Catching Santa

Catching Santa

NOOK Book(eBook)

View All Available Formats & Editions

Available on Compatible NOOK Devices and the free NOOK Apps.
WANT A NOOK?  Explore Now
LEND ME® See Details


Catching Santa was nominated to the Sunshine State Young Readers Award committee for consideration for 2014-2015 SSYRA List!

2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner (Children's/Juvenile Fiction) Accelerated Reader Quiz #150476 (BL: 4.5, Pts: 9, MG)

High-tech gadgetry and ancient magic has done little to aid in the centuries old search for Santa's rogue assistant, Servant Rupert. But Servant Rupert has been searching for someone too the fabled Pole, the one person who can see Santa. But the search has not fared well for Servant Rupert. To make matters worse his agents have contacted Santa s forces wishing to defect. A risky plan is quickly set in motion by Santa s Special Forces to divulge the location of Jakob Jablonski, the Pole, in hopes it will lead to the capture of Santa s forever naughty helper. Wasting little time, Servant Rupert recklessly contacts Jakob.
In the ensuing mayhem Jakob is drawn into the mystery of Santa and his dastardly rogue assistant when proclaimed a Pole by Servant Rupert. He quickly demands that Jakob catch Santa on Christmas...or he will turn everyone Jakob cares for into coal! Jakob and his band of friends, partnering with elf spies and rogue agents of Servant Rupert, begin to uncover hints of a sinister plot involving more than just catching Santa. Now it is up to Jakob and his friends to set a trap to lure SR out into the open on Christmas using Santa as the bait.
In his exquisitely written Christmas fantasy debut and 2011 Next Generation Indie Book Award Winner, David M. F. Powers, aka Marc Franco creates an original yet simple world while staying true the traditions of Christmas and Santa. Jakob's adventurous journey to self-acceptance of his destiny is one readers will remember long after they've turned the final page.

Praise for The Kringle Chronicles:
"my daughter talked about this book... the entire dinner time!" Kelly Shrieves, Publisher, Macaroni Kid
"I think the book is going to be a best seller!" Laura Brainard, NBCT, Library Media Specialist, Lakeview Middle School
"...a good read it is." Dr. Frann Kelley-Rodriguez, Crisis Prevention Institute
"Catching Santa is now a very popular book in our media center and is being requested daily!" Betsy Bernstein, Media Center Secretary, Nelson Elementary School
"The book is great." Todd Merrick, Owner, Heroes Landing Comics
"We haven't been able to keep the book on the library shelf!" Susan Tkacik, School Media Specialist, Maniscalco Elementary
"The copies of your book were scooped up as soon as they hit the shelf. Looking forward to the sequels." Teresa Nichols, Media Specialist, Neptune Elementary School
"The students are really enjoying the book. And so am I!" Teresa McGrew, Library Media Specialist, Lake Whitney Elementary
"My class loves it!" Michelle Schultes, Third Grade Teacher, Windermere Elementary
"the Kids loved it..." Joyanne Herdman, Media Specialist, Bailey Elementary School
"While Catching Santa sounds like a seasonal title, I have just finished reading it and know that it is more a fantasy adventure." Joy Price, Media Specialist, Gold Hill Elementary

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780982727102
Publisher: Pants On Fire Press
Publication date: 08/26/2014
Series: Kringle Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 4 MB
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

David M. F. Powers, aka Marc Franco, is the author of A Butterfly Without Wings and Catching Santa. He lives in Central Florida with his wife and three children. Having grown up in Rota and Madrid, Spain, Powers is deeply rooted in the traditions of Andalusian culture since his mother is from Jerez de la Frontera. Homemade Churros are his specialty. Powers speaks fluent Castilian and always looks forward to his next visit to his second homeland, Spain.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews

