Thunder From the Sea by Joan Hiatt Harlow takes place in Newfoundland in 1929. Thirteen-year-old orphan Tom Campbell has just found a much longed for home on Back O’ The Moon Island with fisherman Enoch Murray and his wife, Fiona. Tom is shy and nervous when he first arrives at their home but is overjoyed when he rescues a dog during a storm at sea and is allowed to keep him. He names the dog Thunder. Tom and Thunder really start to feel like part of the family until the Murrays find out that Fiona is pregnant. Then to make matters worse, a mean neighbor and his son think Thunder should belong to them. What will happen when the sea captain, the original owner of Thunder, comes to the Island? Will Tom get to keep him? Will Tom even be staying on the island once the baby is born? I’m not telling. Read Thunder of the Sea to find out!
Book reviewed by Julie D., Elementary School Liaison