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Adara

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The soldier heaved me over his shoulder as if I were a spring lamb.
"I am not Israelite!" I screamed.
I beat his back, hurting my hands. "Let me go."

Adara has always longed to do the things that well-brought-up girls of her time are not supposed to do. She wants to learn to read and write -- like men. And she wants the freedom to travel -- like men -- outside the boundaries ...

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Overview

The soldier heaved me over his shoulder as if I were a spring lamb.
"I am not Israelite!" I screamed.
I beat his back, hurting my hands. "Let me go."

Adara has always longed to do the things that well-brought-up girls of her time are not supposed to do. She wants to learn to read and write -- like men. And she wants the freedom to travel -- like men -- outside the boundaries of her sheltered life.

One day she awakens to a blast of trumpets as the Israelites and Arameans battle just outside the safety of her village walls. Curious, Adara sneaks out to see the battle. Little does she know that this will be her last day of freedom for a very long time.

Sold into slavery, Adara becomes a servant to General Namaan and his family and begins a remarkable journey of self-discovery, healing, and redemption -- a journey that, in the end, faces her with the hardest decision of her life . . .

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A slave girl convinces her master, the mighty Syrian general, Naaman, to seek a cure from his leprosy from the prophet Elisha in this novelization of the Old Testament story.

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Children's Literature
"Beatrice Gormley paints her characters realistically. . . . The historical aspects are also handled with confidence, but not over-emphasized."
Children's Literature
Adara is the daughter of a vintner in the ninth century B. C. Eager to see the battle between King Ahab and General Namaan taking place outside the Ramoth-Gilead city walls, Adara steals away to watch firsthand. However, she is captured by a soldier and carried off to Damascus to be sold as a slave. General Namaan's wife purchases her, and Adara finds herself serving in the household of the war leader himself. She also finds herself lonely, and looking to memories of her nurse, B'rinna, and B'rinna's stories of the holy man Elisha, for comfort. When General Namaan is afflicted with leprosy, Adara dreams of a solution-he must travel to see Elisha and be cured. The novel then fleshes out the Old Testament story nicely, describing Namaan's despair, eventual cure, and redemption. Adara experiences redemption of her own, for she is given the chance to return to her home and her family, and chooses her difficult new life instead. Beatrice Gormley paints her characters realistically, making the book a nice choice for readers who need simple, carefully drawn personalities. The historical aspects are also handled with confidence, but not over-emphasized. Because the book emphasizes Adara's faith, and in fact, bases the triumph of the happy ending entirely on the miracle of Namaan's healing and his subsequent conversion, the book is ideal for use in Torah or Bible classes. However, because the book does not indicate its religious orientation, parents who prefer a secular (or non-Judeo-Christian) story might be concerned. 2002, Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, Ages 10 to 14.
— Julie Govan
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802852168
  • Publisher: Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company
  • Publication date: 8/28/2002
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 961,819
  • Age range: 9 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Posted December 14, 2011

    A Story of Redemption

    The story takes place at the time when Israel and Judea were divided kingdoms. The people in Israel were worshiping idols and giving allegiance to foreign people. It is biblically based story about Adara who defies her father and finds herself in a situation that would not have happened if she had obeyed. However, God uses her situation to bring about goodness to her and those around her. It is a story of redemption in that when we get ourselves in a bad situation, God can transform it for his glory. I highly recommend this book. My daughter is loving the content. She is seeing how important it is to be obedient so we can be protected.

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