A Midnight Clear: Stories for the Christmas Season

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Lodestar Books, 1995 - Fiction - 212 pages
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The true meaning of Christmas can be found in this lovely gift book of twelve modern-day stories inspired by the hope and peace of the season. Over the years, the author wrote these stories for her husband, a reverend, who read them to his congregation every Christmas Eve. The stories encompass a variety of themes--from a tale of a child coping with disappointment, to a proud, lonely widow befriended by a well-meaning boy, to a couple awaiting the birth of their baby. Each story possesses a warmth and spirituality which could only come from Katherine Paterson.

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A MIDNIGHT CLEAR: Twelve Family Stories for the Christmas Season

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Paterson (Flip-Flop Girl, 1994, etc.) wrote these stories over the years for her husband, a pastor, to read to his congregation each Christmas Eve. The collection is somewhat uneven, with protagonists ... Read full review


A Midnight Clear 1
Watchman Tell Us of the Night
No Room in the Inn
Poor Little Innocent Lamb
In the Desert a Highway
Star Lady
Amazing Grace
Exultate Jubilate
The Handmaid of the Lord
My Name Is Joseph

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About the author (1995)

Katherine Paterson was born in Qing Jiang, Jiangsu, China in 1932. She attended King College in Bristol, Tennessee and then graduate school in Virginia where she studied Bible and Christian education. Before going to graduate school, she was a teacher for one year and after graduate school, she moved to Japan to be a missionary. Her first book, Sign of the Chrysanthemum was published in 1991. Other titles to follow included The Bridge to Terabithia and Jacod Have I Loved which both won her a Newbery Award, The Great Gilly Hopkins, Lyddie and The Master Puppeteer. In addition to the Newbery Award, she is the recipient of numerous others including the Scott O'Dell Award, the National Book Award for Children's Literature, the American Book Award, the American Library Association's Best Books for Young Adults Award and the New York Times Outstanding Books of the Year Award. She was also honored with the Hans Christian Anderson Award.

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