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The Wooden Ox [Paperback]

By LeAnne Hardy (Author)
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Pages   192
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.18" Width: 5.28" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.34 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 25, 2002
Publisher   Kregel Publications
Age  9-13
ISBN  0825427940  
EAN  9780825427947  


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This book is the story of a young teenager's crisis of faith in the midst of the worst trouble imaginable. Keri Anderson is a typical thirteen-year-old, kind of. She's got an adorable yet highly annoying little brother, unending peer pressure, and moments of such clutziness that she really would like to crawl under a rock. But that's where normal ends. She and her family live in Mozambique, Africa, right in the middle of a major civil war. Though the war forces them to move to a safer location, it still doesn't seem truly real--until they are caught in the middle of enemy territory, at night, with no escape. Ages: 9-13.

Publishers Description

Keri Anderson is a typical thirteen- year- old . . . kind of. She's got an adorable yet highly annoying little brother, unending peer pressure, and moments of such clutziness that she really would like to crawl under a rock. But that's where the normalness ends. She and her family live in Mozambique, Africa, right in the middle of a major civil war. Though the war forces them to move to a safer location, it still doesn't seem truly real--until they are caught in the middle of enemy territory, at night, with no escape.

Crushed by the disappearance of her African "grandfather" (Vovo), Keri struggles with the intense pain of missing him and with the agonizing thought that God could have saved Vovo Pastor if He had wanted to. Each time she looks at a small hand-carved wooden ox Vovo made, Keri's crisis of faith becomes more intense.

Even God seems powerless or unwilling to stop the violence that threatens her family and friends. Is faith worth holding onto when God doesn't seem to care?

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More About LeAnne Hardy

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! LeAnne Hardy has lived in six countries on four continents, including six years in South Africa. There she conducted story hours for children affected by HIV and AIDS and trained as an adult figure skater at a Kempton Park shopping mall. She and her husband of forty years now live in the United States where he continues to skate and to write from her Northwoods hide-away.

Leanne Hardy was born in 1951.

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Comments on The Wooden Ox  Aug 18, 2003
This story has a strong aura of authenticity--what it could really feel like to go on a forced march through jungle, fearing for your life, knowing that friends may already be dead. The author vividly describes the war-torn small African country of Mozambique, where she and her family lived during its bitter civil war. Not only is the setting unusual and compelling, but the plot--about an American missionary family captured by rebel guerillas--grips the reader from start to finish. Psychological and spiritual insights are also convincing; for example, under severe stress the young heroine finds herself doubting even her father's integrity. Well written, with glossary and an informative historical afterword, the book would appeal to both general-interest readers and those with a religious interest.
 
Adventure in War Torn Africa  Apr 17, 2003
LeAnne Hardy creates a powerful picture of the devastation of civil war in Mozambique Africa. The story follows a kidnapped missionary family and is written from the point of view of 13 year old Keri. Rather than focus on the larger political machinations of the warring factions, Hardy emphasizes the trauma and devastation for the individuals caught in the war. She shows how war splits the personalities of people, making a little boy an angry warrior and a loving father into a soldier. The Wooden Ox is realistic, tightly plotted and does not back down from the hard questions of the Christian faith. Although intended for a young adult audience, older readers would enjoy as well.
 
Gripping Account of American Family in Mozambique  Apr 9, 2003
This is a fictional account of an American family who went to distribute relief food and clothes to people in war-torn Mozambique. The story is told by Keri, the older of the two children. It details the danger, fear, and faith the Andersons experienced as they were capture and then brought to safety.

This is a story which will linger in one's memory and give insight into the experiences reported in the daily news as well as reminding readers of what faces many missionaries in Africa during these unsettled times.

 
Great first book  Jan 15, 2003
This story is easy to get into, easy to follow, and hard to put down. Although it's a work of fiction, the questions of faith are real, and the characters believable. Hardy's style is great for young and early-teen readers. Definitely recommended!
 
Come along with me to Mozambique  Jan 14, 2003
I was caught up in reading THE WOODEN OX, feeling like I was there with the family in Mozambique. Leanne does an excellent job of introducing us to the sights, sounds, tastes, and customs of the Mozambican people and their culture. I was a bit surprised at the somber reality portrayed in the book of the atrocities of the civil war. I had read elsewhere of the awful murders and suffering in Mozambique during the war years but to read it from a child's point of view, the way Leanne wrote it, was moving. Keri, the main character deals with not wanting to accept the reality of the suffering, with the shock and the grieving that accompany the suffering, and then the learning to go on with God even when not everything made sense. I could really feel the struggle in the girl's heart. I think this book will be an eye-opener for 'comfortable' American kids!
 

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