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A Thunderous Whisper

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Ani believes she is just an insignificant whisper of a 12-year-old girl in a loud world. This is what her mother tells her anyway. Her father made her feel important, but he's been off fighting in Spain's Civil War, and his voice in her head is fading. Then she meets Mathias. His family has just moved to Guernica and he's as far from a whisper as a 14-year-old boy can be. ...more
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Published October 9th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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jo mo
Jul 31, 2012 jo mo marked it as dropped  ·  review of another edition
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look at that. isn't that ..?

yes, it is:

it's pan's labyrinth's ofelia played by ivana baquero with a nose job on the book cover!
Reviewed on blog - 10/22/12
Gonzalez does a great job of describing her setting. Guernica comes to life, especially the area around Ani's favorite tree, the schoolyard, and the beautiful old theater. Ani's character is also carefully written. She slowly comes out of her shell as she learns about herself. She is not suddenly brave and different but events reveal her inner self and we are taken along with her. Mathias, on the other hand, is more of a sketch of a boy with everything spelled out. We
Susan P
Historical fiction during a unique time period and setting: Spain during their civil war in the 1930s. A Basque girl and a half Basque/half German boy meet and become friends. Then their small town of Guernica is bombed and both suffer terrible losses. Can they help each other to survive and move on? Based on experiences of the author's relatives. This is one that could easily inspire additional research. It starts off a bit slow, but keep going!
Evan Pelerine
a bbook about a gril during the holicast this book dos a nice job shoing teh other side of ww2 my farvet part of the book was wen ani the gril in the book bmets he soon to be best frend maithis.
I personally liked this book because I think that it was interesting to read about someone that survived in a war during that time. This book for some reason made me feel like reading more and more. I think that if anyone read this book they will want to keep on reading it. The writing in this story id beautiful. One thing that I noticed is that when you get to the middle of the story it will make want to read more. I would recommend this book to a classmate because if I enjoyed reading it I thi ...more
Ani is the Sardine Girl, invisible to her peers and enduring the harsh reality of being a poor sardine vendor's daughter in Guernica while her father is off fighting in Spain's Civil War. She meets Mathias, who is her polar opposite--outgoing and fearless despite his hobbled leg. The 2 become spies for the rebel forces, using Ani's sardine customers to pass information. The city is bombed to obliteration by Nazis in April of 1937, and Ani's world is shattered not only through the death of her mo ...more
Anna (Yoda Is My Spirit Animal)
Ani lives in the small town of Guernica, with her Mother and Father. She goes out every day to sell sardines with her Mother, who makes a living at it. Ani is teased and ridiculed by her classmates, has no friends and desperately misses her Father who is fighting in the Spanish Civil War that is raging around her. Also going on at this time is WWII, so Ani and her neighbors also gave to worry about being bombed by the Nazis. When Mathias moves to town with his parents who take over management of ...more
Ms. Yingling
Ani has trouble fitting in at school in her town of Guernica in 1937 because she is the daughter of the local sardine seller and always smells of fish. Her mother is demanding and unpleasant, but hardworking. Her father is off serving as a cook on the front lines during the Spanish civil war, so the two have to work even harder just to survive. When Ani meets Mathias, whose family has moved from Berlin because his mother is Jewish, she finds it hard to believe that he really wants to be her frie ...more
Ani lives a life of isolation in Guernica, Spain, 1937. Other students know her as Sardine Girl, since she helps her mother sell sardines to make a living after school. This doesn't win her popularity points. One day, she meets Mathias, a German-Jewish boy who has recently moved to the city with his Basque father and German mother. When the two inadvertently discover a spy ring, they begin to carry secret messages with sardine deliveries. War is brewing in Guernica, and Ani soon discovers that s ...more
Cover Blurb: Yes or No? Despite the character impersonator, I do like the cover. It's simple and not all that exciting, but it indicates a possible historical fiction, and the map indicated - to me, at least - a possible WWII novel.

Characters: Ani wasn't bad. At first, I didn't especially like her, because she was too quick to take offense to even the most gentle teasing, which gave her a bad temper and something akin to The Attitude. She doesn't exactly improve as the story progresses, and she
Mary Louise Sanchez
When the author saw Picasso's famous painting, Guernica, she wanted to learn more about this sad period in Basque history in the 1930s,and about her own Basque heritage. The protagonist Ani believes she is insignificant,and is reminded about this when she's teased by her classmates, who call her the Sardine Girl, and by her own mother who is preoccupied trying to earn a living while her husband, Ani's father, is away fighting in the Spanish Civil War.
Ani meets a new boy, Mathias, who she learns
Ani is twelve, and the world around her is falling. Though she believes she is safe in her small village, she is very lonely for her father, who has gone off to war. She has no friends and her mother is a hard working woman with little time to mother Ani. Then Mathias comes along and they form a strong friendship, an important bond, which is needed during these war times. Because war comes for them and their lives are changed forever.

Thank you, Christina Diaz Gonzalez. The last few books I've re
Ani hates being "Sardine Girl." Her mother says she is just a whisper in a loud world, but Ani isn't satisfied with that. She wants to make a difference. And one day, she meets a boy name Mathaias who'll help.

