Peck, Richard A Season of Gifts, 164 p. Dial (Penguin), 2009. $16.99 Sexual Content: PG (hint of unwed pregnancy). The Branholdt’s are the new ministering family in a small town and their next door neighbor, Mrs. Dowdel, insists that she is neither a church woman nor a neighborly sort. Bob, 12 and his little sister Ruth Ann, however, find out differently, as Mrs. Dowdel shows their family compassion, fun, courage and neighborliness at the end of the 1950’s. As always, Peck’s books inject a lot of humor into life’s lessons – it’s too bad kids don’t really pick them up on their own any more. Recommend this one to a teacher to read aloud in order to make some converts. EL – ADVISABLE. Cindy, Library-Teacher.