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Series: Christmas #2
Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: October 31, 2017
From the bestselling author of A Boy Called Christmas comes a hilarious and heartwarming holiday tale for fans of Roald Dahl and Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol that imagines the story of the first child to ever receive a Christmas present.
"Matt Haig has an empathy for the human condition, the light and the dark of it, and he uses the full palette to build his excellent stories." --Neil Gaiman, Newbery-winning author of The Graveyard Book
Amelia Wishart was the first child ever to receive a Christmas present. It was her Christmas spirit that gave Santa the extra boost of magic he needed to make his first trip around the world. But now Amelia is in trouble.
When her mother falls ill, she is sent to the workhouse to toil under cruel Mr. Creeper. For a whole year, Amelia scrubs the floors and eats watery gruel, without a whiff of kindness to keep her going. It's not long before her hope begins to drain away.
Meanwhile, up at the North Pole, magic levels dip dangerously low as Christmas approaches, and Santa knows that something is gravely wrong. With the help of his trusty reindeer, a curious cat, and Charles Dickens, he sets out to find Amelia, the only girl who might be able to save Christmas. But first Amelia must learn to believe again. . . .
Last year for the HoHoHo Readathon I had the pleasure of picking up Matt Haig's A Boy Called Christmas - it was a magical book and a wonderful way to start the holiday season. This follow up was just as magical and inspiring this holiday season. If you have not read A Boy Called Christmas, I highly recommend doing so before you read this book. The Girl Who Saved Christmas has a lot of references and characters from the first book.
In this new book you get multiple points of view, the girl - Amelia and then Santa and some of the elves as well. Amelia is the first person to receive a Christmas present ever and her hope is so strong that it helps Santa journey to deliver the presents all over the world. The hope strengthens the magic that he needs. This year though, Amelia has lost her hope in the magic of Christmas and Santa and Santa has to do something about it.
Like the last in the series, this book was so magical and full of love and the merry spirit of the holidays - I loved everything about it. Amelia was a sad but real character and Santa is his jolly self even in times of trouble, it was both realistic and uplifting. I really like the world that Haig has built for the holiday cheer and really liked the addition of Amelia into the story. The ending lit up my day and if you are looking for a sweet holiday read, I highly recommend these books.