The Shepherd family have set off on their usual summer holiday under a cloud of gloom at the predictability of it all. When the car breaks down, they are forced to stay the night at the nearest B&B. To their dismay they find themselves at a place where Christmas comes every day of the year, complete with turkey and Santa Claus. And they discover it's even stranger than that, with the girl in the elf costume, the mysterious Mr Angel and the police seeking a fugitive. Stranded in this bizarre environment, unusual friendships develop and the relationships that have been so set in their ways are turned upside down. Full of comic moments, tension and drama, this is a highly satisfying read.
Geraldine McCaughrean has won the Carnegie Medal, the Whitbread Children's Book Award (three times), the Smarties Prize Bronze Award (four times), the Blue Peter 'Best Book to Keep Forever' Award, and the Guardian Children's Fiction Award Books from OUP: The White Darkness, Not the End of the World, Smile!, Stop the Train, The Kite Rider, A Little Lower than the Angels, Forever X, Gold Dust, A Pack of Lies, Plundering Paradise, The Stones Are Hatching, Oxford Book of Fairy Tales
`A stunningly clever novel' Books for Keeps `This is a superbly written novel, both funny and illuminating' School Librarian `A subtle and literary novel' Sunday Times `Within a few pages I was hooked by a marvellous novel.' The Daily Telegraph