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Adara [Paperback]

By Beatrice Gormley (Author)
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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 a novelization of the Old Testament story. Original.

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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 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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  • Kliatt - 01/01/2003 page 15

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Item Specifications...

Studio: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers
Pages   160
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.9" Width: 5.2" Height: 0.5"
Weight:   0.4 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 7, 2002
Publisher   Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Grade Level  Multiple Grades  
Age  9-12
ISBN  0802852165  
ISBN13  9780802852168  

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More About Beatrice Gormley

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Beatrice Gormley has written a number of books for young readers, including several titles in the Childhood of Famous Americans and Childhood of World Figures series, as well as biographies of George W. Bush and Laura Bush. She lives in Ossining, New York.

Beatrice Gormley currently resides in Westport, in the state of Massachusetts.

Beatrice Gormley has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Childhood of Famous Americans (Paperback)

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Enjoyable Bible historical fiction.  Mar 12, 2008
I really enjoyed this historical-fictional novel for teens, which tells a tale of a slave girl who changed the life of Naaman, Commander of the Syrian army. Based on the Old Testament account in Kings 2, chapter 5, the story begins in Biblical Ramoth-Gilead, where the spirited young Adara lives with her family. Soon she will be old enough to be given away in marriage to some unknown husband, but Adara yearns for more from her life -- to be able to read, and to see other lands. As a battle rages outside her village, between the Syrians and the Israelites, Adara impulsively sneaks out to watch the battle. She becomes stuck outside the city walls, and ends up a captive. Taken to Damascus in the land of Syria, Adara starts as the lowest slave girl in the pecking order in the house of Commander Naaman. But after some time has passed, Adara becomes a storyteller for Naaman's wife, and tells tales of the holy prophet Elisha, that Adara's foster mother had told to her. And so, when Naaman has leprousy, and no physician can give him any help, it is Adara who plants the idea that Elisha could heal him. Naaman, desperate to try anything, follows her suggestion, and travels to find the prophet, only to be told by the prophet's servant to simply "go and wash in the Jordan River seven times." Naaman is angry at this answer, since he was hoping for an answer that would be much more grand, and more grandly given. Adara fears that her master will not heed the prophet's advice. Though anyone who knows the Biblical tale knows how this turns out, this novel lets you travel with the emotions of the characters, and to see, in this land and time of many confusing concepts of different gods, that there is a God who heals, and who has compassion on the great and on the lowly alike.
Adara: by Beatrice Gormley  Jun 18, 2003
The soldier heaved me over his shoulder as if i were a spring lamb - I screamed - I beat his back, hurting my hands. "Let me go."

Adara was in the wrong place at the wrong time and before she knew it she was a slave. Brought up in the weathest family in her village she was now lower than the sevants that had looked after her all her life. This is the story of how she was brought thousands of kilometers from her home and family as a slave to a new and unknown world. It is a story of faith and trust in God and in what her can do.
The book is aimed at teens and relates to the bible passage 2 Kings chapter 5 and the healing of Naaman in the Jordan river.
This is a great book and certainly a worth-while read!

A novelization of an Old Testament story.  Nov 11, 2002
Adara, is a mistreated slave girl. In this story, she convinces her master, the mighty Syrian general, Naaman,who captured her from her homeland, to seek a cure from his leprosy from the prophet Elisha.
I like this story because it's about a young girl, who finds herself special, in this retelling of the origonal story.

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