Mo Alan's attitude toward Christmas is closer to Ebenezer Scrooge than Old St. Nick. But when Dr. Chris Ringle asks Mo to volunteer on the children's hospital cancer ward, he reluctantly agrees. There he meets a scarred young patient who hides her face behind a paper bag. Will the new friends experience a Christmas miracle?
In this affable yuletide yarn, brothers Aaron and Molar are understandably preoccupied with the material side of Christmas, until they meet Dr. Ringle, a shopping mall Santa who is also a doctor at a local children's cancer ward. Dr. Ringle encourages them to volunteer at the ward from Thanksgiving to Christmas, and especially encourages their friendship with two children: recalcitrant and angry Katrina, whose postsurgical scarring leaves her afraid to be seen without a paper bag on her head, and effusively optimistic Madhu, who does not understand the story of Christmas. The story is unexpectedly heartwarming, and Milne mostly avoids sap while delivering his warm fuzzies and dashes of Christmas hope and magic. (Oct.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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