“The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie” by Alan Bradley

  Flavia de Luce is a precocious and lonely 11-year-old living in a moldering estate in rural England not long after WWII. Her father ignores her (unless he’s taking her to task over her latest peccadillo), her older sisters either torment her or dismiss her, and her one friend – the family man-of-all-work – is […]

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“Santa Duck” by David Milgrim

Nicholas Duck receives a surprise one day- his very own Santa hat. As he wears it around town, all the other animals start telling him what they want for Christmas, even though he doesn’t understand why (hint: it’s the hat!) Finally, after meeting Santa Claus himself, Nicholas helps to make sure all the animals get […]

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