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Christmastide greetings!

Heartfelt wishes for a happy and healthy holiday season and New Year!

As the year draws to a close, I’m drawing up my list of things I’m thankful for. Among so many other things, I’m grateful for you joining me on this journey of making and sharing stories. Stories don’t come fully alive until they reach the eyes and heart of a reader. You are indispensable and absolutely appreciated!

Also on my list, as always, are books. And since the holiday season is often a time when we do fun activities like games and jigsaw puzzles, I thought I’d share some of the books I read in 2021 in the form of puzzles. I’ve created first, a codebreaker puzzle, using one word from the title of each book, and then a wordsearch with the same words. Finally, the books are listed, below, with my practically-instantaneous (one-sentence) reviews.

If you don’t want any clues when you tackle the codebreaker, do it before you read on, and be sure to do the codebreaker before you look at the wordsearch. In case you’re not familiar with this type of puzzle, instructions are included in the download. (You'll need to print it in order to do the puzzles.)

And now, without further ado, with a grateful heart, and in no particular order, here are some of my 2021 reads. Enjoy!

As always, I’d love to hear your thoughts. Tell me anything that’s on your mind—and all the best for the holiday season!

If you’re still searching for a Christmas gift for a young book-reader in your life, may I suggest The Berenice Bell? You can learn about it on my website and purchase it on Amazon. I’m donating all proceeds from the book to the Paul Hansell Foundation, supporting youth mental health. It would be lovely if I had a little bump in sales to send extra to the foundation over the Christmas season. As always, if you have any questions, don’t hesitate to reach out at

Yours in storymaking,


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