Silent Star [NOOK Book]

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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...
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Silent Star

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Overview

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.
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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.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781441270733
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
  • Publication date: 9/1/2003
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 157,376
  • File size: 893 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 award-winning author of over one hundred novels, both historical and contemporary. Her avid research resonates in her stories, as seen in her bestselling Heirs of Montana and Alaskan Quest series. Tracie and her family make their home in Montana. Visit Tracie's website at www.traciepeterson.com.
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  • Posted December 25, 2009

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    Wonderful

    This book was sad and moving, but also had friendship and a powerful plot. You feel for the main character and all he's going through, you're rooting for him and his new friends, hoping somehow it all works out. He's conflicted and in pain. So is the town and you feel for them at the same time as you're frustrated with their actions. The main character reaches a revelation on his own and I was glad for him, but then the towns turn around made it even better. Very sweet ending as well. Wonderful read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 21, 2013

    Silentstar's Bio

    Name- Silentstar, Silentdeath, Silentpaw, Silentkit <p> Age- 56 moons old <p> Apprentice- Hollowpaw <p> Former apprentices- Bloodpaw, Deathpaw, Rumblepaw, Heatpaw, Lionpaw <p> Appearance- Huge, Intimidating Tom with White fur and Long Blood-stained claws <p> Personality- Experienced, Kind at times, Usually keeps to himself <p> Mate- No <p> Crush- I am the one who breaks many hearts <p> Kits- None <p> History- Born in No Mercy, than transferred to The Killing, than Kaos Klan, than finnally Bloodclan <p> Siblings- Virus, Bluefire (dead) <p> Mother- Blade <p> Father- Toxin <p> Dislikes- Kittypets, Weak opponents, Godmodders, Complainers, Unrealistic Drama <p> Likes- Not much, Great fighters, Good trainers and Rabbits. <p> Others- He will become silent at random times, hence his name, which either menas he is thinking or daydreaming. <p> Position- Oldest Leader <p> Theme Song- Counting Stars, By OneRepublic <p> Note- I am very realistic in battles, so watch out or be fresh-kill on the Bloodclan pile.

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    Heartwarming historical...

    I see the story in a different way than the children's reviewer. Sometimes I think it's a disadvantage to read previous reviews and at other times an advantage. I believe the author's intention was to show the life of someone who has lost everything (his entire family)and how he dealt with it more than the time period within which the story occurred. Because of his job delivering telegrams, Andy lost even the love most people receive as part of everyday life, and more importantly, the human contact people need to feel loved. He was ostracized, which made him bitter toward God, who he believed took his family and left him with nothing but a depressing way of life. Some days he didn't care if he lived anymore. Then in walks the older lady who treats him like a normal person with the need for care and concern, and things start to turn around for him in his heart. I thought it was a beautiful illustration of how the love of one person can change the future of another by instilling hope into the person's life. In regards to how the story was written, I found it a bit blah with two much backstory up front in the very beginning (about his parents) but once the older woman entered the scene it picked up from there and even got my eyes watering at one point (which rarely happens when I read.) It was definitely worth my while, though I probably won't read it again.

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