Bronze Bow

Bronze Bow

Winner of the 1962 Newbery Medal

Imagine reading a book in which the names from the Bible emerge as a characters set in a plot of historical fiction, and you will have a sense of this wonderful book. Our hero is Daniel a rebellious, young Jewish boy who has fled up into the hills to join fighters who want to resist the Romans. His sister still lives in town with their grandmother, and eventually Daniel will have to assume the role of caretaker after his grandmother dies. The plot draws you in as character after character appears, and Daniel struggles to rebel against the enemy forces. Who is this Jesus? Is he the leader they seek? This book is the 1962 Newbery Medal Winner

254 pages

978-0395137192 Ages 10-12

Keywords: historical fiction, religion, Christianity, rebels, Jesus Christ, Newbery Medal, 10 year old, 11 year old, 12 year old


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.---from the publisher

User reviews

Have you read this book? We'd love to hear what you think. Click the button below to write your own review!