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Christmas books for age 7+

Help independent readers discover the joy of getting lost in a book and send them on an unforgettable festive adventure.

Victoria Stitch: Bad and Glittering

Harriet Muncaster

Twins, Victoria Stitch and Celestine, are denied their royal birth-right. Celestine accepts the decision with good grace, but Victoria Stitch is consumed with her obsession for power.
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The Accidental Prime Minister Returns

Tom McLaughlin

In The Accidental Prime Minister, Joe Perkins was trying to save his local park when he accidentally ended up being Prime Minster.

In this hilarious sequel, Joe is back. The people need someone to remind them about the good things in life and how we can come together to make the world a better place.
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The Accidental Father Christmas

Tom McLaughlin

Ben’s starting to get a bit sceptical about Father Christmas’s existence, he needs proof. So, on Christmas Eve, he sets up an elaborate booby trap to capture the jolly bearded fella as he comes sliding down the chimney. Kicking off a sequence of hilarious events that makes this Christmas the most bonkers ever!
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The Eagle of the Ninth (Centenary Edition)

Rosemary Sutcliff

The Ninth Legion marched into the mists of northern Britain – and they were never seen again. Four thousand men disappeared and their eagle standard was lost. It’s a mystery that’s never been solved, until now . . .
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Kevin and the Biscuit Bandit

Philip Reeve, Sarah McIntyre

Bumbleford has been hit by a series of biscuit thefts. All the clues lead straight to the only roly-poly flying pony in town, and Max’s best friend, KEVIN!
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Pippi Longstocking

Astrid Lindgren, Mini Grey

Pippi Longstocking lives in a house with a horse, a monkey, a suitcase full of gold, and no grown-ups to tell her what to do. She’s wild and funny and full of crazy ideas! One of the most popular children’s characters of all time, Pippi’s unique spirit and wonderful tales have been entertaining readers for 75 years.
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Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face and the Great Kerfuffle Christmas Kidnap

John Dougherty, David Tazzyman

It’s Christmas in Great Kerfuffle, but something’s not quite right. Stinkbomb and Ketchup-Face have been extra good this year but they don’t have any presents! They know Father Christmas wouldn’t forget them so something must have happened to him. It’s up to them to save Christmas!
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A Christmas Carol

Charles Dickens

Ebenezer Scrooge hates Christmas. It’s all humbug to him. But will he change his ways after a series of ghostly visits one Christmas Eve? 
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The Thirteen Days of Christmas

Jenny Overton

On the first day of Christmas my true love gave to me, a partridge in a pear tree . . . We all know this classic Christmas song, but what if someone really did send you all of those gifts?
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Tom’s Midnight Garden

Philippa Pearce

When Tom is sent to stay at his aunt and uncle’s house for the summer, he resigns himself to endless weeks of boredom. A timeless classic.
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Roald Dahl: Words of Magical Mischief

Roald Dahl, Susan Rennie, Quentin Blake

This little hardback is full of Roald Dahl’s most magical language as well as a raft of snippets of serious language facts for cheeky chiddlers. This little book is full of bewitching tips, definitions and examples from the World’s No.1 storyteller.
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Activity: Make a marvellous magic potion recipe [PDF]

Roald Dahl: Rotsome and Repulsant Words

Roald Dahl, Susan Rennie, Quentin Blake

Now in a new format, we have gathered together Roald Dahl’s most rotsome language as well as a raft of snippets of serious language facts for cheeky chiddlers. This little hardback book is full of vermicious tips, definitions and examples from the World’s No.1 storyteller.
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