Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's time to start thinking about Christmas, and there's nothing quite like a tender Christmas story to get you into the holiday mood. Fortunately, I had the good fortune to receive a copy of An Angel on Main Street by Kathi Oram Peterson, which I read in one sitting.
Micah Connors is an eleven-year-old boy who has been in and out of trouble since his father died in the Korean war. His mother has taken him and his little sister, Annie, to a new town in the hopes of starting over. Micah has promised to be good, but his new friend needs help and despite all his efforts, he makes a series of mistakes which seem to have him heading back to his old ways. But the local sheriff has taken an interest not only in Micah, but in Micah's mother, much to his dismay.
Peterson did an exellent job showing Micah's frustration, his yearning to be the man in the family. He wants more than anything to make his mother proud and do something that will save his little sister's life. Yet Annie is ill and fading fast, and only a Christmas miracle can save her. Yes, an angel. Or close enough. An Angel on Main Street is one of those stories that make you want to believe.
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Peterson is also sponsoring a contest in conjunction with the release of this book from October 15th until December 15th. Anyone can enter by emailing her at Kathiorampeterson@yahoo.com about an experience you have had with someone who became an angel in your life. The winner will be announced on her blog (http://www.kathiswritingnook.com/). A gift certificate from either Seagull Book or Deseret Book will be given to the winner and the “Angel” in his/her life.
What a great idea! Write now about the angel in your life this Christmas.