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A beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children’s writers. The Dreamsnatcher’s Abi Elphinstone heads up this gorgeous collection of wintery stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers . . . from classic children’s writers Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin, Berlie Doherty, KatherinA beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children’s writers. The Dreamsnatcher’s Abi Elphinstone heads up this gorgeous collection of wintery stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers . . . from classic children’s writers Michelle Magorian, Geraldine McCaughrean, Jamila Gavin, Berlie Doherty, Katherine Woodfine, Piers Torday, Lauren St John, Amy Alward, Michelle Harrison and Emma Carroll. ‘Captures all the excitement of the season’ The GuardianAn unmissable, enchanting treat of a collection that will be enjoyed for years to come, by readers of all ages.  ...

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Winter Magic Reviews

  • Sigourney
    2019-06-03 20:52

    ‘Winter is a season that sparkles with magic and transforms our ordinary world into a glittering kingdom: rooftops covered in snow, lakes glazed with ice and windows frosted white. It is a time of year that invites exploration and whispers of adventure. And at the heart of it all there is a sense of longing – for snowflakes, stockings and sledging, of course – but also, for stories.’ – Abi Elphinstone Winter Magic is a wonderfully festive collection of short stories, and one poem, curated by Abi Elphinstone and featuring ten other excellent writers. Adventures in the snow, glittering trees, frost-covered villages, dark nights, hot chocolate and gingerbread, magic, friendship – all these things come together in this collection of stories to create a true delight that isn’t just for Christmas. A Night at the Frost Fair by Emma Carroll – 4/5 stars. Such a lovely little story. I adore Emma Carroll’s novels and this short story did not disappoint either. The Magic of Midwinter by Amy Alward – 3.5/5 starsThe Voice in the Snow by Michelle Harrison – 5/5 stars. LOVED IT. How Michelle Harrison created such a complex and emotive story in forty pages is beyond me; the magic, the atmosphere, and the lyrical writing were superb. The Cold-Hearted by Geraldine McCaughrean – 4/5 stars. Unexpectedly good.Casse-Noisette by Katherine Woodfine – 5/5 stars. Ballet, imperial Russia, winter, Christmas, magic of all kinds, warmth. I adored this story; there’s something about Russia, winter, and ballet that evokes a powerful feeling of excitement and nostalgia within me, and this tale was no different. It is a perfect Christmas story that completely transports you to the rehearsals and opening night of The Nutcracker, so many Christmases ago.Someone Like the Snow Queen by Berlie Doherty – 4/5 stars. A story with a very important and heart-warming message.The Room with the Mountain View by Lauren St John – 3/5 starsSnow by Michelle Magorian – 4/5 stars. Snow is the only poem in the collection and it is pure childhood nostalgia.Into the Mountain by Jamila Gavin – 4/5 starsThe Wishing Book by Piers Torday – 3.5/5 starsThe Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone – 4/5 stars. A dragon made of snow, a sausage dog called Herbert, and a girl with hair as white as snowdrops. Abi Elphinstone’s The Snow Dragon finishes this delightful collection with as much magic as she introduced it with. ‘Be content. Be watchful. Be brave.’ He glanced towards the kennel and the snow around his big, dark eyes gathered into wrinkles. ‘And never stop believing in miracles.’

  • Denlillebogblog
    2019-05-27 16:40

    3½-4 stars.

