Trade Ed. Oasis Audio 2010
CD ISBN 9781598597158 $25.99 Six CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Seven-year-old Patrick's dreadful Christmas began with his mother's death, then worsened when he was left with a grandfather who bitterly calls him "The Boy." Grief-stricken over his mother, confused at his grandfather's harsh treatment, Patrick prays for his father's quick return from war. His grandfather's bitterness leads to a harsh confrontation when Patrick asks to keep a hand-carved wooden soldier he finds in the attic. Roger Mueller's richly developed characterizations contrast the gruff, unforgiving grandfather with Patrick's endearing sweetness and keep the listener engaged with this Christmas tale of forgiveness. Mueller's powerful portrayal of a season of second chances set in WWII America should not be missed. G.D.W. © AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2010]
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