to find their way out. Learning how to help others, kindness and understanding are definite lessons Harry is teaching the reader and any young child that really wants to learn the true meaning of the holiday
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very cute and enjoyable Christmas story.
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GarrettCarson More than 1 year ago
This is another classic Ryan story by Larry Enright, this one set around Christmas in two time periods - when Harry is in college and when Harry was 6. I enjoyed the parts at the beginning with the kids leading up to Christmas, then the fascinating twist in the middle where Harry discovers the magic of the holiday, and the ending which was just inspired. Fantastic read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago