A Boy Called Christmas

By: Matt Haig
Narrated by: Stephen Fry
Series: A Boy Called Christmas, Book 1
Length: 4 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

2018 Odyssey Honor

2018 ALSC Notable Children’s Recording

Before there was Santa Claus, there was a young boy who believed in the impossible. Lemony Snicket meets Elf in this warmhearted Christmas caper. 

Eleven-year-old Nikolas - nicknamed "Christmas" - has received only one toy in his life: a doll carved out of a turnip. But he's happy with his turnip doll, because it came from his parents, who love him. 

Then one day his father goes missing, and Nikolas must travel to the North Pole to save him. Along the way Nikolas befriends a surly reindeer, bests a troublesome troll, and discovers a hidden world of enchantment in the frozen village of Elfhelm. 

But the elves of Elfhelm have troubles of their own: Christmas spirit and goodwill are at an all-time low, and Nikolas may be the only person who can fix things - if only he can reach his father before it's too late....

Sparkling with wit and warmth, A Boy Called Christmas is a cheeky new Christmas classic in the making from acclaimed author Matt Haig. 

©2016 Matt Haig (P)2016 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Irresistibly readable. Destined to become a Christmas and anytime-before-or-after-Christmas classic!" (Chris Grabenstein, New York Times best-selling author of Escape from Mr. Lemoncello's Library)

"Like stockings hung by the fire, this spellbinding opus may well become a yuletide tradition." (Kirkus)

"The definitive (and funny) history of ho, ho, ho! My children loved it." (Yann Martel, best-selling author of Life of Pi)

“The most evergreen, immortal Christmas story to be published for decades.” (Stephen Fry)

"Humorous and heartfelt, A Boy Called Christmas will grow your heart three sizes and make you believe in magic." (Liesl Shurtliff, New York Times best-selling author of Rump)

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Wonderful magical story!

My 10 year old and I loved this story! We read or listened to multiple Christmas stories this year that we enjoyed —-such as when Santa fell to the earth. But this book “A boy called Christmas” was by far our favorite. It was truly magical!!!

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JUST EXCELLENT!

I really cannot express how delightful and insightful this story is. Fun to listen to, subtle lessons taught. A MUST to listen to.

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Phenomenal story

We absolutely loved A Boy Named Christmas! It was engaging and a beautifully written new take on an old story. My middle schooler and I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Adorable holiday story!

This story is fantastic! Great holiday read! Grab your hot cocoa and a candy cane, and get ready to giggle and laugh!

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Loved the narrator and the story

The narrator was amazing great enthusiasm and storytelling. The book was good would say it would be more for kids 8-10 then my age but still a great read for Christmas.

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A story to state and love

Wonderful premise . Engaging story. Full of joy and sadness , true frindship , and the love and faith of a little boy from Finland.

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Fantastic

Fantastic series! I couldn't listen fast enough. It was a wonderful and unique play on Father Christmas' story! Hopefully there will be more to come!

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beautifully written and read exceptionally well.

this is my family's new favorite Christmas story! A very fun story with tons of verbal imagery to excite a child's mind. You won't be disappointed.

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Best book!

Our whole family LOVED this book! One of our favorite audio books (and we've heard a lot). Such a fun story with an excellent narrator. Ages 6-13 and adults were all gripped by story. We can't wait to hear #2

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Magical!

Very clever origin story about how Santa became Santa. This 50 year old kid enjoyed every minute of it