Masada: The Last Fortress

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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. Jr Lib Guild.

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At first it appeared but a distant dust cloud, perhaps a sudden sandstorm, common for this season of the year. I remember now no sense of fear. Only vague awareness.

John turned and looked in the direction I was facing, and Deborah joined us on the parapet. Together we watched in silence as the cloud drew closer, and I felt my heart constrict when I recognized what it was. Deborah knew at the same instant, for her hands reached out for John's and mine.

On the stifling desert air came the dull thud of thousands of feet marching, advancing on Masada...

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"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." Booklist
"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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