BookKid BookClub

Join Vivian and Jaya for a morning of fun with the middle grade book Top Elf by Caleb Zane Huett.

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About the Book: The elves can't be kept on shelves in this hilarious middle-grade debut about what happens when Santa opens a contest to find his successor. 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 an 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

Event date: 
Saturday, December 14, 2019 - 10:30am to 12:00pm
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ISBN: 9781338577167
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scholastic Inc. - October 15th, 2019