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Starry, Starry Night: Three Holiday Stories [Paperback]

By Lurlene McDaniel (Author)
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Pages   272
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.91" Width: 4.2" Height: 0.8"
Weight:   0.29 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 10, 2000
Publisher   Laurel Leaf
Age  12-17
ISBN  0553571060  
EAN  9780553571066  

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Item Description...
Provides readers with a collection of three touching holiday tales dealing with loss, hope, and never ending love. By the author of Until Angels Close My Eyes. Reprint.

Publishers Description
The star that led the three wise men could be the same star wished upon by those longing for a wish to come true. In the opening novella, "Christmas Child," 15-year-old Melanie feels cheated when her baby sister, born at Christmastime, lives only a few days. But the brief life of her sister shows Melanie the lasting value of love. Brenda struggles between noble intentions and real desires when she becomes the last chance for happiness for a dying boy in "Last Dance." The final story, "Kathy's Life," describes a girl who appears to have it all. Kathy is beautiful, intelligent, and has the perfect job as a live-in caregiver for a couple's baby boy. But not everything is as perfect as it seems: Should Kathy give up the one person she loves most in the world?
"[The stories] are absorbing, the characters are well developed, and the author does not resolve the girls' dilemmas with pat solutions....Fans of McDaniel's inspirational fiction will enjoy this as will others who have not discovered her work."
--School Library Journal

Starry, Starry Night is the first hardcover book by Lurlene McDaniel, the biggest-selling author of young adult inspirational fiction.

From the Hardcover edition.
Lurlene McDaniel began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. Her books have received acclaim from teachers, parents, young people, and reviewers.
Mom, look at these.  Aren't they cute?"  Melanie Barton jiggled a pair of dinosaur-shaped baby booties under her mother's nose.  Melanie and her mother, Connie, stood in a baby superstore, surrounded by aisles of adorable merchandise.  Her mother leaned heavily against a shopping cart heaped with diapers, newborn-size clothes, crib sheets, and a mobile and eyed the bright dino booties.

"Yes, they're cute, but I think they're too big for a newborn.  Your feet weren't any bigger than this."  Connie held out her finger and thumb to indicate a couple of inches, then arched her back and rubbed the hollow.  "I need to get off my feet, Mellie.  I'd forgotten how much your back aches when you're pregnant."

"How about the paint store?  You said we could stop there before we go home.  I need more yellow to finish the nursery walls."

"You'll get it done before the baby comes, I'm sure.  Right now, I want to get home before I collapse."

"But I still have Christmas shopping to do."

"It'll keep, Mellie," her mother said patiently.  "I need to rest.  You can go to the mall anytime."

Melanie told herself to be sensitive to her pregnant mother. In only a couple more weeks, Melanie's little brother or sister would be born.  Since Christmas was also only two weeks away, it was possible that the baby could be born on Christmas Day.  Which was what Melanie was secretly hoping.

"If only I could drive," Melanie grumbled as she and her mother walked to the car, pushing the cart full of purchases.

"This time next year you'll have your license, and you can take Baby Mortimer Christmas shopping while I sit around eating candy and reading a book."

Suddenly Melanie stopped.  "You and Dad aren't really going to call him Mortimer, are you?"

Her mother laughed.  "Don't be silly.  It could be a girl. Then we'll call her Morticia."

"Mother!  Don't joke.  We can't give the baby some crazy name.  It has to be something special."

"I'm sure you have some suggestions."

"A few."

"Can you save them for later?  I just want to get home and lie down."

On the drive home, Melanie gazed at the Christmas decorations hung from lampposts, the store windows decked out with lights, glitter, and holiday displays of toys and clothes.  Santas stood on street corners, ringing bells and collecting money.  Outside, the world looked expectant, ready for the most wonderful day of the year. Inside, Melanie's heart felt full to overflowing.  What a Christmas this was going to be!

In the spring, when her mother had first told Melanie about her pregnancy, Melanie had been shocked, then embarrassed.  Weren't her parents too old?  Forty-two and forty-five seemed pretty old to be having a baby.  And she had wondered what her friends would think.  As it turned out, her friends thought she was lucky to be getting a newborn baby to cuddle and hold.  Now she couldn't wait.

Back at the house, Melanie unloaded the car.  "You go lie down," she told her mother once they were in the foyer.  "I can start dinner."

Her mother patted Melanie's cheek.  "You've been such a help to me.  I don't know what I'd do without you, honey."

"I guess it's one of the perks of having babies fifteen years apart," Melanie said with a grin.

Her mother headed upstairs.  "Let me know when your dad gets home.  Remind him that we have Lamaze class tonight."

Melanie had to hand it to her parents.  Despite their age, they were going all out to make this birth a memorable experience.  They were attending natural-childbirth classes at the local hospital where their baby would be born.  Melanie had even gone with them a couple of times.  The class was full of young couples, and although her parents looked old among them, the group had welcomed them warmly.

"We always wanted a big family," Melanie had overheard her mom tell one woman.  "But after Melanie's birth, I just couldn't seem to get pregnant again.  Imagine my shock when it happened now, after all these years!"

In the kitchen, Melanie quickly got to work making dinner.  A casserole was warming in the oven and she was starting on the salad when the phone rang.

"What's shaking?"  It was the voice of her friend Coren.

"Just slaving in the kitchen.  What's up with you?"  Melanie cradled the phone beneath her chin and broke lettuce into a salad bowl.

"Nothing," Coren said with an exaggerated sigh.  School was out for the holidays and she already sounded bored.  "Are you going to Justine's party next Saturday?"

"It depends on how my mom's doing."

"She's okay, isn't she?"

"Sure, but she says that sometimes babies arrive early, so the baby could be here by Saturday."

"But you've got to come."

