A Real Christmas This Year

A Real Christmas This Year

by Karen Lynn Williams
     
 

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Twelve-year-old Megan loves her little brother, but she wishes for the kind of social life and family she could have if he weren't multiply handicapped. "With a matter-of-fact simplicity, the author shows the physical demands, family tensions, ambivalent feelings, and devoted love involved in caring for a special needs child. Young readers will be pulling for Megan… See more details below

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Twelve-year-old Megan loves her little brother, but she wishes for the kind of social life and family she could have if he weren't multiply handicapped. "With a matter-of-fact simplicity, the author shows the physical demands, family tensions, ambivalent feelings, and devoted love involved in caring for a special needs child. Young readers will be pulling for Megan to succeed." -- Booklist

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Leone McDermott
More than anything, Megan wants a "real" Christmas, the kind that ordinary families have, with presents, carols, and good times together. But Megan's family isn't ordinary. Her little brother, Kevin, suffers from multiple physical and emotional disabilities that disrupt the household peace, exhaust her mother, and drain the family finances. And since Kevin broke his eyeglasses and hearing aid, things have gotten worse. But family isn't her only concern. She's still trying to fit in at her new junior high school, cope with her best friend, and sort out her feelings for a cute boy. Eventually, Megan gets the Christmas she wants, as well as some things she didn't know she needed. Along the way, she learns that she can't make things right for everyone all the time and that events sometimes turn out better than she could have planned. The scenes of Megan's home life are affecting and uncontrived. With a matter-of-fact simplicity, the author shows the physical demands, family tensions, ambivalent feelings, and devoted love involved in caring for a special-needs child. Regardless of their own situations, young readers will be pulling for Megan to succeed.

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ISBN-13:
9780395701157
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
11/28/1995
Pages:
144

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