A Season of Gifts

by Richard Peck Year Published: 2009 Christmas, family
"It is now 1958, and a new family has moved in next door to Mrs. Dowdel- a family in desperate need of her help (whether they realize it or not).  There's twelve year old Bob, shy on courage in a town full of bullies; his Elvis-obsessed older sister Phyllis, who just might be on the verge of spinning out of control; Bob's little sister, Ruth Ann, ready and waiting for a larger than life role model; and even Bob's two parents, the young minister and wife, who are amazed to discover that the last house in town might also be the most vital.  As Christmas rolls around, the whole family will realize that they've found a true home, and a neighbor with remarkable gifts to share."