A Christmas Carol
Charles Dickens, the author of A Christmas Carol, was born in 1812 and went to work when he was just twelve years old in a blacking warehouse. As he grew up, his parents fell deeper and deeper into debt, which caused Charles to have a bitter outlook on life. He decided to pursue his dreams as a writer, and he wrote A Christmas Carol when he was thirty years old. The story follows Ebeneezer Scrooge as he encounters multiple ghosts, reflects on his past, and realizes that "one kind deed, one compassionate act, one thoughtful gesture is enough to change the course of an entire lifetime." (Karen Hesse). Dickens includes both darkness and humor in his story and leaves readers with a sense of hope.