The Great Santa Search

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This follow-up to Jeff Guinn's bestselling holiday favorites The Autobiography of Santa Claus and How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas takes readers on a sleigh ride through the history of Christmas in America that lands smack-dab in 2006, as a new reality TV show threatens to destroy the true spirit of Christmas.

This third installment in Jeff Guinn's bestselling Christmas Chronicles series finds Santa facing perhaps the biggest challenge of his career. As Santa himself relates in ...

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Overview

This follow-up to Jeff Guinn's bestselling holiday favorites The Autobiography of Santa Claus and How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas takes readers on a sleigh ride through the history of Christmas in America that lands smack-dab in 2006, as a new reality TV show threatens to destroy the true spirit of Christmas.

This third installment in Jeff Guinn's bestselling Christmas Chronicles series finds Santa facing perhaps the biggest challenge of his career. As Santa himself relates in this delightful holiday read, the trouble began in 1841, when a Philadelphia merchant named J.W. Parkinson hired a neighbor to dress as Kris Kringle in order to lure shoppers into his dry-goods store. Much to Santa's chagrin, it's been pretty much downhill since. It seems everybody wants a piece of Christmas, and through the years, it has gotten worse—to the point that not a Christmas can go by without phony Santas posing on street corners across the country. But when, in 2006, it's announced that a new reality TV show called The Great Santa Search will feature a competition to find the "real" St. Nicholas, Santa knows it's time to step in!

With all the rich historical detail and glorious Christmas cheer that made The Autobiography of Santa Claus and How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas treasured family favorites, The Great Santa Search is destined to become yet another Christmas classic from Jeff Guinn.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
When TV producer Bobbo Butler tries to save his ailing TV station, FUN-TV, with an American Idol-inspired talent contest intended to find the real Santa, the man himself fresh from Guinn's The Autobiography of Santa Claus and How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas throws his hat into the ring. Guinn's clever premise draws on the historical roots of the commercialization of Christmas, and his Santa, who narrates, is sanguine when faced with the prospect of facing off against street corner Santas. (Oct.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
The third installment of Guinn's "Christmas Chronicles" (The Autobiography of Santa Claus; How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas) again blends history with legend. This time the focus is on Christmas traditions in America, starting in the mid-1800s when a Philadelphia department store hires a Kris Kringle. Santa himself is of course unhappy with this new development and with all of his commercial portrayals throughout the years, culminating in the worst insult of all a reality television show searching for the "real" Santa. For libraries owning the first two titles. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781585425990
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/18/2007
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 8.14 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Jeff Guinn

Jeff Guinn is books editor at the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. He is the author of eight books, including The Sixteenth Minute: Life in the Aftermath of Fame and Our Land Before We Die: The Proud Story of the Seminole Negro, which received the Texas Book Award.

Jeff Guinn is also the author of the bestselling Christmas Chronicles series, which includes The Autobiography of Santa Claus, How Mrs. Claus Saved Christmas, and The Great Santa Search. He lives in Fort Worth, Texas.

 

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    Great Christmas Reading

    All of Guinn's Christmas books are worth reading, especially if you continue to believe in the magic of Christmas. And the reality of the Christmas being a "Holy Day" continues to be foremost. I recommend it!

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