Saturday, July 21, 2007

Thunder From the Sea

You don't have to be a dog lover to enjoy this book, Thunder From the Sea. The setting is 1929, Newfoundland and young Tom Campbell has spent the last 10 of his 13 years in an orphanage. He's happy and scared that his chance to join a real family, the childless couple Fiona and Enoch Murray, has arrived and he sails south to join them. Shortly after his arrival, while out fishing with Enoch, a storm blows in and Tom fishes a black Newfoundland dog out of the sea. A loving relationship between Tom and the dog he names Thunder quickly develops. After Thunder saves the lives of a neighbor girl, Fiona and later the whole town, even the Murrays want to keep Thunder around. But where did Thunder come from? Is his real owner looking for him? And when the childless Murrays learn they are expecting a baby, will they still want Tom? Thunder From the Sea is a 2008 Rebecca Caudill nominee and I enjoyed the themes of loyalty, loneliness and love running through this story.

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