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Book Recommendations- December 2023

4:28 pm, Wednesday December 2023

Library Prefect Ben has come up with a list of good reads to get you in a festive mood. Enjoy! 

Winter & Christmas Reading:

 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens 

The classic novel: ‘A Christmas Carol’, recounts the story of Ebenezer Scrooge, an elderly man who is visited by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley and the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. And after their visits, Scrooge is transformed into a kinder, gentler man…

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

Book 2 of a series: When 4 children - Peter, Susan, Edmund and Lucy - step through a wardrobe door in the strange country house where they are staying, they find themselves in the land of Narnia. Frozen in eternal winter, Narnia is a land of snow and pine forests, but its creatures are enslaved by the terrible White Witch. Edmund soon becomes the White Witch's servant - and it's up to his brother and sisters to release him, all hope seems lost… 

The Christmas Pig - J.K. Rowling 

Jack loves his childhood toy, Dur Pig (DP). DP has always been there for him, through good and bad. Until one Christmas Eve, something terrible happens – DP is lost. But Christmas Eve is a night for miracles and lost causes, and Jack’s newest toy – the Christmas Pig (DP’s annoying replacement) – has a daring plan: Together they’ll embark on a magical journey to seek something lost, and to save the best friend Jack has ever known…                                               

Miracle on 34th Street - Valentine Davies 

A white-bearded gentleman who appears at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade fills in for an unfit Santa Claus-and is asked to become the store's resident Santa. This Kris Kringle believes he is Santa, as do children from all over the city, and reindeer at the zoo nearby. A few sceptical souls try to have him declared insane, but miraculously, the State of New York, with the help of the U.S. Postal Service, come to the gent's rescue by declaring that he is indeed Santa Claus.

Christmas Short Stories & Poems:

A Visit from St. Nicholas (‘Twas the Night Before 

How the Grinch Stole Christmas - Dr. 

Christmas) - Clement Clarke Moore 

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