Ring the Christmas bell for friendship, fun, mystery, adventure, and holiday joy that fill the pages of Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks, the fourth and final volume in the four book series, The 1950s Adventures of Pete and Carol Ann. Ride along with two eleven-year-old, All-American kids, Pete and Carol Ann, and a one-year-old beagle hound, as they travel on Route 66 in Hawk’s Ride or in Uncle Charlie’s “tank” to Santa’s Village and Christmas Tree Lane. “Dig That Crazy Santa Claus,” “What Child is This?” and “It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Christmas” play on car radios and Hi-fi stereos throughout the month of December, 1955. The holiday spirit abounds with words like gifts, greeting cards, tinsel, toys, tree toppers, sleigh rides, “Silent Night,” snowmen, nativity scenes, candy canes, and the Christmas Story. Join Pete and Carol Ann as they plan a Christmas pageant to raise money for needy families in their 1950s community of El Monte, California. When the money is missing and destruction occurs, can these best friends find clues to trap the crafty crooks who are stealing their holiday joy? Are the crooks part of their circle of friends who work at the Dan’s Diner bake sale, the Cherrylee Christmas Party, or the Cool Christmas Pageant? How wild will this winter get before the last snowflake falls? Ages eight and up will be delighted by this fast-paced, holiday, historical-fiction chapter book that shares the timeless goodness and glory of the first Christmas
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Author C.A. Hartnell brings Christmas in the 50s to life in her classic children's chapter book, Wild Winter. Wild Winter, the fourth and final book in a series about best friends and neighbors, Pete and Carol Ann, offers a nostalgic glimpse into the lives of youngster growing up in El Monte, California. Pete and Carol Ann decide to help raise money for needy families at Christmas time. But when someone steals from their fund, they are befuddled and dismayed. Despite bullies and thieves, the two are not deterred as they persevere and experience the joy of giving to those less fortunate during the Christmas season.
Wild Winter: Christmas, Clues, and Crooks is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom’s Choice Awards honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS’s Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author and; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books. Parents and educators look for the Mom’s Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.