A Thunderous Whisper by Christina Diaz Gonzalez

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Ani believes she is just an insignificant whisper of a 12-year-old girl in a loud world. This is what her mother tells her anyway. Her father made her feel important, but he's been off fighting in Spain's Civil War, and his voice in her head is fading. Then she meets Mathias. His family has just moved to Guernica and he's as far from a whisper as a 14-year-old boy can be. Ani thinks Mathias is more like lightning. A boy of action. Mathias's father is part of a spy network and soon Ani finds herself helping him deliver messages to other members of the underground. She's actually making a difference in the world. 

And then her world explodes. The sleepy little market town of Guernica is destroyed by Nazi bombers. In one afternoon Ani loses her city, her home, her mother. But in helping the other survivors, Ani gains a sense of her own strength. And she and Mathias make plans to fight back in their own unique way.
 

About Christina Diaz Gonzalez

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CHRISTINA DIAZ GONZALEZ made her literary debut with the much acclaimed The Red Umbrella. She lives in Florida with her husband and children.
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Knopf Books for Young Readers. 322 pages
Genres: Travel, War, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Ani finds her first real friend in 14-year-old Jewish Mathias García, who recently moved from Germany, where he and his mother were facing increasing restrictions.

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When Ani and Mathias overhear the plans of his father and a band of spies, they volunteer to join the resistance and fight for Spain by delivering sardines with secret messages.

Dec 24 2012 | Read Full Review of A Thunderous Whisper

City Book Review

It is a hard book to read, because of everything Ani has to deal with, being in the middle of the war.

Jan 11 2013 | Read Full Review of A Thunderous Whisper

Red Room

They both carry important messages to the underground resistance, something that shows Ani that maybe she’s not so insignificant after all.

Sep 24 2012 | Read Full Review of A Thunderous Whisper

Bookalicious

Ani believes she is just an insignificant whisper of a 12-year-old girl in a loud world.

Nov 09 2012 | Read Full Review of A Thunderous Whisper

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