What if somewhere along the way we’ve all got the Santa story a bit wrong…? Join Blanche Claus and her best friend Rinki for a funny festive sleigh ride you’ll never forget!
From Sibéal Pounder, bestselling author of the Witch Wars and Bad Mermaids series, this tale of friendship and mince-pie feasts is the perfect book to curl up with this winter. Funny, feminist and with a huge heart, it’s a gloriously Christmassy adventure that will delight even the biggest Grinch.
You know I love a middlegrade adventure, and if it has a festive spin, even better. This made Tinsel: The Girl Who Invented Christmas one of my most anticipated books for this Christmas season, and it didn’t disappoint! There is so much to love about this excellent Christmassy romp!
I really loved how brave our protagonist Blanche Claus was, and the way she refused to let the fact that she was a girl stop her from doing what she wanted – there’s a definite theme of feminism through the story. I also really enjoyed the humour in this one – it has a similar quirkiness to it that I enjoyed in Matt Haig’s Christmas books. I also thought that the way so many Christmassy traditions/legends were woven in was super clever
I think my absolute favourite thing about this one was the friendship and the way the characters showed up for each other. Blanche starts the story alone but builds some really lovely relationships, with her friend Rinki in London but also with people she meets along the way.
One more thing I have to mention – the book itself is absolutely beautiful! It has a lovely hardcover, with glitter detailing. Even the end papers are completely gorgeous. I think this makes it an excellent gift, as well as a great story.
This is a must read if you also love a fun, sweet, festive adventure!
TINSEL: The Girl Who Invented Christmas by Sibéal Pounder
Out now from Bloomsbury.
Source: Free copy kindly sent to us by the team at Bloomsbury (thank you!). All views are my own
Themes: Christmas, friendship, found family, poverty, feminism, breaking gender stereotypes and societal expectations
Format: Hardcover (299 pages)