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A Christmas Carol given a very modern twist, some humour and a great deal of heart
George and his family are not coping at all well with the death of his mother – and this year will be the third Christmas since she has gone. George’s dad is completely immersed in his work and has given up on celebrating Christmas – in fact he forbids George and his Nana Flo from any form of celebration at all. Nana Flo is a bit subversive and sneaks George to the Christmas Fair at Hyde Park – where he finds Marley’s Curiosity Shop in the little temporary stalls and huts in the park.
George buys a gorgeous snow globe there which has a strangely familiar Snowman inside it. The snow globe proves to be the magical portal to the traditional three Christmases – as in the original. To some extent Dad Hugo almost proves to be even more Scrooge-like than the original - but the mad adventures and the reminders of what life used to be slowly start to thaw Hugo’s self-imposed misery.
This is a beautiful, magical adventure. Written with the style and panache we have come to expect from Catherine Doyle. The characters are beautifully drawn – and the purple reindeer is a genius invention! A wonderful introduction to Dickens story reimagined for the younger reader. A delight!
George is about to spend his third Christmas without his mum. Since she died, George's life has felt dull and grey; his dad has thrown himself into his work and has no time for family, and definitely no time for Christmas. Then, George stumbles across Marley's Curiosity Shop.
There he finds a mysterious snow globe, which - though George can't quite understand how - appears to show a scene from George's past. A Christmas in which he and his family were together, and happy... That night, George and his dad are swept on an adventure to three Christmases - past, present, and future. With help from new friends, and just a touch of magic, can they begin living life in full colour again?
Delightfully festive . . . Warm, imaginative, and brimming with Christmas magic -- Carlie Sorosiak
Full of Catherine Doyle's signature blend of humour, hope, and heart, this is a modern Christmas classic in the making. With clever nods to the original, unforgettable new characters, and hilarious escapades, Doyle's fresh take on the familiar tale will delight readers of all ages. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and most of all you'll feel like a child discovering the magic of Christmas -- Katie and Kevin Tsang
All-in-all, a magical whirlwind of an adventure filled with heart, hilarity, and miraculous mayhem -- Hana Tooke
Catherine Doyle has done the impossible - she has breathed new life into this much loved and oft retold story, sprinkling it with her inimitable warmth, charm, and humour. This vividly exciting and poignant retelling made me believe in magic as fervently as I did when I was a child. It is, to my mind, destined to become a Christmas classic -- Louise O'Neill
Both a celebration of a Christmas classic while also being a magical adventure all of its own. Heart-warming, incredibly funny, and action-packed, it's a story that truly captures the spirit of Christmas -- Anna James
An absolute cracker: whip-smart, witty and warm, bursting with emotion and laugh-out-loud jokes. A classic Christmas treat reconfigured into a heartwarming family romp for the 21st century, featuring an elf on the shelf that's bad for your health. Kids and adults alike will love spotting how Doyle has ingeniously adapted the original text, but more than anything else, they'll be swept away by George's fight to bring back Christmas and save his father. I utterly loved it -- Ross Montgomery
A little miracle of a story . . . Sparkles with magic and joy. A wintry wonder of a book -- Abi Elphinstone
A supremely confident writer Telegraph
|Publication date:||1st October 2020|
|Publisher:||Puffin an imprint of Penguin Random House Children's UK|
|Suitable for:||9+ readers|
|Genres:||Family / Home Stories, Fantasy / Magical, Personal Social Health Economic|
Catherine Doyle grew up beside the Atlantic Ocean in the west of Ireland. Her love of reading began with great Irish myths and legends, and fostered in her an ambition to one day write her own. She holds a first class BA in Psychology and a first class MA in Publishing from the National University of Ireland, Galway. The Storm Keeper’s Island is her debut middle-grade novel and was inspired by her real-life ancestral home of Arranmore Island, where her grandparents grew up, and the adventures of her many sea-faring ancestors. After living in Dublin City for two ...More About Catherine Doyle