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Santa Climbs a Tree

Book Review #2 is in!


Editor James Cox

Author Kristy Haile was brilliantly inspired by the imagination of her son when Ty believed that he was himself the new Santa Claus at the tender age of 2 1/2 years. Haile kept a record of what her son said and did over the next two years — as well as other people’s responses to Ty’s self-identification as Santa. The result is “I Am Santa!”, a fictionalized account that thoroughly engages the reader’s attention in a 343-page novel that is a heartfelt enjoyment and a pure pleasure read from first page to last. Especially recommended for pre-teens, parents, and anyone who has ever felt the wonder of the Christmas icon that is Santa Claus, Kristy Haile’s debut novel is superbly written in a conversational tone. Superbly crafted fiction from beginning to end, “I Am Santa!” will be available in 2011 in a hard cover edition (9780982704301) which is especially recommended for school and community libraries, and also currently available in an eBook format (9780982704326, $9.99). This is a Christmas title that is recommended reading at any and all times of the year!

Book Tour Schedule

I AM SANTA! Goes on tour this month. Below is the schedule for I AM SANTA! as I answer questions tell background stories and be interviewed by the best Blog sites out there. Join me as you learn the back ground of me, I AM SANTA! and my inspiration Ty! Brought to you by PUMP UP YOUR BOOK.

Monday, November 15
Guest blogging at Cafe of Dreams
Interviewed at Let’s Talk Virtual Book Tours

Tuesday, November 16
Interviewed at Blogcritics

Wednesday, November 17
Interviewed at Examiner

Thursday, November 18
Interviewed at Literarily Speaking

Friday, November 19
Interviewed at The Writer’s Life

Monday, November 22
Interviewed at Pump Up Your Book

Tuesday, November 23
Guest blogging at The Story Behind the Book

Wednesday, November 24
Guest blogging at Beyond the Books

Thursday, November 25

Friday, November 26
Book reviewed & book giveaway at Knitting & Sundries

Monday, December 6
Book reviewed & book giveaway at I Am a Reader

Tuesday, December 7
Book reviewed at Book Reviews by Molly

Wednesday, December 8
Book reviewed at The Book Faery Reviews

Thursday, December 9
Interviewed at Examiner (interview with Ty, the real Santa Claus)

Friday, December 10
Book reviewed at Extreme Personal Measures

Monday, December 13
Book reviewed at Sharon’s Garden of Book Reviews

Tuesday, December 14
Book reviewed at A Page Turner 4 U

Wednesday, December 15
Guest blogging at Literarily Speaking

Thursday, December 16
Guest blogging at Life in the First Draft

Friday, December 17
Book reviewed at Reading Frenzy

Book Signing Return to Borders

It was a success last month so BORDERS Turlock wants me back!  That’s right, I will be at BORDERS the day after Thanksgiving 11-26-10 at 12:00PM to 4:00PM. If you missed the first one don’t miss this one and get the perfect gift for that reader in your life and get it personalized all for $9.99!

A special thanks to local Turlock businesses who help to promote this signing of I AM SANTA!: Balswick Tires (Fulkerth & N Golden State), Postal Center USA, Victoria’s Station, BORDERS, Martinizing (Geer RD), & Monte Vista Small Animal Hospital

Book Review

My First book review is in and I am thrilled. This is the review taken from: http://pacificbookreview.com/I-Am-Santa.php

Review by Pacific Book Review

I Am Santa! by Kristy Haile is inspired by the true story of her 4 year old son, Ty, referred to as Nicholas in the book, whom after meeting a Santa-for-Hire at a shopping mall, is bequeathed the honorable status of becoming the new Santa.  You may or may not believe in Santa, and you certainly may not believe this young boy is the “new Santa,” but to Nicholas, he is Santa, and you can’t shake his belief.  Based on true events occurring to Nicholas, his sister Holly, the parents, grandparents, friends and classmates, I Am Santa! unfolds a clever storyline for children and captures the imagination of all that read this book.

Just as Superman is only “super” when wearing his caped outfit, Nicholas wears his Santa costume each and every day, even sleeping in it at night.  During his dreams he’s busy working with the elves, keeping current the “naughty or nice” list of all other people — a formidable task indeed.  At first his desire to wear the Santa outfit was appropriate, but as the Christmas season dwindled to an end, the outfit was still a part of Nicholas’ daily dress code.  This lead to some whimsically comical situations, such as the comment by an adult, “Hey kid, who do you think you are? Santa Claus?”  Nicholas would always answer in the affirmative, then warn, “You better watch out or else you’ll wind up on the naughty list,”  totally disarming the adult and leaving him speechless.

The Santa outfit, months after Christmas, became an issue for the parents at times.  In order to squelch comments, Kristy wrote she would defend her son by saying, “Well, I didn’t know there was a dress code for tonight.  Besides he is getting ready for next year.  And actually it’s been shown that parents should never impinge on their child’s imagination.   A big imagination is actually a sign of an above average intelligence.”

I Am Santa! is ideal for a stocking stuffer for all children this Christmas season.  The book has a light and loving flow to the maternal narration, as you can tell just how much Kristy Haile enjoyed keeping track of her son’s antidotes and writing the book.  Adaptation into a holiday movie would certainly be a fun evolution for this creative book, and given the true life story and theatrical accolades of her son, he might even be able to play “himself” – that is Santa, of course.

Book Signing Weekend

It’s official the first book signing was a success! According to one Manger of BORDERS books said, “I have never seen a local author do this good here.” I am pleased with this weekend and I am thankful to BORDERS for allowing me to have my book signing in my home town. www.iamsantabook.com