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This week I am going to let you know about a book that I shall be re-reading during December, simply because it can, and perhaps should, be read like an advent calendar – the chapters run from the first of December to the twenty-fourth. It is The Christmas Mystery by Norwegian writer Jostein Gaarder.
In describing this book, I can do no better than the cover quote from the Daily Telegraph. 'A young boy finds a faded, home-made Advent calendar in a bookshop. A piece of paper falls out of the first window on which is written the first part of an extraordinary story about a small girl who travels back in time to Bethlehem and the birth of Christ. Meanwhile, the intertwining story of the present unfolds, and the boy finds out about the strange man who made the calendar and about a girl who disappeared on Christmas Eve 40 years ago.'
I thoroughly enjoyed this when I first read it, as did my son when I read it to him as a child. So, although you may find it on the 'grown-ups' shelf it can equally be read by and to children, and is a delightful Christmas story with a difference.