Masada The Last Fortress by Gloria D. Miklowitz


Masada The Last Fortress by Gloria D. Miklowitz

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.


AWARDS and RECOGNITIONS Association of Jewish Libraries, Notable Books for Older Readers Bank Street College, Best Children's Books of the Year Booklist,

Publishers Weekly

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

. . . 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

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198 pages


Gloria D. Miklowitz
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Publication date

31st August 1999



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