Thunder Rolling in the Mountains

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This powerful account of the tragic defeat of the Nez Perce Indians in 1877 by the United States Army is narrated by Chief Joseph's strong and brave daughter. "The economical and graceful narrative of a memorable story is a fitting capstone to the long career of this most distinguished creator of historical fiction." -- Horn Book

In the late nineteenth century, a young Nez Percâe girl relates how her people were driven off their land by the U.S. Army and forced to ...

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Overview

This powerful account of the tragic defeat of the Nez Perce Indians in 1877 by the United States Army is narrated by Chief Joseph's strong and brave daughter. "The economical and graceful narrative of a memorable story is a fitting capstone to the long career of this most distinguished creator of historical fiction." -- Horn Book

In the late nineteenth century, a young Nez Percâe girl relates how her people were driven off their land by the U.S. Army and forced to retreat north until their eventual surrender.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
At the request of the late Newbery medalist O'Dell ( Island of the Blue Dolphins ), his widow, Hall, collaborated on this story about Sound of Running Feet, the daughter of Chief Joseph of the Ne-mee-po, or Nez Perce Indians. Sound of Running Feet narrates the betrayal of her people, their flight, last battles and final surrender. In typical O'Dell fashion, the novel serves up a generous helping of historical fact and general information about the Ne-mee-po and their way of life. Unfortunately, a formal and reserved tone (``I had loved him for a long time, for as many moons as there were stars'') keep the reader at arm's length from the characters, which in turn does little to amplify or personalize their plight. Readers may find that the novel's choicest parts are those trimmed closest to the factual bone--though topping Chief Joseph's ``Hear me, my chiefs'' speech will prove difficult, this work may encourage youngsters to sample some of its source material. Ages 10-14. (Apr.)
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Gr 5-8-- A poignant story as told by Sound of Running Feet, the daughter of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce people. In her clear, unflinching voice, she tells of the long, tearful, bloody trail that her people were forced to follow from their beloved home in Wallowa Valley, Oregon, to their final confrontation with the American soldiers at the Bear Paw Mountains in Montana. There, in now famous words, `` `. . . From where the sun now stands, I will fight no more forever,' '' Chief Joseph surrenders on behalf of his once proud warriors who are cold, surrounded, and outnumbered. As stated in the foreword written by O'Dell's wife, who finished the book after his death, many of the people, events, and even words used in the story are based on historical record. Other characters and events are fictionalized or composites. Most notable among them is Swan Necklace, who is initially a pacifist but who becomes enraged as he witnesses the oppression and injustice his people suffer at the hands of the soldiers. The story's effectiveness is weakened, however, by the unnecessary and sometimes jarring romance story line between Sound of Running Feet and Swan Necklace. Despite this flaw, this is an admirable final addition to O'Dell's legacy of powerful novels. --Jane Marino, White Plains Public Library, NY
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"The economical and graceful narrative of a memorable story is a fitting capstone to the long career of this most distinguished creator of historical fiction." Horn Book Guide
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780780728370
  • Publisher: Perfection Learning
  • Publication date: 10/28/1993
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 128
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott O’Dell (1898–1989), one of the most respected authors of historical fiction, received the Newbery Medal, three Newbery Honor Medals, and the Hans Christian Andersen Author Medal, the highest international recognition for a body of work by an author of books for young readers. Some of his many books include The Island of the Blue Dolphins, The Road to Damietta, Sing Down the Moon, and The Black Pearl.
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  • Posted January 21, 2009

    Maybe I thought wrong...

    The "Thunder Rolling in the Mountains" By: Scott O'Dell And Elizabeth Hall, was an okay historical fiction book. It was not as bad as I thought it would be. I didn¿t really like at all at first because of the way the cover looked but when my eye balls met the pages of that book they didn¿t come off until I has distracted my something, trust me. I did like it because for some odd reason I like reading about wars. The girl, sounds of running feet tried to get married and goes into war with the English, but many people died. They had described many interesting things in this book that really was an eye catcher. There were emotional parts in this story like when the young 14 yr. old girl's family got kicked of their land because they had too much. All i have to say is that that little girl is so brave. But what really amazed me is when she survived with the children of the Nez Perce and the sister. <BR/> There was a lot of man vs. man conflict in this book, because stuff with the war and the English. This book made me feel very sad at in some of the chapters. The protagonist was the person that I paid more attention to because knew what a protagonist is now so i was waiting for her to change. I would think that since this book relied on independence would say this book would be good for not only teens because the young girl was very brave and can set examples for many children but adults also.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 20, 2007

    Thunder Rolling in the Mountain

    Thunder Rolling in the Mountains is a book about bravery and independence. It is a great story about whites coming west and forcing Native Americans off their land just so they could live in the west. There were a lot of brutal wars, which lead to deaths of a lot of people on both sides. This story is part of the reason why our country is formed and governed in today¿s life. I would recommend this book to everyone that loves a great story especially to people who love adventure stories.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2013

    :-)

    SO GOOD. READ IT SIX TIMES AT LEAST? SOOOOOOOOO GOOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2013

    Awesome

    Really dramatic scenes , great story line , i would say no younger then 8 i loved it though : ) great read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 3, 2013

    My 5th grade, 11 year old son, just had to read this book and do

    My 5th grade, 11 year old son, just had to read this book and do an essay/poster project for class. I read the book in order to help him with the essay part of the project and I have to say that while the book is okay as a story, I strongly feel it is very inappropriate for children.

    I love to read and I own hundreds of books and I must say that this was a bit graphic. I understand teaching children about Native American history and I know all too well that these things really did happen. However, I feel that this book went into too much detail about the killings than I prefer my 11 year to read. I do not even allow him to watch movies or tv shows when there is this type of violence and I also do not allow him to own or play video games with this content either. There is a reason why there are age ratings on things and I definitely plan to discuss this with his school when he returns from Easter break. If I as a 34 year old can read this book and cry half the time, then this should have been brought to the parents' attention before being handed out to the children. Again, the story is good and it definitely kept me focused, but I do not feel it is an appropriate book for children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2012

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    IT WAS AREALLY AMAZING BOOK. I COULD FEEL THE EVENTS AND I FELT LIKE A HEROIC LEADER LIVING THROUGH THEM.IT WAS DELIGHTFULLY WELL WRITTEN. ALTHOUGH I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE BORING, I ACTUALLY WAS QUITE ENTERTAINED

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 19, 2005

    Best story

    This story is very good and i think that it is very happy and sad at the same time

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 5, 2002

    A wonderfull book

    I really enjoyed this book, its very exciting and I love it's context. I think everyone would enjoy it escpailly teenagers. It is rich in history Scott O'Dell never mised a beat

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2001

    This is great for a school english class!

    This is an awesome book. It is about a girl, sound of running feet that tries to marry and goes into war with the blue coats (the english). It shows how she survives with the children of the nez perce and her sister. I would recommend this book to any child.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2000

    Thunder Rolling in the Mountains-An acceptional book!!

    This is a great book by Scott O'Dell and his wife Elizabeth Hall. The title of the book makes sence in that 'Thunder Rolling in the Mountains' is one of the names of Chief Joseph of the Nez Perce Indians. The story line is the troubles that Chief Joseph's daughter and her tribe face in being moved by the government in the late 1800's. I liked this book because it didn't leave out parts that were a bit gruesome, therefore giving it a real quality. It also led you into the next chapter and was very well written. Four stars!!

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