Christmas Spirit by Robert Westall
Two Stories

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A pair of Christmas stories involves unexpected holiday visitors--a young boy receives a warning of impending disaster from the ""Christmas Ghost,"" and a girl's unhappy holiday visit is redeemed by a pregnant cat in ""The Christmas Cat.""

About Robert Westall

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Author Robert Westall was born in Tynemouth, England on October 7, 1929. He grew up during World War II and his childhood experiences inspired much of his work. He studied Fine Art at Durham University and Sculpture at the Slade School of Art in London. Before becoming a full-time author in 1985, he worked as an art teacher. His first novel, The Machine Gunners, was published in 1975 and won the Carnegie Medal. Some of his other awards include The Carnegie Medal in 1982 for The Scarecrows, the Smarties Prize in 1989 for Blitzcat, and the Guardian Award in 1991 for The Kingdom by the Sea. He died on April 15, 1993. Lawrence is director of the Lamar Dodd Art Center.
Published October 1, 1994 by Farrar Straus & Giroux (J).
Genres: Science Fiction & Fantasy, Children's Books. Fiction

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(The ghost--the plant's late owner, a good- hearted Jewish industrialist--happens to look just like Santa Claus, an intended irony on Westall's part.) The second story, ``The Christmas Cat,'' is narrated by a spunky girl spending a dreary Christmas vacation with her bachelor uncle, an Anglican vi...

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Vicarages, silver sixpences, ``the banked sleekness of chestnuts'' and good-hearted ghosts are among the trimmings that give these posthumously collected stories their old-fashioned charm.

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