Real Santa

Real Santa

by William Hazelgrove


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George Kronenfeldt is an unemployed engineer with one shot to keep his daughters belief in Santa intact. When Megan tells him the only way she will believe in Santa is if she can videotape him and then tells her fourth grade class she will prove the existence of Santa Claus by posting her video to YouTube, George realizes he must become the Real Santa. He devises a plan to land nine reindeer on his roof and go down his chimney, hiring a broken down movie director who eventually has him funding a full scale production that bankrupts him and threatens his marriage. When George goes to find the “Real Santa” to help him, the line between what is real and magic is crossed. Real Santa is a funny heartwarming story of parenthood gone wrong and illuminates what lengths parents will go to keep their children happy.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781938467943
Publisher: Koehler Books
Publication date: 06/01/2014
Pages: 246
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.70(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

William Hazelgrove is the best-selling author of five novels: Ripples, Tobacco Sticks, Mica Highways, Rocket Man, and The Pitcher. His books have received starred reviews in Publishers Weekly, Book of the Month Selections, Junior Library Guild Selections, Booklist Editors Choice Awards, and optioned for the movies. He was the Ernest Hemingway Writer in Residence where he wrote in the attic of Ernest Hemingway’s birthplace. He has written articles and reviews for USA Today and other publications and has been featured in The New York Times, LA Times, Chicago Tribune, and on All Things Considered. He runs a political cultural blog, The View from Hemingway’s Attic. He lives in Chicago. A new novel, Jack Pine, will be released in the spring of 2015. Visit him at:

