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Wednesday, December 7, 2022

About the Book

Book: Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Forgiveness

Author: Terry Overton

Genre: Children’s (Young chapter book, middle grade reader) Christmas Story

Release date: July 25, 2022

Every Thanksgiving, the Oddball Ornaments are pulled out of the attic and hung on the tree to enjoy the holiday season with the humans. Last Christmas, the Oddballs learned that “Turkey Day” and “Box Day” weren’t about them but about a special Baby. This Christmas, the Oddball Ornaments can’t wait to learn more about this special holiday. But when a new ornament is hung on the tree, they find themselves left with even more questions than before. What does a drummer boy have to do with Christmas? In this heartwarming story for children of all ages, the Oddball Ornaments will see how Christmas is all about love and forgiveness and how God can take a broken family and heal hurting hearts.

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About the Author

Terry Overton obtained her Ph.D. in Psychology and her Ed. D. in special education. She taught in public schools and was a school psychologist and a professor before retiring in 2016. She began her second “career” after retirement and now writes Christian fiction books and devotionals and hopes to share the Christian worldview through her writing. Her novels, middle grade readers, and picture books seek to entertain readers through the travel experiences and characters included in her books. She currently resides in Laguna Vista, Texas, near the Texas-Mexico border. She enjoys Biblical history and general Bible studies, writing, and enjoying family and friends. She has seven grandchildren and one great granddaughter.


More from Terry

This is the second book of the children’s Christmas series: Oddball Ornaments. The whole idea came to me while looking at the ornaments of my tree one year and wondering, “If they could talk to each other, what would they say?” In both books, the ornaments are alive and can hear their humans, but the humans cannot hear the ornaments talk. It was fun to write these characters and to help teach these imaginary friends lessons about Christmas and forgiveness.


This is the perfect story to help young children understand about the birth of Jesus. The author brings the story to life with the oddball ornaments. They  each have unique personalities and bring joy to each other. I could picture them on the tree talking and watching the  family as they placed decorations around the  tree. 

This year the oddball ornaments are excited once gain to be out of their dusty boxes in the  attic and displayed on the Christmas tree. It is fun to read how the ornaments talk to each other and are curious about Christmas. I loved how the author explained about traditions that different families have during  Christmas. The ornaments were excited to learn all this new information. 

The story explores forgiveness and gives examples of how forgiveness is for everyone. There is a part in the story that  made me cry. I won’t give that part away but it is a great example of true forgiveness. The ornaments were shocked at first but when the Angel explained they rejoiced. A great story of the birth of Jesus, celebrating Christmas and learning bout forgiveness. 

I received a copy of this book from Celebrate Lit. The review is my own opinion.

Blog Stops

Texas Book-aholic, December 7

For Him and My Family, December 7

Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, December 8

Inklings and notions, December 9

deb’s Book Review, December 10

Mary Hake, December 10

Cover Lover Book Review, December 11

Ashley’s Clean Book Reviews, December 12

Locks, Hooks and Books, December 13

Because I said so — and other adventures in Parenting, December 14

Truth and Grace Homeschool Academy, December 15

SK Bell, December 15

Happily Managing a Household of Boys, December 16

Library Lady’s Kid Lit, December 17

Cats in the Cradle Blog, December 18

Bookzone Reviews, December 18

Lights in a Dark World, December 19

For Him and My Family, December 20


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.


  1. Sounds good. My grandkids would like it.

  2. Congratulations on your release of Oddball Ornaments: The Story Of Forgiveness, Terry, I enjoyed reading your book and it is a wonderful holiday read for the kids! Good luck with your book and the tour! Thanks for sharing it with me!

    Thanks, Texas Book-aholic, for sharing your review!

    Have a magical holiday season!

  3. Thank You for the review.

  4. My niece would like this book.
    Thanks for the contest.

  5. Thank you for sharing your review of Oddball Ornaments: The Story of Forgiveness, this sounds like a wonderful book to share with my grandchildren

  6. This sounds like a really great read! Thanks so much for sharing it.

  7. This is a creative and adorable way to present the Nativity to children.