Strange things are occurring in the neighbourhood. A mysterious snowfall, one Santa too many, and eyes of coal that watch you wherever you go.
Ten-year-old Kaity is busy trying to get rid of her mum’s creepy new boyfriend and reunite her divorced parents, but her curiosity gets the better of her when she meets the new mall Santa and his enchanting daughter Blizzard. Can Kaity help them save Christmas from being destroyed by Anti-Claus – a pretend Santa who is a permanent member of the naughty list?
It’s Christmas in the village of Chelferry, but this year the snowmen can move, the fairy won’t stay on top of the Christmas tree, and if you listen closely to the musical Christmas cards, you can hear the faint sound of screaming over the Jingle Bells…
Santa Claus. Anti-Claus. Evil snowmen. Possessed toys.
Ten year old Kaity loves Christmas. What she and her little sister Pippa really want for the holiday is for their recently divorced parents to get back together. There’s a complication though: their mother has met a man on the internet and moved him into the basement.
Kaity’s father doesn’t want her spending time at home with Seth before her mother gets home from work, so Kaity spends her afternoons at the mall where her father is head of security. That’s where she meets this year’s mall Santa and his helper, a twelve year old girl named Blizzard who has hair dyed as red as Santa’s suit. Kaity is immediately drawn to them.
It turns out that Santa is the real Santa and Blizzard is his daughter (and sleigh navigator). But Santa isn’t the only mall Santa this year. There’s another one, who sets up in a back hallway and offers free toys as an incentive to get children to visit with him.
Meanwhile, strange things are happening in other parts of town. Kaity’s noticed that each house on her street (including her own) has an identical snowman in the front yard — but who could have built them? The first time she sees them, it’s too early in the morning for the children to have been outside playing. And they never seem to melt. It’s not long before Kaity sense that the snowmen are WATCHING her. It’s up to Kaity, with the help of her new friend Blizzard, to get to the bottom of things.
I really enjoyed reading about Kaity’s afternoons at the mall. While it wasn’t her idea to go there every day after school, she doesn’t mind too much. She gets to spend time with her father while he’s working and she pretty much has the run of the place because he can watch over her on the security cameras. What kid wouldn’t love having a whole mall as a playground?
Admans has a real knack for adding an unusual twist to her Christmas stories. I had a little trouble getting into Creepy Christmas at first, but that may have had something to do with other things going on in my life. I’m glad I pressed on, because once I did get into it, Creepy Christmas was a quick and fun read. The cover is adorable and best of all, the Kindle edition of Creepy Christmas is currently free on Amazon.com.