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The Bells of Christmas

The Bells of Christmas

by Virginia Hamilton Illustrated by Lambert Davis

Twelve-year-old Jason Bell waits impatiently for Christmas 1890. In this ALA Notable book set against the carefully researched background life of a middle-class black family in Ohio a century ago, "Hamilton's story moves along at an elegant pace, giving readers time to savor the holiday preparations." — School Library Journal

11, 12, 13
Interest Level
Grades 6 - 8
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Harcourt Paperbacks
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
Historical Fiction

About the Author and Illustrator

Virginia Hamilton Virginia Hamilton received the 1992 Hans Christian Andersen Medal, the most prestigious international award in children's literature. She also won the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Awards, two Coretta Scott King Awards, an Edgar Allan Poe Award, and was the first children's author to receive a MacArthur Foundation "a genius" grant in 1995.
Lambert Davis

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