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Elizabeth Speare

Bronze Bow, The
Houghton, 1961


Daniel bar Jamin, 18, is determined to help his countrymen drive the Romans out of Israel. He feels it is his patriotic duty to do this, but he is also seeking revenge for the death of his parents. Thinking only of his goal, Daniel ignores his sister's worsening mental illness and the tenderness offered by his friends. Will a Rabbi named Jesus be able to help Daniel learn a different lesson--one that does not include hatred and violence? Winner of the 1962 Newbery Medal. -Borders

- Borders , 12/19/2005

I loved this book ever since I read the first letter. It is a great story of how a teenage boy's life gets turned around when he has to go from being a mountain man to a village person. I thought that the best part of the book, and I'm sure others will agree with me, was the ending. In fact, I even cried. No one dies or anything, but just the idea of Daniel having to give up everything he's ever known, and I am not a person who cries a lot. I would strongly recommend this book to any reader, no matter what kind of books they like the best, because everyone will like this one. -Mayde Smith

- Mayde Smith, 12/19/2005

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