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Catching Santa

Catching Santa

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by Marc Franco

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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


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

Editorial Reviews

Reader Views Kids
Recommend this book to everyone...funny and has tons of action...has something for everyone.

Product Details

Pants On Fire Press
Publication date:
Kringle Chronicles , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
File size:
4 MB
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet 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.

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Catching Santa: The Kringle Chronicles 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 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 them...mt 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 story...it 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.
BodieHead More than 1 year ago
My bob hates to read. On the recommendation from a friend I bought catching Santa for my son. He finished it in two days. I decided to read it too. Fun is the first word that comes to mind. Fun characters. Fun plot. Fun story.
SallyAWolf 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.
d155890 More than 1 year ago
This book was fun and fast paced. Would recommend this book to anyone to read. Would recommend this book to any youngsters to read.
Icecream18 More than 1 year ago
This author really knows how to appeal to the child in readers. The story was short, but sweet and entertaining. Jakob, the main character, is precocious and down-to-earth. He isn't gullible in the slightest. The secondary characters are no less fun to read about-even the antagonist. The plot is perfect for Christmas lovers: bad occurrences continue to happen until Santa is caught and handed over to the antagonist. The book is a fast-read, the events happen quickly. There is an air of excitement to this book. The ending is satisfying. This book is recommended for both young readers and old...anyone who enjoys a great Christmas read.
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This is a great read for Tweens and young teens. The action feels like a video game with exploding ice skulls and raining icicles. Reluctant readers will be pulled into the fast-paced action.
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Plot was weird. Story line was boring. Character developement was absent. I didn't like it and neither did the kids. I don't know what the reviewers here are reviewing, but it wasn't the book I got.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is ok, but not professionally written. Do a little investigating and you'll find it's self published. I think it's self published for a reason. The reviews are plants- have to be. And who spells Jacob - Jakob? It's annoying. My kids were disappointed and it went straight to the garage sale box.