When her mother vanishes, Juniper Lane finds she has far more to contend with than simply finding her again. This enchanting tale sees Juniper becoming mixed up with four-legged friends, a gang of hilariously named criminals and the big man in the red suit himself.
The story unfolds, right outside her door in the local park that is so connected to her family and the memory of her father. Juniper even discovers a little magic of her own and through her selfless acts we are reminded of what is truly important. More than this, readers are shown that, it is the children in our lives that have the clarity of heart and mind to save something as important as the magic of Christmas and the Santa Vigil!
The layering of worlds in Juniper’s Christmas, both London and the North Pole, fold seamlessly together with vibrant descriptions and collection of colourful, infamous, and famous characters. The use of Elfin language sprinkled throughout will fascinate young readers too, as the onomatopoeic words make all your senses ignite and draws you further into this world. Colfer deals with the subject of loss of loved ones in Juniper and Niko’s families, with deep tenderness. This care to an emotive subject nestled in so much fun creates a joyful and hopeful story.
Highly recommended for young readers aged 8 years old and upwards. A story to fly back to every Christmas – the reindeer is optional!