Richard Peck is one of the most recognizable names in the world of young adult literature. A writer who enjoys trying all genres from horror to realistic to historical, Peck also creates poetry, adult novels, and short stories. Before becoming a full-time writer, he worked as a high school and college English teacher. Peck has been awarded the Margaret A. Edwards Lifetime Achievement Award.
"Pitch-perfect prose, laced with humor and poignancy, strong characterization and a clear development of the theme of gifts one persona can offer make this one of Peck's best novels yet--and that's saying something."
"The type of down-home humor and vibrant characterizations Peck fans have come to adore re-emerge in full as Peck resurrects Mrs. Dowdel, the irrepressible, self-sufficient grandmother featured in A YEAR DOWN YONDER and A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO."
"Full of read-aloud lines that hover between humor and heartbreak, this third installment, which begins in the dog days of summer and ends under a Christmas star, is an invitation to families everywhere to begin a tradition of giving gifts that will endure."
From the Publisher
Celebrated Newbery Medal-winning children's author Richard Peck returns along with one of his most beloved creations, the wacky and indomitable Grandma Dowdel (heroine of A YEAR DOWN YONDER and A LONG WAY FROM CHICAGO). It's 1958 and a minister's family moves in next door to Dowdel, including a scared and bullied young boy named Bob. Before she's done with them, Dowdel will have helped the entire family--children and parents alike--and the gifts she gives at Christmas time include much more than mere material presents. A heart-warming tale of a big-hearted woman, SEASON OF GIFTS looks to be another children's classic. Selected by Publishers Weekly as one of the Best Children's Books of 2009.
Relates the surprising gifts bestowed on twelve-year-old Bob Barnhart and his family, who have recently moved to a small Illinois town in 1958, by their larger-than-life neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel.