A Season of Gifts

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A Season of Gifts

By Richard Peck; Ron McLarty (Read by)

Listening Library, Compact Disc, 9780739385463, 3pp.

Publication Date: September 22, 2009

One of the most adored children's book characters of all time is the eccentric, forceful, bighearted Grandma Dowdel, star of the Newbery Medal winning A Year Down Yonder and Newbery Honor winning A Long Way from Chicago. And it turns out that her story isn t over not even close.
It is now 1958, and a new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel a family in desperate need of her help (whether they realize it or not). There's twelve-year-old Bob, shy on courage in a town full of bullies; his Elvis-obsessed older sister, Phyllis, who just might be on the verge of spinning out of control; Bob's little sister, Ruth Ann, ready and waiting for a larger-than-life role model; and even Bob's two parents, the young minister and his wife, who are amazed to discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital. As Christmas rolls around, the whole family will realize that they ve found a true home, and a neighbor with remarkable gifts to share.

About the Author
Richard Peck is the first children s writer ever to have been awarded a National Humanities Medal. His extensive list of honors includes the Newbery Medal (for A Year Down Yonder), a Newbery Honor (for A Long Way from Chicago), the Margaret A. Edwards Award, the Scott O Dell Award (for The River Between Us), and the Christopher Medal (for The Teacher s Funeral). He has twice been a finalist for the National Book Award. He lives in New York City."