Season of Gifts – book review

A Season of Gifts
by Richard Peck
Historical Fiction
* * * * Stars (Great!)

Richard Peck is an author of several award-winning historical fiction books for kids. In A Season for Gifts, he has written another exceptional story. Set in the 1950’s, this is the story of 12-year-old Bob, his family and his experiences as the new kid in town. This novel is filled with remarkable characters, including the older teenage sister who begins sneaking out at night, the younger sister who still believes in Santa Claus, and the odd neighbor lady who sits in her garden at midnight with a shotgun, in order to catch kids up to no good. This is a story about true friendship and good neighbors, told with plenty of rollicking fun and adventure.

Grade level recommendation: 3rd-6th Lexile: 690

Review by Anne Kunzen, Youth Services Staff