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The Voice of Thunder by [Breen, Mirka M.G.]
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The author of this brave and moving book fictionalizes the events that she herself witnessed during the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War in 1967. The story has an emotional depth and authenticity that will touch the heart of every reader. If you have ever wondered what it is like to be a Jewish child living in Israel under constant threat of annihilation, this is the book for you. I was profoundly touched by this story of ten-year-old Mira who lived through the Arab-Israeli War of 1967. This is a wonderful story that has warmth and heart as well as suspense. . . . Ms. Breen breathes life into the story of Mira, her best friend Gili, and the ominous events that surround them. --Ellen Jackson, award-winning author of 58 books for children

In her beautifully told story, Mirka Breen captures the experiences of two young Jewish girls who are trying to survive the 6-Day War. The novels importance stems from the fact that it raises awareness about a little known war, and the knowledge that Breen actually lived these experiences makes the work even more powerful. --Katy Duffield, author of books for children and young adults

About the Author

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.

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  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Print Length: 118 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WiDo Publishing (May 7, 2012)
  • Publication Date: May 7, 2012
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0081FUGBY
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,071,227 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Israel, 1967.
When Mira Levi and her best friend Gilli discover a disturbing radio station that threatens the demise of the Jewish nation, Mira discovers her own life is forever changed. Mirka Breen tells a riveting story from her own childhood during the Six-Day Arab-Israeli War. This emotional story keeps readers on edge as they follow the challenges of these 5th grade girls. The war comes a little too close to home when family members are called to duty, and the family has to take shelter in the basement for days.

As a former teacher and current homeschooling mother, this book would fit greatly into the curriculum when studying the Middle East and any post-topics of the Holocaust. The beautiful language and description make the reader feel a part of Jewish culture. One of the highlights of the book is Mira's diary, which she wonders will be read like Anne Frank's. The Voice of Thunder will open your eyes to life in this important nation.
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Mirka Breen effectively tells the story of a critical time in modern Jewish history and in the life of the young State of Israel as viewed by a preadolescent girl in Jerusalem. The characters are real and well-rounded and the story is griping. She successfully portrays the atmosphere in Jerusalem before and during the Six Days War while providing the young reader with characters that are easy to identify with. The story is far from black and white, history is told in a wide range of colors and points of view.
Eve Rembrand, Reference Librarian, Emek Yezreel College, Israel
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These young girls'lives and fears resonate with real feeling as they try to comprehend the adult world around them which is at high anxiety as war threatens and comes. The reader is drawn into understanding their coping mechanisms; their preteen friendship with its jealousies, hurts, and secrets; their hopes and prayers as these all come into play. The real drama around them of nations at war is felt through the hearts of two girls. I found the tension of realizing that by founding a homeland, one is also taking someone else's home to be especially poignant and felt it was dealt with great sensitivity. This would be an EXCELLENT book to have a classroom read and talk about the current conflicts in the Mideast and its roots in the past. The young girls are well aware of how recent history has impacted their lives, and it would be interesting to ask students how they think recent history affects them. Or to compare and contrast with "Anne Frank's Diary," since the young girl realizes that her own diary could be read one day just as Anne Frank's is now, and to encourage young people to journal about the events happening in their lives. I found it hard to put the book down...or rather to turn the screen off! The author has the real sense of what the angst of young girls is like. There are many things I like about the book....I highly recommend it!!
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The 6 Day War was fought at a time when Israel had no television and troops were called up by radio announcements on one of a couple of stations. Cairo broadcast in Hebrew from a station called Voice of Thunder. The threat was nothing less than annihilation. Children are always the first victims of war and maybe the bravest. Mirka Breen's short novel invites us into a world where the children ask their teacher, "why do they hate us?" Breen does not shirk this question. Annihilating one side or the other seems the adult choice.
When we hear these children we understand that nothing can be worth this constant hatred.
The radio program lays bare the raw violence that was woven into the birth of a nation called Israel. When we have to explain to children the world we adults have made and this is what Mirka Breen is doins in an artful way, we come up short.
I believe that after the big history books are finished, we must turn to little ones about the life of children who suffered through what adults chose to say and do.The future is made by these children who knew that someone on some side wanted them wiped off the face of the earth. That the cycle must be broken by the adults who lived through this as children should point us toward the compassion that is missing when it is obviously called for---facing a little girl who wants to give a doll back to another little girl who lost it when her family felt in danger and disowned in the cycle of violence. An Israeli child we hear and see and the Arab girl we do not make this realistic story a parable well worth reading.
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I love when a story transports me to a place I've never been, and I've certainly never been to Jerusalem in 1967 during the Six Day War. Author Mirka Breen paints this world from the perspective of ten-year-old Mira, who is wise for her age. Mira proves a wonderful character to share the fear, the hope, the danger, the confusion of war. This fearless story poses important and hard questions of life, not only for a young Jew, but for all people.
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THE VOICE OF THUNDER is a touching, compelling story that draws us into the questions, fears, and hopes Mira and Gili experience when war threatens to destroy all that's dear to them. Mirka Breen skillfully raises tough issues as she helps us understand some of the struggles through the eyes of two courageous fifth-graders. The author's own experiences as a child in Israel during the 1967 Six-Day War lend vivid authenticity to her story-telling. I highly recommend this poignant, tension-filled historical novel.
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