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Testing Time

Dorit Orgad
AGE: 12-16

This is a tense story of identify confusion and unconventional friendship. Hamid, a first-year medical student at Tel Aviv University, is looking for a room to rent. All the doors are slammed in his face because he is an Arab, until he reaches Miriam Rosen`s house. She feeds him a hot meal, runs him a bath, and lays out clean clothes for him in his room. She also calls him Haim. Uneasy, Hamid corrects Miriam`s mistake, but she doesn`t seem to hear. Hamid discovers that Miriam is pretending that he is her son, Haim, whose death in the last war she cannot accept. Comforted by Hamid-Haim`s presence, Miriam slowly regains her peace of mind.
The idyll ends when Miriam`s daughters accuse Hamid of deceiving Miriam and force him to leave the house. Distraught, Miriam follows him to his village in the Galilee, where she is taken in by Hamid`s family. At the sight of Hamid’s grieving aunt, who has also lost a son, Miriam finally accepts reality.

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Testing Time
Title Testing Time
Author’s Last Name Orgad
Author's First Name Dorit
Language(s) German, Japanese, Korean, Spanish
Genre youth
Publisher (Hebrew) Hadar
Year of Publication (Hebrew) 1979
Year of Publication 2 (Hebrew) 1993
No. Pages 122 pp.
Book title - Hebrew (phonetic) Bi-Shʹat Mivchan
Representation Represented by ITHL


German: Frankfurt, Alibaba, 1994
Spanish: Salamanca, Loguez, 2002
Japanese: Tokyo, Ca et La Shobo, 2003
Korean: Seoul, Urikyoyuk, 2007

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