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Thunder from the Sea

4.05  ·  Rating Details ·  1,149 Ratings  ·  98 Reviews
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 midd

Paperback, 240 pages
Published June 1st 2005 by Margaret K. McElderry Books (first published 2004)
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Jun 09, 2009 Ruth rated it it was amazing
i dont really read books that much but when i started to read this book i couldent put it down in the end ive read this book about 3 times its about a orphane who goes to live with some people and the people want to adopt him but he didnt know that and all of a sudden when he goes fishing with a guy they find a dog and tom (the boy) names it thunder right when tom starts to feel part of the family the women gets pregnat and tom starts to wonder if they want him once they have the baby, and to ma ...more
Bernardo Costeira
Mar 25, 2012 Bernardo Costeira rated it it was amazing
Thunder From The Sea is by Joan Harlow. It's copyright is 2004 American Library Association
ISBN: 0689864035
Type of Book: Paperback
Thunder from the Sea had a very interesting cover that caught my eye because the dog in the cover is a Portuguese Water Dog, which is one of my favorite breeds.

Tom Campbell is a 13 year old orphan that has wanted a real family his entire life instead of living in a mission orphanage in St Anthony, Newfoundland that he has called his home his entire life. But, above a
Whitney Gibbs
Feb 28, 2011 Whitney Gibbs rated it really liked it
Thunder from the Sea
By Joann Hiatt Harlow
Setting :
A small fishing village in Canada called Back o' the Moon in the year 1929.
Tom Campbell: Main(human) character of the book. Tom is an orphaned teenage boy whose parents died of an unknown disease when he was young. In the first chapter we find out that he has just been sent to live with a fisherman and his wife.
Enoch: He is fisherman who takes care of Tom. Enoch is very kind despite his rough exterior.
Fiona: She is enoch's wife. Fion
Apr 24, 2010 Steven rated it it was amazing
Thunder from the Sea is an inspiring book about animal instincts and at the end of the book, human kindness. Of course, I really enjoyed this book. It is seriously the perfect blend of realistic fiction and fiction. The fact that Thunder came from the sea is hard to believe, but Tom Campbell, the protagonist, coming from an orphanage to live with people he just meets, go out fishing and come home with a dog they picked up in a storm. That is strange to say the least. That is probably the most fi ...more
Anthony Ovsepyan
Dec 14, 2013 Anthony Ovsepyan rated it really liked it
I chose this book for two reasons. One, i had it for a while and i didn't read it, two,it look interesting to me. The book is about a orphan named Tom Campbell who got adopted and wanted a dog. In the middle of the book, Tom finds a dog in the middle of a storm and takes care of it, the owner comes and lets Tom keep the dog. My favorite quote is "You'r a fine dog Thunder and i wish your were mine, but you'r not, you are really Tom's dog." I love this quote because the owner saw how much Tom car ...more
May 17, 2011 Caleb rated it it was amazing
So far I think that Tom has caused a lot of problems with the Bosworths. Bert stole Thunder, Thunder is a dog that Tom found durring a stormy fishing trip. He named him Thunder because he found him durring a thunder storm. Amos,(Bert's father)wants the dog real bad for some reason. It is like Bert controls his father because Bert wined to get Thunder and then Amos got real mad. I think Bert is spoiled by his dad. I predict that Bert is so spoiled that it will get him in trouble.
Kristine Hansen
Mar 05, 2014 Kristine Hansen rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kids, dogs, adventure, animals
This is the sort of book that makes me think back to Lassie-Come-Home and other dog books from 50 - 100 years ago. A story with just enough adventure, there the dog is a true hero and a true member of the family. Makes me want to go hug my own dog. I was delighted to find this story and will definitely be looking for other dog books by this author.
Sep 13, 2011 Faith rated it really liked it
Tom has always wanted a family and a dog. When they go fishing, they rescue a dog,but there bossy neighbors think the dog should be theirs. Will Tom and the dog,Thunder, become a problem in this family or heroes?

Reasons I like this book-

Reason 1- There is a dog in this story.

Reason 2- The book is historical fiction.

