Top Elf (Hardcover)

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When Santa decides to hang up his suit, it's time for The Santa Trials, a televised competition to select his replacement. Everyone from elves to humans competes in challenges to design high tech sleighs or to consume tons of cookies on milk. Who's the winner? It's up to readers to find out in this fun middle grade story that celebrates the season of Christmas. For grades 3 and up.

— Cathy


These elves are off the shelves.

Ollie and Celia think they know what the life of an elf is supposed to be like: Make toys. Help Santa. Make more toys. Help Santa. Try out a new ice-cream flavor. Help Santa.

But then Santa rocks the North Pole with a surprise announcement! He's decided this is going to be his last year in the Big Red Suit--and instead of letting his oldest son, the unfortunately named Klaus Claus, take over, he's opening up the job to any kid who wants to apply--Claus or elf.

The Santa Trials have begun!

Ollie and Celia enter the contest, having no idea whatsoever that they'll soon have to squeeze through impossible chimneys, race runaway sleighs, sweet-talk a squad of rowdy reindeer, and consume cruel amounts of cookies and milk. It's both an adventure and a survival test, far beyond what any elf or Claus has been asked to do before. But whoever rises to the top will get a reward even bigger than Christmas . . .

About the Author

Caleb Zane Huett is a playwright, indie bookseller, and undercover reindeer. He's a graduate of the University of Georgia, and he's really good at video games. One time he won a funnel cake doing the Macarena to Christmas music at a rodeo. Top Elf is his debut novel. He lives in Athens, Georgia, and you can find him at

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781338052121
ISBN-10: 1338052128
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: September 26th, 2017
Pages: 288
Language: English