Books for Advent December 24

The Night Before Christmas by Clement Clarke Moore

‘Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the house not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse’. Clement Moore’s popular festive poem about a visit from Santa Claus is a wonderful poem to share on Christmas Eve.   Lots of twist on this poem are available from A Pirate’s Night before Christmas by Philip Yates, The Dinoasurs night before Christmas by Anne Muecke and The night before, the night before Christmas by Richard Scarry.
The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey9780755380534
Jack and Mabel have staked everything on making a fresh start in the raw Alaskan wilderness. In a moment of tenderness, the pair build a snowman – or rather a snow girl – together. The next morning, all trace of her has disappeared. But Jack can’t shake the notion that he glimpsed a small figure running in the trees in the dawn light. This is a magical tale, based on a Russian fairy story and is a wonderful Winter read with fabulous descriptions of snowy landscapes in a remote part of the world.
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Books for Advent December 23

Opal Plumstead by Jacqueline Wilsonopal-plumstead
 
Opal Plumstead might be plain, but she has always been fiercely intelligent. Yet her scholarship and dreams of university are snatched away when her father is sent to prison, and fourteen-year-old Opal must start work at the Fairy Glen sweet factory to support her family. Opal struggles to get along with the other workers, who think her snobby and stuck-up. But Opal idolises Mrs Roberts, the factory’s beautiful, dignified owner, who introduces Opal to the legendary Mrs Pankhurst and her fellow Suffragettes. And when Opal meets Morgan – Mrs Roberts’ handsome son, and the heir to Fairy Glen – she believes she has found her soulmate. But the First World War is about to begin, and will change Opal’s life for ever. This is the brilliantly gripping new story from the bestselling, award-winning Jacqueline Wilson.
 
Life After Life by Kate Atkinson 9780385618670
What if you had the chance to live your life again and again, until you finally got it right? During a snowstorm in England in 1910, a baby is born and dies before she can take her first breath. During a snowstorm in England in 1910, the same baby is born and lives to tell the tale. What if there were second chances? And third chances? In fact an infinite number of chances to live your life? Would you eventually be able to save the world from its own inevitable destiny? And would you even want to? ‘Life After Life’ follows Ursula Todd as she lives through the turbulent events of the last century again and again. With wit and compassion, she finds warmth even in life’s bleakest moments, and shows an extraordinary ability to evoke the past.
 
 
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Books for Advent December 22

SHACKletons journeyShackleton’s Journey by William Grill

In August 1914, Ernest Shackleton and his brave crew set out to cross the frozen wastes of Antarctica, in what was to be the last expedition of the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. Ahead of them lay unimaginable danger – ferocious seas, uncharted mountains, ice and snow. This is the true story of how Shackleton and his companions endured the hardships they faced, and ultimately managed to survive their perilous adventure.  To mark the 100th anniversary of the expedition, illustrator William Gill has created a beautiful and sophisticated non-fiction book for children, which retells Shackleton’s story. Informative text is combined with a wealth of detailed coloured-pencil drawings in Gill’s distinctive style, which create a strong sense of atmosphere. Each page layout is beautifully designed, making clever use of white space that itself seems to evoke the bleak, frozen wastelands of the Antarctic landscape.

The tale of a long-ago, failed Antarctic journey may seem a niche subject for a children’s book, but there is plenty here to capture the imagination. Young readers will be intrigued by the heroism of Shackleton and his crew, as well as attracted by some of the quirkier elements, such as the individual drawings of all 99 of Shackleton’s sled dogs. Carefully-researched, with lots of factual detail and a useful glossary of terms, this is an unusual, thought-provoking and very attractive work of non-fiction.

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel9780007230204

England, the 1520s. Henry VIII is on the throne, but has no heir. Cardinal Wolsey is his chief advisor, charged with securing the divorce the pope refuses to grant. Into this atmosphere of distrust and need comes Thomas Cromwell, first as Wolsey’s clerk, and later his successor. Hilary Mantel’s brilliant depction of life in Tudor England is  a deeply satisfying read.

 
 
 
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Books for Advent; December 20th and 21st

The Year of the Rat by Clare Furniss year-of-the-rat

I always thought you’d know, somehow, if something terrible was going to happen. I thought you’d sense it, like when the air goes damp and heavy before a storm and you know you’d better hide yourself away somewhere safe until it all blows over.  But it turns out it’s not like that at all. There’s no scary music playing in the background like in films. No warning signs. Not even a lonely magpie. One for sorrow, Mum used to say. Quick, look for another.

The world can tip at any moment … a fact that fifteen-year-old Pearl is all too aware of when her mum dies after giving birth to her baby sister. Told across the year following her mother’s death, Pearl’s story is full of bittersweet humour and heartbreaking honesty about how you deal with grief that cuts you to the bone, as she tries not only to come to terms with losing her mum, but also the fact that her sister – The Rat – is a constant reminder of why her mum is no longer around.

Mrs Palfrey at the Claremont by Elizabeth Taylor9780860682639

On a rainy Sunday in January, the recently widowed Mrs Palfrey arrives at the Claremont Hotel, where she will spend the rest of her days. She encounters the handsome young writer, Ludo, and learns that even the old can fall in love.  A poignant story told with much wit, humour and compassion.

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Books for Advent for December 19

Please, Mister Postman by Alan Johnson9780593073414

Born in condemned housing in West London in 1950, with no heating, no electricity and no running water, Alan Johnson did not have the easiest start in life. But by the age of 18, he was married, a father and working as a postman in Slough. This sequel to Alan’s bestselling memoir ‘This Boy’, describes the next period in Alan’s life with every bit as much honesty, humour and emotional impact as his bestselling debut. ‘Please, Mr Postman’ paints a vivid picture of a bygone era – Britain in the 1970s was a very different country to the one we know today – and reveals another fascinating chapter in the life of one of our best loved public figures.