"I will if I can."  Melanie didn't see why it was so urgent that she go.

"Well, try hard, all right?"

Changing the subject, Melanie said, "You should see all the cute stuff we bought for the baby today.  The clothes are so tiny. It'll be like dressing a doll."  She heard her father's key in the door.  "Got to run.  My dad's home.  I'll call you tomorrow." Melanie hung up and kissed her father's cheek as he came into the room.

"Where's your mom?"

"Upstairs, resting."

He swiped a piece of carrot from the cutting board and ruffled her hair, which irritated her.  "Smells good in here."

"Mom said to remind you about Lamaze class tonight.  Can you drop me at the mall on your way there and pick me up on your way home?"

Her father set down his briefcase.  "You know I hate you wandering the mall alone."

"Dad, there's a thousand people at the mall.  It's not like I'll get lost or anything."

"You could get mugged."

She rolled her eyes, ignoring his concern.  "I still have Christmas shopping to do, and Mom said it was all right with her."

"I'll discuss it with your mom."

"I'm not a baby, you know."

"But you're still my baby," he said with a grin.

"I can get everything done before your class is over. Promise."  Melanie made a final stab at pleading her case.

"I said we'll discuss it, Mellie.  Now I'm going upstairs."

Melanie pouted.  She'd be glad when the baby was here and her father could see what a real baby looked like.  She was tired of him always treating her as if she were still five.  It was about time he started treating her like the fifteen-year-old she was. It was part of the hazard of being an only child, she reminded herself.  Her friends always got to try new things ahead of her.  But her own parents were usually the last ones to okay anything she wanted to do.

Still sulking, Melanie carried the garbage pail onto the back porch.  The frosty air felt cold on her warm cheeks.  She looked up. The sky was dark, but in the west she could still see a hint of lavender and pink left from the setting sun.  A single star twinkled, as if trapped between the light and the darkness.  Impulsively she said, "Star light, star bright, first star I see tonight . . ."  Finishing the familiar children's rhyme, she asked, "Could I have a baby sister?  And if it's not too much trouble, do you think you could get my parents to treat me as a truly older sister and let the new baby be the baby?"

The star winked like a tiny jeweled eye, making her think that perhaps it had heard her and would grant her wishes.

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More About Lurlene McDaniel

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Lurlene McDaniel began writing inspirational novels about teenagers facing life-altering situations when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes. I saw firsthand how chronic illness affects every aspect of a person s life, she has said. I want kids to know that while people don t get to choose what life gives to them, they do get to choose how they respond.
Lurlene McDaniel s novels are hard-hitting and realistic, but also leave readers with inspiration and hope. Her books have received acclaim from readers, teachers, parents, and reviewers. Her bestselling novels include Don t Die, My Love; I ll Be Seeing You; Till Death Do Us Part; Hit and Run; and Prey.

Lurlene McDaniel currently resides in Chattanooga, in the state of Tennessee.

Lurlene McDaniel has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Angels Trilogy
  2. Dawn Rochelle Novels
  3. Lurlene McDaniel (Mass Market)

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Starry Starry night  May 23, 2006
Starry Starry Night is about a girl's mom who's pregnant. Her daughter and husband are really exited and ready for the baby to come, but when its time for her to have the baby, they find out that the baby won't live too long because only half of her brain developed. They try to donate her organs to other babies who needed it, but, once they all decided that it was right they found out they couldn't do it because once the baby had died her organs would be useless.
My favorite part of the story is when they are waiting at the hospital because all of her friends were there to support her. You should not read this book if you don't like sad endings, because the ending is sad.
This book is very interesting and you should read it.  Feb 18, 2005
I thought that this book was interesting, sad, and happy altogether. This book is around Christmas time, it has to do with babies and people dieing. It sounds like you wouldn't want to read it, but it really isn't that sad. Thats I recamend you to read this book.
what i thought...  Dec 13, 2004
i read this book, and i thought that it was good! at the sad parts in the book, i cried, because they were very heartbreaking! if u don't have this book, i recommend getting it!
P.S. read all of the other books by Lurlene McDaniel. they r very good!
This book is awesome. I sat down almost a whole day and just read this book. I love how it had three different stories in it. I loved all of them i really liked the baby one and i wish tha she would like write like what happens afterwards and so on. She is such a good author i wonder how she gets all these inspiration.
Amazing  Jun 1, 2003
In "Starry, Starry Night," Lurlene McDaniel has written three more wonderful stories that will without a doubt make you cry.

The first story "Christmas Child," is about a fifteen year old girl named Melanie, and her mother is pregnant. Melanie is extremely excited to be an older sister, and has already finished painting the nursery and buying Christmas presents for the baby. Five days before Christmas, her mom goes into labor - and Jessica is born. But there's one problem, Jessica has a terminal illness that can't be fixed...she will die within a few days. Even though Jessica is only in the family's lives for a few days, she changes each of them forever.
This story made me cry, it's a great one!

"Last Dance" is my favorite of the 3 stories. Brenda gets a phone call from a Mrs. Drake, and she's asking her to go out with her son, Doug. Doug has cancer, and his wish is to go out with Brenda, because, according to him "She's the most beautiful girl in the world." Brenda really begins to fall for Doug, but, will it all work out in the end?

"Kathy's Life" is the last story in the book, and my least favorite. Ellie has it all: the boyfriend, the popularity, and...oh yeah, the divorced parents. But when Ellie and Kathy are assigned to do an English project together, they both change, for better. Kathy is the live in nanny for a young couple's son, Christian. When Ellie and Kathy begin to talk, Ellie finds out a big secret, about why Kathy is the way she is.

All the stories in this book are good, but Ellie's (Kathy's Life) story is pretty racy at's pretty different than any other Lurlene McDaniel book in that sense.

Overall grade: A-


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