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Award winning author Norman Whaler is from Grosse Pointe, MI, With over 120 book awards for his children's books, Norman focuses on positive messages, some on serious topics and others that are just about fun. He s a member of SCBWI (Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators), IAN, and IBPA associations. His website is normanwhaler.com.



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FICTION & LITERATURE

Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge

BY Norman Whaler • POSTED ON June 7, 2016

A debut novella and sequel to A Christmas Carol explores the adult life of Tiny Tim.

In 1857 in London, it’s a week before Christmas and former curmudgeon Ebenezer Scrooge has died. In Charles Dickens’ 1843 classic, Scrooge didn’t renounce his skinflint ways until three ghosts visited him on Christmas Eve. One of the people who benefited by his transformation was a crippled boy named Tiny Tim. Tim grew up under Scrooge’s wing, healing in the process and becoming a clerk alongside his father, Bob Cratchit, at the firm Scrooge & Marley & Cratchit. The death of his mentor, however, sends Tim into a depression that robs him of faith in himself and God. Meanwhile, Becky, Tim’s childhood sweetheart, has been shunned by her own family after her marriage to a cruel man fell apart. She and her young son, James, struggle to make ends meet by selling holly on London’s chilly streets. They are barely able to eat or pay their rent, and yet Becky remains hopeful, realizing that it “was the habit of despair that ultimately condemned a soul.” When Christmas Eve arrives, Tim stays late at the offices only to be joined by a familiar, if ghostly, face. Whaler captures the essence of Dickens’ characters in brief strokes, as in the description of Scrooge, who has “white hair glistening on his head and brow above a timeworn face of cavernous folds.” The author depicts the starkness of Tim’s craving for both Scrooge and Becky with pointed metaphors, including when he “felt strangely detached as if his caring was being poured onto the ground like a pitcher of water.” The main difference between this sequel and Dickens’ classic is Whaler’s extended theme of the individual placing faith in God, who “allows difficulties in people’s lives to see their faith grow, to prepare us for a higher level of faith.” There are four original songs by the author—including lyrics and sheet music—after the story.

A religious sequel to Dickens’ holiday classic and an ideal stocking stuffer.

Pub Date: June 7, 2016

ISBN: 978-1-68254-292-7

Page count: 98pp

Publisher: Tate Publishing

Review Posted Online: July 22, 2016

Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge: The sequel to A Christmas Carol (Audio Book)

Awards, Press & Interests

Hometown

Grosse Pointe, MI

Favorite author

Charles Dickens, Jane Austen

Favorite book

A Christmas Carol, Pride and Prejudice

Day job

Children's Book Author

Passion in life

Jesus (Yeshua)

Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge: THE SEQUEL TO A CHRISTMAS CAROL: Moonbeam Children's Book Awards, 2018

Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge: THE SEQUEL TO A CHRISTMAS CAROL: ABR Listener's Choice Award, 2018

The Tiny Tree: The Eric Hoffer Award, 2018

The Tiny Tree: Siver Human Relations Indie Book Award, 2018

Am I Black or Am I White?: Global Ebook Award, 2018

Am I Black or Am I White?: Gold Human Relation Indie Book Award, 2018

JACK: Beverly Hills Book Award, 2018

Oink and Gobble and the Missing Cupcakes: 8 Awards

The Tiny Tree: 6 Awards

Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge *Children's Edition*: 21 Awards

Feathered Quill Interview, 2021 Literary Titan Interview, 2021 Feathered Quill Bio, 2020 Literary Titan Interview, 2018 Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge, The sequel to A Christmas Carol, 2016

ADDITIONAL WORKS AVAILABLE

A Christmas Carol

*** AWARD WINNER *** Charles Dickens' beloved Christmas holiday classic, A Christmas Carol, is retold in verse and beautifully illustrated by Bianca Milacic. It is a story to remind us all of the real meaning of Christmas... and that a changed heart can change the world! (Christmas Holiday, Classics, Sequel, Children's Picture Book)
Published: Dec. 17, 2018
ISBN: 978-1948131261

Am I Black or Am I White?

