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The Missing Barbegazi

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  19 ratings  ·  9 reviews
A magical, enchanting book... I loved it and was both charmed and moved by it, totally original' - Piers Torday

'This unexpected and striking story is one to be savoured by readers' - Sinéad O'Hart, author of The Eye of the North

Tessa discovers the healing power of wishes when she sets out to find a missing Barbegazi, said to live in the mountains near her village. Meeting
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 4th 2018 by Pushkin Children's Books
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I like this book a lot that I ended up finishing it within a day. The story started the day after Christmas and ended on New Year’s Eve. The author put so much details in writing within that week of the story plot. The author did a nice job to keep me interested albeit of emotions needed in the book when Tessa just lost her Opa and when her Oma ended up in the hospital.

The story is about magic, friendship, family and TRUST. This is a good children’s book that gives the young readers wide imagin
Mar 18, 2019 rated it liked it

Rating: 3.3/5

Review: Initially, I was surprised at how good this novel was. Despite the YA intent, this author puts everything together in seamless fashion. Tessa’s emotive internalization’s drive the novel in directions that are unexpected in outcome. Scenes that you expect to play out in a certain way, end up delightfully itinerant.

About midway through, the story line started to languish under Tessa’s constant inner dithering. So much so, that I started flipping pages to find some action in th
Naomi Forrest
Dec 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is Helle Norup's debut novel and was featured as a Sunday Times Children's Book of the Year. It is magical and the perfect book to read as you curl up in your pyjamas with a cup of hot chocolate.
A Barbegazi, in case you are wondering as I did, is a type of Swiss mountain/snow elf with a long beard that can only live in freezing conditions and has a severe intolerance to iron. The story is told from the point of view of Tessa, a young skier and Gaiwon, a barbegazi who is hunting for his miss
Amy (Golden Books Girl)
Sep 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
In this wintry adventure, we meet Tessa as she learns of the existence of creatures called barbegazis, who live in the snowy mountains of her town, and becomes caught up in the search to save them once she meets Gawion after an accident while out skiing. Though I thought the book was quite slow paced up till the point where they formed an alliance to bring down the person attempting to capture the barbegazis, it really picked up after that point, and it was exciting to watch the plot unfold and ...more
Sinéad O'Hart
Jul 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to receive a proof copy of this lovely book from Pushkin Children's - thank you.

The Missing Barbegazi is a charming tale, mixing elements of MC Tessa's real life with ingredients straight out of a fairytale. At the same time as Tessa is dealing with the grief of losing her beloved Opa, the illness of her Oma, the pressure of competing in a prestigious skiing competition and life as a twelve-year-old (all of which is finely observed), her story interweaves with the tale of Gawi
Nov 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a2, a5, pushkin, dec, 2018
A fantastic adventure story set deep in the snowy mountains. The skiing terminology threw me at first; I figured most of it out from context, but it was quite unfamiliar to me. It didn't really matter, anyway, because I got swept up in the adventure story. This is a fascinating story of a young girl meeting the Yeti like creature her grandfather was scorned for believing in. I hope it's going to be a series, as a couple of minor story threads are left at the end, but if not it works fine on its ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Missing Barbegazi is possibly one of the best children’s books I’ve read this year. Tessa has very recently lost her Opa and her Oma is heartbroken.
To reconnect with his memory, Tessa follows his paths up the snowy mountain trails where she skis, in hopes of seeing a mythical Barbegazi.
No-one believes they exist apart from her, and her Opa, who said he had been saved by one.

Gawion, a Barbegazi, loses his sister in an avalanche, and when she cannot be found, the whole family worries she has
Debbie Gascoyne
I was given an electronic copy of this book by Netgalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Sadly this just didn't quite work for me. It's a nice and quite imaginative story, but it needed a bit more delicate touch with the emotional aspects and a bit more flair with the imaginative ones. I never got a real sense of place, except lots of snow. I think of how well someone like Diana Wynne Jones could have written this story (which is maybe not a fair comparison, but then again...)
Dec 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fantastic adventure of a girl who is searching for a glimpse of the mountain elves who saved her recently grandfather when he was young.
Saving survivors of avalanches the Barbegazi themselves are hidden creatures who have lived alone in groups in the Alpines.
As each chapter follows 11yr ild Tessa and then 53 yr old Gawion, there are snippets from a professors'study with facts found during a capture if such creatures.
When Gawion sister goes missing can he trust a human to help!?
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H.S. Norup grew up on a golf course in Denmark and has since lived in the UK, the US, Austria, Switzerland and Singapore, where she resides with her husband and two teenage sons. She has a master's degree in economics and business administration and sixteen years' experience in corporate marketing strategy and communications. When she's not writing or reading, she spends her time outdoors either s ...more