Nickel Bay Nick (GP Putnam' Sons, 2013) by Dean Pitchford was a fun read.
Not that 11-year-old Sam Brattle is having a good time. He's just had the worst Christmas ever. And his town of Nickel Bay isn't doing so well either. They mysterious Nickel Bay Nick who has been the anonymous Santa that starts up Christmas for the whole town is a no show this year. Sam's in trouble again, too. This time his running from the police ends up with damage to Mr. Wells' house, and his neighbor is going to make Sam pay for the damages by working for him.
I loved reading about Sam's training and his special assignments and how he changes as a result. It's a story to give one hope.
Nickel Bay Nick received the 2014 Cybils MG Fiction Award book.
Author Dean Pitchford is also an actor, singer, songwriter, screenwriter, playwright, director. Look at his amazing and extensive biography here. You'll definitely recognize songs and movies.