Thursday 19 December 2019

The Case of the Christmas Tree Capers - Karen Kelly Boyce and Sue Anderson Gioulis - Sisters of the Last Straw Book 5

The Case of the Christmas Tree Capers
Sisters of the Last Straw Book 5
Karen Kelly Boyce
Sue Anderson Gioulis (Illustrator)
TAN Books
ISBN 9781505115871

This book arrived in a box, and was unexpected. I have not read any others in the series, but they have been on my radar for a while. So I thought I would give it a try. The book is written for ages 6-12, and as such I was able to read it over a snowy Sunday afternoon. The book feels like it is a mash up of Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys, and Amelia Bedlia. But with nuns, and nuns that are all working to overcome something. And yet it works. I felt that I was missing something occasionally while reading this book, and after looking at the titles of others in the series that feeling was confirmed. So I think this would be a good series to read as a series and in order. AT least that is my impression after reading this first story which was the fifth volume.

In this story the Sisters of the Last Straw have decided to set up a Christmas tree lot to raise funds to provide Christmas presents for those who would not get them. But they have not really planned how to do this. So once the 50 trees they bought from Canada are piled in their drive they need to figure this out and figure it out quick. They start with a plan and the plan keeps growing and changing. They try to be stealthy and check out a Lot across town. And they hire a handyman to help. But the next moring 5 trees are missing, and the next 2. They have a tree nabber and they need to figure out what is happening and why. Or they will not be able to give the gifts they planned this Christmas.

The characters in this story are fun, and the tale is often funny.
Sister Krumbles
Sister Shiny
Sister Lovely
Sister Wanda
Sister Lacey
Mother Mercy
The black and white illustrations by Sue Anderson Gioulis add to the story. The book teaches us about human nature, about living the gospel, and about trusting God. All great lessons for the young readers the series is written for, and also for us older folks who might read it to them.

In some ways it reminds me of Tales of a Magic Monastery by Theophane the Monk. It was a cute read, and I plan on picking op some others and starting at the beginning with my children. A fun story it what looks like a very entertaining series.

Note: This book is part of a series of reviews 2019 Catholic Reading Plan!

Books by Karen Kelly Boyce:
A Bend in the Road: A Year's Journey Through Breast Cancer
Down Right Good
According to Thy Word
Into the Way of Peace
In the Midst of Wolves

Sisters of the Last Straw Series:
The Cause of the Haunted Chapel
The Case of the Missing Novice
The Case of the Stolen Rosaries
The Case of the Flower Phantom
The Case of the Christmas Tree Capers
The Case of the Easter Egg Escapades
The Case of the Campground Creature
The Case of the Mixed-Up Marathon

The Hope Trilogy:

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