Multi-volume author, Sara Allen Stewart, introduces us to her beautiful and heart-touching story Letters to Santa:
Christmas is a time of happiness and celebrations for many people, but that's not the case for 9-year old Kendall Knight. After losing his father in a car accident, at the age of seven, and struggling to adapt to his mother's new boyfriend, he is left feeling hopeless and lost. Can his best friends, James, Carlos, and Logan, help him believe in the magic of Christmas again before it's too late? Or will it take a higher power?
This story really surprised me! The writing provoked such a depth of emotion in me that the last several chapters were hard to read, because I had so many tears flowing from my eyes. I went through several tissues.
No spoilers from me. But I will say the writing is brilliant, Sara captured the essence of family dynamics from so many angles perfectly, positive and negative; as well as the different points of view, kids and adults. She avoided a lot of wordiness; the writing is succinct and to the point.
There is an amazing amount of dialogue and possibly, the dialogue may well have crowded out some scene setting, but I loved what there was, and action was just enough. Sara did a marvelous job of keeping the story paced and focused on the interactions. I think it would have been easy for her to add a lot more material to make a bigger book, I am grateful she resisted that potential urge. The length of this book is very satisfying.
Letters to Santa gets a score of 4.9 stars. I wish I could award 5 stars, but I found a handful of spelling errors. Those errors have been corrected, the author informs me, so your reading will be all the smoother.
This is Houdini. Sara was in a fire a few months ago and is still recovering. He is standing in for Sara photographically.
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Note: there is no sex described, some violence is described and intense emotional issues. This is not kid-lit.
Tags: family dynamics, relationships, widow, single parent, extended family, fiction, contemporary fiction
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