What does it take to believe in magic?
Without hope there would be no magic.
Once upon a time, Father Christmas didn’t come to visit children every year. In fact, it nearly came to pass that there was no Christmas as we know it.Father Christmas had a lot to deal with; there were troubled elves, reindeers that kept falling from the sky, and more than a few angry trolls for him to contend with.
The reason? There was not enough magic in the world. Magic is born of hope – and if the children of the world couldn’t see any magic, then why would they hope for it?
It is Christmas Eve and all is not well. Amelia Wishart is trapped in Mr Creeper's workhouse and Christmas is in jeopardy. Magic is fading. If Christmas is to happen, Father Christmas knows he must find her.
With the help of some elves, eight reindeer, the Queen and a man called Charles Dickens, the search for Amelia - and the secret of Christmas - begins ...This is the gloriously heart-warming story of how one little girl came to the rescue and helped save Christmas.
An author who blurs the lines between genres, blending fantasy, myth and science fiction to create some of the most inventive and enduringly popular contemporary fiction, Matt Haig is also amongst Waterstones bookseller’s favourite authors. His novels include The Radleys, The Humans and How to Stop Time as well as children’s books including A Boy Called Christmas, The Girl Who Saved Christmas and Father Christmas and Me. He is also the author of Reasons to Stay Alive, a Sunday Times bestseller and Waterstones non-fiction Book of the Month.
Looking for other books to get you in the Christmas spirit? Read Matt Haig's recommendations for his top 10 Christmas reads.
Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
Number of pages: 352
Weight: 236 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 21 mm
"The traditional search 'n' rescue adventure, done with charm, energy and enough wit to keep even the adults who will be reading this aloud as a festive bedtime story alert . . . A lovely, warm, enveloping seasonal read." - Guardian
"Tells us the origins of Christmas as we know it . . . Haig gently infuses his charming book with lessons on caring for each other and the power of hope." - Mail on Sunday
"The Girl Who Saved Christmas will melt your Grinch-frozen heart." - Simon Mayo
"A plucky adventure tale in which Haig reminds us of and reworks the meaning of Christmas, pinning it onto a message of hope . . . Heartwarming." - The Herald
"The sequel to last year's A Boy Called Christmas . . . will enchant children and melt the hearts of even the most cynical adults. Beautifully illustrated, and full of sly jokes and heartfelt wisdom, this is another Christmas cracker." - Sunday Mirror
"Oh what fun it is to READ! . . . It's funny, sad and . . . full of wonderful characters. (We all need a Truth Pixie in our lives...)." - Daily Mail
An evocative, inventive and lively tale full of heart and humour * * Daily Express * *
Funny, heartfelt, pacey and with brilliant illustrations . . . A homage to Charles Dickens that may well endure as long as the work of that great man himself * * Associated Press * *
Haig's understanding of grief, cruelty and the need for hope turns a comedy about threatened elves and malfunctioning magic into a classic. A hanky for every eye and a copy in every stocking for eight plus readers, please * * New Statesman * *
A wonderful story - heart-warming, funny and filled with seasonal magic * * The Week Junior
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