Christmas Kids Mystery Party:
The Strange Case of
the Disappearing Presents

A HOLIDAY MYSTERY FOR 10-13 YEAR OLDS by Andrew West. Every Christmas, the mayor of Spruce Valley hands out presents to all of this children. Somehow this year, all of the gifts are missing. Who stole Christmas and why?


8 Suspects: 4 boys, 4 girls
MANY MORE can investigate the case

The people of Spruce Valley were nervous. Two days of heavy snow had kept everybody inside their houses, as well as cutting off the town from the outside world. Nobody wanted a third snow day to spoil preparations for the Christmas celebration. Happily, the weather broke early on Christmas Eve morning, and snowplows began clearing the town's streets even though the roads into and out of town were still clogged with snow.

People went about their business. There was much to catch up on! The festivities were to take place in the town square with its huge Christmas tree. Every year, Hamley-Schwarz, the largest toy shop in town, wraps 100 presents and arranges them beneath the tree. After carols and Christmas cookies, the much-loved Mayor Bailey, dresses as Santa and arrives on a sleigh, then hands out the presents to the town's children.

By six o'clock everything was ready, and a soft snowfall welcomed the townsfolk to the beautifully decorated square. The town clock chimed six times, and the music began.

But behind the scenes is panic. Christine Cringle, the person in charge of the presents, has discovered that all of the presents have vanished! Only a small group of people knows about the theft, and itís hoped that the case can be solved without having to cancel everything.

Everybody is a suspect, and Christine has asked a group of trustworthy citizens to quietly investigate the incident. Mayor Bailey is due to arrive at 7:30 and nobody wants to let him down.

How could this have happened? Who would be so cruel as to steal the children's presents on Christmas Eve? It's up to you to solve the mystery and save the Christmas celebration.


One of these suspects took the presents:

One of them will be promoted to be the Mayor's chief aide. Would they try to sabotage each other's chances? 

TANNY BAUM, Electrician and Handyman
He decorates the tree and prepares the fountain. Some people say he's in need of money. What would he do to get it?

PINEY NEEDLES, Security Guard
How could the presents have been stolen if Piney was really doing his job?

CARRIE ATOON, Choir Director
At the last minute, her children's choir was asked to add music to the Christmas Eve performance. How could she find the time to rehearse the extra pieces?

If their favorite toys are given to someone else, how will they get what they want for Christmas?

He just bought the toy store and doesn't like the tradition of giving away so many presents. How could his store make any money?

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