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Thunder from the Sea

Thunder from the Sea

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by Joan Hiatt Harlow

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It's 1929 and thirteen-year-old Tom Campbell has always wanted a real family with a real house and a dog of his very own. Since he was three years old, the only home he has ever known has been the Mission orphanage.
When he is sent to live and work with fisherman Enoch and his wife, Tom finally sees his dream wihin reach. And when he rescues a Newfoundland dog in


It's 1929 and thirteen-year-old Tom Campbell has always wanted a real family with a real house and a dog of his very own. Since he was three years old, the only home he has ever known has been the Mission orphanage.
When he is sent to live and work with fisherman Enoch and his wife, Tom finally sees his dream wihin reach. And when he rescues a Newfoundland dog in the middle of a terrifying squall, Tom feels as if both he and the dog, which he names Thunder, have found a place to call home at last.
But when Enoch's wife becomes pregnant and it looks like Thunder's owner might be found, Tom's wonderful new world is turned upside down. Will the Murrays still want Tom? And will Tom be forced to give up his beloved Thunder?

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Publishers Weekly
Following up with the same setting and starring another heroic Newfoundland dog, Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow introduces Tom, an orphan taken in by a Newfoundland fisherman, Enoch Murray, and his wife, Fiona. Tom rescues a dog he finds out at sea and names it Thunder-but must contend with a neighboring boy who wants the dog for himself. Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
When Tom rescues a Newfoundland dog from drowning in a squall, he is rewarded with a loyal companion. An orphan in 1929, he has been sent to work with a fisherman and his wife, Enoch and Fiona Murray. But Tom faces an uncertain future when Fiona becomes pregnant—perhaps she will no longer wish to have the teenager around. When an earthquake strikes, the dog Thunder tries to warn of the resulting tidal wave that will threaten the village, and a near-tragedy is averted. Throughout the story runs the thread of the true owner of Thunder and whether he will eventually reclaim the wonderful dog. Action packed and modestly hand-sized, the book will appeal to reluctant boy readers who like plenty of action and a good resolution, and will appeal in general to animal lovers of both sexes and dog story enthusiasts alike. 2004, McElderry Books, Ages 8 to 12.
—Susan Hepler, Ph.D.
School Library Journal
Tom Campbell, an orphan, travels to Back o' the Moon Island to live with and work for Enoch and Fiona Murray. On his first fishing trip, he rescues a young Newfoundland dog from the sea during a storm and names him Thunder. A local boy, Bert Bosworth, and his father, Amos, also want the animal, and they go to great lengths to find his original owner out of spite. Thunder is a kind, intelligent creature who several times saves the islanders from danger. After a harrowing episode in which Amos shoots and slightly injures the Newfoundland while he tries to pull villagers away from a pending tidal wave, the Bosworths realize that the dog truly belongs with Tom. When Fiona needs help with a difficult birth, Tom and Thunder prove their courage by taking her across the ice by sled during a blizzard. The book concludes with Enoch and Fiona officially adopting Tom and with Thunder's original owner giving the dog to the boy and his new family. The episodic chapters are fast paced and the narrative creates a real sense of time and place. Tom's growing affection for the Murrays and his feelings about his pet are clearly delineated. Fans of Harlow's Star in the Storm (McElderry, 2000), dog lovers, and readers yearning for a cozy tale will enjoy curling up with this story.-Shawn Brommer, South Central Library System, Madison, WI Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
"Nonstop adventure for dog lovers."

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Thunder from the Sea

By Joan Hiatt Harlow

Turtleback Books Distributed by Demco Media

Copyright © 2005 Joan Hiatt Harlow
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780606338974


Chapter One: Seasick

Tom Campbell held on to the rail as the Constance rose and fell in the giant swells of the ocean. Tom's stomach rolled along with the tossing of the waves. A fine fisherman I'll be if I get seasick like this, he told himself. What will Mr. Murray think? The steamer continued churning through the heavy surf. Tom bent over the side of the ship and yucked up his lunch into the ocean.

He looked over his shoulder, hoping Mr. Murray hadn't seen him. After all, the man was taking a big chance on thirteen-year-old Tom by bringing him into his home to live and onto his boat to work.

He let the roaring wind blow in his face, breathing deeply and praying that they'd soon be at his new home. For the past ten years, home had been the orphanage at the Grenfell Mission in St. Anthony on the Northern Peninsula. It was the only home Tom could remember.

