‘DADDY CHRISTMAS & HANUKKAH MAMA’
BY SELINA ALKO
Holiday time at Sadie’s house means golden gelt glistening under the Christmas tree, candy canes hanging on eight menorah branches, voices uniting to sing carols about Macabees and the manger, and latkes on the mantel awaiting Santa’s arrival.
Selina Alko’s joyous celebration of families with blended traditions will make the ideal holiday gift for the many families who celebrate both Christmas and Hanukkah.
BY ROB SANDERS
Three grizzled cowboys — Dwight, Darryl and Dub — are stuck out on the range at Christmastime, roping steers and wrestling longhorns.
Reminiscing about their childhood Christmases, they try to make the cowboy camp feel festive — and it’s no surprise that a cactus decorated with tin cans, and cows dressed as reindeer, don’t fill them with holiday cheer!
But a surprise is in store for the Circle D dudes when Santa pays a visit to the cowboy campfire.
‘CITY OF EMBER: THE GRAPHIC NOVEL’
BY JEANNE DUPRAU, ADAPTED BY DALLAS MIDDAUGH
It is said that the city of Ember is the only light in the dark world. Without Ember’s great lamps, the darkness would last forever.
Now the lights are flickering, and supplies are running low. When Lina and Doon find a mysterious document that might hold the answer, they must decipher its meaning before it’s too late.
Since 2003, readers all over the world have been captivated by Jeanne DuPrau’s story about a doomed city and the two children determined to find a way out. New and old fans alike can now read this modern-day classic in page after page of full-color panels.
‘OUTCASTS UNITED: THE STORY OF A REFUGEE SOCCER TEAM THAT CHANGED A TOWN’
BY WARREN ST. JOHN
This young people’s version of the adult best-seller is a complex and inspirational story about the Fugees, a youth soccer team made up of refugees from around the world, and their formidable female coach.
In this fast-paced account of a dramatic season in the life of the Fugees youth soccer team, author Warren St. John tells the remarkable story of how each of these children transitioned from their war-torn countries, leading them to this small patch of the American South — leading the small and struggling town of Clarkston, Georgia, to ultimately thrive as a result.
Ages 12 and up.
NOTE: Email firstname.lastname@example.org to have your name entered into a drawing for the following titles: “Daddy Christmas & Hanukkah Mama” and/or “Cowboy Christmas” and/or “City of Ember.” Deadline is 10 a.m. Dec. 10. Winner will be notified by return email. Winner is responsible for picking up the book at The Edmond Sun at 123 S. Broadway. All entrants must be 18 or older to win.
‘DADDY CHRISTMAS & HANUKKAH MAMA’
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All I want for Christmas is a new Christmas song
Despite the gigabytes of Christmas music released each year — big stars making their first charge into the yule breach this year include Kelly Clarkson, Mary J. Blige, and, alarmingly, the cast of Duck Dynasty — they are, overwhelmingly, reiterating yuletide warhorses.
‘MY PEN PAL, SANTA’
BY MELISSA STANTON
What happens when you write to Santa Claus after Christmas? In “My Pen Pal, Santa,” a little girl named Ava is about to find out.
On Christmas morning, Ava is so excited about her presents that she writes a letter to Santa to thank him (and ask why he didn’t eat her Christmas cookies!).
To her surprise, Santa replies, and a yearlong correspondence between Ava and St. Nick is born.
12-3 Good Reads
‘DEEP IN THE SAHARA’
BY KELLY CUNNANE
Kelly Cunnane, the critically acclaimed author of “For You Are a Kenyan Child,” crafts a gentle and accessible picture book with “Deep in the Sahara” that offers a glimpse into the fascinating culture of West Africa and reveals that families are much the same the world over.
Older Oklahomans invited to share poetry
The 39th Annual Oklahoma Conference on Aging is accepting entries for the 2014 Senior Poetry Contest. The contest is a popular event in conjunction with the conference, which is sponsored by DHS Aging Services.
Contestants are encouraged to submit works which reflect the conference’s theme of “Inspired Living.” Winners will be invited to read their poems and be recognized at an awards luncheon on May 20 at the Embassy Suites Norman Hotel and Conference Center.
11-28 Holiday events listing
EDITOR’S NOTE: The Edmond Sun publishes a listing of Christmas-related events as a service to the public. If you would like to have an event open to the general public listed, send the information to Mark Schlachtenhaufen at email@example.com.
ACM@UCO faculty member releases album
Clay Withrow, adjunct faculty member at the Academy of Contemporary Music at the University of Central Oklahoma (ACM@UCO), recently released the album “Between the Madness” as a member of the progressive metal band Vangough.
“Between the Madness” is Vangough’s third studio effort and follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Kingdom of Ruin” released in 2011. Spread across 12 songs and more than 70 minutes of content, “Between the Madness” has what Withrow describes as a strong, unified sound.
11-27 Good Reads
‘ANNE FRANK’S CHESTNUT TREE’
BY JANE KOHUTH
Jane Kohuth’s “Anne Frank’s Chestnut Tree” is the perfect introduction to the inspiring and important legacy of Anne Frank.
Hidden away in their Secret Annex in Amsterdam during World War II, Anne Frank and her family could not breathe fresh air or walk under the blue sky for years.
But through an attic window Anne could see the branches of a tall chestnut tree. This small glimpse of nature gave Anne hope and courage. It inspired her writing, in turn, inspiring the whole world.
FAI kicks off holiday activities Dec. 1
Winter is a busy time of the year for the staff at the Fine Arts Institute of Edmond as they plan December’s activities including the second year for “Art for the Holidays at FAI.”
Twitter reacts to the American Music Awards
In addition to being one of the biggest events on the music industry calendar, the American Music Awards also provides plenty of fodder for instant social media commentary. Here is a sampling of reaction on Twitter to Sunday night's show.
Broadway Star Kelli O’Hara to give master class at OCU
Broadway leading lady and four-time Tony Award nominee Kelli O’Hara will give a master class at Oklahoma City University, her alma mater, from noon to 2 p.m. Monday. The class is free to the public and will be in the Petree Recital Hall of the Bass Music Center at Northwest 25th Street and Blackwelder Avenue.
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