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A Season of Gifts

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

Meet a crabby 90-year-old heroine kids will love.

Book Richard Peck Humor 2009
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Richard Peck has had one of the longest and most successful careers in children's literature and, reading this, it's easy to see why. He just gets better and better. A SEASON OF GIFTS shows clearly that there's really no one else with Peck's remarkable combination of gifts. He has the gift of Twain, a humorist whose comedy is both intelligent and moving. He has the gift of Kipling, a craftsman of razor-sharp prose in which every word is carefully chosen for maximum effect. And he has the gift of Rowling, a constructor of intricate and tightly woven plots.

Peck employs his remarkable gifts in the service of a character unique in children's books, a field in which children are almost always the heroes. Here the main character, moving force, and heroine is a crabby 90-year-old, tough as a goat, with nothing warm or fuzzy in her demeanor at all. In Peck's world, adults are still in charge and wiser than children, and children grow through their relationships with intelligent and caring grown-ups. Imagine that! This is a treasure and a delight.

Book Details

  • Author: Richard Peck
  • Illustrator: Brandon Dorman
  • Genre: Humor
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Dial Books
  • Publication date: September 1, 2009
  • Publisher's recommended age(s): 10 - 14
  • Number of pages: 164
  • Last updated: July 12, 2017

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