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The True Story of Christmas

By Matt Berman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 9+

The ultimate dysfunctional family Christmas.

Book Anne Fine Holiday 2003
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As Lemony Snicket might say on the back of one of his books: If, Dear Reader, you're looking for a heartwarming, happy Christmas book, full of love and the season's glad tidings, this isn't it. If you want a lump in your throat, a tear in your eye, and a feeling that all's right with the world, pass it by. This book aims to tell what family holidays are really like.

This is wickedly, viciously funny, meant to appeal most to cynical curmudgeons (in other words your average 11-year-old), done with that dry wit that only the British seem to be able to manage. Anne Fine has always been a master craftsman among authors, but here she lets loose with broad humor, absurd exaggeration, and apparently a great deal of experience (and frustration) with family gatherings.

Book Details

  • Author: Anne Fine
  • Genre: Holiday
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Delacorte Press
  • Publication date: November 15, 2003
  • Number of pages: 133
  • Last updated: July 16, 2015

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