Like many of the Newbery winners this book is historical fiction. The book is set during the time of Christ and the story takes place in the area around the Sea of Galilee.
The main character in the story is Daniel Bar Jamin. He lives with a band of fighters in the hills that surround the Sea of Galilee.
The book is very interesting as it brings awareness to the political, economic and social issues of that time. The book gives a glimpse into the different groups who are trying to make a difference in Israel. We see the freedom fighters and also the disciples and followers of Jesus and how they are both reacting to the Roman occupation
As the story unfolds Daniel has to return to his village when his grandmother dies so that he can take care of his sister. They have made friends with two young people from Capernaum and we see a web of intrigue as Daniel struggles with his hatred for the Romans and the love that is displayed by the followers of Christ.
The picture above is of the ruins in Capernaum. I can just imagine Daniel and his friends in this area when these foundations all had intact buildings on them.
The story that is told in The Bronze Bow is very complex and I really enjoyed reading it.
Speare did a great job of describing the physical setting, but it really came alive for me as I had seen many of the places where the book takes place.
This is definitely a book that I would recommend to my readers, no matter what your age is. Especially if you want to have a better understanding of this time period.