About the Book
Book: Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Forgiveness
Author: Terry Overton
Genre: Children’s (Young chapter book, middle grade reader) Christmas Story
Release date: July 25, 2022
Every Thanksgiving, the Oddball Ornaments are pulled out of the attic and hung on the tree to enjoy the holiday season with the humans. Last Christmas, the Oddballs learned that “Turkey Day” and “Box Day” weren’t about them but about a special Baby. This Christmas, the Oddball Ornaments can’t wait to learn more about this special holiday. But when a new ornament is hung on the tree, they find themselves left with even more questions than before. What does a drummer boy have to do with Christmas? In this heartwarming story for children of all ages, the Oddball Ornaments will see how Christmas is all about love and forgiveness and how God can take a broken family and heal hurting hearts.
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What a delightful follow up to Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Christmas. Terry Overton treats us to a sequel that focuses on forgiveness.
The Nutcracker, the Ballerina and the Train are a few of the previous characters we got to know, and they’re the ones we follow as the wise treetop Angel, who has a special understanding of the family, teaches them about forgiveness.
This delightful book is ideal for Christmas story time with the family. Although it was written with middle school readers in mind, it is enjoyable and instructive for readers of all ages to reap valuable lessons from it.
I really enjoy the concept idea of the ornaments acting as observers of everything that transpires in the household. This presents a unique perspective and frame of reference. Through the ornaments’ visual orientation and their vantage position, we can hear the family’s conversations and interactions.
This narrative elegantly and articulately explains the meaning of Christmas and forgiveness, so you won’t want to miss it.
I received this book from Celebrate Lit. However, my review is voluntary, and all opinions are my own.
About the Author
Terry Overton obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed. D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. She began her second “career” after retirement and now writes Christian fiction books and devotionals and hopes to share the Christian worldview through her writing. Her novels, middle grade readers, and picture books seek to entertain readers through the travel experiences and characters included in her books. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas, near the Texas-Mexico border. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, and enjoying family and friends. She has seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.
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This is the second book of the children’s Christmas series: Oddball Ornaments. The whole idea came to me while looking at the ornaments of my tree one year and wondering, “If they could talk to each other, what would they say?” In both books, the ornaments are alive and can hear their humans, but the humans cannot hear the ornaments talk. It was fun to write these characters and to help teach these imaginary friends lessons about Christmas and forgiveness.
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