*** AWARD WINNER *** Tara's mother was Black and her father was White. But she didn't look Black or White. Some kids didn't like this and made Tara cry. So, what does God say about it? (Racism, Bi-racial, Bullying, Peer Pressure, School Issues, Children's Picture Book)
Published: March 23, 2018
ISBN: B07BPFZFWQ

But The Sparrow Stayed

*** AWARD WINNER *** Our feathered friends are at the center of two short poems that explores the need for courage. But The Sparrow Stayed is about standing tall and staying true to who you are. First Flight is about being brave when trying new things even when you are afraid or unsure. The reward can be so amazing! (Animals, Courage, Bullying, Taking Risks, Nature, Conservation, Poetry, Bilingual English-Spanish, Children's Picture Book)
Published: May 1, 2020
ISBN: 978-1948131599

JACK

*** AWARD WINNER *** Jack had the measles and had to stay home from school. But his Mom said he needed his rest, so no TV or video games. OH, NOOOOOOOO! Now, what was he going to do? (Imagination, Children's Book Classics, Reading, Children's Picture Book)
Published: Feb. 23, 2018
ISBN: 978-1948131155

Oink and Gobble and the 'No One Can Ever Know Secret'

*** AWARD WINNER *** Oink and Gobble were best friends and with the all the other animals on the farm, had a BIG secret they could never, ever let any humans know! But did Oink let the cat out of the bag? (Adventure, Humor, Imagination, Friendship, Farm Animals, Children's Picture Book)
Published: Oct. 29, 2018
ISBN: 978-1948131209

Oink and Gobble and the Men in Black

*** AWARD WINNER *** Oink, an adventurous young pig, and Gobble, a cautious turkey, were the best of friends and Gobble would often find herself in some very strange situations because of Oink's overactive imagination. But the two men visiting the farm couldn't really be Men in Black! Or could they? (Adventure, Humor, Imagination, Friendship, Animals, Children's Picture Book)
Published: Feb. 26, 2019
ISBN: 978-1948131384

Oink and Gobble and the Missing Cupcakes

***AWARD WINNER *** Oink, an imaginative, young pink pig, and Gobble, a skinny turkey, saw almost everything differently. But they were always BFF's (Best Friends Forever)! And now they needed to solve a mystery! Oink's yummy cupcakes were missing! SO, WHO TOOK THEM? (Adventure, Humor, Imagination, Friendship, Animals, Children's Picture Book)
Published: Oct. 3, 2021
ISBN: 978-1948131476

The Tiny Tree

*** AWARD WINNER *** The Tiny Tree was brand new to the forest and wanted to be friends with everyone. But why didn't the Big like her? All the trees find out that being different is sometimes a GOOD thing! (Racism, Bullying, Being Different, Picture Book)
Published: Dec. 24, 2017
ISBN: 978-1948131117

Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge *Children's Edition*

*** AWARD WINNER *** In the continuation to Charles Dickens' beloved classic, A Christmas Carol, a troubled Tiny Tim, now grown-up, has ghosts of his own and is gently reminded what Christmas is all about. Beautifully illustrated and told in verse, narration with audio Christmas Carols and print music editions add to the Christmas charm of this classic holiday sequel. (Christmas Holiday, Classics, Sequel, Fiction, Family)
Published: Oct. 27, 2020
ISBN: 978-1948131536

Tiny Tim and The Ghost of Ebenezer Scrooge - Audiobook

*** AWARD WINNER *** In the continuation to Charles Dickens' beloved classic, A Christmas Carol, a troubled Tiny Tim, now grown-up, has ghosts of his own and is gently reminded what Christmas is all about. (Audiobook, Christmas Holiday, Sequel, Narration, Christmas Carols, Music)
Published: Dec. 19, 2016
ISBN: B01NAJJLXP