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Eleven-year-old Sarah Stone is lonely in a mansion amidst butlers, nannies, housekeepers, and a father who is too busy for her. She is angry at the world. On the other side of town, in a slum called the Sink, Jared Roberts and his gang barely survive broken families and a hardscrabble existence. Jared, too, is angry, and intends to do something about it. He eyes Sarah's ...more
Kindle Edition, 1st Edition, 174 pages
Published October 15th 2010 by Cross Dove Publishing (first published October 5th 2010)
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Michelle
Nov 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing
As soon as I turned the last page of Mary’s Son, I couldn’t wait to write and post this review. What a wonderful story!

Mary’s Son is about a teenager, Jared Roberts. He has a chip on his shoulder, thinks the world owes him something for the misfortune that has landed in his lap, and he is one angry teenager…especially at the Stone family. He thinks they are responsible for his father’s disappearance, his family’s misfortune, and he is determined that they pay. With a group of his friends in
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Eric Garcia
Dec 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
In the book "Mary's Son", Darryl Nyznyk talks about two kids who don't like Christmas or don't believe in it. The first kid is called Jared. His family is really poor. Jared has 1 sister, a baby brother, two little twin sisters, and her mom. His dad used to live with them but Joe( dad) just disappeared because they fired him. Now Jared has to take care of the family. His mom Mary is really frustrated because it is almost Christmas and she doesn't have enough money. The next person is Sarah. Her ...more
Audrey
Sep 14, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mary's Son: A Tale of Christmas, written by Darryl Nyznyk is a wonderful and poignant story of the numbing fears of youth and an inspiring read that reinvents the real Christmas story and crowns it with a modern twist.

Sarah Stone is the eleven-year-old heroine in Mary's Son. She lives a privileged life in an elegant mansion, but is angry about the non-existent relationship with her father. Enter the boy from the other side of town. His name is Jared Roberts and he barely exists in a slum area of
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Sheila Melo
Oct 10, 2015 rated it really liked it
A Preteen/Young Teen Novel About the True Meaning of Christmas

"The problem is that so much time passes between each Christmas that your father, Miss Grundide, and many other growups simply forget. They get caught up in their own worlds of work, pressure, and money. Soon memories of that first Christmas and what Jesus' birth means to all of us begin to fade."

FINAL DECISION: A Christmas story for those children who think they are too old for the traditional chidlren's books. This book is about the
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Jana
Dec 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
I actually enjoyed this book in the beginning, but it just went downhill in the last 1/4 of the book. The characters were a little stereotypical. I liked that the author was trying to combine Santa with the true meaning of Christmas. The problem came because the actual part in the book with the birth of Christ was rushed, and not described as well as the rest of the book. Because of that, the book fell flat to me. But, when I read that this was a story that the author had told at a young girls' ...more
Sara
Dec 27, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Mary's Son was a great book. It was one of the best books I have ever read! It was a great coming of age story about the true meaning of Christmas. It was a page turner with a touching ending. Mary's Son is an amazing must read novel.
Mandy
Nov 12, 2010 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! During Christmas, I always feel like Christ and Santa are competing...this book has them working together! I am definately going to read it to my kids in December, hopefully it will be a new family favorite!
Julie
Nov 30, 2011 rated it it was amazing
what a great story, just in time for the holiday season! bordering on cheesy, but who cares? this time of year we all need our hearts warmed and our eyes misty ! get into the spirit of Christmas with this delightful and non preachy wonderful book :)
Luis Oros
Dec 31, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wonderful story about the real meaning of Christmas.
Skeeter Jorgensen
Nov 27, 2011 rated it it was amazing
A very good story! Santa Claus, Baby Jesus, Mary and Joseph, a very heartwarming story, I highly recommend this book.
R.G. Phelps
Jan 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
We are never too old to enjoy a Christmas story full of love and hope. The timing is perfect for you to read and enjoy this Christmas story with a new twist. Enjoy!
Sarah Miles
Nov 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down. Great story about the true meaning of christmas.
Jessica
Nov 29, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Once i started this book, I couldn't put it down!
Margaret Fraleigh
Dec 02, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful story about two families from opposite sides of town.
A great story for all ages.
Linda
Dec 01, 2011 rated it liked it
"Very Frank Capraesque". A cute book. It rather reminded me of "It's a Wonderful Life". Very Frank Capra-like. To me it seemed better suited for teens and young adults than adults.
Jennifer
Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Great book. Shelved as fiction at the library but I think it should be shelved as juvenile fiction or young adult fiction. That way kids have access to this great book at the library.
Charlotte
Dec 18, 2019 rated it liked it
Quick Christmas book. Engaging sweet story but a little sophomoric. Really more of a children’s book.
Mary
Dec 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a charming tale of love, generosity and redemption. In part a story which oozes love and kindness and in part a fantasy tale.

We first meet Sarah Stone, a very spoiled, wealthy and bad tempered young girl. Perhaps she is that way, as we learn her mother died a few years prior to the start of the story. Her father, a wealthy businessman has drifted from her in that she has possessions, but rarely does he show he loves her. He has supplied her with enough staff to make certain her wants and
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Julie Witt
From Goodreads: "Mary’s Son is a modern tale of the fears and passions of youth overcome by the wonder of the real Christmas story. Eleven-year-old Sarah Stone is lonely. She lives in a mansion amidst butlers, nannies, housekeepers, and a father who is too busy for her. She is bright, beautiful, and angry at the world."

