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Gaus, Paul L.
Athens : Ohio University of Press, 1999.
ISBN 0821412760
Like all Amish children, Jeremiah Miller understood the connection between pride and nonconformity. To not conform was to be proud and according to his community, pride was the greatest of all sins.  But last winter Jeremiah had discovered that if he rose early in the morning and was able to quietly sneak out without waking anyone, he could be alone. With no supervision, no corrections and no reminders to conform. He'd discovered that the dawn could give him an identity separate from the others. This was Jeremiah's first act of nonconformity. At 4:30 am on the morning of Friday, May 22, this proved to be a fateful discovery for Jeremiah. For it was on this day that he disappeared from the safety of his Amish community.Frantic to find the boy, Bishop Miller, Jeremiah's grandfather turned to the only two "English" that his sect would approve of Pastor Caleb Troyer and Professor Michael Branden. When the kidnapping leads to a murder, professor Troyer's investigation takes him into the normally closed Amish culture in search of clues to find the boy.  It is here that he discovers that  Jeremiah's troubles began long before his kidnapping. In fact, they began before he was even born! Set authentically among the Old Order Amish of Holmes County, Ohio "Blood of the Prodigal" by P.L. Gaus is an Ohio Amish Mystery that gives you more insight and a better understanding of Amish ways. Follow along with Professor Branden and his friends as they uncover truths that many would prefer to leave undisturbed. Each clue will keep you guessing until you reach the unexpected conclusion. See if you can help Professor Branden solve this mystery before it is too late for Jeremiah Miller!  (Virginia Wright <>)
SUBJECTS:     Parental kidnapping -- Fiction.
                        Father-son relationship -- Fiction.
                        Amish -- Fiction.
                        Amish Country (Ohio) -- Fiction.
                        Ohio --    Fiction.
                        Mystery fiction.
                        Detective and mystery stories.


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