The Magic Compass is a delightful Christmas adventure for the entire family. The story's rich narrative, unforgettable characters and intriguing plot has made The Magic Compass a tradition for families in Canada, the United States, Australia and Europe. The Magic Compass unfolds in parent friendly (short) read-aloud chapters over the twenty-four days leading up to Christmas, much like an Advent calendar. The Magic Compass is included in The Atlantic Collection, a project by the Nova Scotia Department of Education that placed the book in every elementary school in Nova Scotia. As well, thousands of students around the world have enjoyed the reading of The Magic Compass broadcast over their school P.A. systems each morning. Set in an enchanted island kingdom populated with humans, trolls and nisses (elves), the characters encounter many adventures as they anticipate and prepare for Christmas. Day by day, as the story builds, many strange and wondrous things are revealed – the secrets of The Nisse Handbook, the trolls’ Vat of Boiling Milk, the wizard’s Book of Charms, and, of course, The Magic Compass. The Story On an Island between shore and sea, there is a land known as the Kingdom of Palaces. For on this Island Kingdom, there exist no less than twenty-three palaces and one castle. Of the humans in this story, we will meet the young Prince who rules the Island Kingdom. The Prince lives in the Royal Palace with his wise wizard, Klo. We will also meet Miranda, Klo's niece, who is also the Prince's childhood friend. Of the Nisses who inhabit this Island, we will meet Pendulum, the watchmaker. We will also visit the Nisse Palace where Balto, Tandara, and their son, Clipper, live. And what is a Nisse, you may ask? Why a Nisse is a living, breathing creature like any other. Shy by nature, they can be found close to, if not within, the dwellings of all humans. The Nisse has a healthy appetite and can best be described as round rather than tall, and shares one trait with many human children, a love of Christmas. Of the Trolls who inhabit this Island, we will travel to the far side of the Kingdom, where, within the Castle of the Glen, we will acquaint ourselves with Fennika; her brother, Archibald; and the dog Spike. Fennika and Archibald have big ears and long tails, they are covered from head to foot with bristly fur and their noses are round and red like large cranberries.