Sabrina: the Teenage Witch
Christmas Crisis

Author: Nancy Krulik
Pocket Books
RRP 3.99

ISBN 0 7434 6258 0
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This Christmas Sabrina's shopping list is a lot bigger than her bank account. In order to earn some extra cash, she lands herself a part-time job as one of Santa's elves in the local shopping mall. Sabrina conjures up loads of toys to calm down cranky kids. The only problem is that she has zapped the toys from the real Santa's carefully calculated stock, and they're not easily replaced. If Sabrina is going to save Christmas, then she's going to have to catch the next sleigh to the North Pole and roll up her sleeves in Santa's workshop...

"Oh no!" I hear you cry. "Not a Christmas themed book!" Well, normally I'd agree with you that festive stories are usually as funny as having your teeth pulled, but Sabrina's Christmas Crisis manages to do it with tongue firmly placed in cheek.

I have to admit to being somewhat of a fan of Nancy Krulik's writing for this series. Never patronising to her young audience, she weaves a very engaging story and throws in just the right amount of humour to keep older readers - and fans of the TV series - hooked.

I loved the way that Krulik keeps the magic of Christmas alive by having Sabrina go to the real (wink) Santa's workshop to save the day. This is something that is becoming increasingly rare as less and less children seem to be brought up to believe in the jolly present giver.

This is one of those books that I will certainly be reading again in the future - possibly one I'll get out every Christmas for a good laugh.

Krulik has already made one reader merry before Christmas, and I'm sure many more young readers will be having a merrier Christmas thanks to her engaging writing.

Amber Leigh

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