Saturday, September 4, 2010
Iron Thunder Review
Rocks My Socks: Normally I don't much care for war novels and I get bored quickly during battle scenes, but this one held my attention throughout. I found the historic details fascinating and I like the specificity of it--focusing on the building of the Monitor and its famous battle against the Merrimac instead of trying to encompass the entire sweep of the Civil War. I also love the additions to the text--the pages of headlines to provide context and the actual photographs and drawings from that period mixed in with the illustrations for the story. There's also a glossary, further information on the real events in the book, and a bibliography at back, which I always appreciate.
Rocks In My Socks: The characters weren't very complex or layered. I didn't feel particularly attached to any of them. The story was really more about the Monitor than Tom.
Every Book Its Reader: I'd recommend this to 8-12 year-olds with an interest in historical fiction or the Civil War. The amount of detail about the period would make it a great read to supplement and personalize a unit on the Civil War. The novel is geared towards boys more and has very little female presence, but that's war novels for you.
Iron Thunder, by Avi