Listening to the audiobook of Matt Haig’s A Boy Called Christmas had me thinking I was listening to Santa. Haig’s follow-up book this year is The Girl Who Saved Christmas; I was hooked from the first lines:
“Do you know how magic works? The kind of magic that gets reindeer to fly in the sky? The kind that helps Father Christmas travel around the world in a single night? The kind that can stop time and make dreams come true? Hope. That’s how. Without hope, there would be no magic.”
Maria Russo in the New York Times says:
” 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,” set in Victorian London (with cameos by Dickens himself). Amelia Wishart, the first child to have gotten a gift from Father Christmas, is orphaned and sent to a workhouse. At the North Pole, magic levels plummet. Christmas is in jeopardy, and Father Christmas is in custody. Amelia to the rescue? We’d all better believe it.”
Santa magically delivered this story to my iPhone this morning. Just what I wanted – a book for Christmas.
Did you get a book for Christmas?