The two work together to help in the fight against the Germans by delivering messages. That is, until the Germans bomb their town and Ani's mom and Mathias's parents are killed. Now all Mathias wants is to get back at the Germans, and Ani isn't sure that's the kind of "difference" she'd lik
Historical Fiction
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Ani lives in Guernica. She's a girl who's pretty much invisible to everyone, except her father. But her father went off to fight in Spain's Civil War. Then she meets Mathias, who recently moved to Guernica. Mathias is nowhere near invisible, and soon Ani finds out that his father is part of a spy network. Ani and Mathias find themselves delivering messages to other members of the resistance. Everything seems just fine, until the bombing. Nazi airplanes bomb the sleepy li
(This review is also posted on B's Book Blog!)

No matter how loud the world gets, sometimes a single voice can be heard.

I was first interested in this book because it's about World War II, and because someone said it is like The Book Thief, which is my number 3 most favorite book of all time. And when someone makes a comparison like this, I couldn't help but feel the need to check this book out, as it could be the next best thing that would happen to me for all I knew.

But it wasn't. It's not
Ms. Ramsborg
Book Title: A Thunderous Whisper

Lexile: 660
I liked this book because it is historical fiction, which I enjoy, and I learned about the Spanish Civil War and Basque culture. Before reading this book, I didn’t know anything about the Spanish Civil War and the book discusses that the Basque people joined the Spanish Civil War to protect their cultural traditions. The main character is the daughter of a woman who sells sardines (a sardinera) named Ani, but her classmates call her Sardine Girl because
I need to give a standing ovation to Christina Diaz Gonzalez. She managed to deliver a story in such a way that I thought impossible.
"A Thunderous Whisper" is a story about war. From previous books about wars I read before like the Book Thief or Code Name Verity, even though a story depicting war was deep, it's always heart wrenching. Finishing the books, I've always felt drained and slightly depressed. Because of that, I can't think how to make a story about war that is deep without it ended up
Actual rating: 2.5 stars. This is an interesting story because it sheds light on a cultural event that, unless you're up on your Spanish history, you probably don't know anything about. However, the pace is very slow for the first half of the book and I was very disappointed in the epilogue. (view spoiler) ...more
Camille Lopez
should have been good...
i did not find it quite engaging at first but as the story goes, the action kept me rooted on the book..(great writing style actually)
however, i found that the epilogue did not sum up the story good..i mean 40 YEARS LATER!! so what is her age now 52??...had she married?
what happened then after she went to london?
still i understand that the story might have been focused on the war time and all..but still..
While this is a young adult quick read, I found it interesting because of the Spanish Civil War. I didn't know anything about that part of history. My brother served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Spain many years ago. He wrote a song about the bombs that fell in Guernica, Spain. Innocent people killed. It was interesting to read and I would like to learn more on this subject.
Cindy Rodriguez
Often, I'll read historical fiction with some knowledge of the era or event, but in this case, I didn't know anything about the bombing of Guernica during the Spanish Civil War and what happened to the thousands of orphaned children after the attack. How wonderful to have learned some history while reading about Ani and Mathias, two easily likable characters who are loners for different reasons. Mathias's family often moves, and Ani is teased for being the sardine seller's daughter. They become ...more
Kathy Wawer
Set in Guernica during the Spanish Civil War (1937). I felt the dialogue was forced, the friendship wasn't believable, neither was the plot. Maybe for 6th graders.
The only reason I would recommend this book is because of the rarely used historical setting.
Joe Holman
This is a superb YA historical fiction. It brings great insight into one of the unspeakable horrors of a civil war that was a prelude to WWII. And this insight comes through the eyes of a young girl who narrates the story.
YA middle school. average, not very complex. This story deserves the complexity of the 'Guernica', Picasso's painting. I did enjoy reading about the Basque culture. May be a little deeper next time though.
Kim Straub
This is a good WWII read for middle school students. I liked the epilogue, but would have liked to find out what happened after she arrived in London and what happened to her friends.
Writing is very good...keeps you turning pages. It's a part of the WWII story (actually pre-WWII) that isn't well known. Very real without being too real.
Averee Peterson
This is one of the best historical fiction books I've ever read. At times, it felt like I was right next to Ani and Mathias in Spain. Christina Diaz Gonzalez writes with beautiful detail, that it creates perfect imagery. I loved how she added words from Spanish and Basque languages; it made me feel more connected to what I was reading. There were parts with action and adventure, but also mystery, friendship, and love. I could relate to Ani at times in the book, because sometimes I don't have a l ...more
Jane Nelson
This was a great book! It is a must read historical fiction! I especially loved how the author described Ani's surroundings in great detail. It is fast paced and a real page turner. I would recommend this book to you if you would like to learn a little, laugh a little and maybe even cry a little. It is a very mixed emotions book with lots of different world events. Also, you even learn a little more about what it's like to live during World War II, and even getting bombed and the aftermath. As A ...more
Allison Walsh
Amazing book. Can't believe I put off reading it for so long. A must read!
Linda Trionfo
Interesting book about the time, I had no idea, like many readers that this went on in Spain during WW2. IT was slow at times but inspiring in the end when Ani found her voice and who she was. Her mother grew on me, and you saw a small glimpse of her real feelings. I found the climax to be thought provoking and emotional. I appreciated that it is a Juvenal fiction and as such was not too wordy describing the scene around you, but clearly explained what had happened. I hope to have my daughter re ...more
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Christina grew up in a small Southern town in the Florida panhandle, but she's always been in touch with her Cuban heritage. She loves having breakfast with pan cubano and Southern style grits-- the best of both worlds!

Her debut novel, The Red Umbrella (Random House/Knopf), is now available in paperback in bookstores everywhere. Her second novel, A Thunderous Whisper, is to be released October 20
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