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When Andy Heath hears something new in a famous Christmas poem, he goes on an all-out mission to investigate. If he’s right, this’ll be the best Christmas he’s ever had! A poem. A mission. A fool-proof plan. What could go wrong? Oh, Andy! Andy tries to use "Moore's Code" to capture Santa and the great sack full of toys., only to discover everything can go wrong. And while he tries desperately to figure out how to solve his problem, the elves at the North Pole scramble to find out what happened to their jolly leader! Will Scrooge Claus use Santa's disappearance to wipe out Christmas once and for all? Surveillance teams. Snow-Cones. And a whole lot of kindliness toward their enemies keeps their spirits up-—but for how long?

282 pages, Paperback

First published September 29, 2014

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Chautona Havig

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**fingers skittle across the keyboard. Stop. Eyelids blink over the top**

Oh, was this bio day? Oops! I forgot. I was lost in my latest manuscript. Umm... bio. Yeah.

Hi! I’m Chautona Havig. (for those who care, that’s Shuh-TONE-uh HAVE-ig). Yeah. Just work with me here. I should have used a pseudonym, but when you grow up with a name like Chautona, it kind of sticks.

Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. ~ Hebrews 10: 23–25

Those aren’t just words on a page for me–they’re why I write. I write to encourage my brothers and sisters in Christ. The stories I create are to make people laugh, cry, question, consider.

They’re for you.

When the world screams for hope, I try to point you to the true Source of hope–Jesus.

Sometimes life in the church no longer seems a refuge from the pain of a self-serving world around us, but through my stories, I try to point you to the only Refuge that can truly help–the Father’s Everlasting Arms.

And sometimes we just need an escape from the monotony, the emptiness we see around us. We need joy, laughter–what I like to call “just the write escape.”

Christian fiction without apology or pretense–lived, not preached.
What does that even mean?
It means I care–about you. About your walk with Jesus. I care about the words you put before your eyes, the mental pictures those words conjure. It’s difficult to express just how much I love my brothers and sisters in Christ. It’s difficult to share just how much I love you.

But I do.

And I write for you. I sit in my little house in California’s Mojave Desert and I write to show you why one sister believes one thing, why a brother believes another. I write to show you how some Christians handle trials or triumphs–for you. So when you’re faced with something–good or bad, it doesn’t matter–maybe it’ll spark a memory. Maybe that memory will smolder until you pull out your Bible and see what the Lord said about it–about His great love for you. For YOU!

And maybe, just maybe, you’ll share that love with another hurting, confused, or blessed-with-more-than-she-knows-what-to-do-with soul.

I just happen to think that’s the most blessed giving anyone could hope to receive.

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587 reviews
December 2, 2019
I did not like the main character, Andy, at all, and did not finish the book last Christmas. I picked it up this year, and began reading what was happening at the North Pole, and I was delighted! Andy became easier to deal with as the book went on, and I was pleased with the ending.
628 reviews19 followers
December 28, 2022
This is the first Santa book I have ever read. And yes, I read it aloud to my children. That's actually rather embarrassing to admit... but we loved it! Chautona is an author that can pull off almost anything.
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331 reviews118 followers
December 7, 2018
A fun story of Santa and Merry Claus!

This was a fun read. Takes you right to the North Pole and makes you wonder if Moore's poem really is right...
1,495 reviews15 followers
August 27, 2023
Delightful story about a spoiled 9 year old boy named Andy who decided to kidnap Santa so he can get all the gifts. It doesn't work out at all the way he expected and he is left caring for Santa and the reindeer while Mrs. Claus and the elves try to find them.
I didn't care for Andy at first and his parents were the world's wimpiest parents. I did enjoy seeing how Andy changes throughout the story. There were a lot of amusing moments in the story and a very satisfactory ending.
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2,673 reviews108 followers
September 30, 2014
Read 9/8/2014 I had been requested by the author to hold off reviews until book goes live
eBook ARC 170 pp

I received this book directly from the author. And I thank her in advance for her generosity. However, I was not compensated otherwise and my opinions are my own. Now you know, and knowing's half the battle ;)

"Grownups, even tiny ones, made no sense" thought Andy, the small boy of Chautona's new Holiday book Moore's Code

Andy is a precocious little boy, an only child. A bit on the nerdish side, and quite intelligent, he spends the time prior to Christmas trying to figure out how to kidnap Santa based largely on a thorough study of Chistmas Media, including Clement Clark Moore's Night Before Christmas.

