A Quiet Kind of Thunder (Paperback)Sara Barnard (author)
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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.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Number of pages: 320
Weight: 231 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 20 mm
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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