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Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite
In Anthony Szpak’s novel, Nick the Saint, Nick’s parents died when he was a baby and he was adopted by Fergus, an ambitious man who used to work for Nick’s parents. But instead of raising Nick as his own son, Fergus forced him to work in the factory. It was a sad existence until Nick met Molly when they were fourteen and they fell in love with each other. Unfortunately, Fergus also has his eyes on Molly, so the two kids had to hide their relationship. But one night, they were discovered and Nick was sent to jail. Ten years later, Nick escaped from prison and with the help of a fellow escapee and a priest he would exact revenge on Fergus. His vengeance however, helped the kids of New York, who were also working in Fergus’ factories, so he was dubbed Nick the Saint.
Anthony Szpak’s take on Santa Claus is very interesting, one I like more than any other histories of Santa Claus I've ever read. It was good how the big belly, the sleigh and reindeers, and the gift giving came to be. The story is funny, absorbing, enjoyable, and original. The book flowed easily and developed well. The characters are likable and charming. I loved that Nick the Saint was a vigilante and his sidekick, Benny Tinkerton, is an inventor. They made a great pair. There is no cliffhanger, but there is still more that could happen, so I’m very glad that there will be a next book and I can’t wait to read it.