I write books and short stories for middle grade readers and teens.  I have a new story in the November/December issues of American Girl Magazine and my first middle grade, The Angel Tree, is out now!

"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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