by Kelly Hoose Johnson
Hardcover, 80 pages
Expected publication date, October 9, 2012
by Sweetwater Books
Book source: Netgalley
Book summary from Barnes and Noble: After his father's death, sixteen-year-old Jason wants to make the holidays extra special for his mom. With the help of a mysterious stranger, who offers him a glimpse of his family's past, Jason creates a Christmas his mom will never forget. Filled with the wonder and excitement of the season, this book is sure to put you in the Christmas spirit!
Cathy's review: It's almost Christmas and Jason knows just what he wants to get his mom for Christmas. He wants to get someone to fix the broken stained glass window in her bedroom, he also wants her to just be happy again. She's been so sad since his dad died a few years earlier and he knows that it will brighten her spirits to have it fixed. But he's going to have to be sneaky about it. He and his twin brother, Carter, know the plan. Trick Mom into thinking Jason's staying after school so that he can go meet with the window builder. But when Jason meets the mysterious window builder he has no idea the ways in which his family will be fixed, all through trying to fix a stained glass window.
This was a cute, sweet story. It was short and easy to read quickly. I loved the Christmasy feel to the story, and I think that the cover is just beautiful. The only thing that I could wish for was being able to "know" the characters a little better, that's hard to do in just 80 pages. I would love more of the story about this family!
About the author: Kelly Hoose Johnson grew up in Flat West Texas. Influenced by a fierce sun and even fiercer storms, she played hard with her brothers and watched the night stars for hours at a time with the family dog, Panama Jack. Her brilliant parents and dedicated teachers encouraged her to try everything, supporting creativity in all forms. Many years later, she continues to dabble in variety and to thrive on new challenges, professionally and personally. Always seeking inspiration for writing, the idea for The Window Builder came to Kelly in a vivid dream. She lives in the Rocky Mountains with her young family and two dogs. She still loves sun, storms, and stars.
Find out more about author Kelly Hoose Johnson: Goodreads