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A Boy Called Christmas
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A Boy Called Christmas
by Matt Haig
2018 Odyssey Honor
2018 ALSC Notable Children's Recording
Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper.


Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed "Christmas"—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he's happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.

Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it's too late. . . .

Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould.
"Irresistibly readable. Destined to become a Christmas and anytime-before-or-after-Christmas classic!" —Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
"The definitive (and funny) history of ho, ho, ho! My children loved it." —Yann Martel, bestselling author of Life of Pi

"The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades." —Stephen Fry
"Humorous and heartfelt, A Boy Called Christmas will grow your heart three sizes and make you believe in magic." —Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times bestselling author of Rump
"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
2018 Odyssey Honor
2018 ALSC Notable Children's Recording
Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. . . . Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper.


Eleven-year-old Nikolas—nicknamed "Christmas"—has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he's happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him.

Along the way, Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things—if only he can reach his father before it's too late. . . .

Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic-in-the-making from acclaimed author Matt Haig and illustrator Chris Mould.
"Irresistibly readable. Destined to become a Christmas and anytime-before-or-after-Christmas classic!" —Chris Grabenstein, New York Times bestselling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library
"The definitive (and funny) history of ho, ho, ho! My children loved it." —Yann Martel, bestselling author of Life of Pi

"The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades." —Stephen Fry
"Humorous and heartfelt, A Boy Called Christmas will grow your heart three sizes and make you believe in magic." —Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times bestselling author of Rump
"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
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  • From the cover

    You are about to read the true story of Father Christmas.

    Yes. Father Christmas.

    You may wonder how I know the true story of Father Christmas, and I will tell you that you shouldn't really question such things. Not right at the start of a book. It's rude, for one thing. All you need to understand is that I do know the story of Father Christmas, or else why would I be writing it?

    Maybe you don't call him Father Christmas.

    Maybe you call him something else.

    Santa or Saint Nick or Santa Claus or Sinterklaas or Kris Kringle or Pelznickel or Papa Noel or Strange Man with a Big Belly Who Talks to Reindeer and Gives Me Presents. Or maybe you have a name you've come up with yourself, just for fun. If you were an elf, though, you would always call him Father Christmas. It was the pixies who started calling him Santa Claus, and spread the word, just to confuse things, in their mischievous way.

    But whatever you happen to call him, you know about him, and that's the main thing.

    Can you believe there was a time when no one in the world knew about him? A time when he was just an ordinary boy called Nikolas, living in the middle of nowhere, or the middle of Finland, doing nothing with magic except believing in it? A boy who knew very little about the world except the taste of mushroom soup, the feel of a cold north wind, and the stories he was told. And who only had a doll made out of a turnip to play with.

    But life was going to change for Nikolas, in ways he could never have imagined. Things were going to happen to him.

    Good things.

    Bad things.

    But if you are one of those people who believe that some things are impossible, you should put this book down right away. It is most certainly not for you.

    Because this book is full of impossible things.

    Are you still reading the book?

    Good. (Elves would be proud.)

    Then let us begin . . .

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  • Matt Haig is an internationally bestselling author whose novels for children and adults have been translated into 26 languages. His children's books have won the Smarties Gold Medal, the Alex Award, and the Blue Peter Book Award, and been nominated several times for the Carnegie Medal and the Waterstones Children's Book Prize. He lives in Brighton, England, with his wife and two children. He lives in Brighton, on the south coast of England, with his wife and two children. Visit him at matthaig.com and follow him @matthaig1
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  • AudioFile Magazine Narrator Stephen Fry delivers a heartwarming and spirited performance in this fresh production on the origins of Christmas rituals. Fry's dynamic narration brings out the humor as well as the heartache in young protagonist Nikolas, who sets off on an adventure to find his father and stumbles upon a mystical elf kingdom. Fry's hearty range of voices expresses not only Nikolas's quiet bravery, anguish, and joy during his journey but also a myriad of animated human and nonhuman characters, including a humorous troll and a sweet elf. Fry's delightful storytelling weaves heartfelt emotion with the magic of elves and the power of goodness, making it easy to believe in Christmas. M.F. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award � AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine
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