Chris Kringle’s Cops: The First Mission is a fantasy for children and preteens written by Ellwyn Autumn.
Patty Pringle believes in Santa Clause. She realizes that most sixth graders have long since given up on their belief in him, but she’s still adamant about his existence. It was December 23, and she knew she needed to see him. Since her mom died earlier this year, her father never let her or her little brother, Sean, go out unless they were accompanied by their grandfather. Patty found it embarrassing to be treated like a child, and she was thrilled that she had finally convinced her grandfather to let her and Sean walk home from school on their own. The side trip to the mall was pushing their deadline for getting home, but Patty had no other choice. She had her resume in hand, and she was determined to ask Santa for a job.
Ellwyn Autumn’s fantasy for children and preteens, Chris Kringle’s Cops: The First Mission, is an exciting and fast-paced story about a twelve-year-old girl who is really rather special. The author does an impressive job of conveying the devastation the death of a parent can have on the surviving family members as indeed, Patty’s mother, Luce’s death, makes celebrating Christmas almost seem a sacrilege. It is only with an intense amount of effort that her father even leaves his room to try to make Christmas happen for his children. I loved the concept of Chris Kringle’s Cops and was excited to see the North Pole along with Patty. Melody E. Whitaker’s illustrations bring many of the characters to life and are a real treat for readers. I’m looking forward to reading about Patty’s future missions with CKC. Chris Kringle’s Cops: The First Mission is highly recommended.