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3.83  ·  Rating details ·  220 ratings  ·  41 reviews
A beautiful and classic anthology of frosty, magical short stories from acclaimed children's writers such as Michelle Magorian, Berlie Doherty, Lauren St John and Katherine Woodfine, and edited by author Abi Elphinstone. Dreamsnatcher's Abi Elphinstone heads up this gorgeous collection of wintery stories, featuring snow queens, frost fairs, snow dragons and pied pipers ... ...more
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published November 3rd 2016 by Simon & Schuster Childrens Books
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Nov 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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‘Winter is a season that sparkles with magic and transforms our ordinary world into a glittering kingdom: rooftops covered in snow, lakes glazed with ice and windows frosted white. It is a time of year that invites exploration and whispers of adventure. And at the heart of it all there is a sense of longing – for snowflakes, stockings and sledging, of course – but also, for stories.’ – Abi Elphinstone

Winter Magic is a wonderfully festive collection of short stories, and one poem, curated by
Jade Louise
Dec 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Winter Magic is an anthology of short stories all revolving around the winter season, written by a number of children's authors. The collection was curated by Abi Elphinstone, who also has a story of her own within the book, alongside ten other authors. The author that drew me to the book initially was Emma Carroll, who is my favourite middle grade author, and her story within definitely didn't disappoint. Although going in knowing only the one author, I've come away wanting to read the entire w ...more
Eleanor (bookishcourtier)
I'm kind of happy and disappointed at the same time. First of all, the edition that I read isn't on Goodreads, which is sad, because the cover was gorgeous. And second, in case you didn't know, Winter Magic is a collection of short stories for children between the ages of 8-12 (I think). I read this because hey, it's nearly Christmas, and let's all read children's books at Christmas. I did really like this for the most part, but there were some elements which I found disappointing. Which is ge ...more
May 16, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a wonderful collection of short stories written by some of my favourite authors. These stories are sweet and enjoyable, it's interesting that you can get as attached to a character in 50 pages as you can in 1000!

This was a fabulous read I definitely recommend it
A night at the frost fair by Emma Carroll | 3 stars
This is my second dive into Carroll's works since I read her collection of short stories, Into the Woods, of which I liked but didnt woo me. This short story was a sweet one (literally.. cough cough "gingerbread" ) but still not enough to entice me much to pick up more of her work.

The magic of midwinter by Amy Alward | 4 stars
This was very enchanting. The goal was simple but unique enough for me to enjoy. I did find it had a strange blend of m
Marie the Librarian
This book is just pure magic. Pure winter magic. The title really doesn't lie, and I gotta admit this was a cover buy. Plus it sounded intriguing and I was in the mood for novellas. AND MAN I AM SO GLAD I BOUGHT IT. ITS SO MAGICAL AND THESE AUTHORS ARE GREAT AND JUST YAY! There's magic, snow, cold, winter, friendship and warmth in these stories.
Dec 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A gorgeous chocolate box of a book, filled with stories to delight and enchant you. Fantastic authors have contributed to this anthology and I was captivated by every tale, encountering the Pied Piper and the Snow Queen and getting to know many other characters that I had not met before. Perfect for curling up on the sofa with.
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 12-books-2019
This was the last of my 12 books bought for me last Christmas by my beautiful and talented daughter. I thoroughly enjoyed my year of books. Thank you for the gift of reading and of Christmas magic!
Milly Potter
Jan 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
A really lovely collection of short stories! A couple in particular were just so good!
Nov 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My thoughts on the stories varied a lot, but overall the stories ranged from the bad side to the good side of average - not perfect, but not terrible either.
What a fantastic collection! Every single story wasn't a 5-star read, but overall this is a wonderfully curated anthology I know I will revisit in the future. I may not read it straight through again, but it would be fun to dip in and out of during the winter/Christmas season.

This experience has made me want to fit more short stories into my reading routine and reminded me that shorter works can be satisfying in their own right. I was always hesitant in the past, feeling there wasn't enough to
Dec 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: december-2018
A collection of wintery short stories, this book is perfect to read in the cold winter months! There are elves to a snow dragon to a wishing book - the pages are brimming with magic and I enjoyed the majority of the stories inside. Here's a breakdown of the eleven short stories and my ratings for each:
• A Night at the Frost Fair by Emma Carroll 4☆
• The Magic of Midwinter by Amy Alward 4☆
• The Voice in the Snow by Michelle Harrison 3☆
• The Cold-Hearted by Geraldine McCaughrean 2☆
• Casse-Noisette
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I will admit that I have mixed feelings about this Anthology. I really enjoyed some of the stories, but I was also really disappointed in others. I was also disappointed that two of the stories in this book where not originals, but stories based off/in the worlds the author had created in their books, meaning that you couldn’t really read them without being spoiled for the books. But, that aside, the rest of the book was pretty enjoyable. I really liked that this was a winter Anthology, not a Ch ...more
„A Night at the Frost Fair“ by Emma Carroll – 3,5 stars: Very special message in this short story!

