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The Voice of Thunder

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  57 ratings  ·  17 reviews
West Jerusalem, early June 1967. Ten-year-old Mira Levi and her best friend Gili Moser share an awful secret. They have discovered a new radio station called The Voice of Thunder. Broadcasting from Cairo in accented Hebrew, it threatens the obliteration of Israel: "We will throw you and your whole country into the sea. We will march in your streets and into your homes." On ...more
Paperback, 118 pages
Published August 14th 2012 by WiDo Publishing (first published May 7th 2012)
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Jun 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the less-known episodes of the 1967 War between Israel and its Arab neighbour -countries is the way the Israeli population felt before the victory was announced. Mirka G. Breen’s The Voice of Thunder fills the gap by telling this story, from a ten-year old girl’s perspective. What does a war look like when you’re a little girl going to school and your father is away at the front? How do you feel when the adults, supposed to protect you are themselves panicked? What did the word “war” mean ...more
Ruth Schiffmann
Jun 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Reading The Voice of Thunder by Mirka M.G. Breen made me realize that I don't read enough middle grade fiction. I read this in one sitting, because once I got started, I couldn’t put it down. The author has taken these big issues: war, prejudice, intolerance, and filters them through the eyes of two ten- year-old Jewish girls living in Israel in 1967. Mira and Gili are richly drawn characters: neighbors in the same apartment complex and best friends. They have crushes, secrets, dreams, and they ...more
Sherry Ellis
Jun 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The year is 1967. The place is Israel. Miri Levi is a young Jewish girl about to experience the horrors of the Six Days War between the Arabs and Israelis. Mira and her friend Gilli, two fifth graders, discover an Arab radio station called The Voice of Thunder. It spews hatred and threats to Jewish listeners. As Mira and Gilli listen, their fears escalate. The whole thing reaches a climax on June 5th, when the bombings begin.

Author Mirka M. G. Breen used her own childhood experiences to create a
Jun 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It's the kind of story I would have pondered and re-read when I was a girl, then looked for anything else by this author. The two main characters, Gili and Mira, are very real, you feel like you know them and want to follow their lives past the time of the book. I gained a new understanding of the Six Day War, one of those events I remember hearing about but at the time seemed so far away. The Voice of Thunder brings you right down into the middle of it, as seen from Mira's po ...more
Katie Carroll
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I love when a story transports me to a place I've never been, and I've certainly never been to Jerusalem in 1967 during the Six Day War. Author Mirka Breen paints this world from the perspective of ten-year-old Mira, who is wise for her age. Mira proves a wonderful character to share the fear, the hope, the danger, the confusion of war. This fearless story poses important and hard questions of life, not only for a young Jew, but for all people. ...more
May 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Exciting and intriguing look into life during Isreal's Six Day War. The story follows 5 th grader, Mira and her best friend as they experience the pain and uncertainty of a life among enemies. The Voice of Thunder radiates fear for Mira, a Jew, living in Israel after WWII. Mirka Breen deftly captures the little girl's spirit as she bravely faces hard questions about her world. ...more
Evelyn B.
May 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The Voice of Thunder is intriguing historical fiction set in Jerusalem in 1967. Ten-year-old friends, Mira and Gili, draw the reader into their fears and struggles and hopes as war threatens and then breaks out. While skillfully addressing tough issues, Mirka Breen creates characters we care about and remember long after the book is closed.

I highly recommend this book.
Diane Kress Hower
Nov 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing book. I will be reviewing this on November 16th on my blog Mirka M. G. Breen's middle grade voice in this novel is award winning caliber. ...more
Charity Bradford
Jun 18, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
I don't read a lot of middle grade fiction, but I enjoyed this one.
Beware, contains spoilers.

Here's what I liked:
The descriptions.
I loved what Mira named her journal.
How the characters were able to look outward and consider the children on the other side of the war.
The emotions the characters went through.
I thought the idea of the old oak getting knocked down but then being replaced by the Western Wall was a beautiful image.
I think several things touched me specifically because I just finished
Medeia Sharif
Sep 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Mira lives in a time of fear. She has to take shelter because of the bombing above ground. It’s Israel in the 1960’s, a time of war. She’s afraid for her father, who’s a soldier. Another thing to add to the alarm is an Arabic radio show called “The Voice of Thunder,” in which the Egyptian announcer promises obliteration of the Jewish state.

This book seemed so authentic. I love middle grade that puts me in another time and place. Mira, her friends, and family are wonderful characters. Even thoug
Sep 24, 2013 rated it liked it
I love reading stories about other cultures in different times and far off places. I am especially drawn to the Jewish culture and their struggles through the holocaust. I don't know why, I'm just fascinated, in a horrified way, by that part of history. This book is about two girls in Jerusalem during the Six Day War. While interesting, the writing was just ok for me. I have not had the opportunity to read about that particular event before so I did learn something new, which is always good. I h ...more
Dec 13, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013, ya
Remember the 6 day war very well as my son was born at the end if it and I wrote in his baby book that now there would be peace in that part of the world. Not yet anyway!!!
Interesting insight into a world that was very different than my own. Am always amazed by how much I can learn from middle school fiction.
Mar 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy historical fiction and found The Voice of Thunder to be thoughtful and engaging. Mira is a lovely well drawn character and I could easily feel and see the tension and confusion of the Six Day War through her young eyes. I appreciated the realistic details throughout that brought this not as widely known story of Jerusalem alive for me from one captivating page to the next. Recommended!
Mar 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the book very much however the font needs definite work. It is microscopic unless set to the two biggest settings. The story itself is interesting and gives insight into an interesting period of time. There are good lessons to be learned.
Jennifer S.
Jul 02, 2012 rated it liked it
The Voice of Thunder offers a peek into the West Jerusalem of 1967. Seeing it from the point of view of the adventurous Mira and Gili presents the facts in a safe, and sometimes humorous, manner.
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