The True Story of Christmas by Anne Fine

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Everyone knows the story of Christmas. Decking the halls with boughs of holly. Hanging stockings by the chimney with care. Chestnuts roasting on an open fire. Then there’s the true story of Christmas. And Ralph Mountfield is smack in the middle of it.

Great Granny’s crustier than ever. Grandpa’s singing to the dog. Great Aunt Ida is completely crackers. Uncle Tristam’s giving out bricks. The cousins are whining and throwing tantrums. Mum’s looking for Dad. Dad’s looking for aspirin. And Ralph is looking to stay out of trouble.

But when a Christmas Quiz brings out some hidden truths, trouble is exactly what Ralph finds. It’s anything but a silent, holy night for the Mountfield family!

About Anne Fine

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Children’s Laureate of England and a two-time winner of the prestigious Carnegie Medal, Anne Fine is the author of Alias Madame Doubtfire, Flour Babies, The Tulip Touch, and Up on Cloud Nine.
Published September 9, 2003 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers. 144 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Children's Books.

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England’s Children’s Laureate lets out all the stops in this no-holds-barred look at a Christmas celebration in an English family full of eccentric relatives, including spoiled little cousins and a great-aunt who thinks she sees the vicar floating past the window.

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Publishers Weekly

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In what could be the funniest Christmas novel since Barbara Robinson's The Best Christmas Pageant Ever, Fine (Alias Madame Doubtfire) sends up the traditional family get-together with a chronicle of the two hideous days in which ridiculously rude relatives descend on narrator Ralph's home.

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Common Sense Media

Amidst this ultimate dysfunctional family Christmas, Aunt Susan has the brilliant idea of having a family quiz, a Christmas Visit Quiz.

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