JUVENILE / YOUNG ADULT FICTION, silver award
Can an Israelite captive, wrenched from all she loves, serve the very man who destroyed her village?
Miriam is asked to do the impossible: serve the wife of Naaman, commander of the Syrian army. Clinging to treasured memories of home and faith, Miriam faces captivity with worry and bitterness. Little does she know the Heart Changer is wooing and preparing her for a greater mission—far beyond what she could imagine.
This middle-grade historical novel reflects the heartache and angst of a young refugee in a foreign land where all hope seems lost.
“A captivating story that weaves characters together from a volatile time in Israel’s history to reveal the power of faith and forgiveness. Young hearts will find hope to face their perplexing and changeable world.”
author of Rice From Heaven
“The Heart Changer is a touching tale of loss, faith, and healing. Jarm Del Boccio spins together vivid details that bring Miriam’s world to life. Her story is sure to capture readers’ hearts.”
—Carmela A. Martino,
author of the award-winning novel Playing by Heart