The Naughty List
New Holiday Adventure Features Team of Intrepid Youngsters on Quest to Save Santa
Not even the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade could persuade the people lining the streets to look up from their phones. Only a few small children even noticed that something was horribly amiss: Santa Claus was a no-show. In an era when children practically dictate their wish lists and parents scramble to outdo each other, it seems the holiday spirit — along with Santa — has disappeared. When word spreads that Santa has, in fact, been kidnapped, it’s up to a group of unfairly labeled children culled from The Naughty List to rescue Santa and remind everyone of the true meaning of Christmas. Will these intrepid youngsters rise to the challenge? There’s only one way to find out!
Author Thomas Conway sets the stage for worldwide adventure in this imaginative, modern Christmas tale that blends elements of pop culture with the age-old tradition of Santa Claus. The Naughty List opens in a world without Santa, where toy manufacturer Eastern Industries has just released a new holiday marketing scheme, monopolizing the attention of the children and draining their holiday spirit. With Christmas fast approaching and the North Pole in chaos, a team of intrepid youngsters recruited from Santa’s Naughty List aim to rescue Santa and save the holiday.
While primarily a Santa tale, The Naughty List cleverly incorporates Winter holiday beliefs from around the world, including the legend of Marduk, a Babylonian god; the Roman feast of Saturnalia; the epic story of Jangar from North Asia; Moravian traditions of animal communication; and the present real-life adventures of Israeli Santa Claus, Nicola Abdou.
Also sprinkled with references to holiday favorites such as Miracle on 34th Street, T’was the Night Before Christmas, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer and others, this wonderfully rich tale promotes right over wrong, good over evil and love over fear.
Suitable for all ages, The Naughty List skillfully weaves valuable lessons about overindulgence and society’s tendency to put labels on children, with the overarching theme that when kids misbehave they should not be defined by their bad deeds but rather see it as a learning opportunity, since when we appreciate the best in humanity and combine our talents, we are capable of almost anything.
The Naughty List, winner of the 2020 Indie Book Award in the E-Book Fiction category, is the first release from Thomas Conway. His 30-year career spans various industries. When not at work, he devotes his time to environmental matters and inventing stories for his two children.
The Naughty List
Publisher: Skylands Publishing House
Available from Amazon.com
Amazon Review By Liz Konkel for Readers’ Favorite
The Naughty List by Thomas Conway is a delightful winter treat for any time of the year. Christmas is at risk when Santa fails to attend Macy’s Thanksgiving Parade and is soon discovered to have been kidnapped. Mrs. Claus and the elves don’t know how to rescue Santa and save Christmas so they turn to the only people that can help them: the children on the Naughty List. Each of the children is on the Naughty List for various reasons which include lying and cheating. They must work as a team to save Santa and learn about the true value of Christmas: kindness and love. The Naughty List is at the center of the plot, exploring their bad actions and seeing them as children that made mistakes. The Naughty List is a classic part of the Santa tale, giving bad children coal and good children presents, but Conway delivers an adventure that leaves you questioning if any of these children truly deserve to be called bad.
Thomas Conway delivers the perfect treat that brings the holiday spirit to all ages and is a great story that families can share together. This feel-good story will get you into the Christmas spirit with valuable lessons about the true meaning of Christmas, hope, magic, family, redemption, forgiveness, and goodness. Conway places a unique twist on Santa Claus and creates a story as you’ve never seen it before with the new North Pole. The world is whimsical and cheery, bringing the North Pole to life through the vivid presence of the elves, reindeer, and snowmen. The story revolves around Christmas, which shines a light on the various themes of goodness, redemption, and faith while posing the question about what the true spirit of Christmas really is. Conway uses various children to explore the other side of Christmas through the relationships between family and friends. Each of the characters is used to delve into the true meaning of Christmas with each of them gaining a new outlook. The Naughty List is a must-have for the holidays, a perfect treat for families to read together, and an endearing message to renew your Christmas spirit.