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The Christmas Secret 
Reading level: Ages 5-12
Paperback: 104 pages 
Publisher: Mirror Publishing 
ISBN-13: 978-0980067590 
   
What if you could have anything you wanted for Christmas? Seven-year old Josh 
Miller has prepared quite a wish list for December 25 and believes he knows the 
secret of Christmas. But when Josh learns that his father lost his job at the mill 
and presents won’t be as plentiful under the tree this year, he doesn’t want 
anything to do with the holidays. Josh refuses to believe Christmas will be 
anything but awful, despite his parent’s efforts to convince him family is more 
important than presents.

The Christmas Secret is praised by young readers, parents and school teachers 
as a great book for families during these trying economic times. It may be hard for 
children and young adults to accept that presents may not be as plentiful under 
the tree this holiday season. The endearing story set in Western Pennsylvania 
teaches us to remember the true purpose of Christmas and the importance of 
family during the holidays, a much-needed lesson for the young and old in today’s 
harsh, fast-paced, materialistic world. But the storyline is also infused with magic, 
intrigue and surprise keeping both young and adult readers glued to the pages. 
The Christmas Secret is a story that affects and influences people’s lives; an 
instant classic that many will cherish year after year.