From IndieReader.com: “Part fantasy, part coming-of-age tale, part humorous romp, THE NORTH POLE CHALLENGE is both entertaining and imaginative. As the first book of five, the narrator skillfully positions his central character to have numerous other adventures.”
From reviewer Oh My Bookness: “This is a perfect children’s tale, even good for interested adults to read who like the holiday season and a twist on characters such as Jack Frost, Old Man Winter, and the creation of Christmas. If you are interested in taking a magical ride through the holiday season this the story for you or any child.”
Flea has always been different from other students in school. He’s not smart or athletic, he’s shorter than kids half his age, and his facial features are strangely pointy. His foster mother always warns him to avoid attention, though Flea has no idea who’s after them.
But Flea discovers several abilities that change his life forever: snowy weather follows him wherever he goes, he can stop snowballs in mid-flight and he builds anything in shop class in a matter of minutes, despite his lack of training. An appearance on The Great Build-Off – a popular construction game show – leads him to a magical place he only thought existed in Christmas stories.
At the North Pole, Flea feels even more like an outsider. In fact, the storybook village reminds him of every school he’d ever attended, complete with overachievers and underachievers, popular elves and outcasts. But during his training to become a proper builder elf, he discovers the North Pole has an arch-nemesis bent on invading elfish lands and ending Christmas forever. With a war looming against the South Pole, Flea’s sudden appearance at the North Pole is no coincidence, as he questions his role in the fate of the world’s greatest holiday.
“The North Pole Challenge” is not your typical Christmas story. Everyone knows about Santa Claus, his elves and the North Pole, but this book provides a fresh outlook on old familiar tales. Imagine Santa Claus as a reclusive loner, Rudolph as a narcissistic whiner, the elves as cruel party animals. And no great story would be complete without an enemy of epic proportions, another familiar Christmas name with a wicked past never before told…
From reviewer Ionia Martin: “I will say, that I wish there were more books like this in the world. This book is appropriate for all age groups and would make an excellent gift for anyone. My kids adored this book and so did I. I can’t recommend this title enough.”
From reviewer Mandy2000 “I started to read this to my eight year old son before bed each night and couldn’t stop reading when I knew he was asleep!!”