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Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2016
  • 9780997941708 0997941707
  • 72 pages
  • $$14.99
John Arvai
Off the Hook -- A Christmas Ornament Adventure

Children/Young Adult; General Fiction (including literary and historical); (Publish)

Set in a world where a Christmas tree's star is actually a secret transmitter used by Santa Claus to identify all the active Christmas homes throughout the world, two groups of ornaments from opposite sides of their tree must learn to work together to find their missing star before Santa passes their family's house by! Grand prize winner of the Holiday Book Festival and winner of the National Indie Excellence Awards, Off the Hook is an exciting holiday adventure for the entire family to enjoy! Rejoice in this fresh Christmas tale as you dash through the 34 full page illustrations, unwrap the delightful cast of characters, and feast on the playful humor! Off the Hook will leave your stockings stuffed with a lesson on teamwork and your hearts filled with the spirit of Christmas!  Visit for more including the book trailer!

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Why do we have ornaments on a Christmas tree? 

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Is the reason decoration? Many trees combine ornaments given as remembrances of family members or memorable events.

Would you be surprised to discover that there is a purpose for the decorations, probably one that has been kept a secret from you?

On Christmas Eve, while most people are asleep and dreaming, each ornament diligently goes to work. It is the ornaments responsibility to fix the tree lights, tighten screws on the tree stand, and even guard the cookies and milk from pets. This annual event requires each decoration to be “off the hook.” 

The star on the top of your tree is different and not an ornament. All the ornaments cooperatively work together to activate the star which is a location transmitter lighting each rooftop to be seen only by Santa. 

This year the Thompson family has a problem. They just don’t know that it exists. During their annual Christmas Eve party, the family cat somehow toppled the star, falling into an empty gift bag which Aunt Connie brought to her home. 

Once she discovers the star, she believes it is a gift to decorate one of her many trees. What will happen to the Thompson children when Santa is missing their home? Without a location transmitter, how will their home be found?

How can their Christmas be saved?

How can the family’s ornaments possibly save Christmas for the children? 

Off the Hook is a wonderfully creative story with the illustrations perfectly matching the text into a logical and well-organized original Christmas story for children of all ages. Numerous themes surround this short book such as cooperation, friendship, prejudice, stereotypes, diligence and doing not what is easiest, but what is the right thing.

Surprisingly, each ornament is an independent character with an individual personality humanizing each and even revealing a little of every person’s hidden prejudices and biases.

The colorful illustrations perfectly match the text entrancing readers from as young as 2 to 102 focusing on the individual ornaments and the children.

This enchanting Christmas novel is available as an e-book or a paperback.

Off the Hook is a wonderful Christmas story that will endure the test of time becoming a new family traditional story to be shared with generations.

Readers' Favorite

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure is an adventure picture book for children written by John Arvai III and illustrated by Eminence System. Most people think that Christmas ornaments are just there for decoration purposes, but they're really much more than just decorations. Those heroes on hooks actually make sure the tree lights are working properly, guard the cookies and milk from the family dog, and keep the fireplace in good shape so Santa can visit your house. Then there's the star that goes on top of the tree. This is an especially important ornament as it guides Santa to your house by sending out a golden glow that Santa can see from his sleigh. But what would happen if that star wasn't on top of your tree? What if your cat knocked it off the tree, and it tumbled out of reach? Something very much like that happened at the Thompson house when they were hosting their Christmas party. No one noticed that the star had ended up in a gift bag, and no one saw Aunt Connie leaving with it. Or did they?

John Arvai's adventure picture book for children, Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure, follows the front and back side ornaments of the Thompson family's Christmas tree as they try to save Christmas for their family. This is an exciting story complete with conflicts, impossible situations, and a deadline that looms ever closer. Arvai's ornament characters are marvelous! He endows each one of them with a personality and his/her own role in this action-packed holiday tale. The illustrations provided by Eminence System are brilliantly colored and add depth and dimension to the plot. I found myself getting lost in each panel as I delightedly found every detail and action described in the story. Children of all ages, including those adults who volunteer for story time rather than have to sit and chat with the grownups, will thrill to this most unusual Christmas tale that actually gets better with each successive reading. Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure is most highly recommended.

