It's winter in Girard, Pennsylvania and the pond is completely frozen over―ready for a young boy to go skating!―but Georgie's ice skates are too small. All Georgie wants for Christmas is a new pair of skates. But times are tough in 1920s Pennsylvania, and he gets the disappointing news Santa might not come this year. Follow Georgie as he decides to take matters into his own hands by stealing Santa's identity―and discovers what Christmas is all about. The Santa Thief is a heartwarming tale of boyhood set in 1920s Pennsylvania for children ages 4-8.
2017 USA Best Book Award Winner in Children's Picture Book: Hardcover Fiction
2017 Today Show winter book selection
"The appealing illustrations glow with lamplight and provide many small details that ground this story in a Pennsylvania farmhouse in the 1920s, and Georgie’s dark eyebrows and freckles give him personality. VERDICT A pleasant, if slight, slice-of-life tale.” ―School Library Journal
"An entertaining story with a plucky main character, a problem-solver rather than a thief.” ―Kirkus Reviews
"With Christmas right around the corner, Georgie is disheartened to learn that rough times mean Santa may not be able to deliver the ice skates he has been wishing for, in The Santa Thief. Set in small-town Pennsylvania circa 1920,the illustrations from Lauren Gallegos are reminiscent of Norman Rockwell’s Depression-era portraits, with snowy woods and cozy robe-clad mornings. Georgie regains his holiday spirit with a touching surprise for his hardworking parents.” ―Foreword Reviews FIVE STARS