The Bronze Bow

The Bronze Bow

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by Elizabeth George Speare
     
 

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He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. –from the Song of David (2 Samuel 22:35)
The Bronze Bow, written by Elizabeth George Speare (author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond) won the Newbery Medal in 1962. This gripping, action-packed novel tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin—aSee more details below

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He trains my hands for war, so that my arms can bend a bow of bronze. –from the Song of David (2 Samuel 22:35)
The Bronze Bow, written by Elizabeth George Speare (author of The Witch of Blackbird Pond) won the Newbery Medal in 1962. This gripping, action-packed novel tells the story of eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin—a fierce, hotheaded young man bent on revenging his father’s death by forcing the Romans from his land of Israel. Daniel’s palpable hatred for Romans wanes only when he starts to hear the gentle lessons of the traveling carpenter, Jesus of Nazareth. A fast-paced, suspenseful, vividly wrought tale of friendship, loyalty, the idea of home, community . . . and ultimately, as Jesus says to Daniel on page 224: “Can’t you see, Daniel, it is hate that is the enemy? Not men. Hate does not die with killing. It only springs up a hundredfold. The only thing stronger than hate is love.” A powerful, relevant read in turbulent times.

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"A dramatic, deeply felt narrative whose characters and message will long be remembered." Booklist, ALA
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Eighteen-year-old Daniel bar Jamin lives with a band of zealots in Galilee, Daniel's home. This group hopes to fight the Romans, who have conquered their country. Daniel has another reason to despise the Romans: They crucified his father as an example to the village. Daniel's hatred is the only thing he lives for; he also is trying to escape a cruel master. When Daniel learns that this cruel master has died, Daniel can now return home. Upon his arrival, Daniel realizes that he must stay to help his frail grandmother, his distraught sister, Leah, and their impoverished home. Daniel hears Jesus talking; Daniel wonders if Jesus could help defeat the Romans. However Jesus confuses Daniel because of talk about repentance and compassion rather than violence and hatred in preparation for the upcoming kingdom. Daniel befriends Joel, the son of a Jewish leader, and together they try to aide the zealots. When Joel is captured and the zealots refuse to help, Daniel realizes he must look elsewhere to avenge the Romans. As Leah's health worsens, Daniel sends word to Thacia, Joel's sister. Thacia comes and brings Jesus with her; Jesus heals Leah. Jesus also heals Daniel of his all-consuming hatred. Speare's novel received the 1962 Newbery award but the story still presents a compelling message forty-five years later. If a reader can tolerate Daniel's black mood for most of the novel and mention of Jesus, this can be a very rewarding read for advanced middle school and high school readers.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780395137192
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/28/1997
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
254
Sales rank:
46,449
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.64(d)
Lexile:
760L (what's this?)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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"A dramatic, deeply felt narrative whose characters and message will long be remembered." Booklist, ALA

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