The Childrens Book Review

What to expect: Christmas, Adventure, Good Vs. BadAre you looking for a wild holiday adventure where two groups of Christmas ornaments will have to find reason for collaboration and teamwork? Yes? Read on.Off the Hook, a naughty or nice Santa tale, begins with an unexpected take on the importance of Christmas ornaments. Children will be surprised to discover that, in this fictional tale, Christmas ornaments are responsible for things like keeping Santa’s cookies and milk safe from pesky pets and, most importantly, activating the Christmas tree star to act as a home locator device for Santa. When the Christmas tree star goes missing the drama in Off the Hook begins.When Christmas-crazy Aunt Connie ends up with the Thompson family’s star at her house all the way on the other side of town, the Christmas ornaments from the front side of the tree band together to retrieve the star. Only … the ornaments from the back of the tree appear to be ready to stand in their way. Will the star be rescued and placed in its rightful spot atop the Thompson’s tree in time for Santa to deliver presents?With his imaginative plot, creative characters, close calls, and adventures galore, author John Arvai III has delivered a good vs. bad holiday tale. The action zips and zings from one page to the next in a way that should capture the minds of even the most reluctant readers. Bright digital illustrations with rich holiday colors, like Santa red, Christmas tree green, and night sky blue, compliment every page of text, highlighting the continuous activity.Off the Hook is an enjoyable holiday romp suited to readers ages 5 through 8.

Off The Hook Named A NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner For Summer 201

I'm very excited to announce that Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure has just been named a NABE Pinnacle Book Achievement Award Winner For Summer 2017!

This recognition marks the 7th award for the book! 

Off The Hook Wins "Honorable Mention" At The Los Angeles Book Festival!

The good news just keeps on rollin' in this week -- the latest being that the Los Angeles Book Festival has named Off The Hook as an "Honorable Mention" in their Children's Book category!

Some stiff competition in there and I'm honored to be a part of this group!

Off The Hook Wins Silver At Readers' Favorite 2017 International Book Awards!

The good news keeps rolling in this week as the Readers' Favorite International Book Contest has just awarded Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure a silver medal in the Children - Concept category!

Here's more on this contest:

"The Readers' Favorite International Book Award Contest featured thousands of contestants from over a dozen countries, ranging from new independent authors to NYT best-sellers and celebrities. 

Readers' Favorite is one of the largest book review and award contest sites on the Internet. They have earned the respect of renowned publishers like Random House, Simon & Schuster, and Harper Collins, and have received the "Best Websites for Authors" and "Honoring Excellence" awards from the Association of Independent Authors. They are also fully accredited by the BBB (A+ rating), which is a rarity among Book Review and Book Award Contest companies.

We receive thousands of entries from all over the world. Because of these large submission numbers, we are able to break down our contest into 120+ genres, and each genre is judged separately, ensuring that books only compete against books of their same genre for a fairer and more accurate competition. We receive submissions from independent authors, small publishers, and publishing giants such as Random House, HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster, with contestants that range from the first-time, self-published author to New York Times bestsellers like J.A. Jance, James Rollins, and #1 best-selling author Daniel Silva, as well as celebrity authors like Jim Carrey (Bruce Almighty), Henry Winkler (Happy Days), and Eriq La Salle (E.R., Coming to America)."

Off The Hook A Winner In The 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards!

I'm very excited to announce that Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure has won the Holiday category in the 11th Annual National Indie Excellence Awards!

This contest is consistently ranked as one of the tops for Indies books in the United States so to be named a winner is truly an honor!

Off The Hook Named An Honorable Mention In The Hollywood Book Festival!

Just got word that Off the Hook has been named an Honorable Mention in the Children's Book category in the Hollywood Book Festival. 

Off The Hook Named The Grand Prize Winner Of The Holiday Book Festival!

LOS ANGELES_ The delightful children’s tale of how Christmas ornaments help Santa Claus is the grand prize winner of the 2017 Holiday Book Festival, which honors the best books of the holiday season. 

Author John Arvai III’s “Off the Hook: A Christmas Ornament Adventure” (Light the Lamp Publishing) is a lavishly illustrated and playful story. Set in a world where a Christmas tree’s star is actually a secret transmitter used by Santa to find all active Christmas homes, the book follows two groups of ornaments from opposite sides of the tree. They must learn to work together to find their missing star before Santa passes their family’s house!

Off The Hook Wins Honorable Mention At Foreword!

Consistently rated as one of the top Indies book contests in the United States, I'm proud to announce that Off the Hook was awarded an Honorable Mention in the 'Picture Books, Early Reader' category at the Foreword INDIES Book of the Year Awards.

The book was previously a Finalist for this award amongst 20 other very strong titles (including one author who has sold over 300,000 books -- whoa!) so I'm extremely excited to see it named an Honorable Mention this past weekend.

Paperback Book Details
  • 11/2016
  • 9780997941708 0997941707
  • 72 pages
  • $$14.99