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Miriam's Well

3.94  ·  Rating Details ·  83 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
New in paperback--the acclaimed novel about a girl stricken with cancer whose church forbids medical treatment, and a boy who's befriended her and discovers, to his horror, that the civil rights lawyer handling the church's case is his father. Truly engaging.--Sassy.
Published June 1st 1986 by Scholastic
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This is the second time I've read Miriam's Well and I still think it is a phenomenally good book. When their high school English teacher pairs Adam and Miriam for a class project, both will be challenged when deeply held beliefs come into conflict. Miriam is a member of a very strict fundamentalist Christian sect, while Adam's family is Jewish. While out with Adam and his girlfriend one afternoon, Miriam collapses and the rescue squad takes her to the emergency room. Suddenly, their background ...more
Apr 24, 2012 Jeni rated it it was amazing
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Wonderful book about faith, about growing up, about taking a stand for what you beleive in. This story is definately worth your time. I recommend it wholeheartedly. I read it for the first time as a teenager, and I've reread it several times since then.
Oct 14, 2011 Alyce rated it it was amazing
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I LOVED this book. The plot is great. Its about a Christian girl and a Jewish boy who get paired up for an English assignment. One day she faints and slowly he starts to fall for her, although he has a girlfriend, and vice versa. Their love is also forbidden because her uncles dont like him because he is Jewish, and Miriam always obeys her uncles. Eventually they find out that she has cancer and Adam is with her the whole time. The doctors connot do anything to help her because her relgion does ...more
noodle (breaker of chains, mother of dragons))
Not bad at all for YA, and it is a "cancer book." There's a lot of exposition before the story takes off, but still worth getting through I think. Ruby did a great job deepening the relationship between Adam and Miriam without making it too sentimental. And props to the author for keeping her own opinions about what should have happened out of the story. The religious people are mostly not stereotypes (contrast with Lasky's Memoirs of a Bookbat, and Meyer's Drummers of Jericho), but people with ...more
Apr 09, 2014 Debbie rated it liked it
First, this book is hard to find. I eventually tracked it down on an app service my local library offers. So yay for local libraries!

Miriam's Well is a Romeo and Juliet story - Jewish boy falls for a girl who appears to be part of an extremely conservative Christian sect. However, that sect prohibits its believers from consulting the medical profession as we know it in modern time, all the more problematic because Miriam faints at school and her narration also reveals that she's having joint ac
Jan 23, 2011 Theresa rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult, faith
Just re-read this- I probably got it during or shortly after a Lurlene McDaniel phase. You know, high school girl with cancer, etc. But I liked the relationship between Adam and Miriam, and the end of their relationship strikes me as something that would be too mature for most high schoolers, but it works well for them. Or, at least, for her.
Sep 28, 2009 Della rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a very good book to learn about other cultures/religions from, and kind of see their point of view. It has an extraordinary plot, and the characters will become your friends by the end of the reading. However, I rated it a four because you have to read the first hundred pages or so to really get into it. It's still an awesome book to read, though!
Christine Driesbaugh
Reminiscent of the Nicholas Spark's novel A Walk to Remember.Although this book was published first way back in 1993.Same plot but different ending.
Apr 15, 2012 Samira rated it really liked it
I wasn't very happy with the ending; seemed like a cop-out, but it was a good book with a thought provoking subject.
Nov 27, 2014 Sarah rated it really liked it
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I was obsessed with this book as a pre-teen; picked up a library copy to see how it holds up some 18 or 20 years later. Will try to jot some thoughts later.
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Lois Ruby is the author of fifteen books for middle-graders and teens, including STEAL AWAY HOME, SKIN DEEP, and THE SECRET OF LAUREL OAKS. She and her husband live in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the foothills of the awesome Sandia Mountains. Lois explores lots of haunted places, including ghostly locations in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and even a few spooky spots in Australia and Thailand. No spir ...more
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