Blurb from Goodreads
An enchanting and exciting tale of Christmas magic from multi-award-winning and bestselling writer Catherine Doyle.
‘Old Marley’s magic was beginning to stir…’
George and his father are about to spend their third Christmas without George’s mother. Since she died, Hugo Bishop has thrown himself into his work, and has no time for George – and he definitely has no time for Christmas. It feels like they’re living life in black and white.
Then, George stumbles across Marley’s Curiosity Shop. There he finds a mysterious snow globe, which – though George can’t quite understand how – appears to show a scene from George’s past. A Christmas in which he and his family were together, and happy…
That night, George and his father are swept on an adventure to three Christmases – past, present, and future. With a little bit of hope, and just a touch of magic, can they begin living life in full colour again?
A stunning modern reimagining of Charles Dickens’ beloved classic, A Christmas Carol.
I love Christmas.
It truly is a magical time of the year. It’s really hard to put my finger on what exactly it is I love… if it’s the decorations, the fizzing atmosphere on the streets, my family coming together from the four corners of the country, the scents and aromas in the air …
it’s just wonderful.
But we are living in 2020. And who knows what Christmas 2020 is going to be like for most of us. The COVID-19 pandemic is not going away any time soon so how do we find that Christmas cheer in our hearts this year?
One suggestion of mine is through books. Escaping the horrors of 2020 into the pages of a tinsel trimmed story. And what better type of story is there than a beautiful children’s story.
The Miracle on Ebenezer Street may be written and marketed towards those in the middle grade category… and it’s perfect for this age group… but this book has so much more magic in its pages that it would be sad if people of any age didn’t get to enjoy it.
It’s a modern spin on the classic Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. And a spin in away you won’t predict!
Ten year old George lives in London with his father and paternal grandmother. He’s just like any other child full of the joys of Christmas. Except George’s dad Hugo doesn’t celebrate Christmas. He won’t have it mentioned in the house. He refuses to decorate. He works on Christmas. He has even forbidden George from seeing his beloved cousins. He has lost Christmas joy and has become a Scrooge… all because three years ago George’s mum died on Christmas Eve.
But George’s grandmother is an adventurous spirit. And quite shrewd too. She wants George to have some happy experiences of Christmas so she brings him to a Christmas market without the knowledge of George’s dad Hugo… and while at this market George comes across a magical shop where he’s gifted a snow globe….
And from there the story takes off. George and his dad are visited by magic in the form of ancestors, an elf, a purple reindeer…. and lots of fun and frolics ensue.
This story is beautiful. There were times I giggled at the high-jinx and adventures; Clementine is 100% my favourite character! She always made me laugh. But there are also beautifully sad moments where George and his dad are coming to terms with their grief.
It’s honestly the perfect Christmas story. Joyful with the right amount of bittersweet. And a book that can be enjoyed by any age. I have young relatives whom I gift books to every Christmas (and birthday! Yes I am that kind of aunt!) and 100% I am buying a copy of this for them to read this year.
Highly highly recommended to anyone with Christmas in their heart… and also to those Scrooges that need to rediscover the simple pleasures of the season of goodwill.
*An e-copy was kindly provided to me by the publisher via NetGalley for honest review*
Publishing 1st October 2020, Penguin Random House Children’s UK/Puffin