Santa is kidnapped! Will he be freed in time for Christmas?
The perfect gift for Christmas! A classic short tale from Enid Blyton's Magic Faraway Tree series with fun and stunning new full-colour illustrations from Alex Paterson. When Joe, Beth, Frannie and Rick and their friends Silky and Saucepan-man are turned into toys, they're not sure they'll ever be able to get back to their orginal selves! Only one person can help them. The friends must get to very top of the magic Faraway Tree and Santa Claus's castle as fast as they can!
Just who is Santa Claus? Join Joe as he discovers his life isn't as useless and empty as he thought it had become. When Charlie, the little girl with the big heart, teams up with him, they discover the true magic of Christmas. A peek inside: "Part of what I got, when I became a 'Nicholas," is the ability to be with certain people. What they know about a child, we know. In turn, their ability to relate to children, is magnified, so they can help them. We can't reach every child who needs it, because there are not nearly enough who can do the work. We can't tell you how you'll know, but you will know when a certain child needs extra 'attention.' When you touch them to let them on your lap or say hello, they'll feel the unconditional love that is the Spirit of Christmas."
The Santa Claus Gang has struck again. Xmas Eve: the Prussian Death Squad Robot commandos (with Live Action Grappling Hooks!) disappear en masse. A panicked CEO places an early morning call for help. Ignoring Call Waiting, Marlowe and Nina answer, launching them yet again into the seedy, dumpster-filled underbelly of the City's criminal underworld. You'd think they'd have learned by now to pay attention to Call Waiting. 'Tis the season to stop the nefarious holiday-themed criminal organization from giving away the Most Wanted Toy of the Year. Otherwise, the poor conglomerate that manufactures the Prussian Death Squad Robot Commandos (with Live Action Grappling Hooks!) will be crushed. And if that isn't incentive enough, failure means Marlowe and Nina will be executed. The Santa Claus Gang is a short story set after the action of Marlowe and the Spacewoman, but before the nail-biting excitement of Balloons of the Apocalypse. And now, for a limited time, it's available in English!
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