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Distant Thunder
     

Distant Thunder

by Ruth Nulton Moore, Allan Eitzen (Illustrator)
 

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Life is peaceful in the Moravian town of Bethlehem until the War of Independence breaks out. The Congress orders Bethlehem to house prisoners of war. And the General Hospital of the Continental Army is set up there. When the British occupy the capital city of Philadelphia, 700 supply

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Life is peaceful in the Moravian town of Bethlehem until the War of Independence breaks out. The Congress orders Bethlehem to house prisoners of war. And the General Hospital of the Continental Army is set up there. When the British occupy the capital city of Philadelphia, 700 supply wagons arrive in Bethlehem.

Although the Moravians do not believe in war, they want to help their country in peaceful ways. They cheerfully give up their buildings to house wounded soldiers and give food and clothing to the hungry army.

It is the beginning of exciting times for Kate and her young cousin, Andrew. With their Indian friend, Brother Aaron, they help an escaped Hessian drummer boy avoid capture by the American guards. And the young Marquis de Lafayette, a French nobleman who brought a ship and sailed to the colonies to help in the fight for freedom, comes to Bethlehem to recuperate from his wounds.

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School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-- A novel about the Moravians' involvement in the American Revolution, with customs and beliefs deftly blended into the story. Kate Rau, 15, lives with her aunt and uncle because her parents are missionaries among the Indians. The war affects them, first as one cousin defies Moravian tradition and joins the militia, and then when Hessian prisoners and later wounded Americans are sent to their town of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Kate becomes involved in nursing the soldiers and thus experiences some of the horrors of war. The appearance of a long-lost uncle, captured as a child by Indians, ties things together a bit too neatly, and characterization is a little superficial. While lacking in depth, this portrayal of Moravian life and the choice of pacifism is interesting enough to make it worth reading. Mediocre black-and-white illustrations add little. --Jane Gardner Connor, formerly at South Carolina State Library, Columbia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836135572
Publisher:
MennoMedia
Publication date:
07/05/1991
Pages:
160
Product dimensions:
5.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 7.81(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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