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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.

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Teacher Testimonial  

I read The Christmas Secret to my third grade class and they loved it! It kept their attention the whole way through. When I would get to the end of a chapter, they would beg me to keep reading. I loved seeing the excitement in their faces and their enthusiasm for what was next to come. When the book was done, my students wanted more.
The Christmas Secret is written from a kid’s point-of-view. The students were able to make a personal connection. They learned a lesson from the book. It taught them to be thankful for what they have and to not be selfish.
Not only did the students enjoy the book, but I did as well. I looked forward to reading it to them everyday. The Christmas Secret is an outstanding book for young readers and adults. It is a very enjoyable story that keeps the spirit of Christmas alive.

Laurie Vance, 
3rd Grade Teacher
Plum Borough 
School District PA