Edited by ;Abi Elphinstone
Publisher ; Simon & Schuster ( November 2016 )
A wonderful collection of wintery short stories written by a number of acclaimed authors and edited by Elphinstone, the author of the breathtaking fantasy adventure " The Dreamsnatcher". Together, they have created an enchanting magical world for the readers of all ages to dive into. Contributors include Katherine Woodfine,Jamila Gavin, Piers Torday, Lauren St john, Amy Alward, Michelle Harrison, Emma Carroll and Geraldine McCaughrean.
By : Michelle Houts
Publisher ; Candlewick ( October 2016 )
An enchanting Christmas adventure based on a Danish folktale. Twelve-year-old Bettina is not a believer of traditions and myths. Thus she did not tire herself to place the traditional bowl of Christmas rice pudding for the tiny Nisse, who are believed to look after the family. But when her baby sister goes missing she realizes that she could be wrong. And she enters into the miniature world of Nisse to get her sister back. A celebration of tradition and wonders of the nature.
The Girl Who Saved Christmas
By ; Matt Haig
Publisher ; Canongate Books ( November 2016 )
A follow up to Haig`s " The Boy Who Saved Christmas." But the story stands alone. An adventure set in the Victorian era. Matt Heig the author of " Reasons to Stay Alive" briefly enlightens children about coping with grief and having hope in this lovely Christmas adventure. Amelia, a chimney sweeper, is marooned in a workhouse and Santa is attacked by trolls! Santa manages to take things back in hand and starts his journey to rescue Amelia, because father Christmas is in need of this special little girl`s hope to revive the Christmas spirit.. A humorous and action packed adventure full of Christmas spirit to treasure!
Enid Blyton`s Christmas Tales ( Bumper Story Collection )
By : Enid Blyton
Publisher ; Hodder ( Sept 2016 )
A beautiful collection of short stories ( fifteen short tales ) and one long family Christmas tale comprising eleven chapters which provides information about English Christmas traditions, all of which uphold the spirit of Christmas. The readers will be swept away with plenty of mystery, magic, humor and scrumptious food. These compelling and simple adventures are ideal holiday read-alouds!
Young Scrooge : A very Christmas Story
By ; R.L.Stine
Publisher ; Feiwal & Friends ( September 2016 )
Stine`s version of the "Christmas Carol", not so rich as Dickens' book though Stine fans will appreciate the horror and humor - as it is expectantly spooky and ghostly! Rick Scroogeman - the class bully- is visited by three ghosts, Christmas Past, Present and Future. They force him to look into his errors by taking him on a mind blowing journey with some zombie students.
Secrets of Valhalla ( 11+ )
By : Jasmine Richards
Publisher : HarperCollins ( January 2016 )
Genre ; Fantasy/Mythology
An enthralling holiday fantasy! The fans of Norse mythology will especially love this. A girl and a boy`s journey across worlds in search of the "runes of Valhalla" to put our world back in shape. As Saturdays recur they learn that the Norse day guardians are suppressed. And that they need the runes back to regain their strength Now they must find the runes and return them back to the day gods before Loki finds them. But the runes are hidden with the Roman gods, A beautifully woven fantasy with Norse gods and Roman gods in action. Well developed characters and an exciting line up of events will keep the readers awake, late into the night, reading until the end!!
The Rat Prince
By ; Bridget Hodder
Publisher ; Farrar, Straus and Giroux ( August 2016 )
It`s the story of Char, the dashing rat prince and Lady Rose the "Cinderella". A brilliantly woven tale with many twists and turns to the classic fairytale, but magical as ever! It is more than just a fairy tale; as it comprises of a very thoughtful message as well. The rich characters and settings with much detail of Cinderella`s world, will draw the readers in.
The Changer`s Key ( A Riddle in Ruby 2 )
By ; Kent Davis
Publisher ; Greenwillow Books ( September 2016 )
Another lovely fantasy cum adventure and the second installment of "A Riddle in Ruby" trilogy. Set in colonial America with fortresses, wilderness and hunting cats, the story dazzles with action, mystery,science and humor. In this sequel Ruby is imprisoned by Rool ( the enemy ) and she comes close to unraveling the secret in her blood. Her pirate captain father and the friends must time-travel to locate the hidden fortress where Ruby is kept.
A Most Magical Girl
By ; Karen Foxlee
Publisher : Knopf Books for Young Readers (August 2016 )
A fantastic setting! An enchanting tale! And, a lovely holiday read! Two young girls from the Victorian era - one thoughtful and ladylike and the other a wild one- pair up against the most dangerous and mysterious underworld that exists beneath London, to rescue a sacred wand. A battle between black magic and white magic,and our heroines have to save the world. There are wizards, witches, magical machines, fairies, trolls and dragons, and a magical journey ahead !
Knights of the Borrowed Dark
By ; Dave Rudden
Publisher ; Penguin Random House ( April 2016 )
An exciting tale of horror, heroism, loyalty, and friendship.
Denizen Hardwick and Simon Hayes have known each other almost all of their lives. They have been raised at the Crosscaper Orphanage, since they were around 2 years of age. The lives of the two friends are completely changed with the arrival of a note from the director of the orphanage which read that Denizen's aunt- an aunt he never knew he had - has been in contact and that he will be taken away for few days, on his 13th birthday. And a deep-black mysterious car growls out through the open gates of Crosscaper with Denizen in the passenger seat.The story keeps up a fast pace from the first chapter, and will be the kind of page-turner that will appeal to girls as well as boys.