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Book Review: The Boy Who Moved Christmas by Eric Walters & Nicole Wellwood

Reviewed by York Region District School Board Teacher Librarian Geoffrey Ruggero

The Boy Who Moved Christmas is a beautiful story of a community coming together to grant the wish of a young boy battling cancer. It brings about the spirit and magic of the holidays—in October.

When Evan and his family are told by doctors that his brain tumour is no longer treatable, Evan creates a list of things he wants to do. Included on that list is his wish to celebrate one more Christmas. As word spreads around the community, everyone contributes to making the most amazing Christmas parade imaginable. Thousands of people, hundreds of floats, and a visit from one special person make it a Christmas everyone will remember forever.

Towards the end of his battle, Nicole promised Evan to continue his fight against childhood cancer. As well as starting Evan’s Legacy, she feels that sharing his story through this book is another way to keep the fight going. Nicole hopes it helps other families who have dealt with, or are currently dealing with similar tragedies. The town still speaks warmly of Evan and there are pictures of him in many stores and restaurants. People are not afraid to say his name, and this is one important message that Nicole hopes will come from sharing Evan’s sto …

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