Blogmas Day 14: A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

Blogmas Day 14: A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig

This is the perfect book to start Christmas reading with! It is Absolutely Delightful! A Father Christmas origin story with a wealth of humour, depth and adventure.
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Blogmas Day 10: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

Blogmas Day 10: Song for a Whale by Lynne Kelly

In Song for a Whale, 12-year-old Iris becomes obsessed with a whale whose song is so off-pitch he’s become unrecognizable to other whales. She feels compelled to communicate with this whale and to let him know that he’s not alone. In fact, she’s willing to break family and school rules to reach him. She knows how horrible it feels to be misunderstood. As a deaf kid in a hearing world, she understands being an outsider very well. Even her parents (especially her father) avoid accepting her for who she is. But Iris is determined to reach out to a misfit from another species to let him know that someone understands his loneliness, even if she’s only human.
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The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

The House with Chicken Legs by Sophie Anderson

The House With Chicken Legs is a beautiful tale about love, friendship, loss, grief and bereavement – all wrapped up in a fable-like story. Sophie Anderson has woven such magic between the pages that one cannot walk away from this book without being changed.

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Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Malamander by Thomas Taylor

Violet Parma stumbles through the window of the Lost and Found department at the Grand Nautilus Hotel in Eerie-On-Sea where Herbert Lemon is working. She tells Herbert he needs to hide her and fast. Soon afterwards the manager of the hotel, Mr Mollusc arrives with an old man who has a boat hook for a hand. He wants to know where Violet is, but Herbert tells them he hasn’t seen any girl. Read more

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Tunnel of Bones – Victoria Schwab

Tunnel of Bones – Victoria Schwab

Anything Victoria Schwab touches turns to instant magic. Tunnel of Bones was a delight to read and I preferred this (maybe slightly) more than City of Ghosts, but perhaps that’s just because I’m already used to the characters and didn’t have to get to know them all over again. The book made me want to drive to Paris and watch a ghost show or two (and I might even do the ghost tour part when I’m in Paris at the end of October).
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