Book Filled with Christmas Adventure

Today I have a book filled with Christmas adventure.  When Christa’s parents get divorced, the holiday just isn’t right, even if Christa does get to travel through Europe with her mom.  But when her father sets up 12 dares, well … getting out of her comfort zone helps make everything a little more manageable.

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Title: The 12 Dares of Christabook filled with christmas adventure 12 dares of Christa

Author: Marissa Burt

Target: Grades 4-8

Series: No

What this book is about:

Christa loves Christmas and she is all set to get the family traditions in motion when her parents announce they are divorcing. That means that the European holiday trip they had planned around her mother’s play will no longer be a family vacation but time for mother/daughter bonding. This transition is not easy for Christa and being away from home makes it even harder. But then her father sets up 12 dares throughout the trip to help Christa realize that getting out her comfort zone can bring her adventures and unexpected experiences that make her world a better place.

Why I love this book:

  • A story with Christmas and a trip to Europe, two of my favorite things! Our family actually spent Christmas in London one year so this brought back a lot of great memories. I appreciate books that educated kids about traditions and landmarks with which they may not be familiar and this book fit the bill.
  • We are in need of stories that help kids deal with divorce. This is a topic many readers go through and yet I don’t see it dealt with often in books. I am not a child of divorce, but Christa’s emotions and reactions felt genuine as she struggles with her new normal.
  • I liked the presence of boys who were friends and the little romance that ensues. Nothing too over the top, but it felt like how boys and girls interact.

Who this book is for:

Great for kids who like Christmas and/or European adventure. If your child liked My Secret Guide to Paris, then this one will be right up their alley.

Final thoughts:

Yup, after reading this I really could do Christmas in Europe again.

To purchase this book:

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