  • Jade Louise
    2019-06-06 14:07

    Winter Magic is an anthology of short stories all revolving around the winter season, written by a number of children's authors. The collection was curated by Abi Elphinstone, who also has a story of her own within the book, alongside ten other authors. The author that drew me to the book initially was Emma Carroll, who is my favourite middle grade author, and her story within definitely didn't disappoint. Although going in knowing only the one author, I've come away wanting to read the entire works of all the authors inside! Captivating from the very introduction, Winter Magic is the kind of book that's great to dip in and out of, enveloping you in warm winter fuzzies with every page you turn. Naturally, with a collection of short stories like this, certain stories are going to be favoured over others and below I'm sharing with you my favourite five stories from within the book. A NIGHT AT THE FROST FAIR BY EMMA CARROLLAfter leaving her Grandma in a care home, and travelling back through a busy London on a winter's night with her family, Maya soon finds herself in a very different kind of busy London... A London from many, many years ago. Having travelled through time with a gift given to her by her Grandma, Maya's world is turned upside down but ultimately changed for the better. A Night at the Frost Fair was a lovely opening to the eleven stories, and such an atmospheric read. Emma Carroll does winter so well. SOMEONE LIKE THE SNOW QUEEN BY BERLIE DOHERTYInspired by the renowned story of the Snow Queen, Orla finds herself on a journey of discovery after allowing her younger brother to fend for himself and ultimately be lead away by the 'Snow Queen'. This is one of those stories that has a strong core and leaves you with a  message concluding in a happy ending.THE ROOM WITH THE MOUNTAIN VIEW BY LAUREN ST JOHNThe Room with the Mountain View is a mystery read that's packed full of adventure and a little reminiscent of the film Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock (as is noted within the story itself).SNOW BY MICHELLE MAGORIANThe only poem with this anthology, Snow is definitely one of the pages that wraps you up in those warm winter fuzzies that I mentioned before. THE SNOW DRAGON BY ABI ELPHINSTONEOn the eve of Christmas, Phoebe is the only child left in a not so nice orphanage, with a rather horrible lady in charge who does nothing but put Phoebe down and belittle her - seriously, this woman is vile! Locked in a dog kennel outside of the orphanage building itself, Phoebe is greeted by a snow dragon who is about to take his annual Christmas Eve flight, and Phoebe is welcomed along for the ride. This story is such a heart warming one and a wonderful ending to the collection as a whole.There are a variety of themes, other than being centred around winter, running through the stories in Winter Magic and I loved that each story had its own personal message or moral portrayed to the reader. There really is something for everyone in this book - whether you're looking to time travel, play a leading role in the production of The Nutcracker, meet a Snow Queen, fly over land and sea on a Snow Dragon, or be transported back to the nostalgia of childhood and be full of wonder and curiosity as we all are as youngsters.Winter Magic is one of those charming winter reads that I know I'll return to in the future... And one I also look forward to sharing with my son in a good few years.

  • msBookLand
    2019-06-10 14:00

    This is a wonderful collection of short stories written by some of my favourite authors. These stories are sweet and enjoyable, it's interesting that you can get as attached to a character in 50 pages as you can in 1000! This was a fabulous read I definitely recommend it

  • E L E A N O R
    2019-06-15 15:09

    I'm kind of happy and disappointed at the same time.First of all, the edition that I read isn't on Goodreads, which is sad, because the cover was gorgeous. And second, in case you didn't know, Winter Magic is a collection of short stories for children between the ages of 8-12 (I think). I read this because hey, it's nearly Christmas, and let's all read children's books at Christmas. I did really like this for the most part, but there were some elements which I found disappointing. Which is generally the case in a collection of short stories.First there's that small issue - I didn't like all the stories.But I mean, that's pretty normal. I'm not going to like everything. Overall, I think all the stories were really well written. I preferred the magical ones, the delicate, whimsical ones. They made a deeper impression on me. My favourites of the book were The Voice in the Snow by Michelle Harrison and The Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone. These two were delightful and well written stories that didn't drag.But I think the biggest issue I had with this collection was that some of the authors were a bit lazy.I mean, it's not that difficult of a task to write a short story for a collection, but some of them were writing "fanfiction" of their proper books. Or not really - they were writing stories connected to their other books. And although they were wintery, I don't feel like they fitted with the book, which is supposed to be like a completely separate and original selection of stories. I didn't want them to be linked to author's previous works. That being said, I didn't think the "fanfiction" was bad - one was one of my favourite stories in the book. (though I didn't really see how it COULD be connected to a book - which I haven't read so I shouldn't really have an opinion). The other thing I was sad about was that Michelle Magorian, whose story I was looking forwards to reading, only wrote a poem and I thought (though this is only my opinion some people might think it's amazing good on you)it wasn't really that impressive.But then again, I prefer more modern poetry.However, I thought this was a really nice idea.It was a really great Christmas read that I think is nice to dip in and out of, and the stories are all really different. All of them feel cosy and great to read on a dark night.

