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Silent Thunder: The Russia-EU War of 2008. By Chris Nuttall. Author’s Disclaimer: There is a good chance that this may be outdated before anyone sees it, but never mind, it could be considered Alternate History if nothing else. Abstract: In 1862 eleven-year-old Summer and her thirteen-year-old brother Rosco take turns describing how life on the quiet Virginia plantation where they are slaves is affected by the Civil War. The big issue I think they took away from silent thunder was the surprisingly high number of players who couldnt actually play the mode due to technology limits. I think even Gaijin were surprised. Some of the alternative view modes just didnt work with older graphics cards and a lot of players complained about it on the forum. Silent Thunder In clashes between three of the major military powers of the 21st century, players will battle against each other in combat in the some of the world’s most powerful nuclear submarines. The three dimensional depths of the ocean, realistic physics and modern strategic weaponry will become available this weekend! Both 11-year-old Summer and her older brother Roscoe have a 'silent thunder' roaring through their souls. Summer yearns to learn letters, so she can read. Roscoe wants to join the Union forces and fight in the Civil War. But they are slaves in Virginia, and their wishes are forbidden. Their friend Thea says that silent thunder is something slaves have to keep private, but Summer and Roscoe can.

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1st ed.
New York : Hyperion Books for Children, 1999.
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9780786804399

p. cm.
880 L
English
In 1862 eleven-year-old Summer and her thirteen-year-old brother Rosco take turns describing how life on the quiet Virginia plantation where they are slaves is affected by the Civil War.
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Eleven-year-old Summer and her older brother Rosco each have a 'silent thunder, ' a desire that rumbles deep within them, refusing to be ignored. Summer longs to learn to read. Rosco is burning to fight for his Country and his freedom. But Rosco and Summer are slaves on Gideon Parnell's plantation in the year 1862, and for slaves, these desires are illegal and dangerous.Despite the danger and their mama's terrible fear of being sold off, Summer and Rosco are determined to fulfill their dreams. In stolen moments, Rosco teaches Summer all he has learned from eavesdropping on young master Lowell's lessons. In the meantime, Rosco secretly plans his own escape to the North, to join the Union forces. But when Gideon Parnell unexpectedly falls ill and the plantation is taken over by Parnell's cruel brother-in-law, Rosco's decision becomes more complicated. How can he leave his family now? And Summer, struggling to understand her mama's perplexing actions, discovers that Mama has a silent thunder of her own -- and secrets Summer never dreamed of.Through the voices of Rosco and Summer, this wrenching yet hopeful novel celebrates the triu


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Publisher's Weekly Review

Children's fiction about slavery typically involves young protagonists struggling with injustice, yearning to read and risking their lives for freedom; Pinkney reinvigorates this familiar framework by infusing her work with a more personal, equally hard-hitting theme. The 'silent thunder' of the title refers to the urgent need for enslaved children (and adults) to suppress their own desires and thoughts. As an adult slave warns 11-year-old Summer, 'Anything that makes you feel good has gotta stay cooped up, like a toad wriggling inside a croaker sack, else it can be taken away.' Yet Summer is practically bursting to chat about everything, wondering who her daddy is, why her mother is so moody, why she has to beat rugs, why she can't have a china-head doll. Her older brother, Rosco, the 'body servant' of young Master Lowell, has learned to read from eavesdropping on Lowell's lessons; he teaches Summer to read, too, and when she can't keep this dangerous accomplishment to herself, he makes her a doll in whom she can safely confide. Rosco, meanwhile, grapples with his own secrets, namely his knowledge of Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. While Pinkney bows to a few stereotypes, generally her portraits are unusually well nuanced. As Summer and Rosco alternate as narrators, their feelings flow off the page to envelop the reader. Ages 9-12. (Sept.) FYI: Pinkney, the author of Raven in a Dove House; Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra; and several other works for children, heads the Jump at the Sun imprint. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


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In 1862 eleven-year-old Summer learns that silent thunder is desire, longing. Summer's desire is to learn to read; her brother's wish for freedom is his. Their alternating narratives allow each to reveal how they fulfill these aspirations. Individual sections, such as Summer's initial reading lesson and her brother's flight through the Underground Railroad, provide strong read-alouds rich in historical detail. Bib. From HORN BOOK Spring 2000, (c) Copyright 2010. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. Source tree this is not a valid working copy path.


Booklist Review

Gr. 5^-8. What was it like to be a child under slavery at the start of the Civil War? In alternating narratives, Summer, 11, and her older brother, Rosco, tell of life on a Virginia plantation in 1862. Their voices sound the same, but their stories reveal a tangle of dangerous secrets. Rosco has broken the law and learned to read; now he's trying to teach his sister; the first letter she recognizes is the brand on her own body. Another young slave is urging Rosco to run away with him on the Underground Railroad and enlist in the Union army. Who is the white man who will help them escape? Why is Mama so angry with Summer? Who is their father? Without exploitation, the historical novel reveals the brutal oppression of slavery--the physical violence, the arduous labor, the threat of loved ones separated at auction. But the individual characters, both black and white, are drawn with complexity as the compelling story reveals the intricate connections between them. --Hazel Rochman


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Gr 5-9-Set in Virginia in 1862, this powerful book tells the story of Rosco, 13, and Summer, 11, siblings who have grown up in slavery on the Parnell Plantation. As the story opens, Summer is making her annual visit to Master Gideon for his birthday inspection of her. She does not know that he is, in fact, her father, and that this visit is his 'small, secret way of being your pa,' as her mother later confides. Rosco has a bigger secret: he has taught himself to read, and is now teaching his sister. In alternating chapters, the children tell about life on the plantation, rumors of impending freedom, and of Rosco's desperate dream of escape. When Gideon is felled by a stroke, the boy seizes his opportunity and escapes along the Underground Railroad. This is an excellent, well-written historical novel, with two compelling narrators. Their modified dialect is easy to understand and helps readers to empathize with them. By putting a human face on this complex subject, Pinkney helps children to understand what it was like to suffer under slavery.-Elizabeth M. Reardon, McCallie School, Chattanooga, TN (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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