The Voice of Thunder by Mirka M.G. Breen

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The readable style capably delivers a history lesson likely unfamiliar to young readers.


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 June 5 the attack begins and Mira and Gili's school is hit. War has begun.

The two friends and their families are confined to a basement shelter of their apartment complex while the war continues above. Mira, afraid of what might happen and worried about her father fighting on the front, prays for safety. As the international crisis unfolds, Mira struggles to verbalize her concerns about family, friendship and the future of her nation. Only in her diary can she express her fears that none of them will survive this conflict.

"Breen adeptly juxtaposes the ordinary events of day-to-day life with the more dramatic events of a country on the brink of and later entering war. Told in the third person, the novel follows Mira's story from a somewhat distant remove, though her occasional diary entries help show her own perspective." --Kirkus Reviews

"Historical events of the Arab-Israeli Six Day War in the summer of 1967 become the human story of two pre-teen girls in a Jerusalem apartment complex discerning the causes of war. Who is on the right side? Where is God? Gili and Mira live out the war amid a well-drawn supporting cast, and descriptions of their milieu both vivid and spare. This book fleshes out a deep wisdom concerning human prejudice and violence, a wisdom reinforced with effective poetic imagery and moments of human warmth. Readers of any age will learn from the secrets, prayers, and dreams of these characters." ~ Shannon E. Hengen, Ph.D., literary critic and professor emerita of Canadian and women's literature at Laurentian University

"Breen takes young readers on a fascinating journey in the middle of Jerusalem, Israel, and the Six Day War. Like the journal of Anne Frank, we get a glimpse into what it was like to be a Jew in an antagonistic world. The Voice of Thunder will move you to the edge of your seat as you witness this harrowing time in the life of a fifth grade Israeli Jewish girl, Mira. It will also leave you with a smile." ~ Pam Calvert, author of The Multiplying Menace series and other books for children


About Mirka M.G. Breen

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I was born in Jerusalem, while my parents were founding members of a kibbutz nearby. That meant they had some notions about building a just society and making the world a better place. I live in a small house by the sea, with my husband, two children, and the next-door neighbor's cat. I have visions of maybe bringing a little light to some dark corners with these stories. You see, I may be my parent's daughter after all.
Published May 7, 2012 by WiDo Publishing. 118 pages
Genres: Young Adult, Literature & Fiction, Children's Books. Fiction
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The readable style capably delivers a history lesson likely unfamiliar to young readers.

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