Catching Santa: The Kringle Chronicles 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 55 reviews.
NerfWarrior More than 1 year ago
I live in central florida so I thought it was really cool reading about a group of kids who live where i live. What really made me like it was the story and how it builds up to this huge things in the end. I cant tell you of course. You have to read it! I can say that it is is well written and the characters are believable. I totally recommend it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I just bought this book for my boys (ages 9 and 11). I just finished reading it (before I let them read it) and was really captivated by the storyline and the way in which the author incorporated a totally new spin on Santa and the material part of the Christmas season. Not a traditional Christmas tale by any measure, Catching Santa does a really good job of joining the "kid next door" and "fantasy" characters into a well written story for kids. Another aspect that I appreciated is the very subtle faith based aspects, not unlike other titles such as The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, by C.S. Lewis. Franco incorporates faith, choice of believing as well as consequences for ones actions. The book challenges middle aged kids to think about the consequences for the choices they make, something that I appreciate as a dad.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was a fun story, very well written and the author doesn't get bogged down with too many details. I do not want to say to much about the story because there is a bit of a mystery at the beginning. I can say that there are a lot of times when I laughed and you will probably do the same. Enjoy.
MeGustaReading More than 1 year ago
By teacher recommendation, my ten year old son was given an advanced version of the book. He has to be one of the worlds pickiest readers. Not only that but it takes him FOREVER to finish a book. Raise your hand if you're tired of hearing, "It's boring. I don't like it. Do I really have to read this?". We've all been there with our kids. Well, the books publisher came to my sons school claiming that their new Christmas story would "suck in" even the most picky of readers. I knew I had a challenge for son. I was certain the publisher had made a mistake in uttering such an audacious claim. Wow, was I wrong! My son read the book in 24 hours. Yep. I kid you not and I was left scratching my head. Did he really read it? That was my first thought. So I did what any thorough mom would do, I read it and quizzed him, of course. He had read it. The final test was to have my critical 12 year old daughter read it. Ugh, she complained, a Santa story. I told her, just read it. Santa doesn't even come into the story until the very end. It's about the friends and well read it. She blazed through it in a day and said she absolutely loved the Logan (girl) character. About the reads like a bullet a train. I'm mean things happen fast but no so as to interfere with the overall pace. The plot...clear and absorbing. The characters, one word -- real! The emotions, genuine. It's a fantastic story about true friendship and belief. I can see this on the big screen now. The author writing style reminded me a kid version Robert Parker (Jesse Stone) and James Patterson. Like I said, Franco doesn't waist time by being overly descriptive. In short you son or daughter will love it. Enjoy!
MaxBeast More than 1 year ago
My son was thrilled when Marc Franco went his school,and he kept beginning me to by him the book. I was going to give him it for christmas, but he kept asking me so I gave it to him. He said it was a great book so far and wanted to keep reading more. It is a great gift idea for a young adult who likes Call Of Duty or Halo.
LittleMissReadAlot More than 1 year ago
The last of my three children finished Catching Santa yesterday and they will not stop raving about it. I'm glad because I enjoyed it too. It's a unique and entertaining story that introduces us to German folklore. I reads like a Hollywood action adventure with some mystery peppered in. I like that the author takes time developing the main characters -- Jakob, Logan, Shig and Fleep but doesn't spend an eternity doing so. For the first 5 or so chapters there seems to be the mystery of the curse then action begins. Fasten your seat belts. The humor adds wonderful balance to the story too. In short Catching Santa has something for everyone if you like a fast fun read. It's a well developed story that uses the main characters to introduce us to a twist on Santa lore. Boys will like that the main character is an 11 year old boy who enlists the help of his three friends to solve this mystery six days before Christmas. We love it.
CornerKickMaster More than 1 year ago
I really liked it. At first I wasn't sure where the story was going because of the wierd thing that happens to the main character in but I stuck with it and read the first two chapters. I'm glad I did. It turns out to have a lot of action. In two words I'd say it's unpredicatble and fun. By the way, I'm a real kid and not a plant. Adults are wierd.
BadCo2Vet More than 1 year ago
I've read a lot of good books and B&N is awesome at supplying good books.If the title isn't cool or there is no action or mystery,then it is what I think a boring book.The cover caught my eye so a I picked it up and read the inside flap.It had a reasonable price so I bought it.It was a fun and good read.Lots of action!I had so many questions!If you have a kid who likes war games,then they will love this book.There are commandos and Marc made Santa Beast! I am 12 and loved it.Perfect for middle school kids.
