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A Bernie Bolton Book: Bernie Bolton's Big Apple Christmas

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Bernice Blossom Bolton is nine and a half-years-old, and taking her first trip to New York City. After refusing to go to breakfast, because she is angry at not receiving any gifts on Christmas morning, she decides to leave the hotel and explore the city on her own. During her walk she encounters a number of interesting people, from the phony Santa guy ringing a bell on the corner of Fifth Avenue, to the kindly pretzel vendor, to the not-so-kind taxi driver who almost runs her over as she attempts to cross the street. 

Eventually, Bernie makes her way to Central Park where she spends the rest of day with a remarkable homeless man named, Ellis Duncan. As evening falls, Ellis Duncan tells Bernie about a long ago Christmas, and a wonderful and unforgettable gift. BERNIE BOLTON'S BIG APPLE CHRISTMAS, attempts to convey the simplest of lessons...that not all gifts are the ones you receive.

Bernie Bolton is, indeed, a force to be reckoned with as she charges head-first into the 21st century. She is feisty and fun, liberated and opinionated, and definitely ready to take on the world. Today's pre-teen girls will be able to relate to Bernie as she struggles to understand her fast changing world, to deal with the changes in her family, and to come to terms with the changes in herself. 

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  • S.B. Levitt
    Aug 19, 2017, 06:12
    Fun & Feisty New Kid on the Block One of the greatest young female protaganists to come along since Ramona Quimby. Bernice Blossom Bolton, a.k.a. Bernie Bolton, is fun, feisty, and ready to take on the world, it seems. This is Bernie's story about a Christmas trip to New York City with her grown sister and brother-in-law. When Santa doesn't make a stop at The Plaza Hotel to drop gifts for Bernie on Christmas Eve, she is furious. After refusing to go to breakfast on Christmas Day, she sneaks out of the hotel to explore Central Park on her own. Before heading for the park, she takes a stroll down Fifth Ave. and meets up with a few interesting New Yorkers and then visits St. Patrick's Cathedral. During her walk, she begins to learn that the word `gift' has more than one meaning. Finally, in Central Park, Bernie meets Ellis Duncan, a homeless man who, by choice, has taken up residence on a bench by the skating rink. They spend the whole afternoon together, sharing experiences that are completely new to Bernie. The best part of the day is when Ellis's sister Ruby arrives with a basket full of Christmas dinner. She and Ellis tell Bernie about a along ago Christmas in Harlem, when their mother gave them a special and unusual Christmas gift. It is a story Bernie will never forget, told by new friends she will always remember. After the cranberry sauce and pie, Ellis and Ruby return Bernie to the hotel and into the arms of her frantic sister. What started out being the worst day of Bernie's life, ends up being one of the best. I think you're going to love Bernie...a new, fresh face for the 21st Century.
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