Author and songwriter Jack Polidoro compares the two crafts:

"I think novels are just an extension of song," he said, adding that he found writing a book to be quite easy. "There’s characters in a novel or a movie or a play or in written word. It’s the same principle — there’s story to tell whether it’s writing songs or writing novels."

"Folk ballads are like little stories," he said. "The song paints a picture and the novel paints a picture."

(This is an excerpt from an article written by Krista Marrs for Citizen Online in Laconia, NH. )


Dr. Jack has created a seasonal classic with this novella. Set in the historic Italian North End of Boston, it's a heart-tugging tale of a young boy who is worried that Santa Claus will not find him after his family moves. The "chiave," or "key," plays an important role as this charming story unfolds. This is the perfect family book and can be enjoyed by readers of all ages. In true Dr. Jack fashion, the story is interwoven with fascinating local history and detail about the North End, Quincy Marketplace, Faneuil Hall, and the Italian culture.

Your fastest way to order this book online is from either Xlibris or Amazon.

All seven novels (signed/ personalized upon request) are also available from The Sundial Shop, Main Street in Laconia NH. NOTE: Books from,,, and are not signed since they are mailed directly to you from them.

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Jack holds the Santa Key, the inspiration for the novel's plot.

"The Christmas Chiave -- A Boston Novella" is available now.