The Box Of Delights by John Masefield

…’The Wolves are Running…’ Kay Harker, on his way home from boarding school for the Christmas holidays, receives this odd warning from a mysterious old Punch and Judy man on the train. But then everything is a little on the peculiar side: slightly sinister curates do card tricks and pick Kay’s pockets, the snow is falling hard, and that pack of Alsatian dogs…