kssunflower on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I admire the courage and hard work it takes to write a children's book. Good children's literature captivates both young and adult readers. Even the simplest story, well told, endears itself to any age reader. However, children's literature requires a strong vision and an even stronger set of writing skills than fiction writing for adults. Adults can fill-in, excuse and overlook weak spots, but children need seamless blending of skill and vision. They deserve writing that is crafted for them, but has deeper levels that can resonate for them over time. This author shows promise, but Catching Santa (The Kringle Chronicles, Book I) falls short of that future potential. There are many passages that show strength and imagination, but more that simply lie before you, gasping for direction, depth and dimension. I wanted this book to succeed, and I believe the next one in the series will, if the author puts more effort into developing sympathetic characters and refining his pacing. A strong editor could easily assist this author by pointing out the weaknesses and bolstering the strengths; there is potential here. Mark Franco can become a significant young adult author, particularly for boys, but he needs polishing and fine tuning. He is closer than most to being a solid writer, but he needs a firm hand and honest critique to be the writer I think he can be.As others have noted, the first half to two-thirds of the book move slowly without any real insight into the characters or the main plot narrative. Then, suddenly, the book is galloping away with scenes of warfare in what appears, finally, to be a fight between good and evil. Mythic elements are thrown into a suburban setting and time becomes a tool to be manipulated ¿ all without any warning. The groundwork for these possibilities was tenuous at best. To make matters worse, there is a sudden, surprise ending that hits the reader with a heavy implication that this may be a heavily veiled Christian-oriented theme. It could be that this is not the intended message, but the theme lingers at the end nonetheless. Where it came from or why it is there is hard to pinpoint.Good versus Evil is not, and should not be seen as, an exclusively Christian battle. If the author did not intend this, I hope he will model his next volume in the series on a clearer platform. Images of high-tech war are not compatible with the values of a faith built on the peace and tolerance. If this sense of religious messaging is intended, I hope the author will make it clearer because the series target audience needs to be clearer. We know Santa is derived from Saint Nicolas, but the Santa most folks relate to now is an almost secular, good-natured fellow with magical abilities. This book strikes a tone that is not quite religious, but not quite secular; it is as if the author hasn't decided which way to go. It took me months to finish reading what should have been a light read, partly because the characters failed to capture my sympathy and partly because the pacing was uneven. There is a heavy-handed insistence in making the reader aware of how tech savvy these young people are. I fear references to Wikipedia and Skype and currently popular aspects of the internet will date this book faster than its relevance to current tastes can bolster its relevance. Better to have kept references to them more generic rather than named programs, sites or services. Well-heeled suburban kids will identify with the smart phones, the computers and using email, instant messaging and Skype, but not all children will. The gender treatment was uneven as well. The boys talk about how smart and brave the girls are, but very little opportunity is given for the girls to show those traits. The main character seems well immersed in technology and the language of warfare, which becomes a primary feature of the last part of the book. That may be expected of a teenager and even a pre-adolescent male, but I wonder how it will fare with yo
bbellthom on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I received this book from Library Things early reviewer program.When I selected this book I was very intrigued by the cover, but the actual story feel short. I feel bad because I am an adult reading this book and not a child which was the intended audience but t I didn't enjoy the story. The beginning of the story felt very disjointed. One minor thing that bothered me in the beginning is all the kids had such bizarre names that it was difficult to follow. As a mother of a fifth grader I have a hard time believing that there are a lot of kids in six grade that believe in Santa as much as these children. It didn't seem very believable here these kids are in a major crisis regarding their friends and they were over sleeping, making mistakes, and just generally not acting like kids with a major crisis. The story just didn't seem that believable to me, maybe a younger person would enjoy the action but it wasn't for me.
DanetteDorsey on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great book! Young boys and girls should enjoy it. It was definitely not what I expected but I was glad I was given the opportunity to read it. Get it for the young children who enjoy reading. It is a gift you can give without any worries of the content.
sdrobert on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Good story. Theme is more for a young child, but the dialog would be a bit too over their head. Other than that, creative change to a traditional story. Will be interested in the next novel.
jubilant_joy on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Great twist on the classic Christmas stories. This book definitely appeals to the upper elementary age group. Lots of adventure and excitement. It is a good fit for children with a higher reading level who just aren't ready to move into the teen books yet.
BevFuller on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Catching Santa" gives a different and interesting take on Santa Claus.
47linda on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Since I love all things Christmas, I was curious about "Catching Santa". At first I did not connect with what was going on, now I get it! This book is great for a preteen boy, it has all the elements a boy would like - science fiction and fun. Is there a Santa or not? I believe and my house has Santa up year round, what can I say.
