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- Print Length: 328 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: May 9, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0050211UQ
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #928,347 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is a wonderful read. The characters are amazing, and life like that seem to jump off the page at you. There are a lot of plot twists that will keep the reader glued to the page. I love how descriptive George is when he's describing the North Pole, and all the fun it has, with an element of danger.
If you get this book for yourself, or you kids, I can promise that you/they won't be sorry. I know I wasn't and I can't wait to start the second book in the series.
But the contest is televised. After the carpentry competition, Flea starts imagining that the snowmen in his neighborhood are looking at him. On Christmas Eve, he's whisked away to the North Pole, and finds that he is actually one of Santa's Elves. Even though he's a natural woodworker, Flea is nowhere close to elf standards, and has to prove his ability to be able to join the elf elite.
What I liked about this book:
I *really* enjoyed this story. Flea is a nice kid trying to find a way to navigate junior high, and finds some of the same problems of fitting in when he has to attend the North Pole's elf school. He tries to stick to the high ground and be good to other people, forming solid friendships along the way.
I loved the premise, and cracked up that the elf kid was good in shop class. The North Pole was beautifully described, and I liked the explanation for Santa's magic through the story.
What I didn't like about this book:
I wanted a few more answers about who Flea really is. It's established that Flea is the main character's nickname, but his actually name is never given. He's a foster kid, so there's some question about who his parents are, which is touched on but readers are left with more questions than answers.
One of the subplots is that the South Pole is attacking the North Pole. I wanted a little more explanation in that department, too. It was never quite clear why there was a threat to the North Pole to begin with.
However, the book was left open ended for a sequel (which I will of course be checking out!)
One of the best MG stories I've read this year. This is a solid 4.5 star book (too good to round down, so I'm giving 5 stars!) that would be fun for the entire family to read. This is definitely worth the $0.99. Check it out for some holiday cheer!
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So it was a real surprise and pleasure I might add to read a book that even I as a jaded woman in her middle years could relate to even though it was pure fantasy in every way possible.
The North Pole Challenge - Flea's First Christmas (Flea's Five Christmases)makes you sit up and remember your not so distant childhood and what it was like to be part of the "in" crowd or not as in Flea's case.
Flea is very different from all of his peers. He's small, he's not academically smart and he is short. VERY short. But this does not stop Flea from taking the world on as best he can and even though his Foster Mother is always telling him to keep a low profile, Flea is very much his own person and he wants to enjoy life, even if his own life is a bit of a mystery.
One minute he is living the life of a human child, the next moment he is in Elf in the North Pole. Not only that but he is up to his armpits, in snow, bad weather, bullies, Christmas Presents and some very strange looking snowmen who guard the borders of the North Pole from a slowly advancing enemy from the South.
Quite simply this is a Christmas story for anytime of the year that is stuffed full with lots of sparkles, fun and infectious excitement.
Join Flea on his journey as he struggles to unravel his own mysterious past and that of Santa Claus himself.
This might not be Harry Potter but I think it just might be the next best thing...
The story is well written, and full of wonderfully imaginative problems, punishments, and nasty situations as well as fun things and inventive means of transport. I admire an author who comes up with filling someone's room with snowballs as a bully's way of getting at them. I did find it irritating that any onomatopaeic words were italicised, sometimes in the same sentence as words where italics were used for stress. I don't think the wind howling or the snowball whooshing adds anything, and to me it detracted from the readability.
But I did enjoy the story, and felt the characters were well established. The wider plot is nicely introduced, and left at a very nice point so that I want to find out what happens next while being satisfied by the end of this story. A cleverly plotted book with plenty of twists and seasonal references that I'm sure all the family will enjoy.
P.S. Having started by saying it takes a while to get going, I will now backtrack and say it probably doesn't take any more time than it took Hagrid to turn up and say, "You're a wizard, Harry." Maybe it was more predictable from the descriptions of Flea's problems? Maybe it was because there was a Prologue? I don't know. I do know that I'm looking forward to the next book in the series.
I chose this rating because, it is so my tipe.
I also like it because, (of course) it is about Christmas. 💙👏
I would highly recommend it to anyone who likes very interesting, fun, and JOLLY (get it? Hahaha!) books:)