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On Christmas Eveby Ann M. Martin
Synopses & Reviews
Eight-year-old Tess is convinced this is the year she will finally meet Santa, and experience "the Christmas magic." She also wishes with all her heart that her best friend's ill father will recover. Tess' faith in the season results in a Christmas Eve so wondrous, so sparkling, readers won't be able to help but feel transformed. Like trimming the tree and It's a Wonderful Life; baking cookies and "White Christmas," On Christmas Eve is sure to bring new holiday magic to readers' lives.
"Martin (A Corner of the Universe) captures the essence of holiday magic, hope and disappointment in this poignant story set in the 1950s. Third-grader Tess McAlister is determined to meet the 'real' Santa Claus ('not a department store Santa in a faded suit with a limp beard'). She wants to tell him an important message about what her best friend, Sarah, needs for Christmas: for Sarah's father, who has cancer, to get well. Although Tess's older sister can think of several reasons why Santa cannot possibly exist, Tess retains her faith and on Christmas Eve indeed witnesses miraculous events shortly after midnight. Without becoming overly sentimental, the author evokes the true Christmas spirit through her endearing narrator's efforts to keep hope alive. Offering a mix of sad and joyous events, this book will touch the hearts of believers and nonbelievers alike. Ages 9-12." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
In this beautifully packaged holiday book, award winning author Martin spins a heartfelt tale about a young girl who is convinced that she will finally meet Santa and experience Christmas magic.
About the Author
Martin grew up in Princeton New Jersey. She has been a teacher and an editor of children's books. Many of her books are based on personal experiences.
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