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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Michelle Houts Narrator: Amy McFadden Publisher: Brilliance Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: October 2014 ISBN: 9781491502921
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An ordinary Danish Christmas turns extraordinary when a family overlooks an important folkloric tradition.

Christmas has come, and with it a sparkling white winterfrost over the countryside. But twelve-year-old Bettina's parents have been called away unexpectedly, leaving her in charge of the house, the farm, and baby Pia. In all the confusion, Bettina's family neglects to set out the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the tiny nisse who are rumored to look after the family and their livestock. No one besides her grandfather ever believed the nisse were real, so what harm could there be in forgetting this silly custom? But when baby Pia disappears during a nap, the magic of the nisse makes itself known. To find her sister and set things right, Bettina must venture into the miniature world of these usually helpful, but sometimes mischievous folk. A delightful winter adventure for lovers of the legendary and miraculous.

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  • “Never neglect a nisse. Such is the hard lesson learned by young Bettina in this novel, set in Denmark…Houts’ descriptions of the glistening weather phenomenon of winterfrost heighten the air of wonder in the story. The mix of fantasy, legend, and holiday tradition makes for a heady, escapist read.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Children with a fascination for all things cute and tiny will delight in the cozy details of nisse household life, with its acorn cups and thistledown stockings. At the same time, they will appreciate Bettina’s struggle to cope with very adult responsibilities. A gentle holiday adventure with a quiet message of courage and responsibility.”

    School Library Journal

  • “A magical middle-grade tale of a human child’s encounter with nisse folk—tiny gnomelike creatures who, legend has it, inhabit the houses, barns, and woodlands of Denmark…A timeless story that upholds and nurtures the magical worlds of nature and childhood.”

    Kirkus Reviews

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About the Author
Michelle Houts is the author of the middle-grade novel The Beef Princess of Practical County and its sequel, The Practical County Drama Queen. She fell in love with the nisse folk more than twenty years ago while living in Denmark, where she became fascinated with tales of their mischief and fun. Her Danish friends continue to share nisse stories and an occasional nisse sighting. She dreams of returning to Denmark at Christmastime so she can show her gratitude to the nisse with a warm bowl of rice pudding. Michelle Houts lives on a grain and livestock farm in west central Ohio with her husband and three children.
About the Narrator

Amy McFadden has narrated over one hundred titles in many different genres. She is an Earphones Award winner and was a finalist for a 2014 Audie Award for Best Literary Fiction Narration. She has acted on stage throughout Michigan for more than twenty years and in commercials and film for ten years. She is a founding member of Dog Story Theater in Grand Rapids, Michigan.