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Joseph's Boy

(The Young Testament #1)

4.17  ·  Rating details ·  6 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Funny, adventurous and moving kids'-eye take on the first Christmas - aimed at preteens, sneakily enjoyed by adults!
Jamie had BIG dreams. He wanted to be a prince. He wanted his dad to marry a lovely young woman called Mary. He wanted an army of little brothers and sisters who would look up to him and think how clever and important he was.
But at *no point* did he expect on
Paperback, 211 pages
Published December 11th 2019 by Salted Lightly
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Billy Buttons
Nov 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
12th November 2020
TITLE: Joseph's Boy

Star Rating: 4

‘8 – 12 yr old children should very much enjoy this light, fun story of the nativity. Highly recommended!’ A ‘Wishing Shelf’ Book Review

There are many, MANY wonderful elements to this biblical story for 8 – 12 year olds. Firstly, and this is possibly the most important bit for children, it’s funny. The author – L R Hay – knows her readers well, and she knows, in order for them to access it, they ne
Grant Leishman
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
Joseph's Boy is the second book on this story that I've read from L. R. Hay and like the first, I found it quirky, funny and immensely enjoyable. This is a book, principally aimed at children, but honestly, it is a good read for any age. Yes, the subject matter is religious per se but the Christian aspect does in no way overwhelm the author's ability to tell a ripping yarn.
I thought viewing the birth of John the Baptist and Jesus the Messiah from the perspective of a six-year-old boy, Jesus' bro
Denise Forrest
Dec 03, 2020 rated it liked it
I really wanted to like this book and there was a lot about it I DID like, I just felt that it was too long and took too long to set the scene. Having said that, it is a very clever re-telling of the nativity story.

In this version of the story, Joseph is a widower with a six year old son, so when he and Mary marry, Jesus has a ready made big brother. It is this big brother, Jamie, who narrates the story.

The author has added in a host of other characters, such as the family in Jerusalem that Jose
Michael Rumney
This is the telling of the birth of Jesus from the point of view of his brother James, Jamie. This has its quirky moments as the author's distinctive humour shines through. At times it was as if I was reading a play by Shakespeare as Hay breaks off from the narrative to give the reader an aside to explain in a comic way some background to what is happening.
Her explanation of a virgin for a pre-teen didn't quite work and probably was best left alone, although I did find the appearance of various
Raechel Lenore
Feb 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-reads
3.5 stars
“Joseph’s Boy” is a story about Jamie. Joseph’s hypothetical first son (As the author points out in the beginning, Jesus would have been born first to Mary and Joseph but for this story she had it be that Joseph has Jamie – James – from a pervious marriage so as to have an “eye-witness”, if you will, to the occurrence of Jesus’ birth, but yes in truth, that didn’t happen. I think it would be important to stress this to any children reading). It is a cute story, simply told with Jamie ad
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Lynn Robertson Hay's writing covers TV, film, radio and theatre, including a Writers' Guild award. Jared Harris (CHERNOBYL, THE CROWN etc) is due to play the lead in BRAVE THE DARK, a screenplay she co-wrote. Lynn was also a quarterfinalist in the Academy's prestigious Nicholl Fellowship (yes, *that* Academy), from 6,400 screenplays worldwide.

As an actor Lynn has played parts ranging from Lady Mac

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