„The Magic of Midwinter“ by Amy Alward – 1,5 stars: I didn’t enjoy this story much. I didn’t like the characters and couldn’t connect to this world. Possibly because it’s a short story to a ongoing book series by the author.

„The Voice in the Snow“ by Michelle Harrison – 4 stars: Very nice story with a cute little love story. It was full of magic and got me from the first page on! Plus I’m interested
Donna Frances
There were a few stories in this i really enjoyed-A night at the frost fair by Emma Carroll-Mainly because I'm partial to a fair & a bit of gingerbread-This was a nice winter magical story-a Grandmother gives her Granddaughter age old gingerbread after giving her sister a beautiful brooch. By comparison stale gingerbread just doesn't cut it. The girl is transported back in time & the reason for the gingerbread revealed.
A voice in the snow by Michelle Harrison-A very imaginative tale which I wis
Actual Rating: 2.75 stars

I usually love children's fiction but this was so disappointing. I just didn't enjoy most of the stories and they were all a bit boring.

- A Night At The Frost Fair by Emma Carroll - 3/5
- The Magic of Midwinter by Amy Alward - 2.5/5
- The Voice in the Snow by Michelle Harrison 2.5/5
- The Cold-Hearted by Geraldine McCaughrean 2/5
- Case-Noisette by Katherine Woodfine 3.5/5
- Someone Like The Snow Queen by Berlie Doherty 3.75/5
- The Room With A Mountain View by Lauren St John
Mar 24, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found out - just by coincidence - that this short story collection contains a story by Amy Alward in her Potion series. It's only forty or so pages, which equals thirty or so minutes...
It's a bit of a shame that it's so short, because I feel this could have been (much) longer. By the time the story is well under way, it's already at the finish line. (One of the reasons I mostly don't read short stories, really…) Especially since this is about Sam and Evelyn. What more could you want.
Some of th
Jan 24, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: middle-grade
3.5 stars.
Favourites were the stories by Amy Alward, Katherine Woodfine and Abi Elphinstone. (Shall definitely add 'The potion diaries' to the TBR list now). Enjoyed all the stories although I think some of them would have had more of an impact if I'd read the series that the characters appeared in.
Aug 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh wow what a wonderful collection of short stories, I’ve been interested in reading this beautiful covered book for a long time and finally I’ve got to do it. This is middle grade at its best and I just loved it so much. Easy to read and great stories from amazing authors. What more do u want In a book?
Jul 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of amazing, well written stories from very talented authors- would recommend to lovers of fantasy/adventure.
Dec 27, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was enjoyable, I just found out the little stories like this isn’t really my thing.
This is a collection of YA stories, with a common theme of winter. One twee little poem, a couple of really good stories, and all the rest are perfectly fine, so it was a pleasant and easy read.
A collection of wintery tales which left me feeling warm, cosy and content!
Dec 26, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
I just didn't click with this one. There was only 1 or 2 stories I actually liked.
Alina Maria Ciobanu
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
A delightful collection of winter stories. ☃️❄
Jennifer Berner
This was a sweet book, with fun stories to read when it's icy and snowy outside.
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Some stories were better than others. I skipped a lot.
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A great selection of children's short stories with a winter theme. I particularly enjoyed 'The Voice in the Snow' and 'A Night at the Frost Fair'.
I like that every story is different and I especially loved the last story
A collection of lovely, magical middle grade stories! By far, “The Snow Dragon” was my favorite of the bunch and a beautiful way to end the collection.
A warm-hearted read perfect for snow days, and a reminder to always be on the lookout for magic.
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Abi Elphinstone grew up in Scotland where she spent most of her childhood building dens, hiding in tree houses and running wild across highland glens. After being coaxed out of her tree house, she studied English at Bristol University and then worked as a teacher.

THE DREAMSNATCHER is her debut novel for 8-12 years (published by Simon & Schuster in 2015). THE SHADOW KEEPER is her second children's

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