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"To mysterio tou kalokerinou agiovasili" (The Mystery of the Summertime Santa Claus)
Patakis, 2000, 6th edition 2009, 7th edition 2015. 136 pp.
Illustrator: Leda Varvarousi
ISBN: 960-378-817-1

Late in June, 5-year-old Nefeli, insists that she saw Santa Klaus passing by her house, in red summer clothes, carrying toys! Nobody believes her. Some members of the family make fun of her, others scorn her, and granny tries to bring her to her senses. Then, one day the summer Santa Klaus appears again, but disappears immediately after, this time holding by hand Fangiskos, Nefeli's little cousin. Everybody gets upset and the family passes hours of terrible anxiety. But when the mystery is solved, everybody believes Nefeli and experiences a peculiar summer New Year's festivity in the neighbourhood, organized for all children of the world - especially those of refugees and immigrants.

"...under the pretext of Summer Santa Claus' mystery, the well-known author Loty Petrovits-Andrutsopulou writes about Christmas from another point of view, referring to the issue of refugees. A well-timed book that is ingeniously written."
Karditsa - 23 December 2000

"...it rises warmth, humanity and trueness; it links everyday scenes to contemporary problems such as people's expatriation, racism, coexistence. We need such books for today's kids, because, although they care about the environment and love the animals - and of course, this is the right thing to do - they sometimes forget people next-door. I really liked the coexistence of different generations as well as the unconstrained unfolding of the story."
Alexandra Zervou, Professor at the University of Aegean

"... Through the pages in this novel runs a magic symbol for all the children of the world... Throughout the development of the plot the author
brings to life various traditions of this beloved children's saint and refers to an interesting view of Santa Claus which points to the theory of
relativity... This is a story as multicultural as Santa Claus, full of surprises and much humor."
Yannis S. Papadatos
ITHACA magazine, National Book Center, No12, November-December 2001

"The author's finding, a red-dressed Santa Claus who wanders in the heart of Athens during the summer, rouses our interest - let alone a five year-old girl's curiosity... This surrealistic picture falls as a stone in G. Rodari's lake, stirs the author's imagination and unfolds her creativity... Writing in a compact and solid manner, full of humor and sensitivity, Loty Petrovits-Andrutsopulou traces children's viewpoint on every single event as well as on their soul. Her ability to enliven her little heroes is uttered through the way they express their wonders, the guiltless, innocent as well as pure way of a high-spirited and bright child... The ingenuous manner she approaches the whole issue rests not only on the connection of the saint of love with the refugees-immigrants but also on the link made between the folklore about St. Basil (the Greek Santa Claus), its modern consumerist picture and the theory of relativity... The feature of intertextuality is obvious throughout the whole book..."
Dr. Maria Tzaferopoulou
From the book Penelope’s Weaving – diachronic readings for Loty Petrovits-Andrutsopulou’s works and personality. Word and Culture Laboratory, University of Thessaly: Volos 2008

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