In choosing this story, I wondered if a 177 year-old story would stand the test of 2020. But re-reading it set my wonder at ease: the themes of family unity, generosity and forgiveness set in contrast to greed and self-absorption are as current as our current pandemic. While some may find Dickens a bit sentimental, A Christmas Carol is filled with moments of brilliant satire as well as clear-eyed narrative describing the more blatant hypocrisy of the Victorian British class system.
Young adult, 85 pages. A mean-spirited and greedy Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas as much as he hates people, but his heart is changed by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come.
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