The Sphinx at Dawn: Two Stories

The bestselling author of A Wrinkle in Time takes a fantastical look at the childhood of Jesus in two allegories set in an Egyptian village.

In “Pakko’s Camel,” Yehoshuah, the poor son of a carpenter, befriends Pakko, the arrogant son of a rich merchant. Yehoshuah cares for of Pakko’s camel and shares with him the knowledge of the precious gifts he received from three wise men. But when Yehoshuah’s treasures are taken, he quickly learns that all gifts have a price.

In “The Sphinx at Dawn,” Yehoshuah and his camel journey into the desert, where they come across the monstrous, hungry Sphinx. Intrigued and unafraid, Yehoshuah endeavors to answer the Sphinx’s riddles—and in doing so, he begins the real journey of a man with an incredible destiny.

Genre: Short Stories / Adult Fiction

The Sphinx at Dawn


“Loved these stories. Short but sweet, featuring L’Engle’s trademark off-center take on Biblical motifs and characters.”
-Ali M., Goodreads, 2017

“Two sweet, mysterious parables that remind me of everything I love about Madeleine L’Engle.”
-Rachel Bostwick, Amazon, 2017