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What Child is This? [Paperback]

Caroline B. Cooney
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10 Oct 1998
Sixteen-year-old Matt knows not to expect anything of life, or people or Christmas. But his foster sister, Katie, hasn't yet learnt not to hope. When all the foster kids make their Christmas wishes, Katie asks for a family. Matt reckons no-one gets a family for Christmas - do they?

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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Macmillan Children's Books; 1st Macmillan Childrens Book Edition edition (10 Oct 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330370537
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330370530
  • Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 11 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,510,785 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A heart-tugging story with an upbeat ending...Cooney allows the characters to speak for themselves, eventually weaving their lives together into a fitting climax. A moving, fast paced novel, sure to appeal to Cooney's fans.""--School Library Journal"

About the Author

Caroline B. Cooney is the author of "Goddess of Yesterday" (an ALA Notable Children's Book); "The Ransom of Mercy Carter"; and "The Face on the Milk Carton" (an IRA-CBC Children's Choice). She lives in Westbrook, CT.

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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BOOK 28 Feb 2001
This was the very first book that I have read of Coonie's. It was great! Its about 2 teenagers and a little girl who. The chapters switch back and forth between them. Don't pay any attention to what I just wrote acctually. I don't know how to explain this book. So I guess you'll just have to read it. If I hadn't read this book I would never have discovered any of Cooneys other books, which I have read all of them now. I would also recomend the book Face On the Milk Carton along with emergency room, both by coony. this a very emotional and exploains the life of a little foster child girl and what her wish is for christmas. But is it a wish that can come true, read and find out I highly recomend this book! READ ON!
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Child is This? - beautiful 17 Aug 2004
An amazing book. It made me cry. It is worth reading and re-reading and passing down to your great-grandchildren. It is a modern fairytale based on a fostering that works well. Magical.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What person will not love this? 14 Dec 2000
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Orphans have no hope most of the year, but Christmas is a time for all the hope you can muster. So as a gesture of kindness Matt offers to hang a special bell on a special tree for Katie. Matt and Katie are orphans at the same foster home, Matt has no hope anymore but all Katie wants is a family. It is a Christmas Eve that no one will ever forget, not Tack, Liz, Allison, Katie, or even hopeless Matt. It's the time when one insignificant orphan's wish comes true. This is a heart warming book that will teach you the real meaning of Christmas. Everyone in this book will grow just a little above their normal selves. I think that every one should read this book during Christmas. We all stray from the path of giving, but this will remind us that all is takes is a little giving to make a child smile.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This book can only be described by fate. 17 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This book shows how the meaning of Christmas can be lost. In this book two sixteen year olds only want one thing for Christmas. They want Katie, age 8, to get a family for Christmas. This book is so enteresting because you have to wait until the every end of the book to find the outcome. It does not have just one good part. This book has several good parts. It defines love, loss, and hope.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celebrate the spirit of the holiday 29 Dec 1998
By Jim Barber (wjbarber@southernco.com - Published on Amazon.com
In the hurry-up holiday that Christmas has become, What Child Is This puts the spirit back into the season of peace, hope and love. All that and more is in this gem of a story that leaves you hungry to experience the true meaning of Christmas. I'm partial to Christmas stories in general, but this book shines like a child's eyes on Christmas morning.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What Child is This? 29 Sep 2000
By Debbie J. Todd - Published on Amazon.com
I admit that I'm one of those people who love Christmas. I decorate, bake, sing carols, shop and usually drive my family crazy trying to get them into the Christmas spirit. As a high school English teacher and librarian, I'm always looking for good books. One day in the supermarket I happened to see and then buy What Child Is This. It touched my heart in a way that few books ever have. I bought a copy for my best friend and gave it to her for Christmas. Last year I ordered 5 more for my sisters-in-law. This year I intend to order more to give to coworkers and other friends. The message is simple, we're all in this life together and we need to care for and take care of each other. Katie's out there alone and is like so many people in this world who need and desperately want a family.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars WHOSE Child is this? 28 Dec 1999
By Plume45 - Published on Amazon.com
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..
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