Reason 3- The story is about putting a family together.
Aileen Stewart
May 25, 2010 Aileen Stewart rated it really liked it
Set in the early nineteen hundreds Newfoundland, Thunder From the Sea, is a moving story of an orphan, a dog, and a loving couple who against all odds become a complete and happy family. Some of the jargon was a bit foreign but pretty easy to figure out. All in all a great read with a happy ending!
Dec 07, 2016 Kendall rated it really liked it
Joan Hiatt Harlow wrote an incredible story called Thunder from the Sea. In the book Tom, the main character, finds a heroic and loyal dog who saves his family from many disasters. Tom is adopted by two people living on a small island in Newfoundland, when they’re out fishing, they find a dog and give it a home at the moment. Thunder takes Tom and his new family on a great adventure.

Thunder from the Sea is exceptional in many ways. Many people will like the fact that there is not just one exciti
Sherry Needham
We read this book before our trip to Newfoundland. It was a fun book and my kids loved it.
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Cassie Parker
Aug 26, 2014 Cassie Parker rated it it was amazing
I'm eighteen, and I still pick up this book every now and then to read. It's one of those stories that captures The love of a family, even if they aren't family because of blood. And, it captures The perks of friendship. And, best of all, it captures The bond between a boy and his dog (bonds between people and animals are my favorite.). We see a boy become part of a family who fights for one another when need be. And we see a boy grow and mature as he figures out what really matters, and figures ...more
Jun 26, 2013 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Thunder from the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow is a touching historical fiction book about a boy, a dog, and a family who will capture your heart. Tom is a character that I could really connect with, and I feel as if I know him. I felt sad for him that he was an orphan, and I worried about what would become of both he and Thunder. This is an excellent book for people of all ages, and I think kids in fourth through eighth grade will especially relate to Tom and Thunder. The book gave me a peek at what ...more
Orphan Tom Campbell wishes for two things: a family to belong to and a dog to call his own. He finds the first in Enoch and Fiona Murray who adopt him from Grenfall Mission to Back O' the Moon. In 1929, the way of life is simple and Enoch fishes off the Newfoundland coast to earn a living. As Enoch and Tom begin to fish the waters together, they find a dog struggling to stay afloat in the waters. There is no boat and sight and Tom cannot believe it...a dog to call his own. But, Enoch says they m ...more
Abby Johnson
Aug 16, 2007 Abby Johnson rated it liked it
Tom, an orphan in Newfoundland, is taken in by the Murray family who live on a small island. One day while out on a fishing trip, Tom spots a dog swimming in the sea during a storm. He insists on saving the dog and then calls him Thunder. Thunder saves the Murray family from several catastrophes and Tom loves the dog like no other. In the back of Tom's mind, though, is always the knowledge that Thunder doesn't truly belong to him. What will he do if Thunder's real owner comes back?

