Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig
  

Father Christmas and Me

Written by Matt Haig
Illustrated by Chris Mould

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October 2017 Book of the Month | A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month October 2017

Matt Haig’s romping adventure breathes fresh life into everything Christmasy. It is a bustling story full of delightful surprises and some wonderful dollops of magic. Orphaned Amelia, the feisty heroine of The Girl Who Saved Christmas is back for a new adventure in the magical town of Elfelm – a place unknown on human maps. Now adopted by the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas Amelia’s life is a far cry from her sad life in the world of humans. But being the only human in an Elf world, especially one where it is always Christmas, has its disadvantages. Christmas songs can get boring; toy- making tests are a new kind of torture. However, when Christmas is under attack from the jealous Easter bunnies, Amelia is the first to fight back and save the day. ~ Julia Eccleshare

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Synopsis

Father Christmas and Me by Matt Haig

It isn't always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas. For one thing, Elf School can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs everyday - even in July - and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also it can get very, very cold.But when the jealous Easter Bunny and his rabbit army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it's up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it's too late . . .

Reviews

Praise for The Girl Who Saved Christmas:

Absolutely brilliant CBBC

Full of heart and humour Daily Express

Will melt your Grinch-frozen heart -- SIMON MAYO

A lovely, warm, enveloping seasonal read Guardian

Oh what fun it is to READ! . . . Full of wonderful characters. (We all need a Truth Pixie in our lives) Daily Mail

Praise for A Boy Called Christmas:

A Christmas classic for a new generation . . . touching, funny and packed with memorable characters Sunday Mail

A glorious mix of fairytale, folklore and fun FRANCESCA SIMON

The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades STEPHEN FRY

Terrific . . . An instant classic GUARDIAN

Read it! SUNDAY TIMES

About the Author

Matt Haig

Photo of Chris Mould and Matt Haig © Jonathan Ring

As well as being a number one bestselling writer for adults, Matt Haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal for his stories for children and young adults. The idea for the A Boy Called Christmas series came when his son asked what Father Christmas was like as a boy.

Matt Haig is an internationally acclaimed writer of adult and children’s novels, screenplays and journalism. His first children’s book Shadow Forest won the Nestle/Smarties Prize, the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award and eight regional awards. His work has been translated into 29 languages. His 2013 adult novel The Humans has sold over 100,000 copies in the UK. Reasons to Stay Alive, both a powerful account of the illness that almost destroyed him and a joyous exploration of the things that make life worth living, rapidly gained a huge following, spending 41 weeks in the Sunday Times bestseller list. He lives in Brighton with the writer Andrea Semple and their children Lucas and Pearl.

Matt Haig's writing has appeared in The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The Independent, and The Sydney Morning Herald. The Dead Fathers Club is his American debut but his second published novel following The Last Family in England (2004), a reworking of Henry IV, Part I from the point of view of a black Labrador named Prince. Shadow Forest, his first book for children, was published in the UK in May 2007; and in the USA as Samuel Blink and the Forbidden Forest in June 2007. His next book for "grown-ups will be The Possession of Mr Cave in May 2008, to be followed by a children's novel called The Runaway Troll. He now lives in Leeds but grew up in Newark-on-Trent where he went to a school much like Philip's in The Dead Fathers Club.

Matt Haig winning blue peter awardOn 5 Mar 2009 Matt won the Blue Peter Book of the Year Award for Shadow Forest. When he won he said:

“To say I was shocked is an understatement. I was halfway through a book event at a school when suddenly I turned around and saw a Blue Peter camera crew burst in to hand me the award. I nearly hyperventilated! I was up against some very stiff competition so I couldn’t believe I’d won my category let alone the overall prize.”

Matt Haig on his teen novel, The Radleys:

"This is a story about growing up, first and foremost. About how we learn to come to terms with who we are, independent of the ideas our parents had for us. About how we decide our own identities. As well as what shapes those identities - who we choose to love, and hate, admire and fear. It is about how denying ourselves can sometimes be more dangerous than succumbing to tempation. This is the story I wanted to tell. I never set out to write a vampire story, but vampires were the obvious choice. After all, as family secrets go, you can't get much bigger than finding out you are actually a full-blown creature of the night. And hopefully it fits as a metaphor for teenage life. A life full of physical changes, forbidden cravings, and feelings of being an outsider. In that sense, we've probably all been vampires at some stage."

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Hardback
288 pages

Author

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Publisher

Canongate Books Ltd

Publication date

12th October 2017

ISBN

9781786890689

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