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Written by Sibéal Pounder

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Tinsel Review

Adventure Stories Books of the Month Featured Books for 11+ readers Featured Books for 9+ readers Funny

The Girls Who Invented Christmas - a deliciously magical and madcap adventure

November 2021 Book of the Month

Everything that is wonderful about Christmas (and some things that aren’t!) is thrillingly spun about in this deliciously magical and madcap adventure. Homeless Blanche has never had any real Christmas but when the mysterious Rinki gives her a magical bauble and some mince pies on Christmas Day everything changes. Rinki and Blanche are firm friends forever and together they are about to rewrite the Santa story. Santa Claus, elf magic, delicious Christmas food and drink, and a wonderful sleigh ride are all thrown into the mix as a very merry Christmas for all – except the sinister Mr Krampus – follows.

Julia Eccleshare M.B.E

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Tinsel Synopsis

What if somewhere along the way we've all got the Santa story a bit wrong...?  Join Blanche Claus and her best friend Rinki for a funny festive sleigh ride you'll never forget!

From Sibeal Pounder, bestselling author of the Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids series, this tale of friendship and mince-pie feasts is the perfect book to curl up with this winter.

Funny, feminist and with a huge heart, it's a gloriously Christmassy adventure that will delight even the biggest Grinch.

Tinsel Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading4Kids expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

This is a really fun, festive, feminist book! Perfect for Christmas. Full review

Emily Welbourn (Age 10)

Tinsel is a brilliant Christmas story which both Boys and Girls will enjoy. I am 9 and read it on my own but it would also be a good family read. If you like adventure and suspense then you will really like this story and it will prepare you for Christmas..Ho Ho Ho! Full review

Elissa Watkin (Age 9)

Descriptive, funny multiple plot lines. Tinsel takes everything we know about Christmas and changes it, whilst all along giving a reasonable explanation. Recommended for Christmas lovers! Full review

Rodborough Readers (Age 11)

I loved this story!! It is so original and really funny in places. The group of friends seem really lovely and I wish I was part of that group too! Especially if I got to have a ride with Rudy. Fantastic story, you need to read this! Full review

Lily O’Dwyer (Age 13)

A wonderful Christmas adventure, lots of festive fun and girl power! Full review

Sabrina Chorley (Age 9)

A magical story with suspense! Full review

Prisha Yadav (Age 11)

Tinsel Press Reviews

I absolutely ADORED it! A really funny, clever, brilliant play on all the Christmas tropes. It just has to be made into a movie! - Emma Carroll

Very sparkly storytelling and a lovely portrayal of friendship - Hilary McKay

Joyful and hilarious, this book is full of characters I adored and dialogue that made me laugh out loud. I loved every moment of it! - Stephanie Burgis, author of The Dragon with a Chocolate Heart

Sibeal Pounder's stories fizz with fun and energy, and her characters grow more appealing with each book - LoveReading4Kids

This is a gorgeous book celebrating strong, feisty girls, and friendship. Rinki's two dads are incorporated into the story just as they should be; without fuss or fanfare and gender roles are challenged throughout but in such a way that it never feels forced. Any book with a festive theme is a winner in my eyes and Tinsel is a twinkly, Christmassy delight that I can't wait to have in my school library! - NetGalley Reviewer

A refreshingly original story on the origins of Santa Claus. It was really funny and a brilliant adventure. Definitely one to be enjoyed with lots of mince pies! - NetGalley Reviewer

Hilarious, heartwarming and full of fun! I so, so enjoyed this festive book and the feminist streak that ran through it. I loved all the Christmassy details peppered absolutely everywhere [...] I highly recommend reading this book if you want to feel full of funny festive joy! - Harriet Muncaster

Cleverly mixing the snowy chill of the North Pole with the fuzzy warmth of friendship, Tinsel is Christmas spirit wrapped in a fun, feminist parcel. The elves (all named Carol) are glorious, and I was left craving a mince pie - Lesley Parr

A sparkling, glittering festive delight, Tinsel is funny, warm hearted and thrilling too - it made my toes tingle and my heart glow with Christmas magic - Sophie Kirtley

captivating - iNews

a rollicking good story ... , with a definite feminist slant - Books for Keeps

A charming feminist retake on the Santa story [...] the real message of this charming story is that just one act of kindness has the power to transform. A fun-filled adventure with a magical horse, a talking tree and two feisty girls makes for a great Christmas tale - Children's Books Ireland

Praise for Witch Wars;

This the most fun I've had reading a book in quite a while - the most inventive, crazy, yet hilarious read - Minerva Reads 

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781526619266
Publication date: 28/10/2021
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781526619273
Publication date: 29/10/2020
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781526619266
Publication date: 28th October 2021
Author: Sibéal Pounder
Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format: Paperback
Pagination: 320 pages
Suitable for: 11+ readers, 9+ readers
Genres: Adventure Stories, Festive Fiction, Funny
Recommendations: Books of the Month, Reviewed by Children
Collections: Our Top Children's Christmas Book Recommendations for 2021,

About Sibéal Pounder

A World Book Day Author 2019 Sibéal Pounder previously worked for the Financial Times, where she researched the How To Spend It section and wrote the For Goodness’ Sake column – interviewing everyone from Veronica Etro to Vivienne Westwood. As well as Bad Mermaids, she writes about fabulous witches and feisty fairies in Witch Wars, her first and much loved series for Bloomsbury. Witch Wars has sold over 50,000 copies and was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize and the Sainsbury's Children's Book Award. author photo © Richard Grassie

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