• Title: A Stubborn Sweetness and Other Stories for the Christmas Season
  • Released: 2013-08-16
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 147
  • ASIN: B00ENI1FBI
About the Author

Katherine Paterson is the author of more than 30 books, including 16 novels for children and young adults such as Bridge to Terabithia, Jacob Have I Loved, The Master Puppeteer, and The Great Gilly Hopkins. She has twice won the National Book Award and twice the Newbury Medal. In 2000, she was named a Living Legend by the Library of Congress. She is currently a vice-president of the National Children's Book and Literacy Alliance.



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"[The song of Christmas] is not louder. It is swallowed up quickly in the cry of anger or the clack of greed. No, the song is not louder, but it persists. It comes, as it had come to me beside my [dying] father's bed, a melody of the most stubborn sweetness, for which we are never prepared. And we turn away from it again and again and again.'But oh, my child,' I said to the empty night, 'even though the song is not louder, it is stronger. And someday it will find you—out there alone in the darkness.'"
—from "A Stubborn Sweetness"

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