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A Christmas in Time

Written by Sally Nicholls

Illustrated by Rachael Dean

Part of the In Time Series

Adventure Stories Featured Books for 7+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers General Fiction Historical Fiction

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Fun-filled, action-packed adventures in time from best-selling, award-winning author, Sally Nicholls

A Julia Eccleshare Pick of the Month November 2020

Time travelling with Alex and Ruby is always the greatest fun. This time this time they fall through Aunt Joanna’s magic mirror and find themselves about to celebrate Christmas in 1873. There’s lots to learn about just what a Victorian Christmas might be like including cutting down your own Christmas tree from the wood and playing a completely different kind of charades. And there is also an exciting family adventure as Ruby uses her modern knowledge, gleaned on a school trip, to prevent Cousin Edith being sent to a terrible school where is might die! Sally Nicholls story dashes along, brim-full of action and with a huge cast of characters. The result is an exciting read with never a dull moment!

You can find more wintry & festive stories in our Best Books for Kids this Christmas collection!


Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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The Editor at Nosy Crow says:“A fast-paced, thoroughly enjoyable adventure from the always-entertaining Sally Nicholls. I couldn’t stop reading it!”


Julia Eccleshare's Picks for November 2020

A Dancer's Dream by Katherine Woodfine

Tinsel - The Girls Who Invented Christmas by Sibéal Pounder 

The Three Wishes by Alan Snow

A Christmas in Time by Sally Nicholls

The Snow Woman by David McKee

Atlas of Record-Breaking Adventures by Emily Hawkins

A Christmas in Time Synopsis

When Alex and Ruby fall through the mirror in their aunt's house, they find themselves in a different historical period, each time with a different task to perform before they can return to the present.

From Edwardian crime capers to Victorian Christmasses, their time-slip stories are always exciting and beautifully told. A Victorian Christmas is lovely - all the food and candles and games and singing - unless you're poor, motherless Edith who is condemned to be sent to a cruel boarding school on Boxing Day.

Can Alex and Ruby persuade her strict father that home is where the heart is instead? 

Classic storytelling from a brilliant writer and beautifully illustrated throughout by Rachael Dean, with covers by Isabelle Follath. Classic story-telling, perfect for reading on a cold night by a twinkly tree with hot chocolate!

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ISBN: 9781788007337
Publication date: 01/10/2020
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781788007337
Publication date: 1st October 2020
Author: Sally Nicholls
Illustrator: Rachael Dean
Publisher: Nosy Crow Ltd
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 208 pages
Suitable for: 7+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, General Fiction, Historical Fiction
Recommendations: Julia Eccleshare's Picks

About Sally Nicholls

I was born in Stockton-on-Tees, just after midnight, in a thunderstorm. My father died when I was two, and my brother Ian and I were brought up my mother. I always wanted to write - when people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I used to say "I'm going to be a writer" - very definite. I've always loved reading, and I spent most of my childhood trying to make real life as much like a book as possible. My friends and I had a secret club like the Secret Seven, and when I was ...

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