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Cracking Christmas Stories, ages 8 to teens

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As we head towards the end of the year, we’ve picked our favourite festive stories. Whether you’re counting down with an advent calendar or putting up decorations – here are some fantastic books to get you in the Christmas mood!

Click on the links to find books for ages 0-5 and 5-8.


The Night I Met Father Christmas By Ben Miller, published by Simon & Schuster

Jackson has always wanted to meet Father Christmas. He knows all about the reindeer, he knows about the elves and the secret North Pole workshop, he knows about the magic that allows Father Christmas to deliver presents around the world in just one night, but there’s one question he wants answered … how did Father Christmas become Father Christmas?

One Christmas Eve, Jackson’s wish comes true and not only does he get to meet Father Christmas but he also hears his incredible story… So begins an enchanting fairy-tale journey into the unknown story of Torvil Christmas – a hard, cruel elf, abandoned at birth, who discovers the meaning of life and learns to love again.

Snowflakes, Silver and Secrets by Tracey Corderoy, published by Simon & Schuster

Join Bryony and Red on another Seaview Stables adventure, in this snowy seasonal special!

It’s the Christmas holidays and Bryony and her friends have lots to look forward to. There’s the Christmas Market, a Christmas play and of course, lots of time for magical horse rides through the snow! On one snowy ride, Bryony and her dream pony, Red, come across a beautiful painted caravan. A family of travellers have arrived in Brook Dale and Bryony can’t wait to involve them in all the festivities. But when a box of silver goes missing from Brook Dale Manor, fingers start to point at the new arrivals. Can Bryony and her friends solve the mystery of the stolen silver, and remind everyone of just what Christmas is about?

Witch in Winter by Kaye Umansky, published by Simon & Schuster

Magenta Sharp has vanished from her magical tower in Crookfinger forest and no one knows how to find her. But with a mysterious stranger setting his sights on the empty tower and an unexpected snowstorm causing chaos, Elsie and her friends need to track down Magenta, and fast!

Can Elsie’s new witchy skills help save the day? Or is Magenta gone for good?

The Frozen Sea by Piers Torday, published by Quercus Children’s Books

The second incredible instalment following The Lost Magician – a spellbinding fantasy adventure based on The Chronicles of Narnia from bestselling author Piers Torday.

It is 1984 and forty years since Simon, Patricia and Evelyn and Larry first stepped through a magical library door into the enchanted world of Folio. When Patricia’s daughter, Jewel, makes a mysterious discovery in an old bookshop, she begins a quest that will make her question everything she thought she knew. Summoned to Folio, she must rescue her missing aunt, helped only by her rude pet hamster Fizz and a malfunctioning robot.

Their mission to the Frozen Sea will bring them face-to-face with a danger both more deadly and more magnificent than they ever imagined. What Jewel discovers will change not just who she thinks she is, but who we all think we are…

The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch by Tom Fletcher with illustrations by Shane Devries, published by Penguin Randomhouse

One year has passed since William Trundle’s incredible adventure with the most extraordinary dinosaur: the Christmasaurus. Now, William is swept back to the magical North Pole, where he meets the mysterious, icy Winter Witch – whose power to control time allows Santa Claus to make the long journey all around the world every Christmas Eve. And when they learn that the fate of Christmas itself hangs in the balance, William and the Christmasaurus must work with the Winter Witch to protect it…

 Full of magic and music, humour and heart, and a friendship like no other, The Christmasaurus and the Winter Witch is the most enchanting Christmas read for the whole family.

The Snowman by Michael Morpurgo with illustrations by Robin Shaw

Beloved children’s author Michael Morpurgo has re-imagined Raymond Briggs’ classic The Snowman for a new generation of readers.

One December morning, James is thrilled to wake up to see snow falling. He spends the whole day making his perfect snowman; he has coal eyes, an old green hat and scarf and a tangerine nose… just like the snowman from his favourite story. That night, something magical happens- the Snowman comes to life!

LEGO Christmas Ideas, published by DK

Have a merry LEGO® Christmas with 50 festive build ideas!

Use your LEGO collection to create Christmas tree decorations, santa hats, snowflakes and more. Plus challenge your friends and family to fun LEGO games. You won’t run out of ideas over the holiday season with this perfect stocking stuffer. Let the holiday fun begin! ©2019 The LEGO Group.

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The Great Reindeer Disaster by Kate Saunders and Neal Layton, published by Faber

An unexpected Christmas adventure disrupts one family’s summer holiday in this gloriously funny escapade from award-winning author Kate Saunders.

When a miniature reindeer named Percy falls down the chimney of the Trubshaws’ holiday cottage, the last thing they expect is to be whisked away to the distant planetof Yule-1 – the REAL home of Father Christmas, the elves, and his intrepid reindeer delivery teams. And what an amazing place it is – nobody minds being stuck there until the computer system has been mended. But the festive season is in danger! One rogue reindeer has teamed up with the evil Krampus to sabotage everything. Unless Percy and his new friends can track them down, there will be no Christmas this year – or EVER AGAIN! Illustrated in black and white by Neal Layton, this is destined to become a holiday favourite.

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(Contains more mature content.)

Love, Secret Santa by S. A. Domingo, published by Hodder Children’s Books

It’s nearly Christmas, but Angel Green isn’t celebrating – she’s too busy studying for a scholarship exam. On top of that, she’s organising her school’s charity fundraising campaign to help a local hospice. Unfortunately, her fundraising partner is Caspar Johnson: handsome, creative and fun, but TOTALLY unreliable.

Thank goodness for her Secret Santa who keeps leaving her amazing presents, including an intriguing hand-made advent calendar! Angel is dying to find out who her secret admirer is . . .

As they spend time together planning festive events, Angel realises that Caspar has hidden depths – and a secret that he’s hiding behind his easy-going facade. Her advent calendar encourages Angel to take risks and open her heart – but has she left it too late to tell Caspar how she really feels?

Win 1 of 5 copies of Love, Secret Santa