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Summary

As well as being a number one best-selling writer for adults, Matt Haig has won the Blue Peter Book Award, The Smarties Book Prize and has been shortlisted three times for the Carnegie Medal for his stories for children and young adults. The idea for the A Boy Called Christmas series came when his son asked what Father Christmas was like as a boy.

Journey to the edge of magic.

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, reindeers dropping out of the sky, angry trolls and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.

©2016 Matt Haig (P)2016 Canongate Books

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The Perfect Christmas Listen.

If you could sum up The Girl Who Saved Christmas in three words, what would they be?

Glorious Modern Classic

What did you like best about this story?

How it builds on the world previously created by Matt Haig. Also, how Amelia overcomes a personal tragedy to help save Christmas.

What about Carey Mulligan’s performance did you like?

It was just lovely. I 'm a 47 year old man and it whisked me back to childhood school days being read to by a favourite teacher!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Both, a little!

Any additional comments?

A great sequel to A Boy Called Christmas. It had a touch of Charles Kingsley's Water Babies to it. I wish someone would option these books and make a film of them. Done right they would become a Christmas TV staple.

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The Girl Who Saved Christmas

I couldn't help myself I had to read this one too, it is just as good as the first, incredibly Dickensian, not everything goes smoothly for Amelia, but the situation improves greatly. Carey Mulligan, is a natural born storyteller. I'm sorry that I'm finished, I enjoyed both this book and it's predecessor so much, I'm going to have to start again soon.

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Traumatised my six year old when the mother died

What would have made The Girl Who Saved Christmas better?

A warning to parents that the girl's mother dies at Christmas. My six year old was devastated.

What could Matt Haig have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Not marketing it as a happy book, suitable for children.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Sadness, grief and fear in my son when the main character's mother died on Christmas Eve. Had I known that kind of darkness would happen, I would never have bought the book for him to listen to. Other reviewers said it was suitable for young children. It isn't. It should have come with a warning.

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awful

Quite possibly the worst Christmas story ever written. Not for little kids unless they are happy with the prospect of Santa getting shot in the belly, and other assorted violence.

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One for the grown ups too!

My 7 year was engaged the whole way through. She couldn't wait for the next listening session!

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Wonderfully Christmassy

This story has everything a Christmas story needs and is told fabulously by Carey Mulligan.

I knocked off a star (a quarter of a star really) because I think this recording would have benefitted from some music to denote the change in chapter/location as it switches between the human world and elf world and the breaks are not always immediately clear.

Otherwise a really great recording of a really great book.

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A festive treat

What did you like most about The Girl Who Saved Christmas?

I liked the simplicity of the story and the magical atmosphere

Have you listened to any of Carey Mulligan’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Yes and it completes very favourably.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, it was easy to listen to all in one sitting

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funny, heartwarming story for all the family

"I liked the fact Santa had such a wonderful sleigh with wonderful things in it" 8 year old
"I liked the bit where amelia escaped" 6 year old
"it was funny when there were cracks in the floor and some arms reached out to get the elves" 4 year old
" I just loved the thing that talked" 2 year old (I think she is just approving of the whole Audiobook format!)

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Good Christmas listen for kids & adults

We listened to the book with the kids, everyone enjoyed it. The narration was great, though my son didn't like the ho-ho from Farther Christmas for some reason

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Wonderful Christmas story

Another wonderful Christmas story, follows on from a boy called Christmas. With lovely soothing narration.

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