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The Christmas Wind

Forthcoming from Red Deer Press, Fall 2017

by Stephanie Simpson McLellan
illustrated by Brooke Kerrigan

hc $19.95 CDN (ISBN: 978-08899-553-49)

SYNOPSIS:

Jo, a little girl of about 8, is leaving with her sick mother and infant brother for “someplace else” on a cold, windy and snowless Christmas Eve. Along the way, the ferocious wind pushes them around, forcing them to stop for the night to hide out in the barn of a notoriously grouchy old man named Franklin Murdock. The ultimate showdown between fearless girl and grumpy old man ignites new opportunities for both of them.

EXCERPT FROM THE CHRISTMAS WIND:

     “The wind shoved Jo sideways, stealing feeling from her fingers and toes. It chased her with ghostly moans and creepy shrieks.

     “The day before Christmas and still no snow. She should have been glad, but the skinny road seemed colder without it.

     “Jo hitched her baby brother higher on her hip. Leaving was the right thing to do, but the timing was bad. Her mother’s eyes were slippery and her forehead shiny and Christopher was still so new.

     “The wind elbowed Jo’s mother and kicked her to the ground.

     “’Stop it!’ Jo shook her fist at the sky. Ignoring her, the wind stole her scarf and blew out the light.”

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