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Santa Claus and Little Sister
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 5, 2012
This book was excellent. I read it through in 2 sittings and I plan to re-read it very soon. It is a heartwrenching story, that made me happy, sad, mad and just wanting to help the "victims" of abuse. I do so admire the young teacher who came from the East Coast to "the unknown" L.A. (unknown to him at that time) and
served well in the Girls Home for the Troubled Teens. I would highly recommend this book to any adult, but especially to those who are teachers or who work with
children in any way.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 1, 2014
An inspirational novel centering on the journey of a young teacher at New Beginnings—a special shelter for the abandoned and mentally and physically abused children. It is a sensitive interpretation of teenager’s struggle with suicidal thoughts and attempts; and of the painful truths and risky decisions that the passionate teacher has to deal with along the journey.

The author, Dr. Brian G. Snow has really nailed it! His accounts and details of the story will really bring the readers closer to the pain, passion, and emotional attachment that the author has for these troubled and delicate children. Truly, a very excellent tool to let people know better about such troubling issues.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 30, 2014
This book was wrought out of the truly painful experiences known to anyone who works with children, especially those who have been abused -either by their family or by the system that is charged with protecting them. In Brian Snow's book, "Santa Claus and Little Sister," the reader is transported into the dark world of adolescent pain. You feel a deep sense of sympathy, both for the girls in this story who find their lives in turmoil and for the young Boston-born teacher who is trying to make a difference in their lives. This is a difficult topic to address, and Dr. Snow has done it well, with compassion and honesty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on June 28, 2014
I have to say this is one of the most touching stories I have ever read. It tugged at my emotions like a book has never done before.

I really felt for everyone in the story and I developed a deep respect for the people in it also. I never knew how cruel the lives of some can be. This book humbled me and I appreciate it for that.

I think this book could teach everyone a valuable lesson and I recommend it to all.

You need to read this book, it will change you for the better!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 6, 2013
When I started to read this book, I couldn't put it down---finished it in 2 sittings.
there was a lot going on----it was captivating, exciting and inspirational----can't wait to see the movie! Good job Brian Snow. Will there be a second book?

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on July 5, 2014
Wow. This is a powerful, touching book -- filled with great anecdotes, humor, and the drama of the lives of girls who many people have sadly forgotten. It's an often sad, tough story (no spoilers!) that ends on such a heart-felt, positive message that everyone should really read this. Forget TV or Netflix dramas, these are glimpses of real lives that will COMPLETELY tug at your heart. The author has a great sense of detail in his story-telling, and he's so candid that it's a page-turner. Reading about Chata, Elizabeth, Lupe, Dr. Snow, Maria, and others -- you'll get pulled in too! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Very moving work. This book is one of those that leaves a lasting impression. Reflective life questions. Dealing in a world I have never been remotely close to, I felt involved due to the authors writing style.

Covering a lot of serious issues like suicide, drug use and abuse on a number of levels. A very gripping and emotional investment.

I highly recommend this book. This is worth reading, no doubt.
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