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Early Thunder

3.48  ·  Rating Details ·  81 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
n pre-revolutionary Salem, fourteen-year-old Daniel begins to re-examine his loyalty to the King as the conflict between Tories and patriots increasingly divides the townspeople.
Paperback, 256 pages
Published October 1st 1987 by Puffin Books (first published 1967)
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Ann Moody
Jan 11, 2015 Ann Moody rated it it was ok
This book was assigned to my 8 year old 3rd grader, who is in an advanced class, but still, this is a long, challenging, and plodding read.

It is obvious that the point is to lecture young readers on the socio-political atmosphere among colonists just prior to the revolution, in the guise of a young adult novel. To achieve this, we get to hear a lot of long ramblings about what our hero Daniel is thinking, and a lot of conversations between concerned citizens, both teen-aged and adult. Even when
Feb 06, 2012 Emily rated it liked it
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
There is no easy choice when the "good guys" are rabble-rousers, arsonists, and worse! Lots to think about in this revolutionary story.
Brook Maturo
Read this with Sam - excellent for its teenage boy protagonist with real struggles and moral dilemmas who makes a brave choice in the end.
Feb 19, 2015 Shea rated it it was ok
slow-paced and I found myself skipping parts and being lost. Not one I recommend. Though it had it's moments
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