Silent Thunder

Silent Thunder

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by Andrea Pinkney
     
 

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Each of us has a “silent thunder” – a quiet desire that rumbles from deep-down. For eleven-year-old Summer and her older brother Rosco, their secret dreams seem far out of reach. Both are slaves on a Virginia plantation in the year 1862. More than anything, Summer wants to learn to read and write. Rosco is eager to join the Union Army so that he…  See more details below

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Each of us has a “silent thunder” – a quiet desire that rumbles from deep-down. For eleven-year-old Summer and her older brother Rosco, their secret dreams seem far out of reach. Both are slaves on a Virginia plantation in the year 1862. More than anything, Summer wants to learn to read and write. Rosco is eager to join the Union Army so that he can fight for the cause that would allow all people to be free. Told in alternating voices, this is a work of historical fiction by bestselling and award-winning author Andrea Davis Pinkney.

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
“This is an excellent, well-written historical novel with two compelling characters.”
Publishers Weekly
“Well nuanced.”

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940016119212
Publisher:
Argo-Navis
Publication date:
11/21/2012
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
224
File size:
607 KB
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Silent Thunder 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This is the BEST book I have EVER read on slavery...and i've read a lot of books. I have read this book over and over so many times. I love books that are on the subject of the Civil War...and this is the one that got me into the Civil War. I love the way that you can see/feel/hear a lot of pesonality coming from the characters.
Guest More than 1 year ago
THIS WAS A COOL BOOK.I LIKED IT ALOT. IT COULD TEACH YOU A LOT ABOUT ABOUT SLAVERY :>)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is great I am half way through and I stated 3 days ago.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rosco and Summer are slaves in virgina on Parnells Plantion. Rosco's silent thunder is his wanting to go to the civl war. Summer's silent thunder is her learning to read. A powerful rich story that will warm your heart and put tears in your eyes. Go back in time with Silent Thunder.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Summer Parnell is a well of questions. She has a why, how come, and what for almost every thing. Rosco, her brother is diferent. He can keep a secret, and he can read. Reading is dangerous for a slave. If found out, you could be sold away or worse. Rosco's reading isn't so much of a problem for them, as long as Rosco keeps his secret. On Summer's birthday, Rosco desides to teach her to read. Can Summer keep the secret? Meanwhile Rosco has his own problems. The master is sick and wasting away. The master's wife has her brother come and take over the plantation. The new master is harsh and cruel. It isn't long before he decides to run away and enlist in the US army. If he is caught, he knows that he could lose his life. This story by Andrea Davis Pinkney is adventurous and a wonderful novel for anyone who has a silent longing. Andrea does a great job of showing the reader diferent perspectives of the same problem with different characters. The story seems like it could have really happened although it was fictional.