They are the Tannenbaum Tailors: elves charged with maintaining Christmas trees in homes around the world. Without the Tailors’ efforts, families might lose their Christmas spirit. And this year, one team of Tailors will be tested like never before.
With the North Pole itself under attack, newly promoted Captain Brendan is assigned a special mission: conceal the source of Santa’s power within a Christmas tree in Chicago. On Christmas Eve, Santa will pick it up.
The job would be simple, but the Tailors find themselves facing a serious threat—the thieving Spiritless elves, already responsible for sabotaging the North Pole Home Tree, will do anything to gain control of the very thing that makes Christmas possible.
Equally bad, Christmas spirit is at an all-time low in the Chicago home where Brendan’s assigned. The family’s mother even wants to take the tree down before Christmas Eve! To save Christmas, Captain Brendan and his Tailors will have to use every spirit-raising trick they know—and possibly even bend a few rules to pull it off.
Combining holiday cheer with action and thrills, The Tannenbaum Tailors and the Secret Snowball reads like Raiders of the Lost Ark in a Christmas tree.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I liked this story because it was different. There are a lot of Christmas stories out there for young readers, but this wasn’t like any that I had run across before. The ideas are very creative and interesting and the characters are the kind that will be able to go on for future books easily.
I did find a few editing mistakes, but nothing major. Some of the sentence structure was a bit awkward in places, but it didn’t take away from the enjoyment of the story. My only real criticism, would be that I felt this book could use a dash more humour for the younger kids. There are a few funny places, but a lot of the book is descriptions of actions and the main character thinking out loud about those actions.
The imagination of the author really does come to life in this book, and I would encourage parents to give this a read with their kids. It has a few really strong messages in it that make it worth the time to enjoy. This could easily become a film for the holidays.
This review is based on a complimentary coy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.