I’m surprised this book isn’t more well known.
Rating for making your mind bloom: 10 out of 10.
Similar to Ms. Speare’s well known book The Witch of Blackbird Pond, The Bronze Bow also steps back into a historical time period through a first-person narration.
Daniel bar Jamin is eighteen years old and lives in Galilee in about the year, as we know today, 30 A.D or 30 C.E. Daniel is an outcast having run away from an indentured servitude/ slavery after losing most of his family due to the Romans. Daniel wants to fight the Romans but also crosses paths with a carpenter named Jesus. Daniel finds himself in some very tricky situations that are not always what they seem and makes some tough choices along the way.
There are some parallels between Daniel and Kit, the narrator of Witch. Both are coming of age in a society where they find they do not belong yet are forced to fit in in order to survive. Both must put their families into their lives even though they didn’t want to. Both embrace people who are shunned by the general society. Both must make difficult choices. Religion also plays a major part in both of their lives and stories.
Both of the books received a Newberry Medal. If you read Witch, The Bronze Bow is a must.