A fifth grade girl with a tough new teacher and problems at home expects a terrible Christmas, only to have it turn out to be one of the best
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Fifth-grader Meg Stafford is having a rough time getting through this Christmas season. Her favorite teacher is on maternity leave, and has been replaced by the austere Miss McConnell. Her father is ill and seems to lack the will to get better, and her mother is working two jobs. The Stafford Christmas traditions are in danger, too, as there is no extra money for a blue spruce tree, fancy dinners, or for presents. In the end, the characters understand each other a bit better, and it seems as though things will work out for Meg's family. McKenna has a good ear and eye for sketching fifth graders in a Catholic school. The serious themes of the value of nonmaterial presents and of the difficulties in a family with an out-of-work father and a working mother are well balanced with Meg's pal Raymond's antics and are lightened by her cheerful little sister.
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Book Description Scholastic Trade, 1990. Library Binding. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P11059043554X