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The Christmas Mystery

The Christmas Mystery

A Novel

Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Elizabeth Rokkan; Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

Farrar, Straus and Giroux



In the corner of a dusty old bookstore, Joachim discovers a magic advent calendar. When he opens the first window on December first, a small piece of paper falls out, containing the story of a little girl named Elisabet.

Using his historical insight and beautiful imagination, Jostein Gaarder has created a unique and exciting holiday story for the whole family. Beautifully illustrated, The Christmas Mystery will make a wonderful permanent addition to the literature of Christmas.

The Christmas Mystery

... perhaps the clock hands had become so tired of going in the same direction year after year that they bad suddenly begun to go the opposite way instead ...


Praise for The Christmas Mystery

“Full of heart and warmth.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Even grownups enjoy a bedtime story every now and then, especially one that combines, as does this one, the sophistication of a novel with the whimsy of a fairy tale.” —Publishers Weekly


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Jostein Gaarder; Translated by Elizabeth Rokkan; Illustrated by Rosemary Wells

Jostein Gaarder is the author of Sophie’s World, an international bestseller that has been translated into more than 50 languages. There are over 30 million copies in print. He was born in Oslo, Norway, in 1952. He taught high-school philosophy for several years before publishing a collection of short stories in 1986 and, shortly thereafter, his first two novels, The Solitaire Mystery and Sophie’s World, and several others since then. He lives in Oslo with his family.

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Farrar, Straus and Giroux

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