My opinion: I thought this was a very touching book, and a very cute story for kids. It was a quick read, only 170 pages, but that was plenty of time to get the point across. The
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Moises Valle
Oct 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Denise
Dec 16, 2016 rated it really liked it
Modern take on Santa AND Nativity - love it! Believe! A guy boy growing up in the 'sink' or 'wrong side of town find the father he thought would never leave gone and so he takes to male lead of the house. There seems to be one major factory where everyone works, and so the young man works there, but it isn't easy and that is where his father worked until they laid him off which paved the road for his father leaving.

Then there is a little girl, at first seemingly spoiled by money and status.
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Trish
Dec 12, 2011 rated it liked it
Fiction; Christian/Christmas
2.5 stars

Mary’s Son is a short, quick read that modernizes the real Christmas story with contemporary characters and situations that are believable to current society and thinking.

Sarah Stone is eleven and comes from a life of privilege. Jared Roberts lives in the ‘sink’ or the slum area of town and hangs out with boys who share a common theme of broken lives. They don’t like people like Sarah and feel that they deserve to have the things that Sarah does. Together
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Pamelabyoung
Dec 06, 2011 rated it really liked it
What a sweet story for young readers. The "Afterword" tells us that the story originated when the author was trying to calm down an excited bunch of seven and eight year old girls at a Christmastime birthday party/sleepover. Imagining himself telling a story around a campfire, the author sat in front of the fireplace for forty-five minutes "gesticulating and shouting, whispering and conspiring" to the delight of the enthralled girls and the story of Mary's Son was born.

Now, perhaps a story that
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Jared
Oct 02, 2014 rated it really liked it
Author: Darryl Nyznyk
Title: Mary’s son
this book is fiction and the theme of this book is people are more alike than they are different. This book contains religious content, relatable situations, and overall a good Storyline. In the book Mary’s son by Darryl Nyznyk, the storyline is simple. Basically, two kids named Jared and Sarah, born and raised in different societies, learn to become friends despite their different interests. Through the plot events, we see the author’s message that people
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Heather
Jan 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Mary’s Son: A Tale of Christmas is an okay book. I didn’t especially dislike it, but I didn’t really like it either. The mash-up of Santa Claus and Jesus Christ at Christmas was strange. While in Bethlehem, they were invisible to everyone until suddenly the rules changed and Mary addressed them directly. The moral is obvious and the book pretty much hits you over the head with it to be sure you get it. Two events happen at the end that are not realistic, but do tie up the book with amazing ...more
Shannon
Dec 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
A sweet, quick read. It's not award-winning literature, but it is a heartwarming story for Christmas. It's obviously written for children, but adults can enjoy it also. Parents should know that Santa Claus is a main character (who has a close relationship with God and Jesus), and there is some talk about those who no longer believe in Santa. Use your own judgment on those two points if you are considering letting your kids read it, or sharing it as a read-aloud family book. I will probably let ...more
Heidi
Dec 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
When I first downloaded this to my Kindle (yes...I finally got a Kindle), I was not sure I was going to like this book. What a surprise. This was again a book who's description on Amazon does not do it justice!

Sarah Stone is a spoiled little rich girl. Jared Roberts is surviving in the slums. Both of their lives are effected by the arrival of Nicholas who takes them on adventure which will change their lives forever.

This is a short review but I would not like to reveal too much of this book. If
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Louis Singley
Dec 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing Christmas story. I loved it from the first page. The characters are instantly likeable and surprisingly enough even the Santa in the story wasn't the cliched version I'm used to seeing in other stories. The author quickly pulls you into the story and makes you care for all the characters involved. This being a Christmas story, there is of course some prominent religious themes here, however the story does not come off at all preachy. If you are capable of the suspension of ...more
patricia
Dec 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I love to read a Christmas story or two at this time of the year. I picked up Darryl Nyznyk's Mary's Son when Borders was going out of business (sob, sob). I really loved it. Nickolas saved Sarah (and her father) and Jared. Although they were from two different end of the social spectrum they were brought together. Then Nickolas showed them the true meaning of Christmas, he brought them to the stable, a place all who believe must come. I just might reread this next year. And yes I agree with ...more
Barbara
Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas
This is a delightful tale that could have ended up sappy, but didn't. It's about a young man on the verge of becoming a thug, Santa Claus, and a spoiled rich brat. These characters are brought together in spendid form. Mary is the young man's mother who is trying to beat all odds and raise her family with Christian values. As you might imagine, the rich brat has no values at all other than those concerning herself. Santa and his magic change the lives of the children and everyone associated with ...more
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Darryl Nyznyk is the award winning author of 5 novels, with many more in various stages awaiting publication.

Darryl was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics from U.C. Santa Barbara and just happened to attend during the tail end of the Viet Nam war. He actually transferred there in his sophomore year (like Jack Darrow, a main character in his newest novel, A
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“This was what life really was…a gentle hug and a love so deep that God would send his only son to teach the world that there was only one true gift…the gift of oneself.” 1 likes
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