145th out of 152 books — 66 voters
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by Lois Ruby
Faith and science clash in a battle with bone cancer. Glib Adam, Jewish and full of easy confidence, is paired for a poetry assignment with serious-minded Miriam, who's a member of a Christian sect that believes in faith healing. When Miriam is afflicted with a life-threatening tumor, a judge orders medical treatment, and Miriam is hospitalized against her will. Adam's law ...more
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Published June 1st 1986 by Scholastic
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Cults, Sects, and Religious Conflict for Young Adults
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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.
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
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
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!
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.
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 ...moreMore about Lois Ruby...