Book Review: Thunderbowl

Student Reviewer: Anthony L.B. – Grade 8

Thunderbowlby Lesley Choyce
Orca Book Publishers, 2004
128 pages
Series: Orca Soundings

Genre: Realistic fiction

Summary: Thunderbowl by Lesley Choyce is an amazing book. Jeremy, the protagonist, discovers his love for music. He started off with air guitar until his dad finally bought him his first guitar. After some lessons and a lot of practice, Jeremy decides to take up a band’s offer to join. It starts off great, but with every great thing, comes even greater obstacles.

  • Did this book hold your attention? Yes
  • Was the story what you expected? Were you disappointed? Surprised? I was very pleased with the story. It’s one of those books you just can’t put down until it’s done. Drama, love, excitement. The book has it all. It’s only problem; it ends too soon. 
  • Do you think that the book was suitable for your age? Does it have too much violence, swearing, sex, etc?  There are some parts that contain these things; however it would be appropriate for my age (13) as long as it’s read with a mature point of view. 
  • Did you like/dislike the book? Why? I highly enjoyed this book, mainly because it can be related to for the most part if you play an instrument. But even if you don’t, it still has an amazing plot, and likeable characters. 
  • Who would you recommend this book to, even if you disliked it? Give an example: I would highly recommend this book, especially if it’s to a fan of music. This book is amazing and I hope others will enjoy it just as much as I have. 
  • Was the book part of a series? Is it a book that you have to read the previous/following book to understand the plot? Or is the story self-contained? This book is not part of a series, it is self-contained. A sequel, though unnecessary, would be cool none the less. 
  • Does the cover art match the style of the book inside? The cover illustrates the book well. (Blurred out fingers to demonstrate the speed of the picking, etc.) The one thing I do not like about it is that the protagonist plays electric guitar, yet on the cover, it shows a bass guitar.

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