A MouseKeeper Christmas
It is a little known fact that the North Pole elves all have at least one pet mouse. The mice originally were used to test the toys but now they seem to break more than help. Santa has another problem. The toy factory was barely able to produce enough for last Christmas and the Naughty lists are drying up. That is why the elves are having trouble making enough toys. More and more children are ending up on the Nice list each year. To help solve his problem Santa asks the children to make suggestions in a contest. The heroine, a six year old brainiac wins the competition with her idea to send the mice on a vacation. See how she solves Santa's problem using data. The details of her solution make the MouseKeeper Christmas traditions ones that families will use to help fill the anticipatory time from Thanksgiving Eve until Christmas Eve each holiday. The traditions include playing hide and seek with the mice at least once every day. The four MouseKeeping rules are easy to remember. But only children on the Nice list can be MouseKeepers.
This work was awarded the Best of Los Angeles for Best Children's Christmas Book 2017.
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New Shoes for Elizabeth
reElizabeth knew her parents were worried about money, but even through the papers said it was the worst depression they'd seen, she didn't mind. Too little money and too little food wasn't enough to keep them down...until her father lost part of his hand to a piece of farm equipment.
For the first time, Elizabeth and her family had to turn to charity for food and basic necessities. When her grandparents came to America, they had said anyone who worked hard could make it here, but that was starting to look doubtful in the face of the Great Depression and personal misfortunes.
Inspired by true Depression era events, a thirteen year old girl manages to take on the town authorities and give her five brothers their best Christmas ever. There are humorous and heartfelt moments throughout.
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In 1820 Lady Annabella Upton-Church was young, pretty and one of the richest women in England.
She was also one of the most despised.
Reputation destroyed, suspected of murder, with no friends or family at her side, Annabella flees London for the country, set on restoring her name and reputation away from the sneers, shouts and snubs of that great city.
It seemed like a good idea at the time.
When Annabella becomes aware that someone is in more desperate straits than herself, it seems only right to try to help. After all, the country is very pretty but also somewhat . . . dull.
The only person Annabella can confide in as her efforts go further astray and awry is her best friend, Lady Susannah, who receives Annabella’s letters describing her new life and sends back encouragement, advice and, most importantly, warnings.
As life becomes more complicated and risky on all fronts Annabella realizes she is in over her head in nearly every way. But she might just be able to pull it off. Maybe. With some luck and new friends, she will either lose everything that matters or gain it all back.
If Annabella had known it would all lead to shooting and death she might have made another plan.
On the other hand, there is the shagging . . .