Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Christmas Jars (copy)

All it takes is a little glass jar full of coins to change the world. In my latest fictional world, there is a family, who by yearly tradition, use an empty mayonnaise jar for spare change. This spare change, which collects until Christmas, sometimes equals less than a hundred dollars, but somehow makes all the difference to that year’s recipient. This year is Hope Jensen’s turn.

Hope, more than anything, wants to be a reporter, not just any reporter, but a Pulitzer Prize winning reporter. A goal she doesn’t take lightly. As early as kindergarten she blurts out her career crossroads, “One day I will grow up to become either president of the United States or a famous newspaper reporter.”

Her mother teases, “The latter is more honorable.”

Hope agrees, and in increments she sets out to accomplish the latter. By second grade, she is making up stories about a pack of fun-loving motorcycling bunnies. Third grade she switches to hero stories with a down-n-out mouse that saves the day. During fourth and fifth she expands into a newsletter called the “Jensen Report” which mails out to family and friends.

Readers can guess her drive leads to the local newspaper where she starts at the bottom with advertisements and now blue inks others as a copy editor. Through it all, her single mother documents the upward climb by lovingly cutting out Hope’s best stories, opinions, and advertisements for the family’s bulging scrapbook.

Ever the workaholic, Hope rises at five in the morning and comes home around nine in the evening. Spending her time in search of the break through story—something which will carry top-of-the-fold coverage and last three or four issues—she doesn’t mind working on weekends. Now that her loving mother has died of cancer, holidays are also spent at her desk.

It is during this first Christmas Eve without her mother that trouble ensues. Working at the office, she returns home to an apartment in shambles. Her television and DVD player are gone, plus the little cash she had hidden away.

As the investigators wrap up, she notices a brown paper bag by the door. Inside is a jar marked “Christmas Jar” filled with coins and a few twenties. Here is her story of a lifetime.

In author Jason F. Wright’s 2005 book Christmas Jars one will find a world of change. Be forewarned this rates four tissue boxes.


Jason Wright said...

What a wonderful review! I am so thrilled you enjoyed it. Merry Christmas from a fan of your blog :)

Isabel said...

But it also sounds so positive!

maggie moran said...

Why thank you Mr. Wright and a huge THANK YOU for Christmas Jars! After I turned copy in this AM my boss came by to snatch the book from my desk. One of my co-workers got excited over The Wednesday Letters after watching angels draw for free copies on your blog. Looks like you are on your way to being a big hit here in Mississippi! :D

maggie moran said...

It is very uplifting WW100! Although, I shed some tears, I also want to start my own Christmas Jar with found money. I'm one lucky walker. I find money all the time. Two pennies last night, six cents the day before, and it adds up to $70 by the end of the year. Not too bad for found money! :D

Tiffany Norris said...

Thank you for this review! The Wednesday Letters is on my nightstand right on my TBR list. And now I have another to add. :) Happy Thursday!

Clair said...

I will have to look for this book at the library.

Anonymous said...

That was such a neat review I really do just want to read it tonight!

maggie moran said...

Tiffany, it's the perfect Christmas story after a day of shopping. Make a little hot cocoa, put your feet up, and enjoy. :D

Clair, my public library w/ 13 different branches has one large type book which is checked out. I'm hoping my article will encourage them to buy more copies.

Great Deana! The book can be read in one sitting. Go ahead and heat the milk... :)

April said...

I finished this one not long ago and really enjoyed it also. I just ordered The Wednesday Letters from Barnes and Noble and will be very anxious to read that one when it arrives!

maggie moran said...

oh, I'm thrilled you liked it. I'm waiting for the Wednesday Letters, too! :)