 

It’s Snow Day by Richard Curtis and Rebecca Cobbsnowday

A snowy day, a deserted school and the teacher you least want to see. Welcome to Snow Day, the most magical day of the year . . . When Danny goes to school one quiet, snowy morning, the last thing he expects to find is a deserted school and his least favourite teacher. But that’s exactly what he does find. And what starts as the worst day imaginable, ends as the most life-affirming and magical day of the year.
An incredibly moving story about finding friendship in the most unexpected of places.
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Books for Advent December 18

An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth by Chris Hadfield9781447257103

Colonel Chris Hadfield has spent decades training as an astronaut and has logged nearly 4000 hours in space. During this time he has broken into a space station with a Swiss army knife, disposed of a live snake while piloting a plane, been temporarily blinded while clinging to the exterior of an orbiting spacecraft, and become a YouTube sensation with his performance of David Bowie’s ‘Space Oddity’ in space. In this book, he takes readers deep into his years of training and space exploration to show how to make the impossible possible.

 

Poppy by Mary Hooperpoppy mary hooper

Poppy is young, beautiful and clever and working as a parlourmaid in the de Vere family’s country house. Society, it seems, has already carved out her destiny.  But Poppy’s life is about to be thrown dramatically off course. The first reason is love with someone forbidden, who could never, ever marry a girl like her. The second reason is war.  As the lists of the dead and wounded grow longer, Poppy must do whatever she can to help the injured soldiers, knowing all the while that her own soldier may never return home.  Mary Hooper has written another fantastic piece of historical fiction. It’s beautifully researched and you come away with a real understanding of the many ways in which the Great War changed life in Britain. Hooper examines the class system, the growing emancipation of women, the horrors of shell shock and even the early beginnings of plastic surgery. Poppy begins the book serving tea to the gentry and ends it making truly significant decisions about her own life. And readers can feel the change as if they were also a girl living a century ago.  Well worth a read.

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Books for Advent December 17

Custard Tarts and Broken Hearts by Mary Gibson9781781855775

They call them custard tarts – the girls who work at the Pearce Duff custard and jelly factory. But now the custard tarts are up in arms, striking for better conditions. Among them is Nellie Clark, trying to hold her family together after the death of her mother. She has the most desperate struggle to make ends meet, often going hungry to feed her little brothers. Two men vie for Nellie’s love. One is flamboyant, confident and a chancer. The other is steady, truthful and loyal. But the choice is not as easy as it might seem. Looming over them all – over Bermondsey, over the factory, over the custard tarts and their lives and loves – is the shadow of the First World War. And that will change everything and everyone.

Fancy Dress Christmas by Nick Sharrattfancy dress christmas
There’s a fancy dress Christmas party, and everyone’s in their best costumes. Children will love lifting the flaps to discover which animals are hiding behind the disguises. Mouse has come as a candle. Cat’s an Angel. But who has come as a Christmas tree? Is it Owl? This festive follow-up to the very popular FANCY DRESS FARMYARD combines all those toddler favourites: peek-a-boo pages to turn, bouncy rhyming text and lots of animal noises to join in with.
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Books for Advent December 16

The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce9780857520647

When Harold Fry nips out one morning to post a letter, leaving his wife hoovering upstairs, he has no idea that he is about to walk from one end of the country to the other. He has no hiking boots or map, let alone a compass, waterproof or mobile phone. All he knows is that he must keep walking. To save someone else’s life.

 

Snowbert the Polar Bear by An Vrombaut snowbert

Based on the series 64 Zoo Lane tell the story of Lucy who lives next door to a zoo. Every night, she climbs down the long long neck of Georgina the Giraffe and listens to one of them tell her a story……Tonight it’s the story of Snowbert the Polar Bear. Snowbert is lonely. The North Pole is quiet and cold. And he’s fed up of playing dominoes alone.  Will he ever find a friend?

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Books for Advent December 15

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis

In this children’s classic, Lucy finds that an old wardrobe in a professor’s country house is a gateway to a magical land of fauns, centaurs, nymphs and talking animals – but also of the beautiful but evil White Witch who has held the land of Narnia in eternal winter for a hundred years. A firm favourite with adults and children alike, this fabulous story is well worth re-reading.

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A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens

The impact of this story has had a lasting and significant influence upon our ideas about the Christmas spirit, and about the season as a time for celebration, charity, and memory. Ebeneezer Scrooge is visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve who give him the choice of either changing his ways or suffering a terrible fate.

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Books for Advent December 13th and 14th

 
 
 The Abominators and my amazing panty wanty woos! By J.L. Smith
abominatorsAn absolutely hilarious tale stuffed with funny escapades, you will laugh out loud again and again.  Mucker, Boogster, Cheesy and Bob, also known as The Abominators, are the most mischievous characters you will ever have come across. Their interests include: chaos, mayhem and filling the school toilets with strawberry jelly. Their interests definitely DO NOT include: making friends with panty-wanty-woo-wearing new boy, Cecil Trumpington-Potts. Cecil, however, is certain he can change their minds. Next in the series is called The Abominators in the Wild. 

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Jenna Metcalf was with her mother the night she disappeared in tragic and mysterious circumstances, but she remembers nothing. Over ten years have passed, and still Jenna reads and rereads her mother’s journals, hoping to find some clue hidden there, in the meticulous recording of her scientific research with elephants. Desperate for answers, Jenna uses all her savings to recruit the aid of a private detective – and a psychic. Jenna knows her mother loved her. She knows she would not leave her. And she will not rest until she finds out what happened that night. This latest title by the best-selling author is an addictive read-difficult to put down!

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