North Pole High: A Rebel Without a Claus
a memoir by Candace Jane Kringle
Don't get me wrong. I love my dad. Just not the way the rest of the world loves him.
He's not really all that holly-jolly the rest of the year. Someone once asked me if I get presents every day because of who my dad is. That's a laugh!
I'm not saying he's a bad guy. He just doesn't get me. I mean, he's great with kids and all. No question about it. But I'm sixteen. I'm becoming a woman. And Daddy's having a tough time with that. I imagine it's like that with most dads. Why should mine be any different?
So it's not like I blame him or anything. I'm just saying, if he would have let me be me, none of this would have happened.
But first, a couple things I have to get out of the way right from the start. I get a lot of letters asking all kinds of questions about how my dad slides down chimneys and stuff like that. Sorry, but that's his business. You'll have to wait for him to write his own book. This is my story. People don't understand what it's like growing up in this family. Sure, there's a lot of love and magic and joy. But I'm really just like everybody else.
The other thing I need to make clear up front is: If you're one of those people who thinks my dad doesn't exist, you might as well stop reading now. This isn't one of those stories. I've known the guy for sixteen years. Believe me, he exists.
Now back to how this whole catastrophe started. Or rather, how it could have been avoided. After all, I begged my father not to make me go to that stupid Welcoming Feast.
Copyright (c) 2012 by Candace Jane Kringle
Comments from beta readers:
"I've read plenty of fantasy/fiction books and I can honestly say I have never seen one like this. It was brilliant." - Lauren, age 17
"So different and crazy. I live that kind of stuff. Out of any character in the whole wide world, real or not, I want to be Candycane." - Jane, age 12
"I would recommend this book to the kids I volunteer with and to my friends' young siblings. And I'd be interested in reading more of Candycane's adventures." - Catie, age 19