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A Season of Gifts by Richard Peck
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Jan 09, 10

Read in December, 2009

Bob Barnhart and his family have just moved to a small town to pastor a church which is practically in ruins. Bob and his two sisters hate that they moved in the summer when they can't meet other kids until the fall. Soon Bob meets the town bullies, who almost drown him in the creek, steal his clothes and then tie him up with fishing line in his next door neighbor's out house. She finds him there and cuts him down, gives him some clothes and sends him on his way home without telling a soul. She is a huge, old lady who watches over her garden in the night with a shot gun on her knees. This is a start to a relationship that develops throughout the book. By the end, Bob realizes that she has played a large part in his life - with a variety of gifts, but not just the Christmas type.

This is a sequel to A Year Down Yonder and A Long Way from Chicago. It is a sweet historical fiction book that tells a lot about life in the late 50's.
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