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A Christmas Memory

A Christmas Memory

by Truman Capote, Truman Capote Illustrated by Beth Peck

Seven-year-old Buddy inaugurates the Christmas season by crying out to his cousin, Miss Sook Falk: "It's fruitcake weather!" Thus begins an unforgettable portrait of an odd but enduring friendship between two innocent souls.  Buddy and his eccentric elderly cousin set out on a crisp day in November to reenact their holiday ritual of baking fruitcake. From poaching pecans to counting precious pennies, Buddy and his cousin manage to turn a traditional holiday practice into a declaration of true friendship and love.

First published in 1956, this autobiographical recollection of Truman Capote's rural Alabama boyhood has become a modern-day classic.

"a tiny gem of a holiday story" — School Library Journal, starred review


8, 9, 10
Interest Level
Grades 3 - 5
Grade Level Equivalent
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading
Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Book Type
Chapter Book
Number of Pages
Historical Fiction, Realistic Fiction

About the Authors and Illustrator

Truman Capote Born Truman Streckfus Persons in New Orleans, Truman Capote was a writer, socialite, celebrated wit, and gossip. One of his childhood friends, Harper Lee, grew up to write To Kill a Mockingbird. She based the character Dill on her friend Truman.
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Beth Peck

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