In this eloquent and powerful novel, readers meet Simon ben Eleazar, son of the Jewish leader of Masada, one of the last fortresses that remains to be taken in a war between Rome and Judea. As Simon records the relentless...
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In this eloquent and powerful novel, readers meet Simon ben Eleazar, son of the Jewish leader of Masada, one of the last fortresses that remains to be taken in a war between Rome and Judea. As Simon records the relentless approach on the Roman legion, he tells the moving story of the Jews' last stand on Masada and of the most significant year of his young life.
In the year 72 C.E. after a four-year war between Rome and Judea, only one fortress remains to be taken: Masada, high above the Dead Sea in what is now Israel. In this eloquent and unforgettable novel, historically based, we meet 17-year-old Simon ben Eleazar, son of the Jewish leader of the Zealots. As Simon records the relentless siege of the Roman legion, he tells the moving story of the Jews' last stand on Masada. We also meet Flavius Silva, commander of the Roman Tenth Legion. When the Jews refuse to surrender, he begins to attack the fortress with a vengeance--an attack that will last for seven terrifying months. Simon, apprenticed to Masada's only physician, learns to help victims of the enemy's onslought even as he struggles with his feelings for young Deborah, the beloved of his best friend, and with the painful decision he must ultimately make. Can he take a difficult stand that will change his life just as he is truly beginning to live it?
In this eloquent and powerful novel a young man comes of age during the fall of Masada in the year 72 C.E.
Gloria Miklowitz, a graduate of the University of Michigan, is the author of more than 60 fiction and nonfiction books for children and young adults. Her books have won national and international awards and deal with important issues such as nuclear war, racial injustice, steroid abuse, date violence and most recently militia involvement. Three of her novels were made into award-winning television specials, including one which won the Emmy for Best Childrens Special in 1986 (The War Between the Classes). A frequent speaker at schools, Gloria has also taken part in conferences in the United Sta