The Paper Bag Christmas

The Paper Bag Christmas

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by Kevin Alan Milne
     
 

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Dr. Christopher Ringle is the last person you'd expect to find moonlighting as Santa Claus at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. But it is there that he meets a young man named Molar Alan, who desperately needs a new perspective on the underlying value of Christmas. Dr. Ringle recruits Mo and his older brother as volunteers at a nearby children's hospital for

Overview

Dr. Christopher Ringle is the last person you'd expect to find moonlighting as Santa Claus at the mall on the day after Thanksgiving. But it is there that he meets a young man named Molar Alan, who desperately needs a new perspective on the underlying value of Christmas. Dr. Ringle recruits Mo and his older brother as volunteers at a nearby children's hospital for the holiday season. At the hospital, Mo is tasked to help bring holiday cheer to the young cancer patients on the fifth floor. His biggest challenge is befriending a decidedly angry girl who is so embarrassed by her scarred appearance that she hides her face behind the safety of a paper bag. Almost in spite of himself, Mo finds that Christmas joy emanates from a source far greater than the North Pole, while the young girl learns that she is more beautiful than she had ever imagined.

Editorial Reviews

Debra Paulk
The Paper Bag Christmas reads like a Christmas classic — warm, funny, sweet, inspiring, humbling, and nostalgic.
Gift Basket Review
Leslie L. McKee
Milne's debut novel is the epitome of the true meaning of Christmas. It's an inspiring tale filled with heartfelt characters that will move readers to view Christmas in a whole new light.
Romantic Times
Lubbock Avalanche-Journal
"[T]he book is just right for a family reading-aloud project . . .Milne also provides an . . .unforgettable story, forcing us to believe in all of his characters . . .and in something more."
American Chronicle
"This is a small book in size but the message it sends is so big-this book points out the true meaning of Christmas."
Deseret News
"[I]t's sweetly honest, ushering in the holiday season with joyful ease."
Shirley Howard
"The Paper Bag Christmas is one of the most inspiring and emotionally endearing books I've ever read."
Leslie L. McKee - Romantic Times
"Milne's debut novel is the epitome of the true meaning of Christmas. It's an inspiring tale filled with heartfelt characters that will move readers to view Christmas in a whole new light."
'New York Times' bestselling author of 'Christm Jason Wright
"The Paper Bag Christmas is the rare kind of story that makes your eyes teary while your heart smiles. I was truly moved."
Debra Paulk - Gift Basket Review
"The Paper Bag Christmas reads like a Christmas classic -- warm, funny, sweet, inspiring, humbling, and nostalgic."
From the Publisher
"The Paper Bag Christmas is one of the most inspiring and emotionally endearing books I've ever read."—Shirley Howard, President, The Children's Cancer Foundation"

The Paper Bag Christmas reads like a Christmas classic — warm, funny, sweet, inspiring, humbling, and nostalgic."—Debra Paulk, Gift Basket Review"

The Paper Bag Christmas is the rare kind of story that makes your eyes teary while your heart smiles. I was truly moved."—Jason Wright, 'New York Times' bestselling author of 'Christmas Jars' and 'The Wednesday Letters'"

Milne's debut novel is the epitome of the true meaning of Christmas. It's an inspiring tale filled with heartfelt characters that will move readers to view Christmas in a whole new light."—Leslie L. McKee, Romantic Times"

The story is unexpectedly heartwarming...delivering his warm fuzzies and dashes of Christmas hope and magic."—Publishers Weekly"

[T]he book is just right for a family reading-aloud project . . .Milne also provides an . . .unforgettable story, forcing us to believe in all of his characters . . .and in something more."—Lubbock Avalanche-Journal"

This is a small book in size but the message it sends is so big-this book points out the true meaning of Christmas."—American Chronicle"

[I]t's sweetly honest, ushering in the holiday season with joyful ease."—Deseret News

Publishers Weekly

In this affable yuletide yarn, brothers Aaron and Molar are understandably preoccupied with the material side of Christmas, until they meet Dr. Ringle, a shopping mall Santa who is also a doctor at a local children's cancer ward. Dr. Ringle encourages them to volunteer at the ward from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and especially encourages their friendship with two children: recalcitrant and angry Katrina, whose postsurgical scarring leaves her afraid to be seen without a paper bag on her head, and effusively optimistic Madhu, who does not understand the story of Christmas. The story is unexpectedly heartwarming, and Milne mostly avoids sap while delivering his warm fuzzies and dashes of Christmas hope and magic. (Oct.)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781599950730
Publisher:
Center Street
Publication date:
10/29/2008
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.25(w) x 7.75(h) x 0.75(d)

Meet the Author

Kevin Alan Milne earned an MBA at Pennsylvania State University. Born in Portland, Oregon, Milne grew up in the nearby quiet country town of Sherwood, Oregon, where he currently resides with his wife and five children. This is his first novel.

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Paper Bag Christmas 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 40 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book, could not put it down once I started it. It will definately become a holiday tradition for me and in fact am ordering several copies for gifts. You won't be disappointed!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was such a heartwarming story! Truly shows the beauty of Christmas, and that needing and wanting gifts is not what its all about. I really enjoyed it. Well worth the two plus dollars I paid for it!
Cinderella82 More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a gift. It it a wonderful, warm story about the power of friendship. I would hightly recommended it. It is written by a local author (Portland, Or.) and I have enjoyed several of his books.
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Buy this book
micanonna More than 1 year ago
A well written story that has an unusual storyline. I donated it to the local school library. Students would also enjoy the message.
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The Paper Bag Christimas was a humbling story that was so heartfelt. It's a book that you'll want to read and share with others. Such a great reminder of how caring and compassionate we all can be if we just open our hearts and be there for others.
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This was such a heart-warming story and what the Christmas Spirit is all about. Good, clean reading. Thanks!
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This is a good book for elementary age through adult. A real Christmas Miracle feel~good story! Hope to get it into the elementary library I work at in time for next Christmas.
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Putting the meaning back into Christmas with this heartfelt holiday story. I loved it and can see a few of these as gifts this year.
SandraHeptinstall More than 1 year ago
The Paper Bag Christmas Author: Kevin Alan Milne As a book reviewer I am very seldom at a loss for words. I bought this book because I love Christmas, and after reading a review, I decided to buy it. I am having a hard time finding the words to do justice to this book. It is a beautiful story of two brothers named Aaron and Molar who discover, "The best gift they never wanted for Christmas." This book has made me smile and then cry at times. I can't recommend this book enough. All that I can say is buy this book, give yourself a present, you will not be disappointed. I wish all parents today would do what the parents in this book have done. Teach their children it is better to give then receive. Then their children will say, "The best gift I never wanted for Christmas." I would like to say to the author, "What a wonderful gift you have for writing" Sandra Heptinstall Whispering Winds Book Reviews
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SusieQ55 More than 1 year ago
The Paper Bag Christmas brings so much to the reader! I am a teacher who recommended this as a must read for families at Christmas to remind children and adults alike what the meaning of the season truly is... The gift at Christmas is about others and not about yourself and what you receive. The story brings to life the struggles of terminally ill children and two brothers, who see friendship and sharing in a new light on the ward at the childrens hospital. The doctor who plays santa, promises them the best Christmas if they will consent to spending time at the hospital with him and his patients and it is a promise fulfilled.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked it so much I bought 3 more copies for Christmas gifts.
Rebecca_lynne More than 1 year ago
Added to our list of Christmas classics! Great feel good book that reminds us of the true meaning of Christmas! Stirs many emotions!