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With 50 books to his name, including of course the hugely successful Artemis Fowl series, Eoin Colfer decided the time was right for a Christmas story. It’s undoubtedly a challenge doing Christmas, as the pop charts prove. For every Fairytale of New Yo …

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BfK 263 November 2023

This issue’s cover illustration is from The Snow Girl by Sophie Anderson, illustrated by Melissa Castrillón. Thanks to Usborne for their help with this Christmas cover.

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