"Happy birthday, Jesus and many happy reruns of the day," says one little girl, voicing the hope and celebration of this colleciton of short stories by Newberry award-winning author, Katherine Paterson. In each of the nine stories, the author illuminates the familiar problems of contemporary life in unexpected ways. A lonely widower takes in two foster children over the Christmas holidays, a father seeks his runaway son, a mother deals with the loss of an infant. In these and other stories, the joy, wonder and miracle of Christmas comes shining through."
I found the stories real and compelling.