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I write books and short stories for middle grade readers and teens.  My first middle grade, The Angel Tree, is out now.  My follow up, Clementine for Christmas, will be out in fall 2015.  

An irresistible and timeless Christmas story by the author of
The Angel Tree.

Josie's timid, but she comes out of her shell when she and her dog, Clementine, volunteer at the local hospital during the holiday season. Between her beloved Clementine and a load of Christmas fun, what more could she need?

Oscar's parents are fighting more and more--and so is he. He gets into trouble at school, and his punishment? Volunteer hours at the local hospital.

Gabby's life seems perfect. She's the star of the soccer team, super stylish, and everyone looks up to her. But she has a secret, and if it gets out, she'll lose everything.

Then, Clementine disappears, Oscar's parents separate, and Gabby ends up in the hospital. All Josie wanted was to help make the perfect Christmas, but it seems like things couldn't get any worse! Can Josie, Oscar, and Gabby find a way to save the holiday?


Daphne Benedis-Grab, author of The Angel Tree, has created a heartwarming story that sparkles with humor, light, and Christmas spirit.


"Full of the type of warmth and good cheer found in favorite holiday movies Benedis-Grab’s lively tale spotlights the time-honored tradition—and can-do citizens—that make a small town great, even in the face of financial struggle."  - Publishers Weekly

"Part mystery and part holiday high jinks, this will be a little 
gift to readers"
- Booklist

"A satisfying read on many levels—misunderstandings are resolved, lessons are learned, 
friendships evolve, and positive behavior is rewarded. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy."
- School Library Journal

Every Christmas in the small town of Pine R
iver, a tree appears in the town square--the Angel Tree. Some people tie wishes to the tree, while others make those wishes come true. Nobody's ever known where the tree comes from, but the mystery has always been part of the tradition's charm.

This year, however, four kids who have been helped--Lucy, Joe, Max, and Cami--are determined to solve the mystery and find out the true identity of the town's guardian angel, so that Pine River can finally thank the person who brought the Angel Tree to their town.  This is a heartwarming Christmas mystery, full of friendship, discovery, and loads of holiday cheer!

You can find it in stores or order it online from your local indie boosktore, my local indie bookstore or on Amazon .








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