From the world of A Boy Called Christmas, soon to be a major motion picture, comes the epic adventure of a tiny hero!
This is a tale of mice and magic. It is also a tale of great love (of cheese) and great danger. And of learning the lesson that what matters most—when it comes to cheese and life—is not how strongly you smell but how strong you are on the inside.
Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed “Christmas”—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. Still, he tries hard to believe in happiness, living with his father in the second smallest cottage in all of Finland. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.
Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it’s too late. . . .
Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould.
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 things other than impossible wishes to worry about: upset elves, reindeer dropping out of the sky, angry trolls—and the chance that Christmas might be cancelled.
Amelia isn't just any ordinary girl, though. And as Father Christmas is going to find out, if he's going to save Christmas, he might just need some help . . .
Let the battle for Christmas begin . . .
It isn’t always easy, growing up as a human in Elfhelm, even if your adoptive parents are the newly married Father Christmas and Mary Christmas.
For one thing, elf school can be annoying when you have to sing Christmas songs every day—even in July—and when you fail all your toy-making tests. Also, it can get very, very cold.
When a very jealous Easter Bunny and his Rabbit Army launch an attack to stop Christmas, it’s up to Amelia, her new family and the elves to keep Christmas alive. Before it’s too late . . .
Dare to be you!
Evie is a girl with a special talent: she can talk to animals and hear their thoughts. But when she rescues the school rabbit and sets her free from her too-small cage, Evie lands in big trouble. She promises her dad that she'll never talk to animals again. And for a whole year, Evie ignores them all. She doesn't chat to the birds and dogs. She even ignores a little ginger tabby cat who meows “Help me! Help me!"
But when missing posters for cats, dogs, hamsters and tortoises appear outside school, Evie is determined to find the animals using her magical gift. With the help of Granny Flora, she must discover who is behind the disappearances. Can Evie save the pets before it's too late—even if it means the most frightening thing of all, daring to be herself?
Featuring illustrations by the award-winning Emily Gravett, this is a story about growing up, fitting in and listening closely to our furry friends that will capture the hearts of animal lovers everywhere.