Friday, November 26, 2010

Book Review: The Christmas Gift by R. William Bennett

Scott is the new kid in town. Ben is the elementary school bully. After Scott stands up to Ben on his first day of school, he becomes Ben's latest target for ridicule and embarrassment. The other kids commiserate with Scott, telling him all sorts of stories about Ben and the things he's supposedly done to other kids and even teachers. But when Scott finally stands up for himself, the guilt he feels forces him to offer an apology that ends up having a profound effect on both boys.

The Christmas Gift by R. William Bennett is a wonderful tale of forgiveness and understanding. Although the actual Christmas gift is an important aspect of this story, this novel is a must-read at any time of year. I would highly recommend it not only to adults looking for an inspirational story, but also to kids who have dealt with the difficulties of misunderstandings and bullying in school. I'd say it would be appropriate for ages 10 and up as it does involve a child's death. It is a very quick read ~ I read it in one sitting within about an hour. It's short, but offers a wonderful message.

My Rating: 4/5

For more information about the story, or to puchase The Christmas Gift, visit the author's website.

Read my review of Jacob T. Marley by R. William Bennett

This review was written based on a copy of The Christmas Gift that I received from Jane Wesman Public Relations, Inc. in exchange for an honest review.

2 comments:

  1. This sounds good Julie - I really missed out on picking any good Christmas reads this year.... life is just too busy!

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  2. I need to get this book. My librarian was just asking me for a book about bullying and I am in search of one that will work for middle school. Thanks for the review.

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