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Miracle on 49th Street

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Miracle on 49th Street

Twelve-year-old Molly Parker's life hasn't been the same ever since she moved from London to Boston with her vibrant mother Jennifer, who had sought medical treatment when she was diagnosed with cancer. Now an orphan, Molly has been living with her mother's former college roommate, Barbara Evans, and her family on 1A Joy Street (or, as Molly refers to it, 1A Joyless Street).

Molly finds school interesting and enjoys hanging out with her loyal friend Sam Bloom, a funny, super-smart boy who doesn't take himself too seriously but doesn't give himself enough credit where credit is due. She is grateful for the support and her mother's letters, but continues to feel a void in her life ever since her mother passed away.

Then Molly decides to seek out her mother's old college boyfriend, Josh Cameron, now known as the good-guy Boston Celtic MVP. She wants to let him know the sad news, as well as the secret she has kept ever since her mother revealed the truth --- that Josh Cameron is Molly's biological father. Molly is well aware that this could be a risky move but is determined to go through with her plan.

When Molly sneaks into the parking lot after a practice session, she is able to meet the basketball superstar. Josh is stunned to hear of Jennifer's death and offers his condolences to Molly. However, he refuses to believe that he's Molly's father, which sets Molly on a path to prove her mother's verity.

Molly's next opportunity to speak to Josh is at the Celtics opening night game. Because Sam's Uncle Adam is a sportswriter for the Boston Globe, Sam and Molly are able to snag free tickets and the chance to meet the team in the locker room while Adam interviews the players. The two friends formulate a plan that sets in motion the events whereby Molly enters Josh's private life. The partners-in-crime's crazy yet humorous scheme works, and Molly has the chance to get to know the man who once was the love of her mother's life before he broke her heart.

The association between Josh and Molly has to be kept a secret for now, and each are okay with that, even though Molly would like Josh to believe her unconditionally. Along the way, Molly meets some friendly faces, including Josh's motherly housekeeper Mattie, who uses her down-to-earth personality to smooth over the awkward new relationship. However, there are people and obstacles threatening to stand in the way of Molly's secret wish of having a real family once again.

With a complex cast of characters and great storytelling, Mike Lupica's MIRACLE ON 49th STREET is an unforgettable novel about a brave young girl's hope for a Christmas miracle.

Reviewed by Sarah Sawtelle on October 24, 2006

Miracle on 49th Street
by Mike Lupica

  • Publication Date: October 24, 2006
  • Genres: Fiction
  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Philomel
  • ISBN-10: 0399244883
  • ISBN-13: 9780399244889