  • Marie the Librarian
    2019-06-11 16:41

    This book is just pure magic. Pure winter magic. The title really doesn't lie, and I gotta admit this was a cover buy. Plus it sounded intriguing and I was in the mood for novellas. AND MAN I AM SO GLAD I BOUGHT IT. ITS SO MAGICAL AND THESE AUTHORS ARE GREAT AND JUST YAY! There's magic, snow, cold, winter, friendship and warmth in these stories.

  • Milly Potter
    2019-05-27 19:00

    A really lovely collection of short stories! A couple in particular were just so good!

  • Christine
    2019-05-19 13:53

    What a fantastic collection! Every single story wasn't a 5-star read, but overall this is a wonderfully curated anthology I know I will revisit in the future. I may not read it straight through again, but it would be fun to dip in and out of during the winter/Christmas season. This experience has made me want to fit more short stories into my reading routine and reminded me that shorter works can be satisfying in their own right. I was always hesitant in the past, feeling there wasn't enough to them to get invested in the story, but this experience has proved me wrong. It's also made me want to read most of the other books by the featured authors. As enjoyable as this was, it was a bit dangerous for my TBR!

  • Beth
    2019-06-10 20:51

    I will admit that I have mixed feelings about this Anthology. I really enjoyed some of the stories, but I was also really disappointed in others. I was also disappointed that two of the stories in this book where not originals, but stories based off/in the worlds the author had created in their books, meaning that you couldn’t really read them without being spoiled for the books. But, that aside, the rest of the book was pretty enjoyable. I really liked that this was a winter Anthology, not a Christmas one, but it still had 3 or 4 stories that where set at Christmas. It truly held the essence of winter. If you don’t want a in your face, full on, Christmas read, but still want a bit of festivity in your life, give this collection a go.4 out of 5A Night At The Frost Fair by Emma CarrollWhat a good story to open on. I really enjoyed it. even though it was kind of weird. I really enjoyed the wintery feel of this story. the whole story had a magical air to it which was really enjoyable. Although the actual magical element of the story wasn’t actually explained, I still found it really enjoyable. I liked the fact the story came full circle. A really sweet story to start with.4.5 out of 5The Magic Of Midwinter by Amy AlwardOkay, not going to lie, I skipped this story. but I had good reason too. I read about three pages of it and then realised that it is a story set in the world form Alward’s Potion Diaries series, and features all the characters….I am reading this series and I have only read the first book at the moment and I can’t find anywhere online that tells me where this novella fits into the main story. so I decided that it was probably best to not read this one now, but to come back to it once I am up to date with the series. (But FYI, if you haven’t read the books, from what I read of this story, I think that you will still be able to enjoy it)The Voice In The Snow by Michelle HarrisonDon’t hate me, but I skipped this one as well. Like the previous story, this was set in the same world as the authors already published book. In this case, The Other Alice. Which is on to read list. And I really didn’t want to risk spoiling anything for myself. Again, I will come back to this story eventually, once I have read the book from which it is set.(these are the only two that I skipped. All other stories are original’s written for this anthology)The Cold-Hearted by Geraldine McCaughreanWell that was kind of cult-y…it was super weird and kind of creepy. I honestly don’t know how I feel about it. It was just kind of fucked up and really dark and strange and, I don’t know. It just didn’t feel magical or anything, it just felt very creepy. And I hate the ending, because nothing was resolved and, urgh, I don’t know how I feel about it.2 out of 5Casse-Noisette by Katherine WoodfineI really liked this story. It was magical and Christmassy and frankly, beautiful. I loved the idea of music transporting you to places, even just inside your own mind. This is such a true fact of life and I think that it was explored beautifully here. I also loved that this story was very loosely based of true events/people. This whole story was just so beautiful and has now made me really want to watch the nut cracker (and I am not a ballet kind of person). I really enjoyed it4.5 out of 5Someone Like The Snow Queen by Berlie DohertyI’m not sure how I feel about this one. I found it kind of boring and predictable. Straight from the off, you kind of knee what was going to happen. Everything just felt a bit played out. I don’t know, I just wasn’t the biggest fan of the story. I found the story boring and the characters irritating. It was actually a shame that I didn’t enjoy this one more as it was the one that I was looking forward to most. But, I spouse that’s the way it goes.2 out of 5The Room With The Mountain View by Lauren St JohnI actually quiet liked this story as well. It was kind of a murder mystery story, but middle grade. It had skiing, mountains, circus performers, huskies and a mystery. What more is there to say. I liked it. it was fun and easy, with a, kind of expected, twist. But it was enjoyable. i will admit, I am still very curious about what was buried (why was that not explained when everything else was? Lol), but it was still a good little read. I am intrigued by Lauren St John now.4 out of 5Snow by Michelle MagorianThis was a sweet enough poem, but it didn’t pack much of a punch. It was very middle grade. Like, lower end. I mean, it wasn’t bad, I just wasn’t brilliant. A bit under whelming.3 out of 5Into The Mountain by Jamila GavinWhat an interesting take on the tale of the Pied Piper. I quiet liked this, I only wish that it was longer. This had the potential to be a truly incredible story, but being a short story, it didn’t meet its potential. It was still really good though. it was a pretty dark story, but it was interesting and familiar yet also new, which I loved. it was pretty good, but it could have been brilliant if it was longer. There was just too much depth to this story for it to work as a short story. and a lot was left kind of unexplained. But, this was one of my favourites from this book.4.5 out of 5The Wishing Book by Piers TordayWhat the ever loving fluff was that? that has got to be one of the strangest short stories that I have ever read. it was seriously messed up and just plain weird. I didn’t like it. I really didn’t like it. which is really annoying, since it was actually set at Christmas and could have been a nice, happy Christmas story, but now, it was fucked up and strange and I have no idea what I just read.1 out of 5The Snow Dragon by Abi ElphinstoneThat was a good story to end on. It had serious Matilda vibes, but I really liked it. it was magical and deep and full of miracles. It was the perfect little Christmas story. it had dragons, dancing Dash Hounds, and a little girl with hair as white as snowdrops and eyes as large and round as puddles. A beautiful story and a brilliant end to this anthology.4.5 out of 5