While all this is going on, Santa is gearing up for his yearly sojourn. We get a sneak peak into just how he and the elves do that off an on throughout the book, as well as how Santa's cousin Scrooge is living just down the way.

As Andy deals with trying to stay off the PNL ( the Perpetual Naughty List) he is also growing up and trying to figure out just what to do as the elves and Mrs. Merry Claus are trying to pick up the slack from the missing St. Nick.

Will Scrooge come around? Will Merry take over as Santa? Will GPS get installed in the sleigh when and if Santa and the reindeer ever come back? You know, if you've ever read my reviews, that I try not to give away spoilers, so you'll just have to read Moore's Code and find out.

This is a great book about maturity and understanding; faith, hope and Love. Maybe grownups do make sense after all. Merry Christmas
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1,199 reviews16 followers
December 19, 2014
A fun lighthearted story about Santa, everyone around him, and what they do when a little boy finds out all their secrets.

Young Andy Heath is determined to find out the truth about Santa and Christmas after reading a famous poem and finding clues missed by everyone else who has read it. If he’s right, this will be the best Christmas he has ever had. Andy tries to capture Santa and get the huge sack full of toys all for himself. Unfortunately nothing goes as planned. While he tries to figure out how to solve his problem, the elves at the North Pole are dealing with their own problems. Not only is Santa missing, but now Clause Castle is under attack from Scrooge Clause who wants it for himself and to stop Christmas from coming again.

This is the cutest little book I have read in a long time. The tie-ins of all the extra characters made the story that much better. I don’t want to give much away and ruin the story but I will say that I had a smile on my face the whole time. Young Andy Heath is the kind of spirited boy you would expect to find in the middle of a tale like this. I did find his tantrums a little tiring at times, but that had to be included in order to show his change throughout the story. I thought I would enjoy the moments with him and Santa the best, but the real story kicked off with Mistletoe and Merry Clause as well as the other elves. All they did to find Santa and keep the castle safe really made the story.

One of the most fun I have had reading a Christmas story in a long time.
656 reviews
June 28, 2015
This is a wonderful story about a 9 year old boy who is extremely spoiled. After listening to "A Visit From St. Nicholas" Andy gets the idea to kidnap Santa and hold him for ransom. The kidnapping wasn't so hard, but how to keep Santa and his reindeer hidden while he arranges for ransom is more than he bargained for.

Andy is on best behavior to try to hide Santa which concerns his mother so much that she takes him to a psychologist who has never had a parent present a child who is NOT acting out.

Meanwhile, at the North Pole, Santa hasn't returned and no one knows where he is.

What if Santa doesn't make it back by the next Christmas? Will it ruin the holiday for everyone around the world? Will Andy be put on Santa's PNL list (Permanently Naughty List)?

The story takes us through a whole year with Andy as we watch how he handles the problems he created for himself. And we learn answers to things children have questioned for years - like how does Santa get down the chimney if he's so fat? And how can he carry all those presents in his sleigh?

I loved this book and can't wait to get copies for my grandchildren.

(I was sent a pre-read copy of this book in exchange for my honest opinion.)
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57 reviews20 followers
January 25, 2015
Won this in a GOODREADS drawing.

Delightful tale of a boy who captures Santa, sleigh and all. Adventures ensue as he tries to take care of his charges; while the elves and Mrs. Claus try to find them.

The illustrations add an extra fun layer to this fantasy.

Excellent for the younger reader.
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