The Eyes of the Blind

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In the midst of the Assyrian wars, Benjamin, the grandson of the prophet Isaiah, makes the perilous trek back to Jerusalem, accompanied by a group of children and by Adad, a young, blind Assyrian soldier

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Grade 6-10 A fine historical novel in every sense. Caught in the city of Lachish dur ing the invasion of the Assyrians, Benja min, grandson of the prophet Isaiah, and his father suffer the dangers and hardships of a city under seige. After his father's death, Benjamin joins with a family of ref ugees and Adad, a blind deserter from the Assyrian army, to seek safety in Jerusa lem. Once the danger of the invasion of Jerusalem is past, Benjamin's personal odyssey does not end. Raised in a family of priests and destined for a religious vo cation, Benjamin feels the need to seek his own destiny. After a year of wandering and adventure, he returns home and be gins a school to teach the words of the prophets. With the ascendance of a new king in Judah, a wave of terror and reli gious persecution begins. Certain that his destiny is to keep his religion alive, Benja min gathers his students together to travel throughout the country carrying the mes sage of the true meaning of Judaism. Char acters are well drawn, and the story never grows dull. Benjamin is likable, although arrogant at times concerning religious be liefs. Readers see him evolve from an un sure, rootless youth to a mature man cer tain of his destiny. His life and the lives of his family members are well woven into the internal and external forces that influ enced the power and direction of the Tem ple. This is especially true of the prophe sies of Isaiah concerning the invasion of the Assyrians and the subsequent influ ences on religious practices. Although ap pealing to a limited audience, this book is an excellent interpretation of a period in history not well covered in juvenile fic tion. Cynthia M. Sturgis, Ledding Li brary, Milwaukie, Oreg.
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