From School Library Journal
Grade 6-8-Paul has always adored Christmas-that is, until a mall Santa steals his girlfriend, his father is nearly electrocuted by a Christmas light display that burns down much of their house, and his mother loses her job. Attributing all this tragedy to the loss of his lucky Santa hat, the embittered teen sets out to get his revenge on the mall Santa, and on Christmas in general. Paul is an appealing character whose holiday season goes from bad to worse, culminating in a night in jail. There is an appropriate moral at the end and even a visit from St. Nick himself, but luckily the tone is peppy rather than cloying. If you have an urgent need for Christmas fiction aimed at young teens, this is the book.-E. M.
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Gr. 6-9. Paul Nicholas and his family have the most lit-up house in Paramus, New Jersey, every Christmas, and they are devoted to the whole season--carols, presents, carrots for the reindeer. This year, Paul is even going to be Santa at the mall. But all at once, his new blonde girlfriend dumps him for another Santa, his dad nearly electrocutes himself putting the lights up, and his mom gets fired. Paul joins Holly, his best friend, and a handful of others in an anti-Christmas campaign, which leads to some very questionable activities. A predictable plot and a touch of unnecessary fantasy don't quite sink this first-person confection. What saves it are the mall-rat locale, quirky premise, and the satisfying best-friend-to-girlfriend metamorphosis. It is also noteworthy in its treatment of Christmas as an entirely secular holiday. GraceAnne DeCandidoCopyright © American Library Association. All rights reserved