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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (194 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Christopher Moore, Pamela Johnson Narrator: Delroy Lind Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Who would ever guess that the beloved legend of Santa Claus involves a seldom-told tale of faith and friendship between two men -- one white and one black? Long ago, Santa Claus had an African partner named Pete and together they brought the spirit of Christmas to America's first settlers. These two forever changed the way families celebrate the holiday. But through the years, Pete's contribution was forgotten.

Now Santa & Pete restores the legacy in delightful style and delivers an inspiring message of hope and harmony among people. The story starts with a bus driver who takes his grandson along on Saturdays as he travels a historical route in New York City. What unfolds is a series of wonderful adventures that culminate on Christmas Eve, when the bus gets stuck in a snowstorm. That's when the grandfather's running genealogy lesson, based on author Christopher Moore's own family history, arrives at its final destination: the story of Santa and Pete.

A truly magical tale, Santa & Pete will take you and your family back to the heart of Christmas.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Santa & Pete is a magical novel of Christmas, of family, and of harmony among all. Christopher Moore and Pamela Johnson have gifted us with the opportunity to create a whole new Christmas tradition while holding tight to the spirit of the holiday season.”

    Richard Paul Evans, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Destined to become a Yuletide classic, Santa & Pete celebrates goodwill and family while restoring the true meaning of the Christmas holiday as a time to celebrate the best qualities in all of us.”


  • “Grounded in history and decorated with the whimsy of imagination and magic.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “This heartwarming holiday story is a welcome addition to the small roster of tales that relate an ethnically based story for a general readership…Inspirational in the best sense, grounded in truths of human nature and ethical conduct. In a genre where a blatant tug on the heartstrings often takes the place of substance, this affecting and illuminating story is a standout.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In this biracial Christmas novel, Commissioner of New York City Landmarks Moore and Johnson, a senior editor at Essence magazine, tell the story of Pete, the long-forgotten African partner of St. Nicholas.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Christopher | 1/3/2014

    " An enjoyable story that I would likely have appreciated more if I lived in New York as it draws a great deal from that city's history and landmarks to tell its tale. The book provides an interesting way to teach about early American history in the context of a Christmas story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Tina | 12/17/2013

    " I learned that the author is a different Christopher Moore. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Michelle | 12/12/2013

    " I admit I checked this out due to thinking the author was a different Christopher Moore but I still enjoyed it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Angie Palau | 12/3/2013

    " Cute concept but inexpertly rendered. "

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