Book Review, Middle Grade Fiction

The Miracle on Ebenezer Street by Catherine Doyle

A magical snow globe, a purple reindeer, a grow-your-own Christmas pudding – The Miracle on Ebenezer Street is bursting with festive treats! This modern reimagining of A Christmas Carol will take the reader on an emotion-fuelled adventure. Hilarious, laugh-out-loud antics join heart-felt moments of dealing with loss and grief.  

It’s George’s third Christmas without his mum. Since her death, his dad has banned all mention of Christmas in their house. Keeping busy with work, George’s dad is rarely home, leaving George with his wonderfully lovely (and slightly mischievous) Nana Flo. Sneaking off to a Christmas fair, George and Nana Flo make the most of the sights, sounds, smells and tastes before they have to return home to their sad, colourless life.  As they are about to leave, George comes across Marley’s Christmas Curiosities – the most amazing Christmas shop ever! Full of every Christmas item you could ever imagine and more, this shop is a Christmas lover’s dream! When George discovers a mysterious snow globe containing a scene from his past, he realises his life may never be the same again. Will George’s wishes come true? Will the colour return to their lives?  Will George and his dad ever be happy again?

It’s going to take some pretty powerful miracles and plenty of hints of Dickens to change three years of heartache. Watch out for Marley, Scrooge, Cratchit, Tiny Tim and even the year of publication in this magical tale.

The Miracle on Ebenezer Street is a powerful story of family, love and dealing with loss. It is so clear that everyone needs support in grief and that those who love us are always there – we can always reach out for help. It is wonderful to find such a fun festive story with so much substance. The Miracle on Ebenezer Street will definitely find a home in my children’s special box of Christmas books.

Thank you to NetGalley & Puffin Books for this magical, meaningful story!

Click on the cover below to find out more or purchase on-line from Amazon.

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