A funny holiday story about a boy whose Christmas is thrown into chaos. The perfect book to bring you a much needed dose of holiday cheer!
Sixteen-year-old Paul Nicholas is a self-confessed Christmas fanatic. That’s why he’s so smitten with Sarah—a girl who smells like peppermint and thinks picking out presents to the strains of “Winter Wonderland” is the ultimate afternoon activity.
But when he catches Sarah making out with Santa Claus at the Paramus Park mall, his dad’s over-the-top lights catch the Nicholas house on fire, and his mom gets fired from Fortunoff’s because of something he did, Paul gets caught in a downward spiral of holiday gloom.
This year, the spirit of Scrooge has settled in—and it’s not going to be pretty. Or will the spirit of the holiday prevail?
Readers attracted to this title by its relatively hip jacket art a photo of a cute boy staring out soulfully from under a Santa cap may be disappointed by the contrived and somewhat cloying comedy-cum-fantasy within. Paul Nicholas, the teenage narrator, is a self-proclaimed "Christmas freak," just like his parents. "My family has more Christmas traditions than an elf has pairs of pointy earmuffs," says Paul, who confesses that he thinks Christmas will somehow be "destroyed" if he stops wearing his Santa hat. Indeed, he loses said chapeau at the mall, and all-out calamity follows. As the plot twists and turns in overdetermined and obvious fashion, even encompassing a visit from the real Santa Claus, readers are likely to find Paul's Christmas quirks more peculiar than endearing. Ages 12-up. (Sept.)