Title: The Bronze Bow
Author: Elizabeth George Speare
This is a well-constructed and well-told story, but I am not sure that I can bring myself to recommend it without reservations. I know that many Newbery winners are used in middle school English programs, but I would hope never to find this on a required reading list in a public school. It starts out simply as historical fiction, but any historical fiction in which Jesus is a character becomes quickly unsimplified. He is portrayed as the son of God, miracles and all. A well-rounded and human son of God, but holy nonetheless, and the emotional focus of the book.