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Pugs of the Frozen North by Philip Reeve & Sarah McIntyre
Oxford ISBN 9780192734570

Shen has had to abandon ship when winter suddenly arrives - the first True Winter for a long time. He is all on his own except for the dogs - 66 pugs! Luckily he meets Sika who wants to take part in the race to the North Pole to see the Snowfather. With her grandfather's sled and Shen's 66 pugs they set off for the frozen north. They know they will face stiff competition but will they be able to deal with the Kraken and a pack of hungry yetis? This madcap adventure is fun from start to finish. The action-packed story is full of wonderful descriptions of the wintery setting, complemented by amazing illustrations.

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A Boy Called Christmas by Matt Haig
Canongate ISBN 9781782117896

Nikolas is an 11 year old boy living with his father in Finland. He was born on Christmas Day but there are never many celebrations as life is difficult. When Nikolas' father leaves for the Far North, things become even harder and Nikolas decides he must leave to try and find his father. He believes in happiness and also believes that nothing is impossible. He needs all the optimism in the world as, although he has some amazing adventures and makes some wonderful friends, he has many problems to overcome. If you ever wondered what the real story of Father Christmas was, this is the book for you! Brilliantly written, it is very entertaining and is sure to delight readers both young and old.

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