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Review by Mia Madden, aged 11.
This is the story of a 12 year old girl, called Christina Lucci. She used to love Christmas but then, the previous year, her father died in a fire (he was a fire fighter)and her Mom died giving birth to her on Christmas Day. She now lives with just her Grandfather, Guiseppe. Her dads old friend, Captain Dave, calls her Kristina Kringle but she has no reason the celebrate.
Then, a few days before Christmas, she meets two elf-like characters (Brownies) in her Grandfather's shoe repair shop. They are helping out like in the story of the elves and the shoemaker. They even starting helping her with her homework! They all become friends and even find more Brownies, in other stores close by. One Brownie Hunter (bad guy) called Donald McCracken is after all the Brownies on behalf of their true owner (also bad guy). Christina helps them hide from the Hunter.
All the excitement helps her get through this difficult time of year. She delivers presents to kids in hospital and to kids whos parents have no money. Her father used to do this too, so she feels connected. She gets help from her new Brownie friends, Nails and Prof. Pencilneck.
I thought this book was hilarious! There were Brownies who spoke in rhyme and certain puns that made me giggle. It's a nice quick read, ideal for this time of the year. I would love to read more books by Chris Grabenstein.
I would recommend this for ages 7+.
Don't call me Christina Kringle is published by Open Road Media and is available in ebook format...