The Bronze Bow

I recently read The Bronze Bow by Elizabeth George Speare. I read the book as part of my Newbery Challenge. This book won the Newbery Medal in 1962.

The Bronze Bow - Elizabeth George Speare - Historical Fiction - Newberrry Medal Winner 1962 - Sea of GalileeLike 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.

Boat on the Sea of Galilee - Hills of Galilee - The Bronze Bow - Elizabeth George SpeareThe 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

Hills of Galilee - Sea of Galilee - The Bronze Bow - Elizabeth George Speare - Newbery Award

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.

Capernaum - The Bronze Bow - Elizabeth George Speare - Historical Fiction - Newbery Award Winner

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.


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8 Responses to The Bronze Bow

  1. Boomdeeadda says:

    You’re right, the story does sound complex. It is fun when you get to visit places in story you’ve read. My hubby and I have read all of Dan Browns books and had fun in Rome stopping at some of the locales.

  2. I loved this book. Well there aren’t a lot of Newbery books I don’t love haha.

  3. I’ve read quite a few of the Newbery books (being a teacher and overall young adult fiction lover). I think I missed this one. I did like The Witch of Blackbird Pond which I believe is also a Speare’s book.

    • vanbraman says:

      I think that you would enjoy this one. Speare did not write many books. Four of her books are well known and I have read and enjoyed each of them:
      Calico Captive
      The Witch of Blackbird Pond (Newbery Medal)
      The Bronze Bow (Newbery Medal)
      The Sign of the Beaver (Newbery Honor)

      I also found out that she wrote a book called The Prospering that was not as popular. I did find a library in Link+ that has a copy and it is on the way to me.

  4. Sheryl says:

    When my children were young, I remember reading several Newberry medal books to them. An old one that they particularly enjoyed was The Trumpeter of Krakow.

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