A Midnight Clear: Stories for the Christmas Season

by Katherine Paterson

Twelve contemporary stories develop widely varied Christmas Eve themes such as a... read more

Twelve contemporary stories develop widely varied Christmas Eve themes such as a necessary pilgrimage, a desperate need for shelter, or the gift of unconditional love. A girl fulfilling a service requirement by visiting in a nursing home simultaneously experiences unyielding prejudices against both old and new. A family flees injustice by making a perilous border crossing just before their baby is born. After giving coins for a disaster elsewhere in the world, a young man who is house-sitting finds the courage to directly assist a homeless family at the door. As shown in her popular and award-winning novels for children and young adults, Paterson's gifts as a writer are apparent in vivid characterizations, credible dialogue and astute observations about everyday possibilities for transcendence. A welcome companion to her Angels and Other Strangers (HarperCollins, 1979), a similar collection of short fiction. (Ages 12-16)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 1995

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