A Unique Christmas Mystery for Kids!Bet you don't think there's anything mysterious about a snowman!! But hold onto your hat, snowmen are just the beginning of a mystery adventure for six-year-old Belinda - and for your kids too!
Most kids would probably agree that solving a mystery for their mom would be EXTRA important if she was far away. So when Belinda's mom asks her to figure out What Is It That Makes It Christmas, well, Belinda gets solving in a hurry!
"Whew," Belinda says to her dad. "What kind of mystery is that? No treasure? No frankincense? No presents?" She never heard of a mystery like that, but she wants to show her mom that she can solve the mystery in time for Christmas. Belinda may not know what it means that her mom is “deployed,” but she DOES know that she wants her mom home in time for Christmas! And even if solving the mystery doesn't bring her mom home, it might make her smile very BIG on Skype!
Dedicated to the parents, grandparents, teachers, librarians and unofficial family members
who nurture joy, courage, enthusiasm, and curiosity in the children whose lives they touch.
First, last, and always, I am so grateful to my husband, Joe Merkt, for his support and encouragement
as I struggled to bring Belinda to life. He believed in me–and in the story–and I am so grateful.
And I am deeply grateful to my first readers. My daughter, Rachel Fisher, who is a talented novelist.
My friend and writing mentor Terri Lewis. They encouraged me to let Belinda be Belinda, let her make a mistake sometimes.
Let her be silly. And above all, make sure she never forgets to ask questions three at a time!
Dayne Sislen created the beautiful cover and the chapter illustrations of the book. She deserves special thanks.
I wasn’t sure anyone would see the Belinda that I saw. But Dayne saw and captured a child who almost exploded with life, energy, and joy.
David Aretha, Editor Extraordinaire, helped me align the words with the story.
After years of business writing, it was hard for me to tell a story for young children without using big words!
David helped me match the words to the story, and I am so thankful.
Otherwise, I would have to hope that seventh graders would fall in love with Belinda!