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Stepfather Christmas


Written in an advent calendar structure (a chapter to read each day in December). 10-year-old Harper lives with her single mum and her older brother Will. All is happy and well, until Mum announces she is bringing her new boyfriend, Nick, home for the Christmas season. Nick is a bit – well – weird. He’s impossible to annoy, always jolly, an expert at fixing toys, has a white beard and works part-time on a reindeer farm – could he be Father Christmas? Harper certainly thinks so, no matter how much her brother tells her it’s nonsense – after all, after Nick arrives a reindeer shows up on the roof, a LOT of post suddenly starts coming for him, and snow falls but only seems to fill the family’s back garden! But when Nick starts spending unexplained time away from the family and keeping secrets, Harper and Will have to decide together if they really believe Nick is the big man himself.

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From L. D. Lapinski, author of The Strangeworlds Travel Agency, comes a heartwarming and hilarious story about a girl who is convinced her new stepdad is actually Father Christmas. Structured like an advent calendar, this is the perfect story to read one day at a time in the lead up to Christmas (with an extra special chapter for Christmas day!).

It’s 25 days until Christmas . . .

And 10-year-old Harper gets a surprise when Mum announces she’s bringing her new boyfriend Nick home for the holidays!

Nick seems nice enough. But why do strange Christmassy things happen whenever he’s around? Like snow falling only in the family’s garden? Or a reindeer suddenly appearing on the roof?!

Harper’s convinced that Nick must be Father Christmas! And if her mum and older brother won’t believe her, she’ll just have to find a way to prove it herself . . .

A Festive Countdown Story in 25 Chapters

‘With 25 chapters, this is one to read every night in December’ – i newspaper

Additional information

Weight 0.2 kg
Dimensions 19.6 × 12.6 × 1.8 cm










Paperback original


823.92 (edition:23)


Children – juvenile / Code: J