The Christmas Kid

A Novel

Michael Allin

Thomas Dunne Books

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Casey Rickert is in trouble. He's just lost his plane ticket back home to Kansas City in an unfriendly poker game. He has a Lit paper due on a book he's never read, and on top of everything else, even though he took off finals week to go surfing, his cutback still hasn't improved. But Casey's talent for getting into and out of trouble has earned him the nickname "The Wizard," and he views this latest assortment of predicaments merely as opportunities for yet another brilliant recovery.

Lately, though, Casey's predilection for trouble seems to be outstripping even his own marvelously cosmic equilibrium. His brother Davy's death almost a year ago upended Casey's world and left him shaken, vulnerable, and hurtling from one disaster to the next. Wandering through Santa Barbara in a desperate attempt to get home, Casey's chance impersonation of Santa Claus opens up to him a hidden world of goodwill toward men, unanswered Christmas wishes, and beard itch. Still wearing the Santa suit, Casey embarks on a journey from Los Angeles to Kansas City, rediscovering kindness, hope, and love from the people he meets along the way. Michael Allin's The Christmas Kid is an inspiring story of redemption.

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Santa Barbara had a hot spell the week before Christmas break. While my father was back home in Kansas City shoveling snow and worrying about his chest pains, the beach at UCSB was crowded with bikinis and I was surfing all day every day, working on my cutback. I surfed even in my dreams and woke up every morning feeling the move I needed to make the cutback, muscle-hungry to get out on my board; but I never could make the move awake and for real. I could ride out anything straight into shore, but whenever I tried to attack out of headlong forward momentum and elaborate across the wave, I wiped

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Michael Allin

Michael Allin is the author of the highly acclaimed book Zarafa: A Giraffe's True Story from Deep in Africa to the Heart of Paris, and is also a screenwriter of a number of films, including the classic Enter the Dragon.

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The Christmas Kid
A Novel
Michael Allin

e-Book Agency

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St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
April 2007
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429970181
ISBN10: 1429970189
224 pages
$7.99

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Hardcover
St. Martin's Press
Thomas Dunne Books
November 2001
Hardcover
ISBN: 9780312266639
ISBN10: 0312266634
5 1/2 x 8 1/4 inches, 224 pages
$23.95
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