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The Shape of Thunder

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  3,183 ratings  ·  640 reviews
Cora hasn’t spoken to her best friend, Quinn, in a year.

Despite living next door to each other, they exist in separate worlds of grief. Cora is still grappling with the death of her beloved sister in a school shooting, and Quinn is carrying the guilt of what her brother did.

On the day of Cora’s twelfth birthday, Quinn leaves a box on her doorstep with a note. She has decid
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published May 11th 2021 by Balzer + Bray
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Reading_ Tamishly
May 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
What a book 😭

"I can't decide if it's worse when people totally forget about that part of my identity or when people make assumptions about it. Both of them feel like losing."

This book was difficult for me to read as it deals mainly with loss of family members and grief. The story involves two neighbours both which lost a young life because of an unfortunate gun incident and they are grieving for their loss. What follows is how they are struggling to go through a normal day everyday.

The story is
Noura Khalid (theperksofbeingnoura)
Thank you to Balzer + Bray for the gifted review copy in exchange for an honest review!

Jasmine Warga has a way of making you constantly emotional. After reading Other Words For Home I just knew I was going to want to read this and I'm so glad that I did.

I can't explain how amazing this book is. We start off with two points of view, Cora and Quinn. These girls entered my heart immediately. Jasmine Warga has a way of writing her main characters that just leaves you attached days after closing the
Claude's Bookzone (semi hiatus)
CW: Death of loved one, gun violence (off page and not described), racism (reference only - no details given - we just understand it is the motivation behind the attack)

Well that was a beautifully written middle-school story of dealing with loss and guilt in the aftermath of a school shooting.

Cora and Quinn are both characters that Readers can empathise with. Their fragility and pain pour off the pages and I just wanted to hug them both. Ultimately this is about hope and healing and the differen
Belles Middle Grade Library
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thank you so much to Harper Collins for sending me this for review! I haven’t read Other Words for Home yet, but after loving this so much I’m really looking forward to it.

I normally stay away from books w/hard subject matters such as this(school shooting), but the synopsis was something entirely different to me, a way I hadn’t see anyone else do it before. The chapters alternate b/n our 2 MC-Cora & Quinn. They used to be best friends until almost a year before when Quinn’s brother Parker kille
Cora and Quinn were once best friends. A tragic event almost a year ago on November 11 caused a fracture between the two families. Although they live next door to each other, they might as well be on opposite sides of the country. The actual event remains shrouded in a cloud of euphemisms and grief. With the anniversary looming, Quinn is determined to turn back the clock. She enlists Cora in a project to find a wormhole and travel back in time and keep the tragedy from occurring. The name of the ...more
Apr 27, 2022 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade, 3-star
"There should be a word for when you miss a person in the future. Not just missing memories of them, but missing memories you never got to have with them."
Erin Entrada Kelly
Aug 08, 2022 rated it it was amazing
This was an incredible book. I loved it.
Feb 27, 2022 rated it liked it
Rebecca Stead providing the blurb for the front cover is your first clue that The Shape of Thunder isn't just another middle-grade novel about personal loss. Weaving together themes of science, science fiction, and culture clash, Newbery Honoree Jasmine Warga delivers a story as unsettling as it is quiet, as deeply probing as it is confident in the moral tenets it espouses. It has been less than a year since Cora Hamed's older sister Mabel died, victim of a religious/racial hate crime. Losing he ...more
akacya ❦
content warnings: gun violence/school shooting & death of a loved one (both prior to story), grief

cora and quinn used to be best friends. but ten months ago, quinn’s brother brought a gun to school and now cora’s sister is dead. now, both are separately grieving their siblings in different ways. quinn is sure she found the key to getting everything back to normal, though, and convinces cora to help her figure out time travel.

i don’t think a middle grade book has ever made me this sad. of course
Mimi (mimiisreading)
[8 June, 2020]
I practically inhaled all of her books last year.
I'm ready to sell my soul to get this book right now!
B | crumbledpages
Aug 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s Cora’s 12th birthday and she hasn’t spoken to her best friend Quin in a year despite living next door to each other. Quin has left a box for Cora with a note saying she will fix everything. Cora has lost her sister and Quin has lost her brother. Quin has decided that she will fix things by going back in time and stopping her brother from doing something that changed all their lives forever.

In spite of herself, Cora agrees to this because she is desperate to have her sister back. Together Co
Lorie Barber
Jan 28, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It’s almost a year into the pandemic.
Almost a year since I’ve hugged great friends.
Almost a year since my students and I have communed together.

Then this book comes along. I’ve been anticipating it for a very long time. One of the last times I was together in community with my students was with Jasmine Warga, who had taken time out of her day to visit with my kids as we read Other Words for Home together. And she shared just a bit about The Shape of Thunder, including the title (as long as we p
Apr 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I honestly don't know what else I can say about this story that hasn't already been said. Powerful, heart-wrenching, hopeful, this story is told from the perspective of two girls who lost siblings in a school shooting. Cora's sister, Mabel, was shot and killed by Quinn's brother, Parker. Both families are reeling with loss, while Cora and Quinn are also dealing with the estrangement of their friendship. When Quinn comes up with an idea to try and create a wormhole to time travel and prevent ...more
Ms. B
Feb 13, 2022 rated it liked it
Story about two middle schoolers, Cora and Quinn whose lives changed because of a school shooting. (view spoiler) After the school shooting, the two girls drift from each other, Can they rekindle their friendship by reuniting to find a wormhole that will allow them to travel back in time to fix the wrongs of the past?
Ann Braden
Feb 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I just finished THE SHAPE OF THUNDER. I barely have words. It's like the characters Cora and Quinn set up shop in my heart & I'm not ready for them to leave. This is a book you need to hug. A beautiful, wide bowl of love ready to hold anyone struggling under the weight of grief.

