The Flame Tree by Richard Lewis

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Isaac Williams, twelve-year-old son of American doctors at a mission hospital in Java, Indonesia, is certain that his friendship with Ismail Sutanto is as solid and enduring as the majestic flame tree in the yard. But the haven of their small world is shattered when a fundamentalist Islamic organization begins to threaten the hospital. Terrorists infiltrate, the State Department orders an evacuation, bombs ex-plode, and Isaac is taken hostage.

The experience embitters Isaac. He knows that he should forgive those who have hurt him, yet he doesn't think that he can. His life is changed forever, but will it be forever crippled by his bitterness?

Set against the backdrop of September 11, 2001, The Flame Tree is a fierce novel of friendship, faith, and forgiveness. Richard Lewis tells a story that is at once timely and timeless, one that has the power to move hearts and open eyes.
 

About Richard Lewis

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RICHARD LEWIS has written and edited several books for childRICHARD LEWIS has written and edited several books for children, including All of You Was Singing, an ALA Notable Childrren, including All of You Was Singing, an ALA Notable Children's Book, illustrated by Ed Young, and In a Spring Garden, en's Book, illustrated by Ed Young, and In a Spring Garden, illustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. He is the founder and directillustrated by Ezra Jack Keats. He is the founder and director of The Touchstone Center, an organization that supports tor of The Touchstone Center, an organization that supports the creative, imaginative, and artistic lives of children. Hehe creative, imaginative, and artistic lives of children. He lives in New York City. lives in New York City.
 
Published June 26, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers. 288 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Religion & Spirituality, Literature & Fiction, Travel, Children's Books. Fiction

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In this uneasy mix of thriller and didacticism, 12-year-old Isaac, son of American missionary doctors in Java, finds his life in danger after September 11, 2001, when fundamentalist Muslims rebel against Americans.

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The author explores the issues, at least initially, through the friendship of main character Isaac, who is living with his missionary physician parents, and his Muslim friend Ismail.

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