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Sarah's Christmas Presence

David Karpinski (Author)

ISBN: 0-7414-3411-3 ©2006
Price: $8.95
Book Size: 5.5'' x 8.5'' , 58 pages
Category/Subject: JUVENILE FICTION / Holidays & Festivals / Christmas

From the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 and a Christmas that never was to a modern day Christmas that almost wasn’t, two young girls are brought together for one mysterious and uplifting holiday.

Sarah’s Christmas Presence is the story of two young girls, separated by nearly nine decades, who are brought together for one unforgettable Christmas. The story centers around the influenza pandemic of 1918-19 and a Christmas that never was – and a modern day Christmas that almost wasn’t. It is filled with mystery, wonder and a unique sense of giving that joins two girls, a porcelain-faced doll and a handmade teddy bear in a haunting bond that spans two lifetimes. Sarah’s Christmas Presence is a tale in the true holiday spirit.

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Customer Reviews

  Well written , 12/19/2006
Reviewer: Reviewed by Connie Anderson
Passing along this interview from: (Minnesota What a nice little story that spilled out from a father at his daughter's bedtime. The story brings together Christina and Sarah. Sarah died of the flu epidemic in 1918. Sarah and her family had lived in the house Christina and her family just moved to--and now Sarah is haunting the house. Why is she haunting this house? The author melds a present-day porcelain doll and one that Sarah coveted--but didn't receive because she died on Christmas Eve. The story is based around Christmas because Sarah died then, but it is also a story of the challenges of children moving and finding new friends--and about giving to others. The mystery of the ghost sent Chris and her new friend Kate to investigate life almost 90 years ago, and they learn about the 1918 family through a photo album, old newspapers, visiting the historical museum and talking to aging relatives. A lovely story that could be read by middle readers or by a parent over several nights--with lots of discussion areas for adult and child. Armchair Interviews says: Well-written by a good storytelling father.

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