Meet a kid so bad, he gets a lump of coal every Christmas...and likes it! Neighborhood bully Buzz Scanlan takes pride in his annual lump, which he sees as a black badge of badness. But this Christmas, when the coal doesn't come, the ten-year-old holy terror becomes a bad boy on a mission. He roams from one victim of his wicked mischief to the next, digging for dirt on the one nice thing he must have done to deserve no coal for Christmas. When everyone agrees he's been nothing but naughty, he nearly gives up the hunt...until he stumbles onto the shocking truth behind his lumps of coal, an incredible secret that just might change his life forever. Will Buzz get his lump after all, sealing his fate as the ultimate bully? Or will solving the mystery lead to a fate worse than death for the naughtiest boy, an unexpected good deed that breaks his not-nice record? After this Christmas, nothing will be the same for the kid who loves lumps of coal.
Don't miss this fun and funny Christmas tale with a twist from award-winning author Robert T. Jeschonek, author of My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, chosen by Booklist as one of the Top Ten First Novels for Youth. Expect the unexpected in this fresh new holiday classic for all ages, the perfect gift for the e-book reader in your family. Actual lump of coal not included...but it would go perfectly with this e-book gift on Christmas morning!
"Robert Jeschonek is the literary love child of Tim Burton and Neil Gaiman …" – Adrian Phoenix, critically acclaimed author of The Maker's Song series and Black Dust Mambo
"…Robert Jeschonek is a towering talent..." – Mike Resnick, Hugo and Nebula Award-winning author
"Jeschonek´s stories are delightfully insane, a pleasure to read…" – Fabio Fernandes, Fantasy Book Critic
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About the Author
Robert T. Jeschonek is an award-winning writer whose fiction, comics, essays, articles, and podcasts have been published around the world. DC Comics, Simon & Schuster, and DAW Books have published his work. Robert was nominated for the British Fantasy Award for his story, "Fear of Rain." His young adult urban fantasy novel, My Favorite Band Does Not Exist, was named one of Booklist’s Top Ten First Novels for Youth.