A Clementine for Christmas (Hardcover)

By Daphne Benedis-Grab

Scholastic Press, 9780545839518, 256pp.

Publication Date: August 25, 2015

List Price: 16.99*
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Josie usually keeps to herself, but she comes out of her shell when she and her dog, Clementine, volunteer at the local hospital during the holiday season. Josie loves dressing up in silly costumes, singing carols, and helping to prepare for the big Christmas Festival. That is, until she learns that this year's Festival has been canceled.

Meanwhile, Oscar's parents are fighting more and more--and so is he. He gets into trouble at school, and his punishment? Volunteer hours at the local hospital.

Gabby's life seems perfect. She's stylish, smart, and everyone looks up to her. But Gabby has a secret, one that could ruin everything.

Then, Clementine disappears, Oscar's parents separate, and Gabby's secret is uncovered. Together, can Josie, Oscar, and Gabby find a way to save the holiday, or will this be the worst Christmas ever?

Daphne Benedis-Grab, author of The Angel Tree, has created a heartwarming story that sparkles with humor, light, and Christmas spirit.

About the Author

Daphne Benedis-Grab is the author of the middle grade novel The Angel Tree and the young adult novel Alive and Well in Prague, New York. Her short stories have appeared in American Girl Magazine. She earned an MFA at The New School and is an adjunct professor at McDaniel College. She lives in New York City with her husband, two kids, and a cat who has been known to keep her computer warm while she is away from her desk. Visit her at daphnebg.com.

Praise For A Clementine for Christmas

Praise for Clementine for Christmas:

“A warm story that emphasizes friendship, compassion, and generosity–the hallmarks of the holiday. The realistic family dynamics, focus on positive strength, and unwavering affection of a very special pup make this tale worthy of a curtain call.” --Publishers Weekly

Praise for Daphne Benedis-Grab's The Angel Tree:

"Full of the type of warmth and good cheer found in favorite holiday movies . . . Benedis-Grab's lively tale spotlights the time-honored tradition -- and can-do citizens -- that make a small town great . . . As the kids puzzle through clues, they discover things that bring them closer to their families, neighbors, and each other -- all in time for a satisfying, celebratory reveal." -- Publishers Weekly

"The Rockwellian-with-issues setting enhances the cozy small-town feel . . . Part mystery and part holiday high jinks, this will be a little gift to readers who enjoyed Dean Pitchford's Nickel Bay Nick(2013)." -- Booklist

"This quick tale of generosity is as warm and simple as a Christmas postcard." -- Kirkus Reviews

"A satisfying read on many levels--misunderstandings are resolved, lessons are learned, friendships evolve, and positive behavior is rewarded. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy." -- School Library Journal