West Jerusalem, early June 1967, the eve of war. 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 from Cairo. Broadcasting in accented Hebrew, it threatens the demise of their country, their city, and their families. As the menace beats the drums of war, on June 5th the danger becomes all too real. Mira finds her own voice as she struggles to drown the distant terror of The Voice of Thunder. In these first two weeks of June, not only are Mira and Gili's lives changed forever, but history will never be the same.
I don't read a lot of middle grade fiction, but I enjoyed this one.
Here's what I liked:
- The descriptions.
- I loved what Mira named her journal.
- How the characters were able to look outward and consider the children on the other side of the war.
- The emotions the characters went through.
- I thought the idea of the old oak getting knocked down but then being replaced by the Western Wall was a beautiful image.
- I think several things touched me specifically because I just finished studying the Old Testament. It made the situation and the emotions the Jewish people felt as they touched the temple wall for the first time more powerful for me. I cried with them.
- At first it was hard to figure out the Point of view, but I finally got it.
- I wanted more information or depth but I understand why it wasn't given. This is MG and the subject matter was handled appropriately for that genre.
- There were times I felt the internal dialogue was too mature for a 5th grader's thoughts. Perhaps this is why I kept expecting the more I mentioned above. Other times the MC sounded like a 5th grader.
Rating scale for book reviews.
1-5 scale and what it means:
1: I couldn’t even finish it / just plain bad
2: I hope I didn’t pay for this / disappointing
3: I didn’t hate it, but it was still missing something / forgettable but inoffensive
3.5: On the line between good and ok / like, not love
4: Solid mind candy / worth reading
4.5: So very close to perfection! / must read
5: I could not put it down and I’m still thinking about it! / a true treasure