Tirzah’s people, the Israelites, have been in slavery to the Egyptians for many years. Tirzah and her lame brother, Oren, help gather straw to make bricks. She observes the suffering of her people and the injustices that are done to them by the Egyptian police. Moses begs Pharaoh to let them go, but Pharaoh makes them work harder.
One night, when the plague of death strikes down Pharaoh’s own son, he allows the Israelites to flee on foot, only to pursue them with horses and chariots. He believes he will have them trapped between the mountains and the sea, but God miraculously delivers them. The Israelites celebrate with a song of hope and victory. Tirzah befriends a young Egyptian girl who has fled with them, even though others treat her badly. In spite of hardship and disappointment, Tirzah and her family keep trusting Yahweh to carry them through.
Lucille Travis is the author of numerous books for children, including Tirzah (Herald Press, 1991). She authored the Jeanmarie series in 2000 and 2001, and the Ben and Zach series in 1995 (Baker Books). She has written many poems, reviews and articles for Christian periodicals, including Focus on the Family Clubhouse Magazine, Reformed Journal, and Perspectives. She has taught college-level English and lectured in Christian literature. She holds degrees in education and Bible from Gordon College and a master's in literature from Western Connecticut State University. Lucille lives in Arden Hills, Minnesota, with her husband William.