Christmas reads

9 December 2021

Having updated the online reading lists for the end of term – see https://www.stmaryscolchester.org.uk/current-parents/curriculum

I was faced with the problem of having too many good  books!  So as a bonus I’d like to tell you about two more books which come to mind for a Christmas read.

The first  is an entertaining mystery – Mistletoe and Murder – which is probably best enjoyed by readers aged 9 to 13.  Many will have read it already as it comes from the popular Murder Most Unladylike series but it can be read as an enjoyable stand alone.

“Daisy Wells and Hazel Wong are spending the Christmas holidays in snowy Cambridge. Hazel has high hopes of its beautiful spires, cosy libraries and inviting tea-rooms – but there is danger lurking in the dark stairwells of ancient Maudlin College. Three nights before Christmas, there is a terrible accident. At least, it appears to be an accident… at first…”

The second book was turned into an American romantic Christmas comedy film in 2019 but my personal preference would be to read the book. It’s Let it Snow  aimed at teenagers 13 to 16, written as three inter-linking Christmas stories by three different authors – John Green, Maureen Johnson and Lauren Myracle. It’s not a favourite read of mine but it makes me smile and fits into the Christmas mood.

“An ill-timed storm on Christmas Eve buries the residents of Gracetown under feet of snow and causes chaos. Romance blossoms as strangers are unexpectedly thrown together with consequences that will melt many hearts.”

Like many other people I’m hoping for time with family this Christmas but that said I know I’ll need to escape for a while with a book or two. I’m sure that many of you share that sentiment!

Best wishes to you all. Here’s to happy times ahead.

Mrs Cassell, Librarian

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