When Alice's Uncle Sam brings home a mysterious calendar that's short on chocolate but big on surprises, she is thrown into an advent she never dreamed of. Codes arrive by text message and open the doors in the calendar, drawing Alice and Sam into fantastical new worlds that are wondrous, frightening and beautiful - and strangely familiar.
Packed with codes and secrets, and inviting us to explore the deeper meanings of Christmas, this enthralling and touching tale can be read on many levels, and will be loved by adults and children alike.
©2006 Darton, Longman and Todd (P)2013 Prospero Media
I would rank this book as the most inspiring book I have listened to. Many others have been thought provoking or funny or challenging but this one combined all of these elements effortlessly into one story that was so easy to listen to.
As a Christian I listened to this 'knowing' the story and most of the codes, however the author presented them in such a fresh way as to enable me to look again at the meaning of advent through new eyes. What I really appreciated was that the story did not confine itself to the birth of Christ but looked at the effect His birth has had and is continuing to have upon our world.
The narration was excellent and brought the story to life, it was gentle and sympathetic to the story.
I found myself moved throughout the story and the long pauses between chapters was welcome as I had time to pause the story before rushing into the next chapter.
This is a must listen to, in my opinion and one I shall be returning to every year. I shall be purchasing several copies of the book to give away as I feel the profound truths were shared in such an easygoing and gentle way that others would enjoy the story without feeling they were being preached at and may come to ask questions that it raised for them.
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