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Answer my Prayer Mass Market Paperback – June 9, 1997


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf (June 9, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440220149
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440220145
  • Product Dimensions: 6.7 x 3.9 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,641,406 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

To read a Sid Hite novel is to travel to a timeless place where miracles lie around every corner. This newest tale, as full of wit and colloquial charm as Dither Farm, takes the reader to Korasan, a land famous for its jeefwood products. There artisans battle to save the precious trees from the greed of an evil regent who intends to export the lumber. At the center of the intricately plotted story is Lydia, a simple country girl who falls in love with a renowned jeefwood carver named Alderson. Distraught that the forests will soon be ravished and fearing for Alderson's safety, Lydia appeals to the heavens for aid. The sincerity of her prayers touches the heart of a rather sluggish angel, who, in a slightly haphazard fashion, attempts to settle conflicts. The author's evident pleasure in inventing and orchestrating a colorful array of characters will be readily shared. Astute observations and philosophical asides add an extra dimension to this story of love and courage. Ages 12-up.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Gr. 7-10. As he did in Dither Farm (1992), Hite blends the ordinary with the exciting and then adds a dollop of the miraculous. The ordinary is Lydia Swain, who lives with her family in the jeefwood forest, where she spends most of her time daydreaming. On a visit to her in-town cousin for an artisans' celebration, Lydia meets a fortune teller who forecasts a sleeping stranger, a stormy sea, a sighing sovereign, and a kiss under a jeefwood tree. So begins an adventure that finds Lydia, along with her sleepy stranger--an angel named Ebol--sailing through a tempest to persuade the king to save the jeefwood forests from a greedy plot. Then, at last, Lydia is reunited with the young artist who has fallen in love with her, and the kiss, too, becomes reality. Hite has a marvelous gift for language, slightly offbeat and wholly entertaining. It allows him to create an imaginary world, the nation of Korasan, that, like Narnia, takes on a life of its own. The characters are also meticulously drawn, and readers will especially enjoy Ebol, a quirky sleepyhead of an angel who champions Lydia--between naps. The angels and their environs add, literally, an extra dimension to the story, and the celestial goings-on enhance the story's complexity and uniqueness. Important issues of love, faith, art, and ecology are raised here; but central to this mosaic are the characters, who make all the pieces fit. The cover art, seemingly carved on wood, is as distinctive as the rest of the book. Ilene Cooper --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A 10-year old reader on January 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
Lydia Swain lives in a country called Korasan. She lives in the countryside next to the Jeefwood Forest. Jeefwoods are very important to Korasan because they provide lots of things including wood to carve. Her cousin Antoinette lives in a city called Valerton. There is a festival hosted by the artisan guild in Valerton which Lydia and her family are going to. There is a big dance at which Lydia dances with a young artist named Alderson Hale. She falls in love. When Lydia goes home, she thinks her country life is boring.
Lydia�s father works for the guild by preparing the Jeefwoods for the harvest. In Valerton, the regent, Victor Brimm, is planning on destroying the Jeefwood Forest because he does not like the people who carve them and wants to be mean. Lydia is concerned. Her father is taken to jail with some other men, for no good reason, because he is trying to prevent the Jeefwood forests from being destroyed, and Victor Brimm wants him out of the way. Lydia prays everything will be alright and an angel, named Ebol, comes to help. Together they go see the leader of Korasan, and he makes everything alright.
I would recommend this book to a friend because it is suspenseful and moves quickly; as soon as Lydia prays, you meet Ebol up in heaven, and she falls in love quickly. I liked this because it did not take too long to read the book, but a lot happened.
My favorite character was Ebol because he was so sleepy but he always got things finished. I also liked Ebol because he never gave up.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gail Cooke HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on April 17, 2004
Format: Hardcover
Sid Hite's gem, Answer My Prayer, is billed for young adults. It's really for all of us.
In the author's imaginary nation of Korasan we meet people we'd like to know and some absolutely preposterous angels - these winged protectors need motivation, sometimes oversleep, and have a tendency to bicker about details.
Nonetheless, this brief thought provoking book encourages us all to relook at justice, high ideals, and our fellowmen.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 30, 2000
Format: Mass Market Paperback
I think you should read this book because it is impossible to put down. It's exciting the way Sid Hite creates his story. Also the word-choice is beautiful.
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