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The Girl Who Saved Christmas

Written by Matt Haig

Illustrated by Chris Mould

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LoveReading View on The Girl Who Saved Christmas

In a nutshell: Christmas magic and ho-ho-hope  |   Matt Haigh follows his best-selling A Boy Called Christmas with another festive treat, a brand new story of Father Christmas, his elf and reindeer friends, that is full of magic and has an evergreen message for one and all. Father Christmas is faced with all sorts of problems to overcome if the world’s children are going to get their presents, and a lot depends on little Amelia Wishart, the girl whose belief in him used to be so strong it could generate magic. Two adventures unfold, one set in Elfhelm, one in Victorian England, both allowing lots of opportunities for excitement, and laughs too, and held together with the all-encompassing magic of hope. Chris Mould deserves special mention for his glorious illustrations of trolls and villainous humans. One for the Christmas wish list. ~ Andrea Reece

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The Girl Who Saved Christmas Synopsis

A journey to the edge of magic.

The next magical book in the festive series, begun with A Boy Called Christmas, from Number One bestselling author Matt Haig. At the end of A Boy Called Christmas, (the story of how a boy named Nikolas grew up to be Father Christmas) eight-year-old Amelia is the first child to wake up on the first ever Christmas Day to find a stocking at the end of her bed filled with parcels. The Girl Who Saved
Christmas begins one year later, when Amelia writes to Father Christmas to ask for him for a very important gift – for her Ma to get better.

If magic has a beginning, can it also have an end? When Amelia wants a wish to come true she knows just the man to ask - Father Christmas. But the magic she wants to believe in is starting to fade, and Father Christmas has more than impossible wishes to worry about. Upset elves, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled. But Amelia isn't just any ordinary girl. And - as Father Christmas is going to find out - if Christmas is going to be saved, he might not be able to do it alone ...

The Girl Who Saved Christmas Press Reviews

The traditional search 'n rescue adventure, done with charm, energy and enough wit to keep even the adults who will be reading this aloud as a festive bedtime story alert . . . A lovely, warm, enveloping seasonal read * * Guardian * *

Tells us the origins of Christmas as we know it . . . Haig gently infuses his charming book with lessons on caring for each other and the power of hope * * Mail on Sunday * *

The Girl Who Saved Christmas will melt your Grinch-frozen heart -- SIMON MAYO

A plucky adventure tale in which Haig reminds us of and reworks the meaning of Christmas, pinning it onto a message of hope . . . Heartwarming * * The Herald * *

The sequel to last year's A Boy Called Christmas . . . will enchant children and melt the hearts of even the most cynical adults. Beautifully illustrated, and full of sly jokes and heartfelt wisdom, this is another Christmas cracker * * Sunday Mirror * *

Oh what fun it is to READ! . . . It's funny, sad and . . . full of wonderful characters. (We all need a Truth Pixie in our lives...) * * Daily Mail * *

An evocative, inventive and lively tale full of heart and humour * * Daily Express * *

Funny, heartfelt, pacey and with brilliant illustrations . . . A homage to Charles Dickens that may well endure as long as the work of that great man himself * * Associated Press * *

Haig's understanding of grief, cruelty and the need for hope turns a comedy about threatened elves and malfunctioning magic into a classic. A hanky for every eye and a copy in every stocking for eight plus readers, please * * New Statesman * *

A wonderful story - heart-warming, funny and filled with seasonal magic * * The Week Junior * *

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781782118602
Publication date: 12/10/2017
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781782118572
Publication date: 03/11/2016
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781782118602
Publication date: 12th October 2017
Author: Matt Haig
Illustrator: Chris Mould
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 352 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: General Fiction
Recommendations: eBooks
Other Categories: Audio Books

About Matt Haig

Matt Haig is the number one bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive and Notes on a Nervous Planet and six highly acclaimed novels for adults, including How to Stop Time, The Humans and The Radleys. He has also written many books for children, including most recently the Sunday Times bestseller, The Truth Pixie, and he has won the Blue Peter Book Award, the Smarties Book Prize and been nominated three times for the Carnegie Medal. He has sold more than a million books in the UK and his work has been translated into over forty languages.  

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