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Silent Star

Silent Star

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by Tracie Peterson
     
 

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In the 1940s, the small Pennsylvania town of Haven is rather subdued with their young men facing battles in far-away Europe. Young Andy Gilbert, burdened with his job of delivering telegrams bringing the news of those missing or killed in action, faces the coming holidays with dread and discouragement. With each new message he must deliver- met by screaming mothers,

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In the 1940s, the small Pennsylvania town of Haven is rather subdued with their young men facing battles in far-away Europe. Young Andy Gilbert, burdened with his job of delivering telegrams bringing the news of those missing or killed in action, faces the coming holidays with dread and discouragement. With each new message he must deliver- met by screaming mothers, grief-stricken wives, and weeping families--he longs to join the ranks of the numbered dead. Only one elderly woman recognizes the pain and suffering tormenting Andy--and it is through her wisdom that the stars again can shine for Andy and for a town that desperately needs the hope those stars represent. A touching novella book from a bestselling novelist.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
In a small Pennsylvania town during World War I, orphan Andy Gilbert works as a telegraph delivery boy. He is lonely and dislikes his job because he must deliver news of community members who have died. Members of the town avoid him because they feel he is a bad omen. His sorrow seems inescapable until he meets Estella Nelson, a widower and devout Christian. Despite Andy's initial uneasiness the two forge a great friendship. The end is uplifting and emotional. Through her moving words, Estella shows the church community how they have ostracized the innocent boy, and on Christmas night they go to his house to apologize. Tracie Peterson is a religious writer and this book is heavily Christian. It deals with the characters' grief and their salvation through God more than it does with historical facts. If you are looking for information about the First World War then I recommend seeking it elsewhere. 2003, Bethany House, Ages 13 to 15.
—Mara Siegler
Library Journal
Scarred by a tragic accident, Andy Gilbert has never felt more alone in the world, especially with the holidays approaching. His job as a telegram carrier unfortunately involves delivering bad news, specifically notification of the death of a loved one on the battlefields of World War II. No one wants to see him coming their way, and the isolation has all but destroyed Andy's spirit. But a chance encounter with an older widow, Estella Nelson, brings hope as she recognizes Andy's pain and reaches out in a way that will change their lives as well as affect their small Pennsylvania town. Reminiscent of It's a Wonderful Life, Peterson's sweet novella is a perfect holiday treat with crossover appeal. Recommended for most libraries. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781441270733
Publisher:
Baker Publishing Group
Publication date:
09/01/2003
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
127,405
File size:
914 KB

Meet the Author

Tracie Peterson has written more than fifty historical and contemporary novels, including the YUKON QUEST and the SHANNON SAGA series. Her books make regular appearances on CBA bestseller lists. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects including inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana.
Tracie Peterson is the bestselling, award-winning author of more than 100 novels. Tracie also teaches writing workshops at a variety of conferences on subjects such as inspirational romance and historical research. She and her family live in Montana. Learn more at www.traciepeterson.com.

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