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“This is mainly about a boy and when his mother find's him a job working on the ”Luke wrote this review 3 weeks ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This book centers on the tumultuous battle between the Union Monitor and the Confederate Merrimack at the Battle of Hampton Roads. Tom Carroll, a 13-year old boy from Brooklyn, New York, is forced to go to work and support his family after his father dies in the Civil War. Tom gets a job at the naval yard where they are building the revolutionary ironclad ship named the Monitor. During his time there, a Confederate spy (also known as a Copperhead) accosts Tom, bribing and threatening him to surrender information about the ship. With the help of his friends, Tom eludes the spy and becomes a member of the crew of the Monitor, sailing off to fight the Merrimack! Will Tom survive the momentous battle that ensues? Will the Monitor prevail over the Merrimack and save the Union?
Based on true events, this historical fiction piece is a fast-paced novel full of intrigue and action. Readers can expect to learn how the Monitor, one of the first ironclad ships ever built, not only floated but also was an integral part to the Union winning the war. Many historians believe that the Battle of Hampton Roads was just as critical a battle as Gettysburg! As a character, Tom is extremely loyal to the ship, its Captain (Worden), and the shipbuilder and engineer John Ericsson. Furthermore, the devotion Tom had for his family and the Union never faltered, even under the persuasion of the Confederate spy.
This text would definitely work well to teach the Civil War, but it could also be paired with the texts “Bloody Times” by James L. Swanson and “The Red Badge of Courage” by Stephen Crane. I appreciated how the author illuminated this battle, providing a different perspective to the war that I was unfamiliar with! ”
“Historical fiction plus primary souce documents and a bibliography. Avi's brief chapters and easy but evocative text make this a good title for reluctant readers or boys with assignments on the Civil War. A fast-paced adventure. ”Renee B wrote this review Thursday, November 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“it got kinda off topic but overall it was a pretty good book”Billy Cherry wrote this review Wednesday, August 29, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“In this historical fiction novel, set in 1862, Tom Carroll of Brooklyn learns first hand how the iron clad ship, the Monitor was built. He takes on a job as Captain John Ericsson's "boy" doing odd jobs and learning along the way. He is caught up in the fury of the Civil war, first when his father is killed, then as he is approached by Confederate spies and finally as he is there for the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac.
This would be an excellent companion novel to a study of the Civil War or nautical history, but also in a study of inventions. No one believed the ship would float and it included the newest technology of the era, including the screw propeller that is still used today.”
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i think my favorite character would have to be his sister. i think she is so nice and i feel so bad for her. she has to sit in her bed all day and just think. she has a disease(they never specify exactly what disease) that makes her cough blood. So that's why i feel so bad. i really like her though. she is so genuine and sweet.
i think the setting was important because he lived by the harbor. he needed a job so he went to the iron works and got a job working on the monitor. he helped the captain with all his little chores like running errands and telling people. if he had lived somewhere else he might not have found a job and his family could have starved. his sister could have died. and many other terrible things could have happened. so that's why i think the setting is important.
while i read this book i was kind of bored. i thought the way he wrote the book was kind of boring. i also felt like he was writing to a 5 year old. i didnt really like that. it was a regular reading level but i felt like it was alot lower. so i think that's why i thought it was boring.
“Loved it! ”Gwen V wrote this review Wednesday, May 2, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Iron Thunder is a book by Avi about a kid named Tom who lives in Brooklyn in the 1800's and one day he gets called to a guys house and tom gets a ticket to go behind into the navy yard to work on Ericcson's foley or the floating battery what ever you would like to call it. Tom is on the floating battery when in the Pacific ocean traveling down to Chesapeake bay to keep the confederate soldiers from taking the union over. It is a great historical fiction. [Thumbs up]”Alec wrote this review Friday, February 3, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“amazing. ”P B wrote this review Saturday, January 21, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No