- Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Pocket Books; Reprint edition (Nov. 1 1996)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 067100042X
- ISBN-13: 978-0671000424
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.5 x 17.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 136 g
- Average Customer Review: 55 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #567,193 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Silent Night: A Christmas Suspense Story Mass Market Paperback – Nov 1 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Clark's suspenseful Christmas tale spent 13 weeks on PW's bestseller list.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
YA?It is Christmas Eve in New York City when Brian, a determined seven year old, follows the thief who took his mother's wallet, hoping to retrieve the St. Christopher's medal that he believes will save his father, who has leukemia, just as it saved his grandfather in World War II. However, the child is kidnapped by a vicious escaped convict who needs a hostage. The central characters come to life rapidly as the fast-moving story quickly builds suspense. Teens will appreciate the realistic, paradoxical description of the relationship between Brian and his older brother: caring, concerned, and name-calling at the same time. Although readers know that the ending will be a happy one, they won't expect the coincidences and the touching holiday details.?Claudia Moore, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Top Customer Reviews
I liked this book because it had a lot of mysterious things in it. It's very exciting to read books that get the reader's attention early. At first, I thought that this book was going to be boring and not fun to read. After I read a couple of pages, I wanted to stick with it. I was really excited about what was going to happen on the other pages. It's one of those books that you don't want to put down.
My favorite part of the book was when Brian was with Jimmy Siddons in the car. Brian was really scared and he didn't know what to do. He was hoping that he wouldnb't get killed by Jimmy and that he wished he was with his family right now and seeing his father in the hospital. He wanted to give the medal to his father now to make him better before Christmas...
With her husband stricken with Leukemia, Catherine Dornan is about to take her two boys, Michael and Brian, to the hospital to present him with a very special gift. While out on the streets, Catherine accidentally drops her wallet with this special gift, a St. Christopher medal, and Brian chases after the woman, Cally, who picks it up. From there, the novel really takes off as Brian is eventually kidnapped and held captive by an escaped prisoner on a race to the Canadian border in the midst of a heavy snowstorm.
In this ferociously fast-paced story, Clark manages to mesh together an outstanding cast of diverse characters, all of whom tie in to the search for Brian. The well-developed plot is constantly changing, leaving the reader in a pleasant, rapid page-turning frenzy.
Overall, this is a very well-written book that is hard to put down. Clark is an amazing storyteller, and her imagery and detailed writing make for an enjoyable read. The suspense will have you on the edge of your seat, as this is not a calm and silent night.