Silent Thunder by Andrea Davis PinkneySilent Thunder is about a brother and sister who work as slaves in the southern United States during the start of the Civil War. It’s told from each of their viewpoints, so it was nice to have two narrators for each viewpoint and helped me quickly transition to each one’s story when listening to the book. Both of these characters dream of bigger things for themselves.
A lot of the complexities of slavery and the issues surrounding the Civil War are a bit simplified to accommodate the younger audience of this book, but it still hits on important issues, like how slaves were treated, how slave owners fathered children with their slaves, and the sometimes brutality of slave owners. It also showed how situations completely depended on the temperament of the person in charge; a slave could have okay living conditions or live in hell based on who was in charge. For the most part, the characters Summer and Rosco lead lives that are the best they could be under slavery; their master isn’t overly harsh or demanding. However, Summer dreams of being able to have an education, especially to read. Rosco, on the other hand, dreams of going up north to fight in the Union armies to help free all the slaves.
Overall, I liked this book and think it’d be a great addition to a classroom library to help students learn more about slavery in the southern United States and give them a glimpse into issues about the Civil War. The narrators did a great job for this audiobook; the great narrators are ones you hardly notice any details about, because they just immerse you into the story and that’s exactly what I experienced while listening to this book.
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Silent Thunder: A Civil War Story , is great for introducing children to the horrors of slavery in the American south. The novel places you in the shoes of two child protagonists, Summer and Rosco. It allows you to feel their pain and share in their struggle as they deal with suppression of their thoughts and desires, or 'silent thunders. It also provides important study goals for middle-school language arts classes. The story takes place for the most part on a plantation in Virginia in which two siblings, Summer and Rosco, suffer under the yoke of slavery. Rosco is about 13 years old, and he is always concerned with looking after his rambunctious little sister Summer, age The plot introduces us to an interesting and varied cast of characters, such as Master Gideon and the wise slave Thea—who can predict future events.
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