About the Book
Book: Oddball Ornaments
Author: Terry Overton
Genre: Middle Grade Christmas Story
Release date: November 16, 2021
The ornaments in the attic are excited. It’s almost Turkey Day, and they know when they start smelling turkey, they’re going to be pulled down out of the attic and hung on a tree for the humans to enjoy. After all, Box Day is all about admiring the ornaments, isn’t it? But when Grandma joins them for Turkey Day instead of Box Day and brings a bunch of new ornaments with her, the Oddball Ornaments know something isn’t right. Determined to find out the source of Grandma’s sadness and what Box Day is really about, Nutcracker sets out on a quest to climb to the top of the tree to ask Angel about the true meaning of Christmas and discovers the truth is much more wonderful than they could ever have imagined.
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As a homeschooling mother, I always appreciated finding excellent books with Christian messages and values that my children could read. This book provides the perfect book to meet those needs. Even though our youngest will turn 20 this year, I really appreciated this book.
As someone who never really fit in during middle school and high school, I could appreciate the four ornaments that labeled themselves as oddballs. They believe Turkey Day leads to them being placed on the tree so everyone can admire them on what they call Box Day. But sometimes ideas can be misguided and these ornaments find themselves in such a situation.
I loved how the ornaments came to know and understand the true meaning of Christmas, and how Jesus Christ came as a baby. As Angel conveys the message of Christmas, the Nutcracker shares it with the others. I also love watching the grandmother pray and interact with the family and through prayer with God.
So if you are looking for a Christmas book for a middle schooler in your life, check out this book for yourself.
I received a complimentary copy of this book, but this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
Terry Overton is a retired university professor of educational and school psychology. She has an Ed.D. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Her professional experience includes teaching public school, teaching at the university level, and being a college dean. She has two children and six grandchildren. Her writing and publication experiences include textbook and journal articles in the fields of special education and school psychology. She seeks to answer God’s call to share the good news and grow the church by writing Christian books and devotionals. Her book Both Sides of the Border is a Firebird Book Award winner in the categories of Cross-Genre, Socio-Political Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. Both Sides of the Border also won the American Writing Awards in the Multicultural Fiction category, Social Change category, and a finalist for the Women’s Fiction category. Her book, America of We the People was awarded the Firebird Book Award for Socio-Political and Political categories. She and her husband live in the southern tip of Texas where they enjoy semi-tropical weather and spending time with their friends and family.
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Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Christmas was written one late fall while I looked at my own Christmas tree. I wondered, “If the ornaments could talk, what would they say? Would they even know why they were hung on the tree?” And that was how the book began. I played Christmas music and imagined a cast of characters like toys in Toy Story but ornaments and humans. It was such fun to write. I ran a few things by my regional experts (grand Angels) and they approved. It always means so much more when family are involved in my writing projects.
Not long after the book was out, the sequel was completed, and it will be released late summer 2022. “Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Forgiveness.”
I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it!
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