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Tirzah by Lucille Travis

PG (in one scene an Egyptian girl is prepared to be a sacrifice to the gods)

If you are looking for a good fictional retelling of the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt, this book is a wonderful option. It follows the Biblical narrative very closely while helping children imagine what it was REALLY like. Through the eyes of a Jewish girl about the age of 12 or 13, readers understand better the fears, frustrations, and internal conflict this people must have been feeling. It also sheds light into what daily life might have been like for the fleeing nation.


  • Obedience to God

  • Trusting God

  • Acceptance of others regardless of race

Parental cautions:

  • Minimal war violence

  • Sacrifice to the gods

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