He was born in Labrador and sometimes when he smelled pine trees or the scent of fish cooking on an open fire, a faint memory would present itself - a fleeting recollection of voices and shadowy faces. He remembered being feverish and his mother rocking him and crooning a lullaby in cheek music - the musicNewfoundlanders made up and sang to themselves or their children. Falalalee. Falalaloo. The memory was faint and hazy, like a dream.

Both his parents became ill when he was three years old and they were all taken on the hospital ship to the mission. When his parents died, Tom stayed on at Grenfell. He lived in the school and learned to farm potatoes, beets, and turnips for the long winters. The good people there were kind, but not a true family.

Now it was 1929 and at last he'd be living in a real home with fisherman Enoch Murray and his wife, Fiona. Mr. Murray seemed nice enough, but quiet and shy, as if he didn't know what to say to Tom. Tom wasn't a bit sure what to say to him, either.

He felt another surge of nausea and he leaned over the rail again, upchucking what was left in his belly. He'd never be a fisherman! Right now he positively hated the sea!

"Are you feelin' squawmish, lad?" Mr. Murray was suddenly next to him. "You look green in the gills."

"Aye, I'm a bit sick to the stomach, sir," Tom answered.

"It's shockin' rough today. Could be an August gale blowin' up from the northeast."

"I don't usually get seasick, Mr. Murray."

"Call me Enoch. We'll both feel more t'ease usin' first names." Enoch squinted at the horizon. "We should be home by tomorrow mornin'. Maybe it'll calm down tonight and you can get some sleep. I ordered a cabin for the night. I didn't have the money for two, but I think you're the one who needs it most." He handed Tom a key with the number 21 on it. "It's down that way." He pointed toward the back of the boat.

"Thank you...Enoch," Tom said. "I promise I won't always be like this."

Enoch nodded, but didn't smile. Was he regretting that he'd brought Tom back to live with him to help him with his fishing business? Tom felt almost too sick to care.

But he truly did care. He'd often wished for a real family in a real house. And now that it finally might be happening, he didn't want to ruin everything.

He wondered if the Murrays had a dog - one that he could run and play with, one that would be his friend. That would make everything perfect.

Tom made his way down to the cabin, hanging on to the rail as the boat continued lurching. Once inside cabin 21, he reached into his pocket and pulled out the one treasure he owned - his grandfather's pocket watch. He opened it. Five o'clock. It was too early to go to bed but he was sick and he just wanted to sleep.

Tom clicked the watch shut. His fingers traced the Celtic knot that was engraved on the cover. He tucked the watch under the pillow, just as he always did, then sank onto the cot, hearing the comforting muffled ticktock, ticktock, like a heartbeat.

The Constance continued rocking - rocking - but now he was in his mother's arms and she was singing the lullaby. Falalalee. Falalaloo.

Copyright © 2004 by Joan Hiatt Harlow


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Meet the Author

Joan Hiatt Harlow is the author of several popular historical novels including Secret of the Night Ponies, Shadows on the Sea, Midnight Rider, Star in the Storm, Joshua’s Song, and Thunder from the Sea. Ms. Harlow lives in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit her at JoanHiattHarlow.com.

