March Toward the Thunder

March Toward the Thunder

by Joseph Bruchac

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Overview

From the multi-award-winning author of Code Talker comes a Native American perspective on the Civil War.

Louis Nolette, a fifteen-year-old Abenaki Indian from Canada, is recruited to fight in the northern Irish Brigade in the Civil War. Though he is too young, and neither American nor Irish, he finds the promise of good wages and the fight to end slavery persuasive enough to join up. But war is never what you expect, and as Louis fights his way through battles, he encounters prejudice and acceptance, courage and cowardice, and strong and weak leadership in the most unexpected places.

This paperback edition includes an author's note, discussion guide, and selected bibliography for further reading.

"A fine choice for readers who want war stories that include plenty of action, as well as reflection." —Booklist

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142414460
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 09/17/2009
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 320
Sales rank: 1,247,704
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)
Lexile: 850L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Joseph Bruchac is a highly acclaimed children's book author, poet, novelist and storyteller, as well as a scholar of Native American culture. Coauthor with Michael Caduto of the bestselling Keepers of the Earth series, Bruchac's poems, articles and stories have appeared in hundreds of publications, from Akwesasne Notes and American Poetry Review to National Geographic and Parabola. He has authored many books for adults and children including Code Talker: A Novel About the Navajo Marines of World War Two, Skeleton Man, and The Heart of a Chief. For more information about Joseph, please visit his website www.josephbruchac.com.

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March Toward the Thunder 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Heather Engel More than 1 year ago
It is action filled and will keep you on edge
countrylife on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A fifteen-year-old Abenaki Indian from Canada is recruited to join the army to fight for the north in the American Civil War, and is assigned to the famous Fighting Irish 69th. The journey of the Irish Brigade and the battles in which it engaged during the Virginia Campaign in 1864, through the eyes of a young soldier, was well written for a young adult audience. The setting felt real, the characters mostly believable, though often flat. I was put off by the author¿s obvious politics leaking through, and by the gratuitous insertion of the characters of Walt Whitman and a descendant of the Thomas Jefferson family. (¿Massah Tom¿s brother was a little faster getting to the slave quarters that night.¿) The story is based on the author¿s own Abenaki great-grandfather¿s participation in the war. 2.8 stars
hewayzha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Realistic picture of the Civil War. Bruchac's matter-of-fact writing made this novel heartbreaking. The only bad guys (in my opinion) were the slave owners who willing to let other die so they could continue in the style to which they had become accustomed. As I read each page, I felt as if I was standing off to the side and was watching scene that were horrifying and others touchingly bittersweet. War is a curse, there is no nobility in wars.
hamelinn on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
sick warfare. a little too gross, though.....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though it sometimes drags on a bit to long, and there are a few cliches here and there (abiet not as many as many other books or movies have), the few lesser bits are definitely outweighed by the excellent characters, unique storytelling, believable moments of realism, heroism, and heart-pounding action that it has to offer. Unless you REALLY have short patience (as I stated, it sometimes stalls a bit), or hate the topic as much as your coworker who always gets the promotions without working hard, then you should definitely pick it up. I'm quite glad I did!  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thought it moved too slowly and found civil war topic boring. Dont waste your money on this its a piece of junk.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago