It is Christmas Eve in New York City when Brian, a determined seven year old, follows the thief who took his mother's wallet, hoping to retrieve the St. Christopher's medal that he believes will save his father, who has leukemia, just as it saved his grandfather in World War II. However, the child is kidnapped by a vicious escaped convict who needs a hostage. The central characters come to life rapidly as the fast-moving story quickly builds suspense. Teens will appreciate the realistic, paradoxical description of the relationship between Brian and his older brother: caring, concerned, and name-calling at the same time. Although readers know that the ending will be a happy one, they won't expect the coincidences and the touching holiday details.?
While in New York for a lifesaving operation for her husband, Catherine Dornan takes their young sons to see the Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Stopping to listen to a street musician, seven-year-old Brian sees a woman take his mother's wallet. The wallet holds his grandmother's St. Christopher medal--the medal that saved her husband's life in WWII and which Brian believes will save his father's life now. Unable to get his mother's attention, young Brian follows the thief into the city's subways--beginning a journey that will threaten his own life and forever change the lives of his mother and the thief.
Length: 154 pages
Height: 7.8 in.
Width: 6.3 in.
Thickness: 1.0 in.
Weight: 10.4 oz.
When her husband was diagnosed with leukemia, Catherine Dornan and their two young sons accompanied him to New York, during the Christmas season, for a life-saving operation. Hoping to divert the boys from worry about their father, and to temper herown near despair, on Christmas Eve Catherine takes the boys to see Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree. When they stop to listen to a street musician, Brian, the younger boy, sees a woman take his mother's wallet, which holds a precious memento his grandmother has just given them, a St. Christopher medal that saved her husband's life in World War II, and which she and Brian believe will save his father's life now. Unable to get his mother's attention, Brian impulsively follows the woman who has taken the wallet into the city's subways, therby beginning a journey that will threaten his life and change that of his mother and of the theif, as well. Written with warmth, yet set against a background of menacing and thrilling suspense, Silent Night is about courage in the face of adversity, and faith renewed and faith rewarded.
Catherine Dornan is in Manhattan with her two sons because her husband, Tom, an Omaha pediatrician, is hospitalized there for leukemia and has just had his spleen removed. When a troubled stranger, Cally Hunter, makes off with Catherine's wallet, seven-year-old Brian Dornan doggedly pursues her because the wallet contains a St. Christopher medal that saved the life of his grandfather in WWII, by deflecting a bullet. Brian believes that the medal will save his dad's life, too, as his grandmother has predicted, and he is determined to get it back. Enter Jimmy Siddons, Cally's brother, a cop killer escaped from Riker's Island prison, who abducts Brian, holding him hostage at gunpoint as he heads for Canada in a stolen car.
-I read this the morning after Christmas. It was an enjoyable quick read. I am usually not a fan of Mary Higgens Clark but this one kept my attention. It's the story of a family who is in NY for Christmas. The father has leukemia and is having an operation to remove his spleen. The mother and two boys, Brian and Michael, are spending some time looking at the Christmas decorations in the city. Taking a break from the tention, they are watching a fiddler play Christmas carols. When the younger boy, Brian sees a young girl pick up his mom's wallet that has fallen out of her purse, he follows the girl because the wallet contains a special metal he wants to give to his father for Christmas. He doesn't realize he is beginning a dangerous journey that will eventually take him hundreds of miles away from safety with an escaped convict. If you are looking for a quick, suspensful, heartwarming story, this is a good one to try!
When her husband was diagnosed with Leukemia, Catherine and their two young sons accompained him to New York, during the Christmas season, for a life saving operation. Hoping to divert the boys from worry about their father, and to temper her own near dispair, on Christmas Eve Catherine takes the boys to see Rockefeller Center's famous Christams tree. When they stop to listen to a street musician, Brian, the youngest, sees a women take his mother's wallet, he then follows the women thereby taking a journey that will threaten his life...........
This book was a page turner. It was fast paced and action packed. There is a diversity of characters which is nice. I like that the story is told in different points of view. This is a quick read that is pretty good.
I've never read a book by Mary Higgins Clark before, so I decided to try this one since it had a Christmas theme and I wanted a holiday book. It was a fast and easy read and although it was based at Christmas time, the actual storyline didn't have much to do with Christmas itself. Overall though, it was a decent read, it kept me interested and I liked the somewhat predictable ending.
When Catherine Dorman's husband, Tom, is diagnosed with leukemia, she and their two young sons travel with him to New York during the holiday season for a lifesaving operation. On Christmas Eve, hoping to lift the boys' spirits, Catherine takes them to see Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree, where seven-year-old Brian notices a woman taking his mother's wallet. A St. Christopher medal tucked inside the wallet saved his grandfather's life in WW II, and Brian believes with all his heart that it will protect his father now. Impulsively, Brian follows the thief into the subway, and the most dangerous adventure of his young life begins...
In New York for treatment of his father's leukemia, seven-year-old Brian Dornan sees his mother's wallet being lifted. Desperate to retrieve the St. Christopher medal tuked inside--which he believes to be protecting his father--Brian follows the thief into the subway, and into the most dangerous adventure of his young life.
When Catherine Dornan's husband Tom, is diagnosed with leukemia, she and their two young sons travel with him to New York during the holiday season for a lifesaving operation. On Christmas Eve, hoping to life the boys' spirits, Catherine takes them to see Rockefeller Center's famous Christmas tree, where seven-year-old Brian notices a woman taking his mother's wallet. A St. Christopher medal tucked inside the wallet saved his grandfather's life in WW II, and Brian believes with all his heart that it will protect his father now. Impulsively, Brian follows the fhief into the subway, and the most dangerous adventure of his young life begins.
Easy Read. Brain mom thought see place her wallet in her purse. Brain saw a Lady (Cally) pick it up. He followed her to her apt. Cally brother Jimmy a cop killer broke out of prison and showed up to his sister Cally apt. He needed money to run. Brain really want to st Christopher medal to help his dad to heal. Jimmy kidnapped Brain. The searched begin. Jimmy went back to prison and Brain safely return home.