The third book read for the Christmas Spirit Reading Challenge (Details and sign up HERE, reviews HERE) which means I've achieved the Mistletoe level along with Visions of Sugar Plums.
THE SANTA CLAUS LEAGUE by STEPHEN MILLER.
(Please note I was kindly sent a paper copy and not the kindle edition as linked to above.)
SOURCE: Received for review from publicist V&E Enterprises.
Twas the night before Christmas ....
Julia Martin is the most incredible girl in school, and Mason Howell is hopelessly smitten by her. Julia in charge of the local Charity Christmas party and she’s pleased with how everything is going...until her Santa Claus calls in sick. In a panic, she begs Mason to help her by wearing his grandfather’s heirloom Santa Claus suit. Mason agrees, to impress the beautiful girl, but things don’t go as planned...as soon as he puts on the suit, he gets all the powers of Santa Claus!
Together with John Patton, Mason’s best friend, they learn his grandfather was a member of an ancient league of men and women dedicated to helping St. Nicholas use Christmas magic to save the world. The three of them could become the newest members of the Santa Claus League...if they can learn the secrets of Christmas magic!
..... Outer back cover
FIRST SENTENCE (Chapter 1: The Magic Box): I've discovered a lot about Christmas lately, more than I ever thought possible.
MEMORABLE MOMENT (Page 139): St. Nicholas loved sharing entertaining moments with whoever was interested; Facebook and Twitter had nothing on social networking at the North Pole.
MY THOUGHTS: A wonderful take on the Santa Claus story, I loved how Clement Clarke Moore's epic poem Twas The Night Before Christmas was so cleverly used. And though not always a fan of the 'character reinvention' I thought Rudolph great fun.
Featuring not just one 'Santa' but a whole league of them. This is the story of how teenager Mason and his friends, Julia and John, get to not only save a charity Christmas event but become a crime busting trio into the bargain.
Super holiday reading with a great moral message at its heart. With just the right amount of Christmas good cheer and action its perfect for both sexes and whilst Julia (who I thought a great role model for girls) and Mason's relationship is that of girl/boy friend it is very sweet and, never going beyond the hand holding/slight kiss, is suitable for the younger reader.
Given that there is mention of Dickens' A Christmas Carol at the end I'm hoping this won't be the last we see of this very special league.
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