Thirteen-year-old Steve and nine-year-old Brittany are siblings, spoiled, and growing up in a wealthy home in Florida. The two are forever arguing and both have far more material advantages than their parents ever did. All of that changes when theirMoreThirteen-year-old Steve and nine-year-old Brittany are siblings, spoiled, and growing up in a wealthy home in Florida. The two are forever arguing and both have far more material advantages than their parents ever did.
All of that changes when their parents decide its time these two learn a lesson about what really matters in life. The family relocates to their grandmothers modest home on Holiday Island, a small oasis in the middle of the Caribbean. Gone are the trappings of their former life and, after much consideration, they settle into a slower life with a new school and new friends. But for Steve, the change is about more than just about having less - he begins to see holiday characters that no one else can.
Santa and his wife appear in red, furry bikinis- Cupid wreaks havoc with Steves new love interest- a wicked Leprechaun follows him- and a mischievous Jack-o-Lantern forces him into a blackmail/kidnap scheme that has Steve enlisting the help of the holiday icons - who may or may not help him save Santa and Christmas When a family emergency calls his parents away, Steve learns a big lesson about how the world doesnt revolve around him, and that the important things in life cant be possessed or bought.
Ranellis delightful coming-of-age story expertly captures the importance of family values and will resonate with teens and tweens alike. Author Bio: D. Crowley-Ranelli is a writer, English as a second language (ESL) teacher and has a degree in Elementary Education. She lives with her family on Long Island, New York. Its so well written and funny, I could patent it! ~James M. Perez (oldest son, inside joke) It took me back to my youth and how complex and simple life can be at the same time.
I enjoyed reading it and kept looking forward to what would happen next on their adventure. ~Frank T. Ranelli (husband)