Christmas Spirit: Two Stories

Robert Westall, Author, John Lawrence, Illustrator Farrar Straus Giroux $15 (0p) ISBN 978-0-374-31260-2
Vicarages, silver sixpences, ``the banked sleekness of chestnuts'' and good-hearted ghosts are among the trimmings that give these posthumously collected stories their old-fashioned charm. In ``The Christmas Ghost,'' a boy delivering a dinner pail to his factory foreman father sees an apparition; his father scoffs, but the boy's willingness to believe his own vision averts a full-scale catastrophe. ``The Christmas Cat,'' set, like the other story, in England between the wars, an upper-class 11-year-old spends Christmas with her bachelor uncle, and his small-minded, mean-spirited housekeeper. The Carnegie Medal-winning author can be trusted not to overdo the sentiment and, like a good gingerbread, both tales have sweetness, spice and bite. Ages 8-up. (Oct.)
Reviewed on: 10/03/1994
Release date: 10/01/1994
Genre: Children's
Paperback - 144 pages - 978-1-84647-037-0
Paperback - 978-0-374-41125-1
Prebound-Sewn - 149 pages - 978-0-606-10158-5
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