cover image Ex-mas


Kate Brian, . . Simon & Schuster, $9.99 (216pp) ISBN 978-1-4169-9151-9

When 17-year-old Lila's plans to throw the party of the year are derailed by her third-grader brother, Cooper, her revenge involves a news article about melting polar ice caps, which strikes terror into his Christmas-loving heart. So when Cooper and a friend head for the North Pole to save Santa, Lila must chase the kids up the Pacific coast with her indie rocker ex-boyfriend. Readers will easily predict the story's trajectory—this is the stuff of romantic, made-for-TV holiday specials—which is as conventional and crowd-pleasing as the candy canes on the cover. Ages 14–up. (Oct.)