The Edmond Sun

Arts & Entertainment

December 3, 2012

12-4 Good reads

EDMOND — ‘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.

Ages 5-8.

‘COWBOY CHRISTMAS’

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.

Ages 2-5.

‘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.

Ages 8-12.

‘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 dpeery@edmondsun.com 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.

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