A Quiet Kind of Thunder

A Quiet Kind of Thunder

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Steffi doesn't talk.
Rhys can't hear.
They understand each other perfectly.
Love isn't always a lightning strike. Sometimes it's the rumbling roll of thunder . . .

From the bestselling author of Beautiful Broken Things, Sara Barnard's A Quiet Kind of Thunder is stunning love story about the times when a whisper is as good as a shout.

Steffi has been a selective mute for most of her life - she's been silent for so long that she feels completely invisible. But Rhys, the new boy at school, sees her. He's deaf, and her knowledge of basic sign language means that she's assigned to look after him. To Rhys it doesn't matter that Steffi doesn't talk and, as they find ways to communicate, Steffi finds that she does have a voice, and that she's falling in love with the one person who makes her feel brave enough to use it.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 320 pages
  • 130 x 198 x 20mm | 231g
  • MACMILLAN CHILDREN'S BOOKS
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 9781509810987
  • 47,819

Review Text

This is a delightful love story which marks all the ups and downs, misunderstandings and discoveries about another person which are part of first love and a burgeoning sexual relationship. Carousel Magazine
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I don't know where to start. I'd give this book TEN stars if I could. I loved Beautiful Broken Things but I think I love this book even more. A brilliant depiction of social anxiety, a swoony subtle love story that creeps up on you, and meticulously researched, respectful and just beautifully written. This book is not only for the quiet ones, but by JOVE how the quiet ones will adore this book. -- Holly Bourne, author of Am I Normal Yet? I felt like I was living this book * Zoella on Beautiful Broken Things * Beautiful, honest and compelling. Also, one of the best depictions of anxiety I have ever read. -- Catherine Doyle, author of Vendetta I swallowed this in one delicious sitting, and I've been thinking about Steffi and Rhys ever since. Honestly, it's been weeks and I'm not over them. They're so well drawn that they feel really real for me in a way that makes me want to check in with them for the rest of their lives. -- Lauren James, author of The Next Together I literally cannot wait for everyone to read this and obsess over how good it is! -- Maddie (Heart Full Of Books) Sara Barnard's second novel, A Quiet Kind of Thunder (Macmillan), is a romance with a difference - between Steffi, who doesn't talk, and Rhys, who can't hear. Through Steffi, Barnard conveys the painful uncertainty of being marginalised by anxiety or selective mutism - and explicitly rejects the lazy option of allowing one character to "fix" another. Anyone who enjoyed her debut, Beautiful Broken Things, will not be disappointed by this thoughtful, tender love story. -- Imogen Russell-Williams * The Guardian, Best Children's Books Round-up *
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About Sara Barnard

Sara Barnard lives in Brighton and does all her best writing on trains. She loves books, book people and book things. She has been writing ever since she was too small to reach the 'on' switch on the family Amstrad computer. She gets her love of words from her dad, who made sure she always had books to read and introduced her to the wonders of second-hand book shops at a young age. She is the author of the bestselling Beautiful Broken Things and won the YA Book Prize for her novel Goodbye, Perfect.
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9,285 ratings
3.99 out of 5 stars
5 31% (2,911)
4 42% (3,890)
3 22% (2,020)
2 4% (387)
1 1% (77)
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