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Big Flats Library 1 J H New Juvenile Fiction
Branchport - Modeste Bedient Memorial Library 1 J H New books
Elmira - Steele Memorial Library 1 J H (CHRISTMAS) Holiday Book
Horseheads Free Library 1 J H Juvenile Fiction Book

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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

Author Notes

MATT HAIG is an internationally bestselling author whose novels for children and adults have been translated into twenty-six languages. His children's books have won the Smarties Gold Award, the Alex Award, and the Blue Peter Book Award, and been nominated several times for the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. His most recent book, the bestselling A Boy Called Christmas, was praised by Stephen Fry as "the most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades." He lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, with his wife and two children. Visit him at matthaig.com and follow him at @matthaig1.

CHRIS MOULD began studying art at the age of sixteen and has gone on to become an acclaimed illustrator of children's books, including Matt Haig's A Boy Called Christmas. He lives with his wife and two children in Yorkshire. Visit him at chrismould.blogspot.com and follow him at @chrismouldink.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

The holiday adventures continue in this companion to A Boy Called Christmas (2016), which relays Nikolas' life in Elfhelm, where he has embraced his role as Father Christmas as well as that of young chimney-sweep Amelia Wishart. Though their fates are entwined, catastrophe litters their paths to each other. For Nikolas, Christmas spirit is running low worldwide, and trolls are rampaging through the North Pole. Such serious obstacles might be enough to brace yourselves cancel Christmas. Meanwhile, newly orphaned Amelia has found herself imprisoned in cruel Mr. Creeper's workhouse, with little chance of escape. Once a child with incredible Christmas spirit, her grim circumstances have dampened her capacity for hope. Sensing trouble, Father Christmas knows he must rescue Amelia and rekindle her belief in him if his cherished holiday is to be saved. Haig keeps the magic of Christmas alive in this charming, action-packed story. Black-ink illustrations add to the writing's humor, while memorable characters and a loyal cat further extend the story's pull. A lively, bighearted choice for those holiday displays.--Smith, Julia Copyright 2018 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-6-Eight-year-old Amelia toils as a destitute chimney sweep in 1840's London, desperately hoping for a miracle that can heal her sick mother and save her family. It turns out that magic and hope alone are what makes Christmas happen, and Amelia's unconditional belief empowers Father Christmas enough to perform his first Christmas. Two years later, Father Christmas's kingdom has been destroyed by giant trolls and the orphaned Amelia is a prisoner in a horrible workhouse. She no longer believes in magic-without her, Father Christmas cannot continue, so he loads his sleigh and heads off to London to find her. The story is fast-paced and playful, peopled with interesting characters and unique details such as the "Barometer of Hope" and the invention of the "Tell-Elf-Home," but what sets this story apart are the genuine emotions exhibited by all-loss, fear, sadness, and, ultimately, love. VERDICT An inventive Christmas-themed origin tale that is a pure holiday treat.-Sada Mozer, Los -Angeles Public Library © Copyright 2017. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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