How Many Days Until Tomorrow? by Caroline D. JanoverJosh a 12-year-old with dyslexia is the main character. His parents go to Europe for the summer,and he and his gifted brother stay with their grandparents on an island in Maine. There, Josh struggles not only with his own learning disability but also with trying to enjoy a summer away from his home and friends. Older brother Simon is forever giving him a hard time and his emotionally distant grandfather never seems to approve of anything Josh does. His grandmother is loving and supportive but can do little to help him. Throughout the summer, Joshs adventures on the island teach him skills that he doesnt realize he has learned until a critical emergency happens to his grandfather. Joshs life is not easy but his complaints and defeats never come across as pathetic. He shows heroism every day as he struggles with his disability, so it is only his grandfather who is surprised when Josh acts to save him.
Upwards of a quarter of a century before the Birth of Christ, the grandnephew of Julius Caesar had become sole master of the Roman world. Never, perhaps, at any former period, had so many human beings acknowledged the authority of a single potentate. Some of the most powerful monarchies at present in Europe extend over only a fraction of the territory which Augustus governed: the Atlantic on the west, the Euphrates on the east, the Danube and the Rhine on the north, and the deserts of Africa on the south, were the boundaries of his empire. We do not adequately estimate the rank of Augustus among contemporary sovereigns, when we consider merely the superficial extent of the countries placed within the range of his jurisdiction. His subjects probably formed more than one-third of the entire population of the globe, and amounted to about one hundred millions of souls. The remains of its populous cities, its great fortresses, its extensive aqueducts, and its stately temples, may still be pointed out as the memorials of its grandeur.
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Caesar Augustus, the first emperor in the ancient Roman Empire , was ruling when Jesus Christ was born. He issued an order which, unbeknown to him, fulfilled a biblical prophecy made years before he was born. The prophet Micah had foretold that the Messiah would be born in the tiny village of Bethlehem :. The Gospel of Luke tells us that Caesar Augustus ordered a census taken of the entire Roman world, possibly for tax purposes. Palestine was part of that world, so Joseph , the earthly father of Jesus Christ , took his pregnant wife Mary to Bethlehem to register.