Born into slavery, adopted as an infant by a princess, and raised in the palace of mighty Pharaoh, Moses struggles to define himself. And so do the three women who love him: his own embittered mother, forced to give him up by Pharaoh's decree; the Egyptian princess who defies her father and raises Moses as her own child; and his headstrong sister Almah, who discovers a greater kinship with the Egyptian deities than with her own God of the Hebrews. Told by Moses and his sister Almah from alternating points of view, this stunning novel by Newbery Honor-author Julius Lester probes questions of identity, faith, and destiny.
About the Author
JULIUS LESTER is the author of more than twenty books for young readers. He writes and teaches in western Massachusetts.
star "A captivating story and a compelling portrait of a Moses torn between two cultures."--Publishers Weekly (starred)
"A multilayered story with many wonderful characters . . . highly recommended."--VOYA (5Q--highest rating)
star "A richly textured novel of feelings and ideas."--Kirkus Reviews (starred)