The Girl Who Saved Christmas by 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, reindeer 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...
There was a time when children didn’t receive gifts from Father Christmas on Christmas day. Oh, Father Christmas was there alright - he was there in the North Pole, waiting. Waiting for hope, which is what would give him the magic to travel round the world delivering his presents. And last year, Amelia was the girl who had the hope to make the magic happen.
By the following year, Amelia is not a happy girl. She writes to Father Christmas with her one true desire but it quickly becomes apparent that her wish is not going to be granted. Life is hard for her anyway with a sick mother and her job as a chimney sweep and when life goes even more awry, Amelia loses hope. In the meantime, Elfland has been the subject of an attack by Trolls. Christmas is ruined.
To ensure that the next Christmas is not a disaster, FC must head to London to track Amelia down, but making her hope again is going to be no easy task…
This was a Christmas present from Kay and Alan. It’s not exactly a sequel to A Boy Called Christmas (which they bought me last year) but it was nice to have read that first to understand the characters in the North Pole. The book is set in Victorian times which is a period of history which really interests me as it’s a time of so many inventions and social change. The action alternates between London (Charles Dickens, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert make cameo appearances!) and Elfland. I enjoyed both settings, but preferred the action that took place down here. The characters are well-written and funny and the illustrations by Chris Mould are fantastic and help to bring the story to life. Good fun.
The hardback edition is 327 pages long and is published by Cannongate. It was first published in 2016. The ISBN is 9781782118572.
4/5 (I enjoyed it)
(Finished 2 January 2017)