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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
McIntosh Public Library EVA (Text) 33500013712963 New On holds shelf -
McIntosh Public Library EVA (Text) 33500013712989 New Checked out 12/27/2022
Moorhead Public Library EVA (Text) 33500013712971 New Checked out 12/30/2022
Greenbush Public Library EVA (Text) 35500006634230 New Checked out 12/27/2022
Red Lake Falls Public Library EVA (Text) 35500006634222 New Checked out 12/27/2022

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  • ISBN: 1982177446
  • ISBN: 9781982177447
  • Physical Description: 182 pages ; 19 cm.
  • Publisher: New York : Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc., 2022.

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The #1 New York Times bestselling King of Christmas Fiction is back this holiday season with another heartwarming and wintery tale of rediscovering faith and love. A coming-of-age holiday tale based on Richard Paul Evans's own childhood that shows us how hope and acceptance can be found in the most unexpected of places. -- From the publisher.
It's 1967, and for young Richard it's a time of heartbreak and turmoil. Over the span of a few months, his brother, Mark, is killed in Vietnam; his father loses his job and moves the family from California to his grandmother's abandoned home in Utah; and his parents make the painful decision to separate. With uncertainty rattling every corner of his life, Richard does his best to remain strong--but when he's run down by bullies at his new school, he meets Mr. Foster, an elderly neighbor who chases off the bullies and invites Richard in for a cup of cocoa. Richard becomes fast friends with the wise, solitary man who inspires Richard's love for books and whose dog, Gollum, becomes his closest companion. As the holidays approach, the joy and light of Christmas seem unlikely to permeate the Evans home as things take a grim turn for the worse. And just when it seems like he has nothing left to lose, Richard is confronted by a startling revelation. But with Mr. Foster's wisdom and kindness, he learns for the first time what truly matters about the spirit of the season: that forgiveness can heal even the deepest wounds, and love endures long after the pain of loss subsides.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2022 October #2
    Evans, master of the holiday tearjerker, presents a novel based on his own memory of Christmas 1968. Ricky Evans, newly transplanted from Pasadena to Salt Lake City, is having trouble finding his place. He is bullied not just by his peers but also by his cruel new teacher. At home, things are not much better. His mother's depression over the recent loss of a loved one and her crumbling marriage keep her in her bedroom. His father's absence is devastating. One day, Ricky is saved from his bullies by a neighbor, Mr. Booker Foster. Mr. Foster offers Ricky a respite from his miserable life: a friendly dog, fresh-baked cookies, and endless hot chocolate. As Christmas nears, though, things do not improve. With his mother in dire need of help, Ricky's father returns home only to announce his plans for divorce. The ending is both sad and hopeful, and little Ricky eventually finds his place in the world through writing. Fans of Evans' work will be both moved by and invested in this semiautobiographical tale. Copyright 2022 Booklist Reviews.

Author Notes

Richard Paul Evans is the #1 New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of more than forty novels. There are currently more than thirty-five million copies of his books in print worldwide, translated into more than twenty-four languages. Richard is the recipient of numerous awards, including two first place Storytelling World Awards, the Romantic Times Best Women’s Novel of the Year Award, and is a five-time recipient of the Religion Communicators Council’s Wilbur Awards. Seven of Richard’s books have been produced as television movies. His first feature film, The Noel Diary, starring Justin Hartley (This Is Us) and acclaimed film director, Charles Shyer (Private Benjamin, Father of the Bride), will debut in 2022. In 2011 Richard began writing Michael Vey, a #1 New York Times bestselling young adult series which has won more than a dozen awards. Richard is the founder of The Christmas Box International, an organization devoted to maintaining emergency children’s shelters and providing services and resources for abused, neglected, or homeless children and young adults. To date, more than 125,000 youths have been helped by the charity. For his humanitarian work, Richard has received the Washington Times Humanitarian of the Century Award and the Volunteers of America National Empathy Award. Richard lives in Salt Lake City, Utah, with his wife, Keri, and their five children and two grandchildren. You can learn more about Richard on his website

Subject: Holidays > Fiction.
Families > Fiction.
Death > Fiction.
Grief > Fiction.
Belief and doubt > Fiction.
Genre: Christmas fiction.
Domestic fiction.
Historical fiction.
Christmas fiction.

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