Masada: The Last Fortress
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Masada: The Last Fortress

Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co. / 1999 / Paperback

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As the Roman Army marches inexorably across the Judean desert toward the fortress of Masada, Simon and his family and friends prepare, along with the rest of the Jewish Zealots, to fight and never surrender. An historically-based novel written for young readers. Hardcover w/ dustjacket. 188 pages.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 198
Vendor: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.
Publication Date: 1999
Dimensions: 8.25 X 5 3/8 (inches)
ISBN: 0802851681
ISBN-13: 9780802851680
Ages: 10-14

Publisher's Description

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. Two years later, the commander of the famous Roman Tenth Legion, Flavius Silva, marches toward Masada to capture or kill the 960 Jewish zealots who hold it.

In this eloquent and powerful novel, we meet 17-year-old Simon ben Eleazar, son of the Jewish leader of Masada. Apprenticed too Masada’s only physician, Simon learns to help victims of the enemy’s onslaught as he struggles with his love for Deborah, the intended of his best friend, and with the painful decision he must ultimately make.

Editorial Reviews

Association of Jewish Libraries Notable Books for Older Readers
Bank Street CollegeBest Children's Books of the Year
BooklistTop Ten Religious Books for Youth
California ReadersCalifornia Collections - High School
Junior Library GuildSelection
New York Public LibraryBooks for the Teen Age List
Sugarman FamilyAward for Jewish Children's Literature

Publishers Weekly
"Simon lives his final days with hope and trust in the faithfulness of God, and readers may well be inspired by his example to live their own lives with purpose in the face of all obstacles."
"Miklowitz personalizes history in this account of the fall of Masada as seen through the eyes of a young Jewish man helping to hold the fort, and of the Roman commander who is trying to foil the Jews' last stand. . . The historical facts, a blend of the everyday and the dramatic, show how people can find hope, beauty, and even love in the midst of the most dire of circumstances — and how history is made up of real people, not so different from those reading about it. A powerful offering."
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Readers get deeply involved in the paradoxical suspense of doomed characters who nourish their lives — including romance, marriage, friendship, and ambition — in the face of death. . . History is sometimes simply sad, and Miklowitz has asserted that sadness without sensationalizing it or apologizing for it."

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