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The Boy Who Moved Christmas

A picture book by Eric Walters & Nicole Wellwood, illustrated by Carloe Liu.

Eric Walters & Nicole Wellwood, illustrated by Carloe Liu

Based on a true story, this is a touching reminder of the power of Christmas and community spirit, no matter what the time of year.

It's October, but in seven-year-old Evan's town, every house is decorated for Christmas and a giant holiday parade is about to begin. The bump in Evan's head means he might not make it to December, so all his friends, family, neighbours, and thousands of strangers have moved Christmas just for him.

Evan is delighted to see the trees, the lights, and even snow, but he's a little worried that the parade might not be complete. How will Santa know he needs to visit so early? Will it even feel like Christmas without Santa there?

Based on the true story of Evan Leversage and featuring an afterword by his mother, Nicole Wellwood, The Boy who Moved Christmas is a loving tribute from the duo behind Always With You, and a touching reminder of the power of the Christmas spirit — no matter what time of year. (From Nimbus Publishing)

Eric Walters is one of Canada's most prolific writers for young people. He's penned almost 100 books, including Camp XThe Power of Three and Run

Nicole Wellwood is a mother to three children and is an advocate for childhood cancer awareness.  In 2015, she launched Evans Legacy in her son's honour.

Carloe Liu is a Halifax illustrator, printmaker and art teacher. She also illustrated the picture book Always With You by Walters.

More about Evan Leversage

Christmas magic comes early for dying boy

7 years ago
Duration 5:01
'It was inspirational. Many times I've told people that Evan is my inspiration. Well, the whole wide world just became my inspiration, too,' says mom Nicole Wellwood
Seven-year-old Evan Leversage is now in palliative care, and his family is raising money to help other children with brain cancer. Matt Galloway spoke with family member Ashley Agar, and Dr. Christine Newman from the Hospital for Sick Children.

Evan Leversage's legacy: Family launches fund to study childhood cancer

7 years ago
Duration 2:27
Evan Leversage's family has set up a legacy campaign in his honour to help fund research for childhood cancer. Lorenda Reddekopp reports.
The 7-year-old from St. George who inspired people to celebrate Christmas two months early has died. Doctors predicted Evan Leversage would not live to see Christmas. But his home town made sure he had it in October.

Boy who inspired early Christmas festivities dies

6 years ago
Duration 1:47
For the sake of the terminally ill Evan Leversage, Christmas lights in St. George, Ont., were up on Oct. 24 and the main street full of decorations

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