The Girl Who Saved Christmas

The Girl Who Saved Christmas

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"If somewhere in the afterlife Roald Dahl met Charles Dickens and they cooked up a new Christmas tale, it couldn't have much on this fleet, verbally rambunctious, heart-stealing follow-up to A Boy Called Christmas ."--The New York Times

Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. It was her Christmas spirit that gave Santa the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world. But now Amelia is in trouble.

When her mother falls ill, she is sent to the workhouse to toil under cruel Mr. Creeper. For a whole year, Amelia scrubs the floors and eats watery gruel, without a whiff of kindness to keep her going. It's not long before her hope begins to drain away.

Meanwhile, up at the North Pole, magic levels dip dangerously low as Christmas approaches, and Santa knows that something is gravely wrong. With the help of his trusty reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens, he sets out to find Amelia, the only girl who might be able to save Christmas. But first Amelia must learn to believe again. . . .

"Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories." --Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard Book

"With a little bit of naughty and a lot of nice, this Christmastime yarn is a veritable sugarplum ." -- Kirkus Reviews
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Canada, Limited, 2017
ISBN: 9781524700447
Branch Call Number: XMAS J HAIG
Characteristics: 329 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Mould, Chris


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I love this book! The way Matt haig describes his characters is superb. It also puts you in suspense, too. For example, you don't even know the true oilcan behind Christmas is, until the end of the book. Jam-packed with feeling, I couldn't put this book down!\

-Clarisse, 10

Matt Haig has given a festive, authentic and Christmassy book which is perfect for all ages. This book is written to be enjoyed by the fireplace with your family or at bedtime, when the kids need something to dream about. This book is about Father Christmas and how he goes through many obstacles to deliver presents to all the kids of the world, but not without the help of Amelia- the girl who was the first ever to receive a Christmas gift. But Trolls start causing all sorts of problems, so Father Christmas must first solve the problems up in Elfhelm and then spread joy. I liked that Christmas was not sugarcoated and told us that bad things may happen but there will always be someone to help you along the way. There really isn’t anything to dislike as it proves that magic might not exist, but hope does and that changes everything. Father Christmas is like God would be to us- we keep praying and wishing and He might be late in delivering what we asked for, but He will definitely deliver. It tells us to keep hoping and dreaming and wishing for magic- as long as hope is alive, nothing bad can destroy you. Matt really understands his audience and delivers in an authentic voice which relates to everyone. Using humor, witty comments and ‘Queen Victoria’, this book really delivers everything a Christmas gift should be. I would recommend this book to anyone who needs to find hope and believe in magic again. It’s a book which will make everyone laugh and get them truly in the Christmas spirit!

- Manraaj Grewal


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