1. The House Without a Christmas Tree

    Book 1 in The Addie Mills Stories

    Gail Rock

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    It’s Christmastime in 1946, and all Addie wants is a pair of cowboy boots and a Christmas tree

    Ten-year-old Addie lives in Clear River, Nebraska, population fifteen hundred, with her stoic but loving father and quirky grandmother. Carla Mae is her neighbor and best friend in the fifth grade. Carla Mae’s house is different than Addie’s—she has five siblings and another on the way, while Addie is an only child.

    It’s the week before Christmas, and shopping lists are at the front of the girls’ minds. Addie’s house doesn’t have a tree—her dad says they are a waste of money, and they’ll be opening presents at Uncle Will’s anyway. Uncle Will has a tree, but to Addie, it doesn’t feel like Christmas without a tree of their own. Then she comes up with the perfect plan. Will it make this the best Christmas they’ve ever had, or will her father never forgive her?
  2. Pub Date
    Open Road Integrated Media
    Age Range
    7 - 10

Editorial Reviews

  • “A good memory of small town Nebraska in the late ’40s.” —Kirkus Reviews on Addie and the King of Hearts

  • “Addie’s rough cut personality and simple Nebraska school and home life will disarm most antisentimentalists.” —Kirkus Reviews on The Thanksgiving Treasure

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Gail Rock

Gail Rock grew up in Valley, Nebraska. After receiving a BA in fine arts from the University of Nebraska, she moved to New York and began a career in journalism. She has worked as a film and TV critic and has done freelance writing for newspapers and magazines.