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A Thunderous Whisper

3.98  ·  Rating Details ·  409 Ratings  ·  85 Reviews
"In the midst of the Spanish Civil War, 12-year-old ani unexpectedly gets drawn into a network of underground rebels working to thwart Franco's efforts to destroy the Basque people's way of life. . . . Exciting." -- SLJ

Ani believes she is just an insignificant whisper of a girl in a loud world. This is what her mother tells her anyway. Her father made her feel important, b
ebook, 320 pages
Published October 9th 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Fernanda Escobar
It was amazing. How a friendship that strong survived. I hope Ani and Mathias see each other again. And I only read the book in a day
Nov 04, 2015 Kody rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Personal response: This book from the start intrigued me. It kept a firm hold on that throughout the entirety of the book. The relationship between Ani and Mathias captured my interest right from the beginning as it seemed as if there was more to it than just friends at the start. Ani’s school mates attitude towards her surprised me as the only things they ever said to her were teasing or otherwise hurtful. I wasn’t surprised that when Mathias invited Ani to watch a movie that he had an ulterior
Apr 25, 2012 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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  Dunn
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!
Jul 31, 2012 jesse 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!
Jan 01, 2015 Kalindee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A very powerful and interesting book, I found myself clinging to every word until the very end!

Also, the end left me a bit unsatisfied, but I can't help but feel that's the way it's supposed to be...? Mixed feelings??
Jan 06, 2015 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that I just finished reading was called A Thunderous Whisper. The book is 309 pages long, nonfiction, and its wrote by Christina Diaz Gonzalez. This book is about a girl named Ani and her friends Mathias. Ani has lived in Guernica her whole life, but Mathias just moved there. Ani and her mother are the Sardinia's of town, and that is what Ani is known for. It's just Ani and her mother at home because her father is working in the kitchen at the war. Mathias's parents own the town's movi ...more
Evan Pelerine
Apr 26, 2013 Evan Pelerine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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
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
Feb 23, 2017 Laurie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A must-read for both adults and youth! In this book you're seeing another side of WWII, one that I have never seen written about in the past.

Read it!! ... and learn that there's always more to learn about this terrible tragedy in our world!!
Fazil Abbas
I recently read a book called A Thunderous Whisper .It was a good book,but it had a little room for improvement. I think the author was repetitive he used the same sentence structure. A Thunderous Whisper is about a girl named Ani she lives in Guernica during World War 2 her father is fighting in the Spanish civil war. Ani wants to make a difference in the world she gets no chances until , a boy named Mathias moves to Guernica his father is part of a spy network. Ani and Mathias help deliver mes ...more
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
(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 n
Apr 09, 2015 Hannah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1000000000000 STARS!!!!!!

Christina Diaz Gonzalez amazes me once again. After reading and loving The Red Umbrella, I was ecstatic about picking up her other historical fiction novel, A Thunderous Whisper.

It was better than The Red Umbrella.


I smiled my way through the first half of the book, sobbed my way through the second half, and I think getting stabbed through the heart would have been less painful than the epilogue. BUT I ENJOYED EVERY HEARTBREAKING MOMENT.

I loved our prota
Apr 17, 2013 Lahari rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Historical Fiction
309 pgs

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
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
Ms. Yingling
Oct 12, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
Feb 01, 2013 Amanda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2016 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book wasn't like any other. I've not read many Nazi related books, although the topic interests me. Ani one of the protagonists has created a voice for the character herself as I read the book. And of course having created a voice you know this book is first person view. And I personally LOVE first person view in a book. It creates a view for what and how the character goes about in her story, and it's amazing what it can do. This book created many scenes in my mind and that's what caught m ...more
Dec 29, 2013 Jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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
Jara G.
Sep 02, 2016 Jara G. rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is really good! There were few times where I got a little confused and couldn't follow it,but most of the time it was very interesting. I frequently found myself wondering what was going to happen next! I don't speak any Spanish and had to keep flipping to the glossary to find out what certain words mean which was a little difficult. But I highly recommend this book to someone who speaks Spanish! However, it is also pretty easy for anyone regardless of what language you speak because o ...more
Kelley Rose
Wow. I was overwhelmed with this powerful story set in Guuerniica during the time when the Germans were beginning to attack parts of Spain. Mrs. Gonzalez beautifully wove a story intertwining pieces of her personal family's history with the fictional characters she created of the Basque people. I was captivated from the first page to the end and could barely put the book down. I love a book where I have to do research to learn some pieces of history that I never knew of, and this book was just t ...more
Melina Castillo
Oct 24, 2015 Melina Castillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"A Thunderous Whisper" is a heart warming story about a young girl who discovers that she is not insignificant. Everything in this book is very well described. I love how Gonzales adds bits of Spanish and Basque language here and there to help the story feel real. I wish I could have known a little more about some of the characters, but an event in the story did not further allow it. With the vivid details in this book, I was really able to make a map in mind of where everything was which helped ...more
a fairly accurate, if lightly treated, historical YA novel set in guernica. you know what's going to happen already right? right, franco's nazi buddies carpet bomb the small town to ash. the book center's around ani who is trying to live and grow during spanish civil war, she meets a boy, her dad is away at the front, her mom gets bombed, and the kids work on the republican/basque independence side. so affecting but facile with some of the complexity and facts glossed. won some awards. needs map ...more
Sep 09, 2015 Avery rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ani is just a small whisper of a girl in a loud world. At least that is what her mother has told her for years. While World War II is raging the only person who made her feel special is her father but he is off fighting in Spain's civil war. Until Mathias comes to town. He seems far from a whisper of a boy. She thinks he is more like lightning, until she finds herself helping him deliver secret messages across the country. Finally she thinks she means something. Until her world comes crashing do ...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!

She is the author of the award-winning novels, The Red Umbrella, A Thunderous Whisper, and the action-adventure duology, MOVING TARGET RETURN FIRE (Scholastic).

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