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The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales

An anthology of stories edited by

What will Santa put under your tree this Christmas? A present that growls? Or one that smiles? The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales – crazy Christmas adventures for the whole family! Christmas in outer space or at the beach, havoc in Santa’s workshop, monsters running amok, and mad scientists who turn Christmas into chaos.

Come along for the sleigh ride of your life, as these Twisty Tales weave their festive magic, whipping across New Zealand pastures, scattering fairy dust on the way to a Christmas BBQ! For a taste, pop over to You Tube to see our fun Twisty Christmas book trailer at

From KidsBooks NZ review by Lorraine Orman "’s a real pot-pourri of stories with something for everyone – humour, fantasy, animals, and family-themed stories being the favourites. There’s a moving retelling of the nativity story; several funny tales about Santa and his helpers; a handful of spooky stories with ghosts and other nasties; and a whole bunch of plots revolving round Christmas trees, fairies, and presents. My favourite is Darian Smith’s Albert and the Christmas Fairy... " ( to see more go to

Booksellers NZ by Angela Oliver "...The stories are charming little bites, perfect for a younger reader, or to read aloud with your family. Christmas is truly brought to life. Stories are based in the cold clutches of Antarctica, in places out in space, and in various fantastical realms, but the New Zealand flavour is alive and well in these tales..." (to see more go to

Number 5 for AC Nielsen’s bookscan list for all books sold in New Zealand via independent booksellers, The Best of Twisty Christmas Tales includes 31 short stories by 27 authors including Joy Cowley, David Hill, Dave Freer, Shelley Chappell, Michelle Child, William Cook, Debbie Cowens, Denise Cush, Marion Day, Simon Fogarty, Peter Friend, Jan Goldie, Tim Jones, Charlotte Kieft, Lyn McConchie, Eileen Mueller, Jeena Murphy, Lee Murray, Robyn P Murray, Lorraine Orman, A.J. Ponder, D.M. Potter, Dan Rabarts, Darian Smith, Kerrie Anne Spicer, Anne Wilkins & Sophie Yorkston.
Edited by Peter Friend, Eileen Mueller and A.J. Ponder
Illustrations by Geoff Popham.

Suitable for 8-12 year olds to read alone - and for children of all ages, from 4 to 104. this ebook also contains a special bonus of selected entries from our Twisty Christmas Drawing Competition by NZ school children.

Genre: Children's Fiction

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