Baby Jesus is Missing

by Michael LaPenna

Genres: Children & Young Adult, Holiday

ISBN: 9781620209332

44 pages

Price: $18.99

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Baby Jesus is Missing is set in the small town of Reedy River.

It is early December and baby Jesus figurines have been mysteriously disappearing from all over town. When Catherine and her younger sister, Susanna Mae, learn of a $500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible, they begin their careers as detectives. But will they solve the mystery of the baby Jesus thief and collect the reward money or will the danger, heartache, and betrayal they encounter be more than they bargained for?

Baby Jesus is Missing chronicles the sometimes humorous, sometimes frightening and ultimately life-changing experience of Catherine and Susanna Mae whose journey will require self-sacrifice, faith, and courage.


Michael LaPenna grew up on the North Shore of Massachusetts. He graduated from Colby College in Waterville, Maine, and later earned a Master's degree in American literature from Salem State University. He taught secondary school English for thirty-four years and coached both basketball and baseball at a public school north of Boston. Since his retirement, he has kept busy writing for children of all ages, splitting wood, visiting his two granddaughters, trying to stay physically fit, following the Boston sports teams, and reading, not necessarily in that order. He has lived most of his life on the Massachusetts coast north of Boston but spends parts of each year in the hills of western Maine, in Upstate South Carolina, and in the southeast corner of Florida with his wife, Patti, and their dog, Nimbus. They have three grown children, Christin, Andrew, and Paul.