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Thunder from the Sea 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 41 reviews.
JBfan16 More than 1 year ago
I love this book it is one of my favorites
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
thunder from the sea is a science fiction novel. It is about a boy named Tom who gets adopted by a couple who's names are Enoch and Fiona. THey dont have any children so Tom usually just plays with the kids in the neighborhood. One of the boys names is Bert and he is very mean. One day, when tom is fishing with Enoch and some neighbors he rescues a newfoundland dog from a storm . He names him Thunder. What he didnt know was how great of a dog thunder could be. The neighbors claimed that they spotted the dog first and they were angry with Tom, especially Bert. When a terrible storm is coming and fiona is expecting a baby soon, it is thunder to the rescue! to find out what happens next youll just have to read the book!Now, there are many posotives and negatives about this book. Some things that I liked were that it had a great storyline, It was very well written, it was a good legnth (not too long and not too short), and it was very exciting. One thing that I wasnt so crazy about was the character Bert. I thought he was a little to mean and obnoxious and I would of liked if you could see the other side of him. Also, I thought it was a little unrealistic how tom found Thunder. I think that if it was a rapid storm and a dog was swimming for it's life in the water it would of dround. Next, I would like to comment on the Writing style of the author. I think that the writing style of Joan Haitt Harlow is very formal. She wrote with vocabulary for ages ten to fourteen, so i think that her writing is a little advanced for some people. Also, I think that Joan writes with a very fluid style. I would highly reccomend this book to any dog lovers. Thunder from the Sea is adventurous, exciting, funny, and it will cheer you up when you are down. This book is good for if you are board or just want to escape into your own little world. I hope you enjoyed my review and will want to read this magnifiscent book!
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Thunder from the Sea is so wonderful and full of adventures that you would like to read it forever and forever. My mom had to force me to stop reading. The book has happy moments because in this one part the real owner of Thunder gave Tom the dog and just left in his boat. The very sad moment was when Tom couldn¿t find Thunder for days and Tom was miserable for those couple of days, with the awesome characters Tom, Enoch, Fiona, and Thunder. Tom is a 12 or 13 year old boy who goes fishing with Enoch in a storm. He finds a dog in the middle of the ocean who can predict bad weather. The dog has a white streak in the center of his chest. This good book took place in an island called Back o` the Moon Island. This book relates to me because one time I wanted a dog so badly. I found one at the park. We had to return him to his owner. That is how this book relates to me. I would recommend this book to my mom and my big brother because I know that they like these books and because they read these books a lot.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Okay i just have to say this book is amazing and for dog lovers.I really love this book that i keep reading it when ever i have time.Now i won't tell you the ending you have to get that book and find out for your self you'll be glad you read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I would give this book the best award it could have! It is sad that a person, Mr.Fowler comes to get him but very happy that he lets Tom keep Thunder. It is strange that they found Thunder in th sea, but they are right that he looks like thunder and has a white streak that looks like lightning. I love this book, I could read it over and over again! Joan Hiatt Harlow is my favorite author. I can say so much more about this book, and i will. It is shocking that Thunder warned them about a tidal wave an earth quake and got Fiona to the docter when she was about to have a baby. Thunder is the best dog a person could have. 'characters:Murrays=Fiona, Enoch, Tom, Thunder And April Bosworths=Bert, Amos, Ruby, and Nancy Rideouts=Ken, Margeret, Rowena And Eddie).
Guest More than 1 year ago
A young boy named Tom rescues a newfoundland dog from the sea, which he names Thunder. Tom has already been adopted by two kind people, Enoch and Fiona. They soon, like Tom, grow attached to the dog they call Thunder. But a person who claims he owns Thunder comes along. Will Tom be forced to give up his beloved Thunder?!?! Great for all fellow dog lovers!! You must read this book!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
this was a very good book. it always kept you wanting to read it and was very suspensful. i recomend it if you liked star in the storm. it was sad and happy at some points and i loved it! and now im starting to read shawdows on the sea and it started out really good and i can wait to finish it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! And when I say love, I mean LOVE!!! While I was reading this book, my eyes were glued to it and I had my nose in it whenever I could. Possibly the best book I've read!!
Natalie_Carlo More than 1 year ago
Cute and lovely as you go through the adventures of Tom and his new adorable dog, Thunder from the Sea.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
1. Math 2. English 3. Chorus 4. Lunch 5. Science 6. Shop 7. Social Studies 8. Gym
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Art<p> Gym> Lunch <p> Chorus<p> History<p>
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book was overall good but in the begginig it was kindof slow:(
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Can't to see if theres a movie
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Loooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooved this book! Great writing by Joan Hiatt Harlow. This is a MUST read!
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I read this in 3rd grade and i read it ahain in fifth its a great book and i reallly loved it now and then not mosstly for third graders but im an advaanced reader more for fifth and up
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I love this book i never read or heard of a more loyal dog A reader and dog lover, Hannah Grace
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im 11and this is great book i recomend it to middle schoolers it might be kinda long for some peoole it has about 250 pages Its a good book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A must read for all mystery lovers!
jaden_n_wv More than 1 year ago
Thunder from the sea is a great book based on a friendship between an orphaned boy and a dog found lost at sea. Tom the main Character Was adopted from an orphanage. He found a dog named Thunder who had been lost at sea for hours. Tom met Bert, who was a mean little kid. I like the parts were they fight over Thunder and He bites Bert's leg, which was funny. Thunder decides who he wants to be with, but Bert's dad was not happy he set out to find Thunders real owner If It was the last thing he did. Amos did not find the real owner. He said that he needed the dog. I think that was a lie, I think he tried to find the real owner because he was jealous that Tom had the dog and him and Bert didn't. I recommend this book to all who like to read, I'm not that much into reading but this was a great book.
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