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The Christmas Village

4.53 of 5 stars 4.53  ·  rating details  ·  34 ratings  ·  18 reviews
When 12-year-old Jamie Reynolds comes to his grandparents' Vermont home for Christmas, he just wants things to go back to the way they were before his dad disappeared. Time and again he is drawn to Grandma's miniature Christmas village, where he imagines that life is perfect. Late one night, the village comes to life before his eyes, and his fantasy of escaping into it bec ...more
Paperback, First, 198 pages
Published October 6th 2011 by Createspace (first published October 1st 2011)
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J.D. Holiday
Young teen, Jamie Reynolds’ father does an illegal business deal which turns Jamie’s world into turmoil. Ashamed to face his so called friends and gossiping neighbors, Jamie and his mother need to get away and head for comforting surroundings of his grandparent’s home for what they hope is a peaceful Christmas.
Grandma’s decorations for Christmas include a miniature village from 1932 and Jamie’s mother tells him the story about the village and it’s earlier time and place.
He wishes he could go and
Dec 07, 2011 Cynthia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: all ages
Recommended to Cynthia by: Melissa Goodwin
The Christmas Village is, by far, one of the best books I have read in some while. With all of the craziness in our world today, this is exactly what we need. I won't spoil it for anyone, however I will say the ending......well, you just have to read this book. Between, Jamie's fantasy of diving into a parallel universe and the vivid descriptions of it all by author, Melissa Goodwin, you will not put this book down until you've soaked up every single word. The last page comes before you know it ...more
Michelle (True Book Addict)
The Christmas Village is a delightful holiday story geared toward middle grade readers. However, this is a book the entire family will enjoy. Not only is the story an adventure, it also contains a message of love, friendship, and forgiveness. The nostalgic times of Christmases past, when villages and towns gathered in the town on Christmas Eve for celebration and companionship, the portrayal of the depression era and how people banded together to help each other in hard times...these elements ar ...more
Annalisa Crawford
I was supposed to be reading this book with my son, a chapter a night, but I cheated and read ahead because I had to see how it worked out! The Christmas Village is such a well-written, well-crafted, well-rounded story. I got goosebumps in the later chapters when Jamie was realising how the magic had happened (as far as he could). I've had this book for a while, but I knew I had to wait until December to read it, and I'm glad I did because I suddenly feel very festive. A great read for children ...more
Jenifer (JensCorner)
OH MY GOSH!!! This is a Christmas Classic!!! Such an enchanting, engrossing, wonderful story that the reader can't help but fall in love with. I loved every page, and fully intend to read it every Christmas!
Kathryn Svendsen
Jamie Reynolds was devastated when his father ran away from him and his mother after doing something illegal. Shunned by his friends, talked about behind his back, he wanted things to go back the way they were before his dad left. His mother decided to take him to jis grandparents for Christmas where he was shown her precious miniature Christmas village of Canterbury Village - a scene from 1932. He fantasized about what it would be like to live in this quiet little village.

One night when Jamie f
My Review: The Christmas Village is a delightful holiday story about a 12 years old boy named Jamie. When his dad left them Jamie was unhappy because everyone talked about them but not to them. So his mother decided that a trip to his grandparent’s house in Vermont for the Christmas holiday will be better.

When his grandmother shown them a miniature Christmas Village Jamie is drawn to it. Later that day, Jamie imagined how perfect life would be in a perfect little village like Canterbury, and he
Jan 20, 2012 Lainy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommended to Lainy by: the author
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When 12-year-old Jamie Reynolds comes to his grandparents' Vermont home for Christmas, he just wants things to go back to the way they were before his dad disappeared. Time and again he is drawn to Grandma's miniature Christmas Village, where he imagines that life is perfect. Late one night, the village comes to life before his eyes, and his fantasy of escaping into it becomes very real indeed. Jamie discovers that the village is called Canterbury, where the year is 1932. He
Sylvia Ney
If you’ve ever wished to escape to simpler times when villagers gathered in the town square on Christmas Eve for celebration and companionship then The Christmas Village is the book for you. Combining traditional storytelling with the excitement and suspense of a sci-fi parallel universe, Melissa Ann Goodwin provides a children’s book the entire family can enjoy.

After his father abandons them, 12 year-old Jamie Reynolds and his mother leave home to visit his grandmother in Bell’s Crossing for Ch
Kristi Bernard
Jamie Reynolds is only twelve and his dad has done something that has turned the town against him and as a result his dad leaves town. Jamie's best friend Tommy can't hang out with him anymore because of the terrible thing Jamie's dad has done. With Christmas just around the corner his mom whisks him away to her parents home in Bell's Crossing. At grandma and grandpa's, big breakfasts, festive decorations and a surprise Christmas village make him wish for simpler times where nothing ever changes ...more
I absolutely loved this book! In fact, it's the best holiday book I've read in a long time. Though it's targeted to children, it reminds me of my favorite books as a child - the kind that stand the test of time and are truly ageless. 12-year old Jamie is an imperfect hero who wishes he could escape into his grandma's little Christmas village. When his wish comes true, the adventure is on and never stops! This story has it all - humor, surprises (lots of surprises!), great characters, non-stop ac ...more
Dee Ready
The Christmas Village captured and held my interest because of Goodwin’s vivid characterization and her suspenseful plotting. She has an astute ear for realistic dialogue. Because of this, I entered her scenes and lived the adventure with Jamie, a contemporary twelve-year-old boy who travels backward in time to the 1932 village of Canterbury, Vermont, where he meets two other children—Kelly and Chris.
The Christmas Village presents the reader with a mystery that these three young people solve b
Eric Thomasma
This is a really great story! I finished the book quite some time ago but hesitated to write the review because I was bothered throughout by a historical inaccuracy. I won't reveal the inaccuracy here because if the reader is unaware of it, it won't take away from their experience. At the end of the story Ms. Goodwin acknowledges the error and begs forgiveness and while I agree that most people would either be unaware of it, or wouldn't be bothered by it, I was. And for me it did take away from ...more
I'm well past the middle-grade age demographic that this book is geared for but it's the kind of story I would have loved at that age. I loved it now, at my age, as anyone would! It was charming, sweet, and perfect for the season. My only regret is that I read it in April instead of December. That's okay, however, because I own a print copy, and I plan on keeping it at hand to pick up as Christmas rolls around to get me in the mood for the holidays.
Don't let the title fool you, this book is an anytime read. It is part historical fiction (travel to 1930"s during the Great Depression) and part realistic fiction. I loved the time travel into the small Christmas Village. So many exciting and unexpected things happen to Jamie who needs to get back to his own time by Christmas. Great for grades 3-5!
Wonderful, wonderful Book! Great characters, wonderfully written, fun, exciting, suspenseful! I had goosebumps at the end. I think grown-ups will enjoy it just as much as kids will.
Tiffany Higgins
Oct 01, 2012 Tiffany Higgins is currently reading it
I owe an apology to Melissa that it has taken me this long to get around to reading The Christmas Village. I hope to get my review up for her by the end of the week.
A very well written and compelling middle school book. Sure to keep the interest and fascinate both kids and adults. Loved it!!
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Melissa Ann Goodwin spent a happy childhood living in her imagination and writing stories in her head. It was only a matter of time before those stories spilled out onto the written page.The Christmas Village and its sequel, Return to Canterbury, are the culmination of a lifelong dream to write the sort of books that she loved to read as a child.

Goodwin has been published extensively in children’s
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