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Nickolai of the North Paperback – 19 Oct 2006

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  • Paperback: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Hodder Children's Books; New Ed edition (19 Oct. 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0340903015
  • ISBN-13: 978-0340903018
  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 3 x 20 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 732,224 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A real yuletide treat ... If it doesn't give you that Xmas feeling, then there is no help for it: you have become Scrooge.' (The Times 2006-12-17)

'Enchantingly original ... thrilling twists ensure that this will become a Christmas classic.’ (The Independent 2005-10-21)

A gem... an imaginative fantasy.

(Daily Mail 2006-12-08)

'This definitive story of how Santa came to be recreates the magic of Christmas with elves, fairies, flying reindeer, and plenty of snow and ice. A classic myth in the making, presented in a luxurious gift edition.' (Starred review, Publishing News 2005-07-01)

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The definitive story of how Santa came to be - a book for every home this Christmas. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Christmas is coming and this for my money is the ideal present for young and old alike. It's a cracking good yarn and a completely new spin on the Santa tale. All the elements of a traditional Christmas are there, including the reindeer, with Nickolai as a new folk hero and central character. Add into the mix a wicked witch, a two headed monster,a hideously spoilt child who behaves rather like a public school prefect and a wonderous ice kingdom, where for some lip biting time it looks like evil is going to triumph over good, and you have an idea of some of the ingredients of this gripping tale. I won't spoil the end for you but this first book by Lucy Daniel Raby deserves to be a block buster and I hope she follows it up with more tales of young Nickolai of the North. It's a real page turner. Buy it.
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Format: Hardcover
Two pages into reading this aloud to my 10-year-old he gave a deep sigh of contentment and said, "I love books written like this." For the next week, he disappeared every night to read it to himself in bed, and I knew I'd found one of the books that I'm always looking for with a reluctant reader.
Nickolia of the North is about the childhood of Santa Claus or Father Christmas, the baby elf boy who survives when the evil elf queen Magda turns all the other elves at the North Pole into stone by stealing their Light Fairies. Plucked from the jaws of her wolves by a flying reindeer and dropped down the chimney of a childless couple, Nickolai has to keep his pointed ears and fairy soul secret - until his adoptive parents and best friends are persuaded to come to the sinister gold city Magda has created. Packed with exciting action, charming reindeer and hints of the life to come this is a really delightful book. It just misses 5 stars because I felt that the characters weren't explored in sufficient depth, but it's one of the best Christmas stories I've come across.
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Format: Hardcover
One of the most captivating Christmas stories there is!! It is a little old for the under 5's, although they will enjoy the story as they understand it. Like Polar Express this book will keep the magic of Christmas alive in the over 6's for a good few years to come. I now have an 8 year old who is not doubting anywhere near as much as he was. This book is lovely and deserves to be a huge hit.
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My name is John. I am 7 years old. I have just read Nicholai of the north and loved it!
I think it is one of the best books in the world.
I hated Magda and I loved Nicholai and his friends.
I can't wait to read another book from the same author. She is very good and her stories are brilliant.
Cheers from Dublin!
John.
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By Peter Durward Harris #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 30 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
The idea for this book was born when the author's daughter, then eight years old, asked who filled the stocking for Santa Claus when he was a child. (It's amazing the questions that children ask.) The author worked hard to find out about Santa's childhood, then wrote this book.

You can forget everything you read elsewhere about St Nicholas, as the author explains what really happened to Nickolai of the north. The forces of good and evil confronted each other at the North Pole in a world containing elves, goblins, fairies, flying reindeer, a two-headed monster, an evil witch, a town paved with gold and a bit of magic.

My own childhood was a long time ago (in the fifties), but I found it to be an enjoyable read and I note with satisfaction, as I read other reviews of this book, that modern children also find it enjoyable. The great news for those who enjoy this book is that there is a sequel, Nickolai's Quest, which continues the story by explaining how Santa and Rudolph deliver all those presents on Christmas Eve.
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Format: Kindle Edition
A great story about the eventual triumph of good over evil, which also includes a quest to find belonging. This book has echoes of a great many myths and legends, including Countess Bathory, as well as more festive ones.
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Format: Paperback
I picked this up in an attempt to boost my festive spirit during the run-up to our Christmas break, and finished it on Christmas Eve night. Perfect timing! And a perfect choice. Raby has taken a typically probing question by her young daughter, about what Santa was like as a child and where he came from, and spun it into this original fairytale for the older child/younger teen market.

This is a story about a little boy, Nickolai, and his search for his family. After a horrific attack on the Elfin kingdom by the witch Magda and her evil band of demons and goblins, baby Nickolai is snatched from the snow by a flying reindeer just as Magda's vicious wolves are closing in. Deposited down a chimney in the nearest 'Two-Legs' village, Nickolai grows into a young man in the care of old Joe and Hannah, and makes new friends in his town. Hearing rumours of a new Golden City further north, Nickolai and his friends travel to investigate. For Nick, this is a quest to finally find out who he is; for his friends and their families, it is a chance at a new life. But all that glitters is not gold, and when a terrible plot is uncovered, threatening childhood forever, it's up to Nick and his old reindeer friends to save the day.

This is a wonderful book to give to children at Christmas, weaving together all kinds of Christmassy magic and mythology into one action-packed story. There are fairies and wolves, demons and witches, elves and reindeer, Northern Lights and streets paved with gold, sleigh rides and a magical forest. There are hideously evil and twisted characters who seem to be unstoppable in their dastardly plots to destroy the world, and there are good, brave and courageous people who must fight to win the day.
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