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The Christmas Mystery Paperback – Abridged, 16 Oct 2003
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When Joachim opens the first window on his advent calendar, his excitement mounts as the countdown to Christmas Day begins. But soon he notices that strange things are happening behind the little windows, and everyday something mysterious and new appears. Meanwhile Elisabeth and the angel Ephiriel are on their own very special journey, and it is only when the last window on Joachim's calendar is opened that the true magic and wonder of Christmas is revealed.
Josten Gaarder, author of the international bestseller Sophie's World, has taken the story of Christmas and given it an alluring, mystical, modern twist that transports readers back to the Bethlehem of baby Jesus without ever losing sight of the wonder of it all. With illustrations by Rosemary Wells, The Christmas Mystery is lifted into the realms of the classics by the richness and poetry of Gaarder's language, making it so much more than just another book for Christmas. --Susan Harrison --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
"...a book to treasure"
-- The Herald, 30 November 2002
"...a fairytale enchantment shining in a modern world. Wistfully captivating"
-- Books for Keeps
"...the gentle, whispered illustrations by Sarah Gibb add to the sense of wonder already created..."
-- Church of England Newspaper, 5 December 2002
"A great Christmas story with a sense of wonder."
-- Eastern Daily Press, 8 November 2003
"Entertaining, informative and magical."
-- Bournemouth Daily Echo, 15 November 2003
"This novel communicates better than any modern narrative I have read a sense of the religious excitement of Christmas."
-- The Tablet, 7 December 2002
...an atmospheric Christmas tale for the whole family. -- Yoga & Health, December 1, 2003
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Set in Norway, Joachim goes to a book store with his father and comes away with an old advent calender, behind each door he doesn't find chocolate but a neatly folded piece of paper with fragments of a story on. Day by day he pieces together the tale and discovers more about the magic of Christmas as he goes.
This book does follow the story of the birth of Christ on Christmas day. A young girl Elisabet, travels back through time meeting angels, shepherds and wise men along the way, learning the true meaning of love, hope, faith and friendship, all coming together to celebrate the real reason of Christmas. The mystery of what happens to the odd group and in particular Elisabet keeps you hooked and Joachim's eagerness to discover more also pulls you in.
This book withstands it's years and still captivates the true magic of Christmas. Well worth a read.
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