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When I first found out about this book, I was thrilled. It’s not often to come across well-written, mature Christmas fiction for children. Other than A Christmas Carol, what is really out there that explores the true meaning of Christmas?

I was also equally thrilled to discover Eddie Izzard is to star in the BBC adaptation, to be shown this Christmas so make sure you look out for it…but read the book first!

Lost Christmas is all about a boy named Goose, whose parents have been tragically killed in a car accident. Living with his crazy Grandma and dog called ‘Mutt’, Goose feels pretty down on his luck. (Think Tiny Tim meets Charlie Bucket). Goose does have one friend; but he’s hired Goose to help him commit crimes across Manchester.

One day, Goose meets a man who is capable of finding anything and everything. When Goose loses his dog, it seems fate has drawn them together and he must rely on this strange man; Anthony, to find his beloved dog.

Anthony poses many questions: Who is he? Can he really help Goose find his dog? And more importantly…how?

I loved this book from start to finish…literally. The hardback book is beautiful and in-keeping with the festive theme. It would make a wonderful gift for girls and boys. It’s difficult not to become attached to Goose. He’s completely lost his way through no fault of his own and I couldn’t help but root for Goose and Anthony as they help one another find things they have lost.

It’s a charming, sad but often funny tale of life and love set amongst the dodgy side-streets of Manchester but the anticipation of Christmas never goes away. Quite like A Christmas Carol and the film, ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ I couldn’t help but hope that the magic of Christmas would win out in this book…and I wasn’t disappointed.

Lost Christmas is David Logan’s first book, and what a triumph it is. He writes with compassion and understanding for his characters; like he too understands what they’re going through.

A perfect gift for 9-12 year old girls and boys. Or, in fact anyone looking for a little magic this Christmas and the chance to believe in something great.

LOST CHRISTMAS

David Logan

Quercus Books

9780857387356

£8.99 HB

 

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