'Tis the Season (Main Street Series #3)

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The holiday season comes to Camden Falls in this remarkable new novel from Ann M. Martin.

Christmas is coming to Camden Falls, and Flora and Ruby don't know how to feel about it; it's their first Christmas without their parents, and the memories are both happy and sad. Luckily, Flora and Ruby are surrounded by people who care about them -- from their grandmother Min to their friends Olivia and Nikki, who are dealing with challenges of their own. There's also an unexpected ...

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Overview


The holiday season comes to Camden Falls in this remarkable new novel from Ann M. Martin.

Christmas is coming to Camden Falls, and Flora and Ruby don't know how to feel about it; it's their first Christmas without their parents, and the memories are both happy and sad. Luckily, Flora and Ruby are surrounded by people who care about them -- from their grandmother Min to their friends Olivia and Nikki, who are dealing with challenges of their own. There's also an unexpected visitor: Flora and Ruby's aunt, whose presence promises to shake things up. It's going to be a Christmas that nobody ever forgets....

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Sisters Flora and Ruby are excited to experience their first Christmas in Camden Falls. Regrettably, this is also their first Christmas without their parents. Fortunately, the energetic sisters have made lots of friends in the pleasant little town known for its many exciting holiday traditions. They spend most of their time at “Needle and Thread,” the sewing shop where their grandmother works. Their best friends, Nikki and Olivia, help keep them busy by assisting them in creating a winter window display for the store. The girls love to help the customers and make it their business to know everyone in town. They have a great time leading the townspeople in making Christmas presents for the homeless. This activity gives Flora, Ruby, and Olivia the idea to plan a big Christmas surprise for Nikki’s needy family. Flora and Ruby maintain festive optimism even when their snooty aunt visits for Christmas. Martin makes this a fun, breezy read while touching on some serious issues such as death, child abuse, and poverty. She describes a small, cheerful town that becomes like family to Flora and Ruby. Bright pictures of the town and an illustration showing the layout of the girls’ favorite hangout helps readers picture the girls running around town. Martin writes the main characters, Flora and Ruby, caringly and thoughtfully. This story will get readers in the holiday spirit. This is the third book in Martin’s “Main Street” series. Reviewer: Julie Minnich
School Library Journal

Gr 3-5-In this installment, sixth-grader Flora and her younger sister, Ruby, are getting ready for their first Christmas in Camden Falls with Grandmother Min. The mood is festive in their close-knit community, but friends and neighbors are dealing with such issues as poverty, abusive parents, and Alzheimer's disease. There are no quick fixes to these tough problems, but the hard edges are sanded away, and the gentle, clear-eyed narration keeps readers focused on the positive. There is an old-fashioned tone to the story, reminiscent of Maud Hart Lovelace's "Betsy-Tacy" books (HarperCollins); readers can expect plenty of feel-good moments and satisfying plotlines in this snowy Christmas tale.-Eva Mitnick, Los Angeles Public Library

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439868815
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2007
  • Series: Main Street Series
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 410,104
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 890L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 7.61 (h) x 0.61 (d)

Meet the Author


Ann M. Martin's The Baby-Sitters Club series sold over 176 million copies and inspired a generation of young readers. Her novels include the Main Street series, BELLE TEAL, the Newbery Honor book A CORNER OF THE UNIVERSE, HERE TODAY, A DOG'S LIFE, and ON CHRISTMAS EVE, as well as the much-loved collaborations P.S, LONGER LETTER LATER and SNAIL MAIL NO MORE with Paula Danziger, and THE DOLL PEOPLE and THE MEANEST DOLL IN THE WORLD, written with Laura Godwin and illustrated by Brian Selznick. She lives in upstate New York.
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  • Posted November 18, 2008

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    Reviewed by Marta Morrison for TeensReadToo.com

    I loved this book. I love this series. It is a reminder of the simple yet exciting stories that I read when I was a girl. <BR/><BR/>Flora and Ruby are orphaned when their parents died a year ago. They went to Camden Falls to live with their grandmother, Min. The books are about their adjustment to living there. I enjoyed 'TIS THE SEASON immensely because it was about Christmas. The traditions of a small town were fascinating and the kindness for others was overwhelming. <BR/><BR/>But this book wasn't dripping with honey. There is a particular story line of one of the kids in the book having to deal with abuse. One scene actually brought me to tears. The complex problems of the children are written with simplicity, and the problems are just a fact of life and not written with too much drama. I liked that because I think kids need to know that these things do happen in life, but we have to have the strength to live through them. <BR/><BR/>I loved the description used in the book. Ms. Martin described the decorating of Camdem Falls and I wanted to live there. This is another successful book in a wonderful series!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 26, 2008

    The best book for the holiday season.

    I love this book. It's the best book from the series.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    O.o

    I thought this was a book club o.O ????????????????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 23, 2007

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    I think this book is very sad because if I were flora and my little brother was ruby then we would be sad if we couldn't spend Christmas with our parents.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 10, 2008

    yow

    it was awsome !

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