I found this book interesting, fast and easy to read, but must confess that I had not considered the plight of many foster children and foster parents. Especially poignant during a holiday season. I found the book somewhat disjointed, since there were no real chapters, but many short segments, each introduced by a line from a Christmas carol. Sections shifted focus from one teenager (or child or adult) to another, so it requires literary flexibility. Desite the lack of a clearcut protagonist, I think it would make a good TV movie.
As the book jacket proclaims; the kids desire so much (a ski trip, expensive sneakers, nothing less than a new and permanent family, and maternal closure for a grieving older sister). Yet the adults who control these kids' lives leave so much to be desired: Liz' parents--clueless about the true meaning of Christmas--honestly love her, but only wish to impress the World, so they set poor examples of compasison and charity. Perhaps a few fathers are as close to perfect as Mr. Knight, but I feel that most congregations would respond the same way if confronted by a Christmas Eve disaster-- even that of a stranger. Let your heart go out to the needy children in the community--this book is an inspiration to churches and social agencies to bring joy to orphans, poor and foster kids with no home to call their own. The ending satisfies..