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Short story collection is the answer if:

- you are not sure what to read next

- can't decide between different genres

- looking for something good but short.

This allows you to dip into a A fantastic short story collection on the theme of home. The stories are set around Christmas time but each of the authors have taken their story in a different direction, touching upon wider themes of belonging, fitting in our society, homelessness, growing up and finding a family among strangers.

A Christmas classic from the author of Emil and the Detectives.

Five schoolboys get ready to rehearse their self-penned Christmas play when word gets round that a fellow student has been held captive by boys from the rival school in town. Mayhem and high-jinks follow, which includes an epic snowball fight.

Suitable for 7+

Reviewed by Jo

It’s release day today for Stripes’s fantastic anthology I’ll Be Home For Christmas, which has a host of stunning contributors writing Christmas stories on the theme of home. Even better, the book is raising money for the wonderful homelessness charity Crisis.

Check out the spectacular full lineup of contributors: Benjamin Zephaniah, Non Pratt, Marcus Sedgwick, Cat Clarke, Kevin Brooks, Holly Bourne, Juno Dawson, Sita Brahmachari, Tracy Darnton, Tom Becker, Katy Cannon, Melvin Burgess, Julie Mayhew, Lisa Williamson, while the gorgeous cover is illustrated by 2015 Kate Greenaway winner William Grill.

We asked Katy Cannon to celebrate with us by taking part in a special Christmas-themed edition of 5-4-3-2-1!

Five songs that sum up I’ll Be Home For Christmas perfectly

Ooh, that’s a hard one to start with! Not least because the anthology is such a mix of different sorts of stories – which is part of what makes it such great reading. But here are a few that feel like the book to me:

1. I’ll...

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