Mistletoe Bell hates Christmas. So would you if you had a name like hers. Her Christmas-mad parents make the festive season last all year, and with another Christmas looming, Mis doesn’t think she can take any more. After her carelessness causes an accident at school, it seems like things can’t get any worse.
Then she wakes up to find The Ghost of Christmases Ruined in her bedroom.
She is taken to the North Pole, to a reform school run by elves determined to make her love Christmas. Stuck in a misfit group of fellow Christmas-haters with a motley crew of the weird and even weirder, watched over by elves day and night, she doesn’t expect to meet cute and funny Luke, who is hiding a vulnerable side beneath his sarcastic exterior. She doesn’t expect to fall in love with him.
But all is not as it should be at the North Pole. A certain Mr Claus is making the elves’ lives a misery, and pretty soon Mistletoe and Luke are doing more than just learning to like Christmas.
A YA romantic comedy in which Santa is the bad guy, teaching reindeer to fly is on the curriculum, and zombies have a fondness for Christmas music.
Suitable for older teens and upwards due to bad language.
‘North Pole Reform School’ tells the story of Mistletoe Bell (love that name) who is taken to the North Pole Reform School by the ghost of Christmases ruined. At the reform school, Mistletoe meets Luke and 3 others and as they work with the elves, they are taught to look for the fun in Christmas and add the magic back into what should be a wondrous time!
Even though Mistletoe and Luke are mischievous, my mum liked them instantly. It took me a bit longer with Luke, I’m fickle and was won over by Mistletoe’s name, I had high hopes for someone with a Christmas themed name!
It was wonderful reading how their friendship formed and following them on their quest.
As with all of Jaimie’s books, you are able to feel the turmoil that the characters are going through.
Not everyone loves Christmas and I did feel for those at the reform school, to be blamed for ruining Christmas, is a lot of pressure.
It was great how Jaimie turned the Christmas characters around, with grumpy elves and bad Santa, you found yourself laughing out loud and lost in a world that was very surreal. Escape into the festivities and; lose yourself in the North Pole Reform School!