The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George SpeareThe Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare

The Bronze Bow

byElizabeth 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-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.

I was born in Melrose, Massachusetts, on November 21, 1908. I have lived all my life in New England, and though I love to travel I can't imagine ever calling any other place on earth home. Since I can't remember a time when I didn't intend to write, it is hard to explain why I took so long getting around to it in earnest. But the years...
Title:The Bronze BowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.64 inPublisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0395137195

ISBN - 13:9780395137192

Appropriate for ages: 10


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Another good read by Elizabeth Speare! I used this book, and many of her other books, for my home schoolers! I like Speare's books.
Date published: 2018-04-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perspective I read this books about 2 years ago. I found it very boring in the beginning, but at some point I started to fall in love with the story. It became so much more than something I had to read, since it was one of the required books to read in my school, to something I wanted to finish on my own. I do definitely recommend this book though I would say that it probably won't be as interesting of a book for everyone as it was for me. The story did help me understand things more even though it is fictional.
Date published: 2018-02-23

From Our Editors

Set in Galilee in the time of Jesus, this story tells of a young Jewish rebel who is won over to the gentle teachings of Jesus. "A dramatic, deeply felt narrative whose characters and message will long be remembered".--Booklist. Newbery Medal Book

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