  • Donna Frances
    2019-06-15 20:03

    There were a few stories in this i really enjoyed-A night at the frost fair by Emma Carroll-Mainly because I'm partial to a fair & a bit of gingerbread-This was a nice winter magical story-a Grandmother gives her Granddaughter age old gingerbread after giving her sister a beautiful brooch. By comparison stale gingerbread just doesn't cut it. The girl is transported back in time & the reason for the gingerbread revealed. A voice in the snow by Michelle Harrison-A very imaginative tale which I wished would have been longer-a young girls voice is stolen by a bird very much witchcraft & her struggle after many years of being mute to track it down.I enjoyed the other stories the above were the one's I enjoyed the most, good book to read on a commute as they are short stories or on the couch with a packet of biscuits during winter. Stories set in winter are always that bit more magical don't you think?

  • Lucy
    2019-06-05 16:52

    Actual Rating: 2.75 starsI usually love children's fiction but this was so disappointing. I just didn't enjoy most of the stories and they were all a bit boring. - A Night At The Frost Fair by Emma Carroll - 3/5- The Magic of Midwinter by Amy Alward - 2.5/5- The Voice in the Snow by Michelle Harrison 2.5/5- The Cold-Hearted by Geraldine McCaughrean 2/5- Case-Noisette by Katherine Woodfine 3.5/5- Someone Like The Snow Queen by Berlie Doherty 3.75/5- The Room With A Mountain View by Lauren St John 4/5- Snow by Michelle Magorian 2/5- Into The Mountain by Jamila Gavin 3/5- The Wishing Book by Piers Torday 2.25/5- The Snow Dragon by Ali Elphinstone 2.5/5

  • Lisa
    2019-05-26 17:52

    3.5 stars.Favourites were the stories by Amy Alward, Katherine Woodfine and Abi Elphinstone. (Shall definitely add 'The potion diaries' to the TBR list now). Enjoyed all the stories although I think some of them would have had more of an impact if I'd read the series that the characters appeared in.

  • Galina
    2019-06-19 15:07

    It was enjoyable, I just found out the little stories like this isn’t really my thing.