I found the st
Oct 25, 2011 Brandy rated it really liked it
This book is about a boy named Tom and how hes going trought some tuff times when he goes out fishing one day he sees a dog swimming in the water and the dogs lost so Tom keeps him and takes care of him and he is looking for his owner but he can't find the owner so one day Tom and some other boys are down by the docks when Thunder goes cazy braking and then they they feel the ground shaking and after the earth quack Thunder starts going crazy again and the boys see this hug tital wave coming so ...more
Aug 03, 2014 Shirley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Thunder From the Sea was a thoroughly enjoyable read about a Newfoundland dog. Though it is historical fiction, it is based on some actual events that took place in New Foundland in the 1920s. The book is geared toward a 5th.-8th. grade audience, but I was captivated by the story as an adult. Thunder, the giant of a dog in the story, applies the special abilities inherent in man's best friend to protect the people in his family and others on his island. If only we would listen to the warnings pr ...more
Laramie Davitian
Jan 23, 2012 Laramie Davitian rated it really liked it
Well, my aunt actually reccomended this to me, so I started reading it. The plot of this story is that there's a young boy with no family, but he really wishes he could have a dog. Then, he has to go work on a ship and he finds a dog there, that he names Thunder. My favorite quote in the whole story would be "The rain only falls in places that need it, not the ones that crave it." This authors unique choice of words really inspired me to get a dog because it shows that it really brings a family ...more
Susan  Person
Nov 05, 2014 Susan Person rated it liked it
Orphaned Tom is adopted by a childless couple living on a remote island off the coast of Newfoundland. When he finds a puppy struggling in the water and rescues him, the two become best friends. But what if the original owner comes forward? Tom can't bear the thought of giving up his Thunder... This is a great old-fashioned story with adventure and peril too. Many of the details are based on real life incidents and history, so it might motivate kids to do more research too. Not sure it's a good ...more
May 20, 2008 Julie rated it it was ok
I was very excited to find a book that features a Newfoundland dog as we just got a Newfoundland puppy. The author weaves folk lore and stories from various parts of the world (plenty from Newfoundland) to create an old-fashioned feel to the book. Although this was well done, I think that this book would not appeal to middle school students unless they were unique souls who enjoyed a slower moving, old-fashioned story. It was not tremendously well written and the characters were not very well de ...more
Emily Ann
Apr 12, 2016 Emily Ann rated it liked it
Shelves: april-tbr
I feel that this book was extremely childish and quite boring. Every single chapter something was wrong or something terrible was happening either to Thunder or Tom. Because of that I stopped caring about the characters in general, if something were to happen like Tom got into a fight I simply would shrug and move on with my life. I expected more from Harlow. Maybe I would've liked it better if I were a little younger.... But not now for sure!
Tabitha Marian
Jul 29, 2015 Tabitha Marian rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, christian, animals
I now have the paperback edition of this book...I have read this book recently. I LOVE the book and the meaning of this book. If I could give this a one hundred star rating, I would! A pawfect book about dogs! I very highly recommend this to children, teenagers, and adults alike. So, if you are looking for a book you'll love and treasure, or if you want a book about dogs, then you are sure to love 'Thunder From The Sea'!
May 17, 2014 Janet rated it it was amazing
This is a great little book. Kind of like a Jack Russell terrier, a big dog in a little dogs body. This is a big book in betwixt a little books covers.
It is thoroughly enjoyable. It seems like more of a young person's book and I am certainly not a young person, but I think the adults need to read this one, to regain the innocence and excitement and openness of a child.
Like in Ruth's review below, I will be reading this again… At least once…
Feb 21, 2011 Amanda rated it liked it
This was a cute story about an orphan named Tom and a dog that he rescues and names Thunder. Throughout the book, Tom is trying to find his place in his new family. He doesn't know how to react to things and is constantly worrying about being abandoned. Thunder is the one who brings everyone together. This book was good, but not one of the best.
Lisa Shimp-friesen
Jul 05, 2013 Lisa Shimp-friesen rated it it was amazing
Probably one of my favorite books to read aloud. I always read it with an accent...something between an Irish accent and a Shrek accent! Ha Ha Ha!
This book is filled with adventure and suspense. Every chapter is a cliff hanger that will make the kids scream, "No! Don't stop reading!!" Can't ask for any better!
Apr 13, 2012 Dani rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts: This book is an easy read and it was entertaining, I read this book in 6th grade and also again in the summer of going to 10th grade, still a good book. The story is cute, i was happy how the couple treated the child and how they didn't treat him like a servant. Yeah, it's probably a children's book but still good. It had a sweetness to it:)
Dec 31, 2014 Emilie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: owned
This book was my childhood. Literally. My mom and I would sit down and read it so many times we both lost count. I loved Tom and Thunder and their adventures together made it beautiful. I loved the writing style, and thought "jannie talk" made a cute edition to the plot. It truly shows how dogs are a man's (or in this case, a boy's) best friend
Jun 20, 2008 Tasia rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who is looking for a good book.
This book was about a boy named tom, who was an orphan and always wanted a family with a dog. Then was adopted by Fiona and her husband Enoch. They had no kids and no pets. One day when Enoch, Tom, Bert and his dad went out to go fishing Tom found a black object in the sea so they heaved it out and it was a dog! This dog then saves them from many disasters that could have killed the city!
Oct 02, 2007 Leisl rated it liked it
Shelves: 2007_reads
This was a very old fashioned style book, but I was surprised and really liked it. It all ended very happily, which I do enjoy. The main character wasn't very angsty, which was nice, though he did have worries that his adoptive family might give him up when they finally have a biological family.
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