And yes, I know that these characters will never actually leave my heart, but it's like all I now have are memories of them, and thinking about how we remember people just makes me love this book all over again.
Dinah Moore
Mar 28, 2022 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade
Eureka ! Jasmine Warga has done it again.
Ris Sasaki
May 14, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: asian-books
4.5 ⭐

Huge trigger warning for gun violence.

Can Jasmine Warga do wrong? I truly dont believe so.
The way that she structures and delivers her stories and characters are so touching and realistic that there's no way that you're not going to feel something for them.

I love it so so much that I barely have words to describe it.

This book is important not only to younger audiences but also to us grown up adults, so, as the author said, we can FINALLY wake up and start to make changes in this fucked
May 30, 2021 rated it really liked it
The shape of Thunder deals with best friends having to deal with a tragedy of a school shooting that affects both their lives. It deals with two families trying to move on with this murder suicide and at the same time trying to find answers. I enjoyed this middle Grade book.
Jul 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, 2021
This book grabbed me by the heart and squeezed tight. The Shape of Thunder is a Middle Grade story about how two young girls were impacted by a school shooting. Cora lost her older sister to the gunman, who was Quinn’s older brother. Cora and Quinn used to be best friends, but after what happened they haven’t spoken in a year… until Quinn leaves Cora a mysterious box on her birthday.

It was extremely moving to see the different ways that Cora and Quinn reacted to what happened and how they start
Lisa Welch
Dec 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Get ready to cry! There is so much to love about this one - the writing, the characters, the different relationships and dynamics. I loved it all! Every character is unique and so well developed. I love how the characters interacted with each other, and how they grew throughout the novel (some more than others which is so realistic as well). The grief that they are all experiencing is palpable. This is a middle grade novel, and I love how Warga takes some VERY heavy issues and makes them managea ...more
Dec 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is an excellent middle grade story about the aftermath of a school shooting and how two former friends cope with guilt, loss, and grief. I really love the alternating points of view. These two girls have experienced devastating trauma, and while one is receiving therapy and support, the other is not, and throws herself into her own attempt to “set things right.” My heart broke as I learned more of Quinn’s and Cora’s stories and the intense emotional turmoil they struggled through. Despite t ...more
Jun 06, 2021 rated it it was amazing
When i first read the summary I was interested in the flashback, but as I read i saw how the characters Quinn and cora were, I can't imagine the pain Cora went through and how Quinn felt about everything her brotherhad done. But I really liked Quinn. at the end both cora and Quinn understood they can't go back to the past and change what's happened, but overcome what happened.

It was a great story.
Amanda M (The Curly Reader)
Wow! Jasmine Warga does it again! I read Other Words For Home a couple years ago and loved it so I was highly anticipating Warga's newest release and it did not disappoint. I have to admit, when I first heard the premise included worm holes I started to get scared that this would be a little too out the for me, but it wasn't. It is a book about forgiveness and friendship. How to move forward after trauma and allow yourself to keep going. It was fantastically done! ...more
Amber Webb
Jan 13, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
WOW! This was one of those books I did not want to put down. Dealing with fraught friendships, gun violence, absent parents and more; this book was outstanding. Warga did an amazing job of handling delicate subjects in a way that worked for this age reader. The book almost forced conversation and was done incredibly well.
Oct 14, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-releases
October 14, 2020: I feel like I might cry reading this.
May 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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Dec 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Ohhhh this book is so special and important. I'm so glad I got to read an ARC (thank you Jasmine Warga for the copy) and I'm so glad I made the decision to purchase this one to own it.

Cora and Quinn are struggling, ask big questions, want answers, and want to fix what broke them. Told in dual points of view, Cora and Quinn's story deals with gun violence, school shootings, loss, and grief. Warga does this without ever flashing back to the actual event. She does this without showing us any flash
May 09, 2021 rated it it was amazing

Thank you to Netgalley and Harper Collins for the advance Kindle copy of this book. All opinions are my own.

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 for this heartbreaking story about best friends trying to make sense of a tragedy. Almost one year ago, Quinn’s brother Parker shot and killed several classmates, including her best friend Cora’s sister Mabel. Now existing in separate worlds, the two are brought back together by the possibility of finding a wormhole and changing the past. Told in alternating voices, the girls
Nov 28, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: literary-fiction
Gripping and achingly beautiful.

When your own brother becomes a school shooter and kills your best friend's sister, what do you do?

You turn to a child's unwavering logic and conviction and pursue time travel, because of course you do. It will make everything right, won't it?

This book explores the pain of the incomprehensible and impossible from both sides of the tragedy and does it beautifully. Highly recommended.
Cody Roecker
Aug 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cover was revealed today! It is a perfect match to the hopeful and haunting words inside, and I'm so excited for everyone to be able to read this story.

100% a new favorite, brimming with hope and healing in the midst of tragic loss. The power off friendship can make impossible things, possible.

Full blurb to come.
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Jasmine Warga is a writer from Cincinnati, Ohio who currently resides in Chicago, Illinois. She is the internationally bestselling author of My Heart and Other Black Holes and Here We Are Now. Her books have been published in over twenty-five countries and optioned for film. Her debut middle grade novel, Other Words For Home, will be published in Spring 2019. Jasmine lives in an apartment filled w ...more

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