KarPow on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I don't understand the last one star reviewer. This book is written for children and not adults. Why can't some adults simlpy try to understand what a child's likes instead of making assumtions that a child will like what the adult recommends. Like it or not, children like what they like and not what adults like. There is a huge problem with children reading --especially boys. A books direct competition is not other books but video games and tv. Anyone who does not see this is ignorant and way out of touch! The author here tries to compete in the ntertainment arena and hold the attention of young readers. This book is not written to teach a lesson or support a growing trend or want the child to feel understood. It is written for pure fun! There may be flaws, what story doesn't have them, but the story is entertaining and provides an escape from everyday life. I do not understand why an adult would think that they are an authority on children. I am mother of three and never know what my children like except when I ask them and they liked this story. It was a fun read that was pure entertainment. If they got a lesson from it then that is a plus. I don't understand why teachers and librarians constantly recommend books to children that are not positive. If my doughters have to read another book about parents dying or having cancer or divorce I am going to scream! These things happen but reading should be fun and transport readers somewhere else and awake the imagianation and allow an escape from everyday life. This book does that! We need more stories and books like this to show the posive side of life --the hopes, dreams and happily ever afters is what we need!
collsers on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Just because a book is directed at young readers does not mean that subpar writing is permissible. This book was just awful. The premise is clever enough, and has potential, but the writing made it almost impossible to read. For a book that is supposed to be an action-packed adventure, barely any action is actually narrated until the final chapters of the book--everything that happens is just told to the characters. Why show the backstory of Santa and S.R. if you can just tell the characters through a Wikipedia page and website? I had to force myself to finish this book, and I will not read the rest of the series. As a librarian, I know that it can be difficult for parents and others to find books that will attract boys of the age that this book targets, but there are much better options out there than this novel. I love Christmas, I love YA and Childrens' fiction, but I did not love this book.
aphillips5 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I got this book for my niece and she loved it. We had a hard time getting her to put it down to go to bed. She is wanting to read the next one.
jurai2 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The best word to describe this book is 'fun'! Franco does an excellent job bringing the story to life, with quirky dialog and descriptions that allowed me to see vivid pictures in my head. I recommend this book for children of all ages, including adults who know that they still have a child within.
bobwaldo1 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
What a good ride. This story is very fast paced, well written, and keeps interest throughout. Also has a very interesting take on the classic Christmas story. Fully enjoyed reading, looking forward to the next book.
dltj on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This book did not resonate with me, although I am admittedly probably not in the target audience. The plot lines are rough and herky-jerky. The character development is thin at important places. The dialog is unreasonable for the age of the children in the story. And the story arc leads to an improbable conclusion that is seemingly only designed to sell the next book in a series. In short, I would pass on this and any sequels.
nanajlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This was an absolutely delightful book,  I felt it is a truly unique take on the mythology of Santa. The pace is great and characters are engaging. I look forward to more from this author, and although the target audience is young adult, I found it highly enjoyable on multiple levels, there is depth in the story and characters to satisfy older readers looking for an adventure.Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author through the LibraryThing Member Giveaway program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 [...] : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
sallyawolf on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Are you tired of the old tale of Santa in his jolly red suit? Do you think he would be more fun if he was more like a commando? Well then this book is for you. When a rogue assistant of Santa named SR starts turning naughty children into wood and locking them up instead of just giving them a lump of coal, it is up to Jakob and his friends to set a trap to catch Santa and lure SR out into the open. Do they succeed? You are going to have to read this book to find out. This is a children's book but I would recommend it to readers of any age who are still kids at heart or if they were once teased about still believing in Santa.
Marared9 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I read this as an early reviewer and shared it with my 11 year-old daughter, who also read it. My daughter's review: "Mom, can you get me the next Kringle Chronicles book right away?" 'Nuff said. She is a voracious reader and this one was definitely a hit for her. I was a little more skeptical at the beginning of the book. Initially I found the writing style awkward (too much "telling," not enough "showing"). Once I got past the first few chapters, though, I really enjoyed the plot. The novel includes a lot of imaginative details and is a good addition to the fantasy genre. As I mentioned, I'll be getting the next book in the series for my daughter, and I expect to read and enjoy it myself as well.
Tealbear98 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Thank you "!! Marc Franco for the book!!! First I would like to say I expected to like this book but never thought I would love it! If you are expecting a sappy good feeling Christmas book you couldn't be more wrong.Catching Santa is refreshingly new and different! This book is full of action, amazing and unique characters and some humor thrown in the mix! It is a great read and I highly recommend it! I can't wait for book two! ¿ : )