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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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24 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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It was good

Review by rozmoz

I read it when i was nine (I'm 13 now) I remember liking it a lot so :D

Sep 14, 2020 10:45 PM
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This is a pretty good book.

Review by Padfoot

Very interesting and educational.

Oct 04, 2018 04:58 PM
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This Book was Really Interesting

Review by nath2008

This books made me think about the hardships of Jewish history, and the tough journeys that Jewish people had to make to get to Israel. An unlikely friendship develops between two girls, including one who is blind, as they go through a dangerous journey together. It also made me think about the differences of Jews from different parts of the world, and the similarities they have.

Feb 08, 2018 12:53 PM
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Review by msonic

this was a great book

Dec 02, 2017 12:37 PM
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Review by icecream123

The book was very detailed and taught me so much.

Oct 08, 2017 07:49 AM