“Jairus’s Girl” by L.R. Hay
Biblical Fiction for younger readers
Review copy from the author
My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars
About the Book:
Tammie’s life in a quiet fishing town would never be the same again.
Her future wasn’t looking good (understatement!), but things quickly went from bad to WICKED with the arrival of a strange grown-up with nice eyes.
And as for the business with Daniel’s lunch, or Dibs’s roof. . .
Jairus’s Girl is an entertaining and moving account of the Galilee side of Jesus’s story – aimed at pre-teens, though some adults have sneakily read and enjoyed it too.
What a delightful story! My family and I have discussed how lovely it would be to have more Biblical fiction written for younger ages – and this book fits that marvelously.
Through this story, we see many of Jesus’ miracles and healings through the eyes and experiences of Jairus’ daughter – the girl whom Jesus raised from the dead. In this book, the girl’s name is Tamar – with some more names after that; the author affectionately dubs her as Tammie. Easy to say and remember!
Reading “Jairus’ Girl” is very much like you are sitting down with the author and she is telling you this tale.
Sometimes modern words were used that didn’t seem quite right (Tammie would say exclamations such as “wicked” or “cool” etc.) – I didn’t find them offensive or what-have-you, just not authentic or fully fitting to the story itself. She also seemed quite young for her age, but that wasn’t so much a qualm as an observation.
I found this book to be very enjoyable, and one I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend to any reader, but especially younger ones! I can tell you what a relief that is. I am admittedly a rather picky book- recommender when it comes to younger readers, wanting the books I recommend to be wholesome and enjoyable. I think “Jairus’s Girl” is one such read! I would say it might be best enjoyed by readers aged anywhere from 8-15, with 10-12 being the most ideal, but that is certainly not restrictive or exhaustive. I think it would make a great read-aloud for parents or siblings too. I am in my early twenties and I enjoyed myself :)
My favorite parts were those involving Jesus firsthand. They were heartfelt and gentle, and I found them very sweet. Sure, the conversations were a bit more modern, but the heart was there, and it was touching. As any encounter with Jesus should be! <3