Stranger Things keeps getting stranger, and more intriguing, am I right?
But even when you're saving the world, there's time to take a break. (Though when the lead love interests stop to discuss their feelings as the doomsday bomb is ticking down the seconds to boomsville, it makes me want to scream: shut up and talk later!)
So here are four unusual Christmas stories for the kids of the Netflix hit series:
Battle School is an orbital military academy for those children that mankind hopes will save us from the next invasion of an alien species that came close to wiping us out the first time. So I think Jane (aka "Eleven") will especially relate to one nonconforming boy (taken against his will by amoral technocrats) and his war of holiday traditions. Download the e-book for a quick, portable read, or stream it on your computer,
Unfortunately the 1980s era kids of Stranger Things would have to time travel to enjoy this Ender's Game tie-in. So what would've been on the shelf for them then?
A long time ago G.K. Chesterton wrote:
Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist. Children know the dragons exist. Fairy tales tell children the dragons can be killed.
Who is worse? The Big Bad of The Upside Down, or the White Witch, Jadis, of Narnia, who has already blown up an entire universe rather than let anyone else but herself rule it, and is now poised to cement her conquest of the new home she's invaded? It has to be cheering for the whole gang to read about Miss Always Winter and Never Christmas getting her come-uppance.
Though unfortunately, technology wasn't up to offering what KCLS's extensive collection of audio books (including downloadable e-audio) has to offer. Hang on kids, the future includes performances of stories read to you by a full cast of voice actors with cinema-quality sound.
If they only have a few minutes to read, this picture book by the clever and inventive William Joyce, is deceptively simple. While you can listen to it with pleasure while still a rug rat, older kids will get the most enjoyment from the story of one adventurous boy, and his tag-a-long annoying little sister, when Santa comes and calls them to the North Pole. Fights! Goblins! Action! It's all there with a satisfying win for the good guys. But don't forget to open the envelope in the back of the book for the heart-warming twist.
Will, Mike, Galen, and Lucas are outnumbered and outgunned. And maybe they're just not in the mood to actually read. So what better 1980s Christmas movie could lift their spirits with a holiday win for the heroes?
And yes, Die Hard is a Christmas movie!
*"Top Secret" holiday surprise: Sno-Isle Regional Library and the King County Library System have what's called reciprocal borrowing privileges. That means you can get a library card with them even if you live in King County. And place holds on their items. You do have to pick them up at one of their many branches, however.