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Krampus Confidential


★ 2023 Independent Publisher Book Award Winner (Best Holiday Book, Gold)

"This charming work is good fun for youngsters who prefer their holiday cheer with a dark twist.” —Kirkus Reviews

It’s almost Christmas, but the nights in Tinseltown are anything but silent. In this hardboiled parody of The Maltese Falcon, Ruprecht, a twelve-year-old krampus and wannabe detective, gets more than he bargained for when he takes the case of a terrified elf. Finding himself at the top of the Tinseltown Police Department’s naughty list, Ruprecht is joined by his best friend, a ghost named Marley, to explore the underbelly of this festive but gritty metropolis, solve the mystery, and clear his name for good.

Reviews and Accolades

“Another stunning collaboration from the Sullivan brothers. A witty parody of a film noir classic, this thriller will keep you turning the pages until well past midnight!”
—Illustoria Magazine

“This mystery [is] a page-turner.”
—School Library Journal

“Krampus Confidential is a lighthearted winter romp through a magical world inhabited by some of Europe’s most infamous Yuletide folk creatures. A great way to introduce children to the bizarre and fascinating worlds of monsters and mystery.”
—Dr. Emily Zarka, host of PBS’ Monstrum

“[T]inseltown is packed with the usual (and unusual) suspects of Christmas lore, and the culprit could be anyone. Ruprecht narrates the mystery in a noir style that is both world-weary and tongue-in-cheek…This charming work draws to a satisfactory close with justice restored. Good fun for youngsters who prefer their holiday cheer with a dark twist.”
—Kirkus Reviews

Artist Bios

Kyle Sullivan is a writer based in Portland, Oregon. His acclaimed titles for children include the Hazy Fables middle-grade series, the picture books Werewolf? There Wolf! and The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies, and the board book Get Dressed, Sasquatch!

Derek Sullivan is a Seattle-based illustrator. He has illustrated many books for children including Party Croc!: A Folktale from Zimbabwe for Albert Whitman & Company; and Hobgoblin and the Seven Stinkers of RancidiaZombie, Or Not to Be and The Cyclops Witch and the Heebie-Jeebies for Hazy Dell Press.

Reading Level

Reading level/interest: Ages 8 to 12

Lexile measure: 800L

F&P Level: X

GRE: 5

This book is aligned with Common Core Standards.

Specs and Details

Size: 6x 8.75”.

Page count: 242.

Hard-cover chapter book with a soft-touch, matte-finish dust jacket.

ISBN: 9781948931267

Free Education Guides / Activities

Download free education guides and activities including learning guides for educators and parents to help students meet several of the Common Core State Standards (CCSS) for English Language Arts.