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The Christmas Mystery
on 6 December 2004
I read this book not long after reading Jostein Gaarder's smash hit 'Sophie's World', and whilst I found it enchanting, I cannot honestly say it matches up to his other novels.
It follows the story of a young boy who discovers an advent calendar with a difference while out shopping with his parents. This calendar, mysteriously placed in a book shop by a market florist,has a chapter of one girls extraordinary journey back through time to the birth of Christ in each door. This story immediatly captures the imaginations of both Joachim (the boy) and his parents, as they race each day to discover what the next door's chapter holds.
This plot is certainly original and Gaarder succeeds in telling two stories at once, although it can sometimes seem bare of description and a little repetitive. But, with all that said this book is still worth a read, particularly in the run up to Christmas, if only for the 'cosy Christmas feeling' you are guaranteed to get.