Harper Collins

The Snow Dragon


You can be late for many things in life, but you should never keep an adventure waiting... In Griselda Bone's gloomy orphanage, daydreaming is banned, skipping is forbidden and Christmas is well and truly cancelled. But for Phoebe and her sausage dog, Herb, is it possible that magic awaits in the swirling, snow-filled air? Join them on an enchanting adventure in this beautifully moving story by the bestselling author of Sky Song and The Unmapped Chronicles, Abi Elphinstone, and renowned illustrator Fiona Woodcock.

“And for a few minutes, it was just the three of them, sending their voices out into the wilderness as if they were part of the ice and the rock and the swirl of colours around them.”

Our review: A story of hope and bravery that has all the cosy magical feels that you could want from a Christmas book. Phoebe is a creative ‘word mangler’ living in a bleak orphanage with her dancing sausage dog, Herb. She dreams of her ‘miracle day’, the day when her new parents come to take her to her new life. Just as things feel like they are at their worst, Phoebe finds herself on a magical adventure with a beautiful snow dragon who reminds her to be hopeful. There’s a subtle lesson throughout the book about being grateful for what we have in life and it has a lovely happy ending for the patient girl with the “hair as white as snowdrops and eyes as large and round as puddles”. 

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