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Carols and Crimes, Gifts and Grifters


Holiday traditions are way too important for George Grimble in this funny and touching tale. Before his three young sons can open their gifts on Christmas morning, George needs to light up the baby Jesus in his cluttered front yard. But his Christmas is nearly ruined when he discovers that some criminal has lopped off the top of a small pine tree near his mailbox. The kids will have to wait a little longer before they open their presents as George sets out to bring the Christmas Tree Thief to justice!

A 99-cent holiday treat. Available only in the Amazon Kindle Store.

"Chris Grabenstein's decoration-obsessed Dad is reminiscent of the best of Jean Shepherd."
   —Mary Saums, author of THISTLE & TWIGG

"You'll laugh at George Grimble's obsessive approach to yard decorations, and his discovery that someone has dared to lop off one of his trees—on Christmas morning. Then, however, as George sets out to find and punish the thief, we learn that the story contains a touching lesson about life, tolerance and the meaning of Christmas. This story is worth more than the 99 cents you'll pay to download it."
   —John, a reader