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Sahay and Rahel are all alone, traveling through strange and dangerous territory in Ethiopia, trying to reach Jerusalem. They are both brave, but is bravery enough to survive?
Ages 11+
Pages 160
Publisher Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Coming Dec 2020

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49 Reviews

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Two girls become amazing friends

Review by Annabel

The Storyteller's Beads, written by Jane Kurtz, starts out in Ethiopia after the Red Terror, which is when Mengistu Haile Mariam killed Ethiopians in 1977-1978. Then two little Ethiopian girls, Rahel and Sahay, travel to a camp (not a summer camp) called Umm Rekuba, where they get food and water. Both girls are there without their families, and together they take an iron bird (plane) to Jerusalem. This book is about the two girls, who initially seem very different from one another. Rahel is a blind Falasha girl and Sahay is a Kemant. Falasha means stranger. Kemants are one of the ethnic divisions of the Agau people. The two groups didn't have much to do with one another back in Ethiopia, but the girls become friends during their journey. During their long walk through the deserts and forests of Ethiopia and Sudan, they start telling each other stories about their lives and the folktales of their people. They find they need each other once they both lose their families. At the end, they make aliyah together. Along the way, the girls change the way they think about other people, and learn not to judge others based on the tribe or people they come from. People should be looked at as individuals and not just as members of their family, tribe, or country. In my own life, I will always try to remember Rahel and Sahay, and how they found an amazing friendship amidst such turmoil in their lives. They lost their homes, families, and country, but they still found a way to find friendship and start a new life in Jerusalem.

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The Story Tellers Beads

Review by CAECBOR

The Storytellers' Beads was a good book, but also a little sad. It was a nice smooth story to go with how it is written. I recommended you read it, and even if you don't like it you got something out about how people live sometimes especially in harsh places/conditions.

Jan 04, 2022 12:20 AM
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Book review

Review by EmeraldFox

Its ok

Nov 08, 2021 04:45 PM
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The Storytellers Beads

Review by jujujaguar

I loved it! This book was extraordinary and intriguing. I loved all the Ethiopian words hidden inside the pages. I loved hearing the story and trying to assume "what will happen next?" I 100% recommend you read it.

Nov 03, 2021 12:32 AM
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Daughteroftheking

Review by DaughterofTheKing

Loved it

Sep 01, 2021 06:52 PM
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Good

Review by sushiritos

I liked the adventure and how it viewed the biblical times and the stories.

Aug 07, 2021 08:45 PM