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Did I Notice Your Book? and My Giudecca

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Today, 17 October, is the Did I Notice Your Book? Blogfest, hosted by Ciara Knight and Ninja Captain Alex Cavanaugh. Basic details:

You can choose a book that you’ve read, something you saw on a blog or social media site, Goodreads, or a sales website. Anything that caught your eye because of a great cover, blurb, or reviews, but DON’T tell the author that their book has been noticed. Instead, shout out on social media sites, and encourage others to do the same, until the author finds his/her book.

Leave a blog comment at Ninja Captain Alex or Ciara Knight’s blog when the author finds their book.

Only two rules:

1)You can’t post about your own book.

2)The book shouldn’t be on the New York Times or USA Today bestseller list.

I was looking for recently-released historicals (both YA and adult), and came upon this very-recently-released book:

This is my favorite era to read and write about, and I’m always excited to find books covering lesser-represented voices and episodes of the era. Some people complain that all WWII/Shoah books are the exact same story over and over again, but that doesn’t have to be true. You just have to find a new angle, a little-known story, a country or group of people not usually represented in the literature.

A Thunderous Whisper is set in Guernica during the Spanish Civil War, on the eve of WWII. It’s narrated by 12-year-old Ani, whose father is in the war. Then she meets 14-year-old Mathias, who’s just moved to Guernica. His father is in a spy network, and soon Ani begins helping them in their missions. Then the famous bombing occurs, and Ani loses almost everything. As she’s helping other survivors, she realizes her own strength, and she and Mathias plan to fight back in their own way.

I’m really looking forward to reading this when my library receives the copy they ordered. Though usually I like my historicals to be at least 400 pages long, I’m okay with the somewhat shorter length since the protagonist is only 12. I also like how it straddles the fence between MG and YA, and proves that you don’t have to age a character up or down to sell a book. I’ve been very disappointed at some of the YA historicals I’ve ecnountered lately, that come across as Gossip Girl in period clothes, but this is one that gives me hope for the future of serious, straight historical in YA.


Today also continues the October Memoir and Backstory Blog ChallengeI’m now up to my 8th grade year, 1993-94, still lonely in my nightmare as I navigated my own personal Giudecca, the Fourth Ring of the Ninth Circle of Hell. I wasn’t to read The Divine Comedy till age 24, but junior high was definitely among the darkest periods of my life. It was even worse than my junior year of high school or when I was unable to walk for 11 months when I was 23-24.

Part of me was relieved I got to miss two weeks of school due to chickenpox in February. As humiliated as I was to have a child’s disease, and to have caught the disease I thought I’d successfully eluded for good, at least I didn’t have to face my tormentors. I never found out who gave them to me, but at least I was able to give them to my little brother. I’m still upset I missed the vaccine by just one year. My future kid(s) will be vaccinated against chickenpox without question (unless of course there’s a valid reason not to vaccinate, like God forbid a severely compromised immune system or a severe allergy to an ingredient).

I won’t go into detail about all the horrible people I went to school with. Thank God we didn’t have the Internet back then. I can only imagine how much worse they would’ve been if they’d been cyberbullies as well.

In the fall of ’93, our dear ’84 Mac short-circuited shortly after my parents gave it to me for my very own. That was a very sad day and the end of an era. I had to resume waiting my turn to use their new ’93 model. Now I’m eyeing ’84 Macs every time they come up on eBay, hoping to buy it back all these years later. That computer was treated like a member of our family. Even when we didn’t have a lot of money, we had a computer, because it was so important to my dad. My parents always impressed upon me the value of education and the written word, and that computer helped me in those areas.


Writer of historical fiction sagas and series, with elements of women's fiction, romance, and Bildungsroman. Born in the wrong generation on several fronts.

21 thoughts on “Did I Notice Your Book? and My Giudecca

  1. This book does sound interesting! I don’t read much historical stuff but there’s no reason I wouldn’t! I just haven’t 😉 and umm, I so need to join my local public library! the library I work in doesn’t have as much fiction as a public library would.


  2. Hi CarrieAnne – I know nothing about that raid, and little of those times, though this does sound like a very good way to be introduced to that bombing raid … I’ll definitely have to acquire it soon .. cheers Hilary


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