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Creepy Christmas (edition 2012)

by Jaimie Admans

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Member:Mariul
Title:Creepy Christmas
Authors:Jaimie Admans
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Tags:K kostenlos, Member Giveaway, Englisch, g12, | 21.Jh, Weihnachten, KinderJugendbuch, Fantasy

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Creepy Christmas is a story that pulls you in and keeps you wondering. Katie is not a happy camper this Christmas. Her parents divorced this year and her mother has a strange guy staying in the house over the holiday. Things get stranger as identical snowmen appear at every house and the mall where her father works has hired not one but two Santas to work this season. Can Katie figure out what's going on in time to save Christmas and bring her parents back together in the process?

The only issue I had with the book is that the children seemed older than the 5 and 10 year olds they were supposed to be. Katie, though a bit older than her 10 years, grabs your heart strings and makes you want to help her figure out what is going on. Check it out.

Disclaimer: This book was received as a LibraryThing member giveaway. ( )
  debdebtig | Dec 29, 2012 |
Creepy Christmas is a very quick and enjoyable read. Every chapter has some bit of action in it and often ends with a cliffhanger that you just can’t help but read the next one, and the next one, and the next … until you’ve come to the crisis and climax and you just have to know how it all turns out! Kaity is a compelling narrator and protagonist. At all of 10-years-old, she carries the weight of trying to reconcile her parents, being a good role model to her younger sister, and helping to save Christmas all on her shoulders. With all that on her plate, it’s surprising that Kaity gets on as well as she does, but she manages to bear her mother’s new boyfriend—who does not treat the girls very well—and false and highly unfair accusations made against her with composure. She struggles to discover the reason an evil Santa has set up shop in the mall, find ways of proving to her mother that Seth is not who he seems, and deal with the various changes in her and Pippa’s life that were created by her parents’ separation, and yet Kaity manages to befriend the kind Santa in the mall and his daughter, Blizzard. This newfound friendship may be just what both girls need in order to survive one very creepy Christmas.

Story & Pacing: 8
The plot is easy to follow—conflicts and mysteries abound in Kaity’s life! And the story is divided into digestible chapters that make them highly interesting and easy to read. It won’t be difficult at all to read this novel in one sitting as I did.

Characters: 8
Kaity is lovable. She is kind to her sister and observant about the characters around her. You can tell how much she loves her family, as this resonates throughout the story. It’s very easy to like her, Pippa, and Blizzard.

Setting: 7
There isn’t a whole lot said about the geographical setting of this book. Most of the story takes place either in Kaity’s home or the mall in which her dad is head of security. The latter is a great choice for there are so many obstacles which Admans could have—and often did—throw in Kaity’s way.

Style & Writing: 7
My biggest problem with this story is Admans’ use of language. Kaity just does not sound like a normal 10-year-old, and Pippa certainly does not talk like any 5-year-old I know. I couldn’t determine if this story’s audience were meant to be middle-graders, teens, or adults. The characters meld with one another on the basis of their speeches because they all fairly sound alike. It was hard to believe that a 10-year-old would use “orifices”, “commercialism”, “underestimate the value of a good cry”, and “farfetched” in an everyday (or any-day) conversation. If Kaity were 12 or 13, it would have been much more believable that she would be speaking with such lofty language. Perhaps Admans’ prolific vocabulary poured out into her characters a little too much to make them as believable as they could have been.

Learnability & Teachability: 7
Middle-graders might enjoy this book. Despite her sometimes advanced turns of phrases, Kaity is a character to whom many girls can relate. If anything, it’s a great read for some of the themes that can be explored, including that of family and togetherness being more important than gifts at Christmastime.

POTENTIAL TEACHABLES
Creating suspense; using cliffhangers; various cultural Christmas traditions; the real St. Nicholas; the age at which kids should be told about Santa’s validity. ( )
  mrsmonnandez | Dec 12, 2012 |
Kaity isn't happy at all. Her parents have separated, and mother's new boyfriend has moved in. Something seems to be wrong with him, he seems to have no real job, although he has a mysterious boss. As her Dad doesn't allow Kaity to be alone with this stranger, she spends the afternoons after school at the mall, where her father is head of security. It is the time before Christmas, and she meets the new Santa Claus of the center, who is just getting ready for the visits of the children, and she makes friends with his daughter Blizzard. Something seems to be magic. Could it be that this is the real Santa? Can he help Kaity and her little sister? And who's that second Santa, who has set up his grotto at the dark end of the shopping mall? - The children's novel has everything that belongs to a modern Christmas story: good and evil, snowmen and sleighs, reindeer and toys, fairies and elves. Will everything turn for the better? Will the spirit of Christmas prevail over commerce? And will the whole family be re-united for Christmas dinner? This story full of fantasy will tell you in the end. - A wonderful start into the festive season. ( )
1 vote Mariul | Nov 11, 2012 |
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