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Real Santa 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
JMTJTC More than 1 year ago
“Here’s my chance to do something good. I want to do something I can believe in.” Genre: Holiday Fiction. Number of Pages: 244. Perspective: Third. Location: U.S. Real Santa follows a man, George, who devises an elaborate plan to make his young daughter still believe in Santa. The plans involve a movie producer, real reindeer, home renovations, and almost $100,000 in expenses. What is the belief in Santa for a few more years worth? I really liked the idea of this book more than I actually enjoyed the book itself. I liked all the quirky characters and that each had a reason to hate Christmas, which increased their need for some Christmas magic. And I liked the idea that a dad would try to preserve his child’s belief in Santa. The happenings in the book are a little ridiculous, which sort of adds to the fun. However, the daughter is supposed to be incredibly smart and gifted, yet she doesn’t notice her chimney being widened or the strange people that have been coming by leading up to Christmas. I just think she would have caught on. I also didn’t appreciate the stereotypical accents and how the author typed them out. [Do we really need “ja” and “mate” in every other sentence from the foreign characters?] I also felt like this book just needed a bit more editing. There was one part where a character revealed something about themselves to “Santa”. A page later the Santa states that they know about that fact and the character acts all surprised and asks, “How did you know that?” Well. You just told him. Obviously, that was a mistake that slipped through the editing process. There were also quite a few typos [I have to note, though, that almost every book, even best sellers, have at least one typo]. I also didn’t feel like George needed to retell his reasoning behind going through all this hassle to literally every person he meets in the entire story. It just got to be too redundant. But, hey, it’s pretty hard to hate a story about Christmas! To read the rest of my review, go here:
megHan-sHena More than 1 year ago
Real Santa I love feel good holiday stories.  In fact, in the couple of months leading up to December, I begin collecting them, whether they are just really interesting ones I find on Amazon (or in my local bookstore), or they are read 2 reviews offered to me.   This one was offered to me ... and I wasn't so sure about it at first.  The idea of the story sounds awesome - I mean, who doesn't want the children in their lives to stay young and believe as long as they can?  (I have beautiful twin nieces that I wish were still the little ones who read stories with me.)  This book turned out better than I had expected - if you're looking for a feel good, this one is a good choice - but there were a few characters that I didn't care for, that "over-acted" their positions.  My two favorite characters were Josh and Megan - they are my kinds of children, always curious and wanting to know more, still believing, but at the same time needing proof.  My least favorite character was their teacher. Note: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
BetsyAshton1 More than 1 year ago
We expect feel-good books at Christmas. No one wants to read a downer of a story. Heck, even A CHRISTMAS CAROL by Charles Dickens has a happy ending. So does REAL SANTA by William Hazelgrove. Take one father who wasn't much of a father beyond being a good provider in his first marriage. Add a second marriage with a young girl who desperately wants to keep believing in the magic of Santa. Add losing a job just before Christmas. And stir in one man's desire to keep the Santa myth alive for at least one more year. And that is REAL SANTA. Hazelgrove takes the reader back to the intersection of childhood when we could believe in magic and to growing up and out of the wonder of such magic. George decides he can really be Santa for one night. He nearly bankrupts the family trying to fulfill a promise to a child. With the help of a cast of zany characters, including a frustrated Australian film director who turns the idea into a full-fledged production and a man who raises and leases reindeer. George works night and day to put together the pieces of getting live reindeer up onto his roof and him down the chimney. The story stands on its own and belongs on the shelf of Christmas stories for decades to come. I won't be a spoiler, but it does have a happy ending. 
Koalabear3 More than 1 year ago
A humorous and lighthearted story. George who is unemployed does not want to let his youngest daughter Megan stop believing in Santa Claus. He will do whatever it takes to get her to believe in the Magic of Christmas. This story reminds me of the Miracle on 34th Street. This is a great story for the Christmas season! Read it today to bring back the magic in your Christmas.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Real Santa is a lighthearted modern Christmas story that will easily put the reader into the holiday spirit. Author William Hazelgrove weaves a delightful tale that follows unemployed engineer George Kronenfeldt as he goes to great lengths to keep the Spirit of Christmas alive by proving that Santa Claus is real to his nine year old daughter Megan, who has begun to doubt his existence. The author weaves a touching story of one father's passion to keep the innocence, tradition, magic, and spirit of the holiday alive for his daughter. This story lovingly embraces the reader and takes them along for the ride as George's mission to become the "Real Santa Claus" is filled with drama and humor. You can't help but get caught up in the excitement as the story unfolds, and it has such a wonderful holiday message that will resonate with you for a long time. Real Santa is a heartwarming Christmas story that will make you laugh and put a smile on your face. I could easily see this story being made into a Hallmark Channel holiday movie. Real Santa is such a fun holiday-themed story that embraces the wonder and spirit of the holiday season, it could easily become an annual Christmas tradition that your family would enjoy.
crossword69 More than 1 year ago
Megan is not alone when faced with the age of nearing adulthood and wondering whether Santa is real or a fictional character, as many teachers would rather deal with "reality" than feeding into a "myth".  Adults know that as children, the inevitable will happen eventually, and those with children understand the wonder and magic surrounding Christmas, hoping their children can hold onto this dream for as long as possible.  The hilarity and poignance of George, Megan's father, spending all of his money and efforts in the face of 2 major life-changing situations to ensure his daughter continues to hold on to her youth, is a beautiful story to be read by people of all ages.  It is difficult to put this book down in order to return to our adult world.  Please read this book, and share it with others.
JAB4422 More than 1 year ago
Megan is 9 years old and has been told by her friends, teacher and older siblings that Santa isn't real.  She wants to  prove that there really is a Santa Claus by video taping him coming to her house then posting it on You Tube to show the  world that Santa exists! When she writes her mom a note explaining everything she wants to do and asks for permission to  stay up late so she can video tape Santa's arrival, her father, George, reads it and wants to make her wish come true. George is an engineer who just lost his job so he has the time and knowledge to make "Santa" land his reindeer on the roof  and deliver the presents so Megan can tape it.  George is willing to do anything in order to have his daughter believe in  Santa. His plan does have problems like the astronomical cost, and the strain it puts on his marriage. The beginning of this story was not happy with George getting fired and had me wondering if I would like this book. As I  continued reading I enjoyed this Christmas tale and liked the way it showed there isn't anything a parent won't do for  their child. I also liked that George got insight into his own childhood as he was trying to organize the Santa visit for  Megan.  He knew he could have been a better father to his older children, Jeremy and Jamie, but his never too late attitude  was inspiring. I received a complimentary copy of this book by "Inspired by Kathy" in exchange for my honest review.
WiLoveBooks More than 1 year ago
Things aren't going well for George when he finds out his 9 year old daughter is starting to not believe in Santa. Unless she gets some empirical evidence, she is done. But George, who is an engineer, is willing to go to drastic lengths to ensure his little girl believes for a while longer. And he has less than two weeks to pull it off. As a parent, I could understand wanting your children to not grow up so fast, to believe in magic for as long as possible. I knew where George was coming from and I could sympathize. I was rooting for him. This is a very engaging story that pulled me in from the first page. The characters are so real with their flaws and hopes. A very readable story and one that I recommend. Especially if you like stories with humor and a little holiday magic. 
loritatarsmith More than 1 year ago
This clever little tale speaks to the child in all of us...and to the adults we have become. To all who hope for a chance to redeem themselves, this is a perfect story. It talks of a middle-aged man who states he is not having a mid-life crisis and how he wants to preserve the innocence of his daughter from his second marriage after having been a primarily absent father to the children from his first marriage. He manages to reconcile the nearly grown children with his "new" family, all in the spirit of Christmas with a Panzer tank and a Santa that moons people among an angry and uptight ready-to-retire teacher, a movie crew, nine live reindeer, just to name a few oddities. It is laugh out loud funny and not to be missed!