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Published: 3 November 2016
Reviewed: 10 November 2016

5 out of 5 stars

Copy supplied by Canongate Books in return for an honest review

 

Description:

The next magical book in the festive series, begun with A Boy Called Christmas, from Number One bestselling author Matt Haig

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 . . .

My Thoughts & Review:

Written as the follow up to A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl Who Saved Christmas is a wonderful tale set in the Victoria era about a young girl called Amelia who has a huge part to play in Christmas this year, she just doesn’t know it yet.  This book can be read and thoroughly enjoyed without having read A Boy Called Christmas first.

This is the perfect book to read in the lead up to Christmas, old and young readers will be delighted by the magic of it all and be swept away on an adventure.  Like many parents, I tend to read a book first to assess whether it is suitable for my child (ok I admit, I read this one because I REALLY REALLY wanted to!) and I can honestly say that even with the rampaging trolls this is still a wonderful book for children and young adults.  There is a richness in Haig’s writing that flows through the pages, you can almost “feel” the spark of magic as you turn the pages.  The spectacular illustrations by Chris Mould fit so perfectly with the tale, they add to the atmosphere in the book and help to bring it all to life.  At times I almost felt that Haig’s writing reminded me of the late Sir Terry Pratchett, creating a tale in a world that’s equally magical and mystical at the same time, the world not entirely perfect but there is still happiness and humour.

The messages that this book sends about hope, caring for each other and the power of believing in magic are important and it is nice to see their inclusion.
This has a feel of a modern day classic, and one that could easily become part of a family Christmas tradition – like reading The Night Before Christmas on Christmas Eve or staying up as late as possible to try and see Santa.

Despite having an electronic copy of this book I will be ordering a physical copy so that we can enjoy this together as a family and add it to our Christmas Eve routine.

You can buy a copy of The Girl Who Saved Christmas here.

About the Author:

Matt Haig was born in Sheffield, England in1975. He writes books for both adults and children, often blending the worlds of domestic reality and outright fantasy, with a quirky twist. His bestselling novels are translated into 28 languages. The Guardian has described his writing as ‘delightfully weird’ and the New York Times has called him ‘a novelist of great talent’ whose writing is ‘funny, riveting and heartbreaking’.

His novels for adults are The Last Family in England, narrated by a labrador and optioned for film by Brad Pitt; The Dead Fathers Club (2006), an update of Hamlet featuring an 11-year-old boy; The Possession of Mr Cave (2008), about a man obsessed with his daughter’s safety, and The Radleys (2010) which won Channel 4’s TV Book Club public vote and was shortlisted for a Galaxy National Book Award (UK). The film rights to all his adult novels have been sold. His next adult novel is The Humans (2013).

His multi-award winning popular first novel for children, Shadow Forest, was published in 2007 and its sequel, The Runaway Troll, in 2009. His most recent children’s novel is To Be A Cat (2012).

For more information see Matt’s website  or follow him on Twitter.

 

 

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