Don't Ever Say There's Not a Santa Claus takes place in a small Nebraska town in 1948 where nine year old Joy Lee Shank is about to go on the quest of her life. When 12 year old Bernard tells her that Santa Claus isn't real after the Sunday School Christmas program practice, Joy Lee vows to prove him wrong one way or the other. She begins a year long search for the truth, in the hopes that someone will be honest with her. The story to this age-old question provides a sensible explanation that is sure to please young parents on this very controversial subject. A blinding blizzard, the marvelous slow-paced rural life of the 40s, and a conflict between the program's director and Ladies Aid Society makes this a quick read, fun loving book for ages 12 and up.