GERONIMO STILTON Book 35: A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS
Geronimo absolutely loves Christmas, and the very idea of his favorite holiday warms his heart on a chilly winter day. He begins planning his usual family holiday dinner in great detail when his grandfather interrupts with disheartening news: "This year, the entire Stilton family will spend Christmas in New York!" Grandfather, it seems, has accepted an invitation to spend Christmas in his friend's fabulous apartment overlooking Central Park. Geronimo, ever the traditionalist, protests --- but to no avail. And when Geronimo hears how excited his nephew Benjamin is, he fakes enthusiasm.
His flight to New York goes fairly smoothly (at least, for nontraveler Geronimo!). It's not until he's in the taxi on his way to the MacMouse apartment that Geronimo runs into a huge problem. He discovers that his wallet is in his suitcase…and he has the wrong suitcase! He accidentally grabbed an identical bag belonging to someone else at the airport. Geronimo doesn't have money or his cell phone, but he does discover a tag on the bag that reads "Mrs. A. Smith." He panics. Smith must be the most common name in the world! How will he ever find the bag's owner and trade her for his own suitcase?
When Geronimo discovers Mrs. Smith's appointment book, he decides he will find her. The first entry for that day is "10:00 Columbia University," so he takes off on foot on a tremendous quest that leads him all over the Big Apple. Geronimo's treasure hunt through the city gives A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS a great plot --- plus oodles of fascinating information about New York City, along with many fun Christmas ideas.