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Publisher's Note:

There's only one person who can save Christmas this year, and it's not Santa Claus. This year the fate of everyone's favorite holiday rests solely in the hands of a twelve-year-old gnome named Geronimo. Luckily, Geronimo is no ordinary gnome. With his wits and daring, he should have absolutely no trouble tracking down the evil Krampus and bringing him back to the North Pole. .…

Overall Book Review:

Christmas–it’s the most wonderful time of year, but 12-year-old gnome Geronimo doesn’t think so!

When Geronimo’s parents sign him up for the North Pole Exchange Program, he doesn’t think his life could get any lamer. Imagine his surprise when he is sent on a mission to stop Santa’s arch-nemesis!  Thus begins a crazy adventure to save Christmas. 

In author Matt Caliri’s debut novel, The Gnome Exchange Program: North Pole Rescue, you can expect to find a whimsical plot that conjures memories of classic childhood Christmas stories. Remember the Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer film series? Even though it’s reminiscent of these classic tales, it reads modern and will capture the minds of children and adults alike.

Told in third person narrative, readers follow the antics Geronimo the gnome, and the several characters he encounters on his rescue mission. This book kicks off with a shocking backstory that raises the stakes of the whole saga, giving the reader a twisted surprise from the very start. What begins as a very cutesy, light tale starts to shift when more destructive behavior is added as the story progresses.

An adorable book for individuals older than Kindergarten age (please seen Content Analysis below.) Let Santa know you want this book under your tree this year! 

This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Sweetwater Books

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  2 Religious exclamations. 

Violence/Gore:  Implications of kidnapping; a few threats of future violence; the term, “suicide mission,” is used 2x; about 10 +instances where violence appears humorous, or humorous threats are issued; a few times (about 5) character(s) threaten to eat other character(s); character throws an object in anger; few (about 7) reports of violence; character has a grim fantasy; reports of kidnappings; extended scene (about 1 page) adult threatens to blow up a building, kidnaps a child; extended scene (about 1 page) threat with weapon, adult threatens children; a few times (less than 5) character(s) accidentally injure themselves, mention of blood; report of war and death between animals; character is injured; character is accidentally knocked unconscious by fighting children; children are kidnapped and held prisoner; fantasy character places a child in the oven with the intent on eating them; character insists they are the cause of a loved one’s death; report of character stabbing another character, report of injury; character gives the orders to kill another character; parent accidentally smacks grown child so hard they fall down the stairs, mention of injury; character reveals they dreamt of death; character is thrown off a building; character is knocked unconscious; character prepares children for future battle; character is captured and imprisoned; character grabs another character forcefully, choking them; extended scene (about 1 page) characters crash-land an aircraft, mention of injuries; extended scene (about 2 pages) animals and children battle against each other, blood and death mentioned; characters find animals dead bodies, report of death; extended scene (about ½ page) adolescent children with weapons, charge ready for battle; aircraft crash causes injuries; character threatens another character with a weapon; extended scene (about 2 pages) humorous violence with exchange of threats; report of property destruction; character has kidnapped children tied up in burlap sacks; extended scene (about 2 pages) child fights off fantasy creature, weapon used; report of injuries; character tackles and ties up another character. (NOTE: Most of the violent scenes involve fantasy creatures fighting other fantasy creatures, and are not graphic.)

Sex/Nudity: Few brief scenes (about 5) in which married couple(s) hug or kiss; character removes their clothing so that another character (a family member of the same gender) may dress their wounds; character admits to never knowing their parents. 

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Alcohol / Drug Use:

On few occasions (less than 5) animals smoke cigars, drink alcohol, appear drunk; sleeping powder is used, tranquilizer darts are used.

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I appreciate books of all genres, but my main squeeze is fiction. Depending on my mood it could be romance or suspense; lately I’ve been courting fantasy. When I don’t have my nose in a book, I am locating tasty paleo recipes, writing in-coherent poetry, and crafting with paper.