  • Small Fairy
    2019-06-12 17:54

    A very cosy and pleasant read

  • Ella
    2019-05-25 19:04

    A collection of amazing, well written stories from very talented authors- would recommend to lovers of fantasy/adventure.

  • Pippa Wilson
    2019-06-14 14:07

    This magical collection sparkles with all the essential elements of children’s literature in one beautiful edition. Firstly, it’s a rare treat to find so many award winning authors in one place: and this is a stellar compilation, curated by the ever-sparkly Abi Elphinstone. Winter Magic is a seasonal celebration of some of the best writing talent in the world of children’s literature. (And secondly, it’s really hard to give all these fabulous authors the credit they deserve in a review!)Eleven delightful stories take us through wintry landscapes with fearful avalanches, snowy mountains, a frozen river Thames and even the underworld. We’re whisked through perilous situations to make us shiver: with wolves, witches and ghostly connections. Curses, magic and Snow Queens flurry through the pages. But our hearts are also warmed with the quest to find the perfect gift, ballerinas, finding an unexpected connection with a beloved grandparent, and cosy fireside kisses.Winter Magic gives us a delicious selection of exciting adventures (for example, midnight husky safaris and time travelling) and unforgettable characters, such as a snow dragon, elves and princesses who set off on quests. And I love Michelle Magorian’s beautiful poem about the snow.All the magic of the Christmas season is stuffed into this beautiful hard back book, which really will be a perfect gift for avid readers age 9+. If you’re looking for a feel-good ‘Hygge’ experience to enjoy with a hot chocolate and Christmas tunes, this is the only book you need! And what a bargain for £9.99!Happy Reading everyone:)Pippa Wilson25th November 2016

  • Anne
    2019-06-18 18:10

    My first read in the 52Book2017 challenge although I cheated a bit by starting this last week. Winter Magic is a treat, a collection of stories by some of the very best of today's children's authors. This is simply perfect to curl up with on a dark evening and find yourself transported in both time and place. There are adventures, thrills, thoughtful ideas, loyal friendships, time travel, bravery, kindness and plenty of snow in the selection. I particularly liked that some of the stories refered to traditional stories and fairy tales such as The Snow Queen and the Pied Piper giving them a new twist. An utterly lovely book to dip in to this would probably also work well in the classroom as a read aloud and would prompt discussion on the different ways the writers tackle the theme of winter. I'm hard pushed to choose a favourite. I enjoyed Berlie Doherty's Snow Queen based tale very much and the visit to a Victorian frost fair by my favourite children's historical fiction writer Emma Carroll was the treat I hoped it would be. The final story, the Snow Dragon by Abi Elphinstone, who curated the collection, is a very special one. I closed the book with a contented sigh. Highly recommended.

  • Thomas Shepherd
    2019-06-10 14:57

    By their very nature, collections of short stories will be a mixed bag of winners and losers. This collection stands above that. Most collections are 'edited by' someone, but this book is different; this book is 'curated by' Abi Elphinson, and you really get the feeling that she has brought together these stories though a love of them much like objects are curated in a museum. She hasn't touched, or changed these stories, just brought them together in one, beautiful volume. There are some standout stories in here; A Night at the Frost Fair by Emma Carroll and Michelle Harrison's The Voice in the Snow - proof if proof be needed that though short it maybe, a story can be big and powerful and perfect. I enjoyed The Magic of MidwinterThe Wishing Book by Piers Torday. If it were possible to have Winter Magic: Volume II next Christmas, then it would be a treat beyond treats.

  • Robin Stevens
    2019-06-01 19:09

    A lovely, wintery collection of short stories from some wonderful MG voices. These all have something to recommend them, but the stories that have particularly stayed with me are Piers Torday's creepy exploration of why you should be grateful for what you already have, Abi Elphinstone's beautiful Matilda-with-ice-dragons, and Katherine Woodfine's lovely Nutcracker origin story. 8+*Please note: this review is meant as a recommendation only. Please do not use it in any marketing material, online or in print, without asking permission from me first. Thank you!*

  • Katie
    2019-06-03 19:03

    3,5-4 stars. Some stories were absolutely wonderful but some did not leave that much of an impression on me.

  • Ruth
    2019-05-24 21:49

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