Song of the Magdalene (Paperback)

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The story of a teenage Mary Magdalene -- here called Miriam -- is finally told....
When the world goes dark and her mind explodes within her, Miriam's future is shattered. In ancient Israel such seizures make her unclean. If anyone finds out about them, she will be an outcast.
Only Abraham -- the son of Hannah, her caretaker -- shares her secret. Abraham, too, is afflicted -- a perfect mind in an imperfect body -- and to the villagers he is an idiot.
To Miriam he is a savior....

About the Author

Donna Jo Napoli is the acclaimed and award-winning author of many novels, both fantasies and contemporary stories. She won the Golden Kite Award for Stones in Water in 1997. Her novel Zel was named an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, and a School Library Journal Best Book, and a number of her novels have been selected as ALA Best Books. She is a professor of linguistics at Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband. Visit her at

Praise For…

School Library Journal A gripping novel that is hard to put down

School Library Journal The narrative is rich with modern issues of gender, disability, violence against women, and spirituality.

Booklist [Written with] richness of detail and depth of feeling....Lyrical writing and layered characterizations....

Product Details
ISBN: 9780689873966
ISBN-10: 0689873964
Publisher: Atheneum Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: May 1st, 2004
Pages: 256
Language: English