Item description for Masada: The Last Fortress by Gloria D. Miklowitz...
Overview 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?
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Studio: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.42" Width: 6.33" Height: 0.75" Weight: 0.92 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1999
Publisher Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company
Grade Level Multiple Grades
ISBN 0802851657 ISBN13 9780802851659
Availability 0 units.
More About Gloria D. Miklowitz
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 States, South Africa and Sweden. Gloria currently lives in La Caada, California.
Gloria D. Miklowitz currently resides in La Canada, in the state of California.
Reviews - What do customers think about Masada: The Last Fortress?
Masada Mar 4, 2004
This book is okay, I had to read it in school. I've read better books before but if you are a person who likes to read historical books. then this book might be the type you're looking for. It's told from the point of views of 17year old Simon and the Roman Commander, Flavis Silva. it's Interesting how you get to know what's going on both sides of the 'war' During the last few months before the Romans won
Another winner by Miklowitz Apr 18, 2001
Though I wouldn't recommend this book for younger audiences because of the violence and references to camp harlots, it was a compelling drama. Besides the political and religious aspects of the story, there is the underlying love story of unrequited love between Simon and Deborah, who is pledged to his best friend, John. It is the story of courage and hope despite overwhelming odds. By writing from the Roman general's point of view also, we get a look at his insights into the situation as well as political greed, corruption, honor, and cruelty. The themes in this novel are universal.
Compelling story of the last Jewish stronghold of Judea Jan 19, 1999
Gloria Miklowitz has written an interesting work of historical fiction, that will leave young readers awed at the Zealots courage, and disgusted with the Roman resolve to conquer all. The author uses several devices to keep young adults both male and female reading including the friendship/conflict between the young narrator and John, the rising military leader for the Jews and their struggles in loving the same young woman. Alternating voices of the young Jewish narrator and the commander of Roman forces are easily distinguished and insightful. Adults and young adults will have plenty to discuss and think about. Not recommended for ages ten and under, for the mass suicide at the end would be both frightening and difficult for younger children to comprehend.
Fascinating historical novel told from Roman & Jewish viewpt Dec 17, 1998
This book held my interest from the first pages. It's told from the Roman commander's viewpoint and the son of the Jewish leader who wants to be a physican and succeeds just at the time when he must kill those he loves. The last chapters had me in tears. It really brings alive the people and problems of the period. Imagine the Romans, surrounding the fortress, having to haul in water and supplies for months in the desert heat, and the Jews - trying to stop the building of the ramp which would let the Romans use their battering ram to break into their fortress. Don't have to be Jewish to find the book fascinating