Grace by Richard Paul Evans

This is one of those small Christmas books you read in a single evening, but it was a well-written, satisfying read.

Eric is a soft-spoken fifteen year old boy who befriends a female classmate named Grace when he learns that she has run away from home, the victim of abuse. They form a deep attachment to each other, and this story tracks their story from October until Christmas.

Though this could have been heavy on the schmaltzy scale, I actually really enjoyed it, though I sensed the ending long before it came to a head. Still, it was a different kind of Christmas read - but a good one.