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The golden thorn by Helen F. Daringer;  illustrated by Kurt Werth.

The golden thorn by Helen F. Daringer; illustrated by Kurt Werth.

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New York : Harcourt, Brace and Company, 1956. First edition. Hardcover. 181 pages : illustrations ; 21 cm. $2.75 dust jacket. Small two-inch rip to jacket spine top portion. Pages are clean and unmarked. Binding is firm.


The Golden Thorn
BY HELEN F. DARINGER

The night that Mark, a young shepherd on the Judean hills, came in great excitement to tell Mary and her family of the brilliant new star which had appeared in the sky was a momentous one which brought many changes in Mary's life. After Mark learned of the Infant Jesus, whose birthplace the star had marked, he decided to leave his sheep and study with a physician in a distant city so that he might help the poor and ill and lonely. Mary, not fully understanding Mark's departure and hurt that her best friend seemed to be deserting her, decided to accept a position as nursemaid to the small son of a Pompeian nobleman. From the simple village in which she had always lived, she traveled by land and by sea to Pompeii, a city of great wealth and extravagant living. Mary was gay and lovely to look at, and it was small wonder that Lucius, a rich young man she met there, should fall in love with her. She liked him too, but always there was a feeling deep in her heart that a life of service was richer than one of selfish pleasure, and she could not forget Mark. When the time came for Mary to return home on a visit to her father, the doubts in her heart and mind resolved themselves, and she knew at last where she truly belonged.

With the same warmth and sensitivity she has shown in her earlier books, such as Pilgrim Kate and Country Cousin, Miss Daringer creates here a girl of Biblical times whose emotions and problems seem as real and contemporary as those of girls today. The reader comes to know not only Mary and her friends, but the brown countryside of her native Judea and the Roman splendors of ancient Pompeii.


Other Books by Helen F. Daringer

MARY MONTGOMERY, REBEL. A true story of a spirited girl living in Atlanta, Georgia, during the Civil War. "We need more books of this kind—well written, exciting, historically accurate— stories which are presented in a mature, readable style adolescent girls will enjoy." — Parents' Magazine

PILGRIM KATE. The problems of religious freedom come alive in this story of a girl living in Scrooby the year before the Pilgrims sailed for Holland. "Miss Daringer is sensitive to word and phrase, and it is a pleasure to be able to put into the hands of young readers a book written with real beauty." — Christian Science Monitor

DEBBIE OF THE GREEN GATE. In this companion book to Pilgrim Kate, Debbie Endicott, living in Leyden, Holland, with the Scrooby congregation, makes the momentous decision to join the Pilgrims sailing to the New World. "Miss Daringer draws her characters with skill and makes Debbie a real person." — The Horn Book

COUNTRY COUSIN. Gaiety, good times, and warmly drawn characters distinguish this story of New York City in 1683. "Miss Daringer's delicate, effortless humor runs all through the story, and she paints in the background so well that the period, the places, and the people all come vividly to life." — The Saturday Review

KEEPSAKE RING. Massachusetts Colony in the late 1600's is the setting for Dencey's adventures, told with warmth and reality. "Her story is full of action and the characters are well portrayed." —N. Y. Times Book Review


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