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Lost Christmas Hardcover – 27 Oct 2011

4.6 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Quercus Children's Books (27 Oct. 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857387359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857387356
  • Product Dimensions: 13.9 x 2.6 x 19.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 584,437 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'a vivid and touching book' Independent. (Independent)

'... a compelling read for Christmas ... The book fluctuates between humour and poignancy, but the characters exude warmth and humanity throughout' We Love This Book. (We Love This Book)

'A gritty and magical grown-up fairytale' Woman. (Woman)

'A fantastic tale of 'what ifs' and wrongs righted, this is a children's story that adult fans of the It's a Wonderful Life genre will also enjoy' Woman's Weekly. (Woman's Weekly)

'I loved it! It was a brilliant book, I couldn't put it down, and I just wanted to read on to see what happens next!' Teen Titles. (Teen Titles)

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It's a Wonderful Life meets modern Manchester in this heartwarming story of an orphaned boy who meets a mysterious stranger on Christmas Eve.

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Format: Hardcover
Last Christmas was the worst of Goose's life when his parents were killed in a car accident. Since then his life has gone off the rails. Having moved in with his grandmother (who's becoming more and more forgetful), he's turned to burglarising houses and selling the stolen goods to his uncle Frank. But his life really hits rock bottom when his dog, Mutt, goes missing.

While searching for Mutt, Goose meets Anthony who has literally appeared out of nowhere. Anthony has a weird ability to know everything about those he touches but he has no memory of who he is and isn't even sure whether Anthony is his real name. As Anthony and Goose search for Mutt, they come into contact with other people who have lost things, people who only they can help ...

David Logan's middle grade novel is a combination of IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE and SHAMELESS, set in contemporary Manchester.

I found Goose to be an interesting character, angry and guilt-ridden he's too wrapped up in his own pain to care about the effect that his thievery has on others. With his grandmother slowly succumbing to Alzheimer's, all he has left is his dog, which explains why he's so desperate to find it. As he travels with Anthony however, he's made aware of some of the effect of what he's done and in doing so, comes to care for the strange Anthony whose ability to know the history of things begins to take an awful toll.

Anthony remains a cypher and although bits of his memory come back during the story, I never really got a sense of him being more than a plot device. By contrast I found Frank to be more developed, separated from his family and desperate to get them back he's turned to petty crime as a way of looking after Goose as much as to earn money to take care of his wife and daughter.
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Saw the TV version and was blown away! Had to read the book and was not disappointed. Took me back to old fashioned christmasses with its mix of magic and sentiment.
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I'm going to be honest. I picked up this book in the shop as I had been asked to review a children's 'Christmas themed' book. I had never heard of this book or of the author but I'm a sucker for 'topical' reads just to see what all the fuss is about. This book drew me in, as had the headline, 'Now a major film starring Eddie Izzard' and thanks to the rather obvious title, was a quick win to meet the task at hand.

So, it was fair to say that I started reading this book feeling a bit 'meh' as it isn't something that I would have chosen with no agenda.

But thank goodness I did! By the end of the first chapter I had to bite back tears and actually stopped reading to think how I would have reacted as a mother in the same situation. Towards the end of the book I was a goner, my heartstrings well and truly yanked. To balance the sadness there's more than a little magic, intrigue over 'Anthony's' true identity and humour for his quirky personality and his tourettes like ability to share random facts. Did you know that Walt Disney was scared of mice for instance?

So what's it all about? Well the story focuses around a young boy nicknamed Goose whom, on Christmas Eve, inadvertently sets off a chain of events that creates misery and loss for a number of people, whilst making him an orphan in the process. His grandmother, already experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer's dementia is left to look after him.

One year on and he is withdrawn, isolated and is under probation for thieving whilst his grandmother's health continues to deteriorate. If his life couldn't get more bleak already, he then loses his beloved dog Mutt.
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Welcome to the world of Richard Thornhill, better known as Goose throughout most of the book. Little does Goose know, as he wakes up one Christmas Eve morning, that his whole world is about to change. Going downstairs after hearing some unusual noises, he comes face to face with his parents and his Nan, all of whom are trying to hide something from him. It is not long before the secret is out, and Goose becomes the happiest boy on earth but, shortly afterwards, his whole world comes tumbling down and he meets up with a stranger named Anthony, who is about to take Goose on a long journey which neither of them will ever forget. ‘It’s a Wonderful Life” meets “A Christmas Carol”, Lost Christmas will take you on an incredible journey through the streets of Manchester, England, where the lives of several people are about to become connected in a way no one could have imagined.

Logan writes in such a friendly way, that I never had to turn back any pages to reread anything. I was able to follow the story very easily to the end. At the beginning I thought I was reading a children’s book but, as I got deeper into the story, I realised this was a book aimed more at young adults and families. As I read the story I felt contented and peaceful, always wanting to know what was going to happen next. There were no huge cliff hangers at the end of any of the chapters, but that did not matter because Logan’s style of writing kept me interested, wanting to know more.

The characters were very easy to follow and I admire Logan for including a character with Alzheimer’s in the story. Most of us during our life will encounter a person with Alzheimer’s and it is good to read a book, I consider to be aimed at younger adults, where living with a person with the condition is included.
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