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The Bronze Bow

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Author: Elizabeth George Speare
Key Words: Fiction, Drama, Jesus's Time, Teen, Newbery Medal Winner

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Book Description:

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: “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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Sexual Content

Lust - 1 Incident

A young man watches a girl dance.

Miscellaneous - 7 Incidents

“A giant of a man, naked except for a filthy loincloth.”

A young man swims with no clothing.

A young man is attracted to a girl.

A young man gets the added reward of a girl’s “flashing smile.”

Men are clad only in tunics, some are stripped by burglars.

A young man blushes at the mention of a girl and her brother hints to him of marrying her.

A girl’s hand closes over a boy’s.

Violence - None


Religious Profanities - 3 Incidents

G-goodness, Heaven knows, by the prophets

Conversation Topics - 3 Incidents

Mentions wine throughout the book.

It is thought that a girl is possessed by demons (it is that she is more overcome by fear then possession in the literal sense).

A family pays a man to perform a magic power over a sick girl but it does nothing.

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