About Me I am a retired librarian and I now support books and authors through my reviews.

I have always loved to read and I was able to share that love through my work as a public librarian for 22 1/2 years. I now promote literacy by reading, and then writing reviews. I love to support authors by sharing my reviews with others!

Thursday, July 7, 2022

Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Christmas by Terry Overton: Review & Giveaway with Celebrate Lit


About the Book

 Oddball Ornaments

Author: Terry Overton

Genre: Middle Grade Christmas Story

Release date: November 16, 2021

The ornaments in the attic are excited. It’s almost Turkey Day, and they know when they start smelling turkey, they’re going to be pulled down out of the attic and hung on a tree for the humans to enjoy. After all, Box Day is all about admiring the ornaments, isn’t it? But when Grandma joins them for Turkey Day instead of Box Day and brings a bunch of new ornaments with her, the Oddball Ornaments know something isn’t right. Determined to find out the source of Grandma’s sadness and what Box Day is really about, Nutcracker sets out on a quest to climb to the top of the tree to ask Angel about the true meaning of Christmas and discovers the truth is much more wonderful than they could ever have imagined.


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This is a sweet story about a few Christmas tree ornaments who live most of the year in a box in the attic and only spend a short time with the humans who live below them. These ornaments that have been labeled Oddball Ornaments are immediately confused when they hear and feel commotion in the attic and it doesn't appear to be the right time. They haven't yet smelled turkey cooking or pies and cookies baking! What could be going on?

Author Terry Overton imagines what these oddball ornaments are thinking as they join other ornaments on the family Christmas tree. One of them. a beautiful angel, sits at the top of the tree and she tells them about the birth of a baby named Jesus. The oddball ornaments learn that He is the reason that we decorate trees, give presents, and celebrate the Christmas holiday!

This chapter book targets middle readers but Oddball Ornaments is truly a story that the whole family can enjoy. Reading it as a family would be a wonderful way to usher in the Christmas season each year and the perfect way to teach children about the true meaning of the Christmas holiday! It also opens up a way to discuss faith, prayer, and eternal life in Heaven.

I received a digital copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. There was no obligation for a positive review. These are my own thoughts.

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

About the Author

Terry Overton is a retired university professor of educational and school psychology. She has an Ed.D. in Special Education and a Ph.D. in Psychology. Her professional experience includes teaching public school, teaching at the university level, and being a college dean. She has two children and six grandchildren. Her writing and publication experiences include textbook and journal articles in the fields of special education and school psychology. She seeks to answer God’s call to share the good news and grow the church by writing Christian books and devotionals. Her book Both Sides of the Border is a Firebird Book Award winner in the categories of Cross-Genre, Socio-Political Fiction, and Women’s Fiction. Both Sides of the Border also won the American Writing Awards in the Multicultural Fiction category, Social Change category, and a finalist for the Women’s Fiction category. Her book, America of We the People was awarded the Firebird Book Award for Socio-Political and Political categories. She and her husband live in the southern tip of Texas where they enjoy semi-tropical weather and spending time with their friends and family.


More from Terry

Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Christmas was written one late fall while I looked at my own Christmas tree. I wondered, “If the ornaments could talk, what would they say? Would they even know why they were hung on the tree?” And that was how the book began. I played Christmas music and imagined a cast of characters like toys in Toy Story but ornaments and humans. It was such fun to write. I ran a few things by my regional experts (grand Angels) and they approved. It always means so much more when family are involved in my writing projects.

Not long after the book was out, the sequel was completed, and it will be released late summer 2022. “Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Forgiveness.”

I hope you have as much fun reading it as I did writing it!

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, July 2

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Lights in the Dark World, July 4

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, July 5

Girls in White Dresses, July 6

Older & Smarter?, July 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, July 8

For Him and My Family, July 9

deb’s Book Review, July 10

Locks, Hooks and Books, July 11

Mary Hake, July 11

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, July 12

For the Love of Literature, July 12

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, July 12

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, July 13

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, July 14

Blogging With Carol, July 15


To celebrate her tour, Terry is giving away the grand prize package of a $50 Amazon gift card!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the link below to enter.


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  1. Oddball Ornaments sounds like a wonderful holiday read that I want to share with the grandkids, thanks for sharing it with me! Thanks, Older & Smarter?, for sharing your thoughts! Have an awesome day!

  2. Looks like a fun book.
    Thanks for the contest.

  3. This would be a good book to read to my son, I think he would really enjoy it!

  4. Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Oddball Ornaments, this sounds like a wonderful Christmas story to share with my grandchildren

  5. My daughter (who has “special needs”) will love this story.

  6. This sounds like a wonderful book and my nephew and nieces would really like it! I would like to read this as well.

  7. I'm adding to my tbr! Thanks for sharing!