Rolling Thunder (Hardcover)

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By Kate Messner, Greg Ruth (Illustrator)
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Award-winning author Kate Messner and acclaimed artist Greg Ruth honor the sacrifices of American veterans and their families in this poetic tribute.

Lines of bikes are miles long,
shining, half a million strong.
Rumbling, grumbling, engines roar.
Peace signs. High fives. Spirits soar.

Every Memorial Day in Washington, DC, more than a million veterans and their supporters gather for the Rolling Thunder Ride for Freedom, a demonstration that pays tribute to the men and women of the US armed forces. This lyrical story honors the bravery and sacrifice of those American heroes -- the ones who have returned home, and the ones who haven't.

About the Author

Kate Messner is the author of The Seventh Wish; All the Answers; The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z., winner of the E. B. White Read Aloud Award for Older Readers; Capture the Flag, an SCBWI Crystal Kite Award winner; Hide and Seek; Manhunt; and the Ranger in Time and Marty McGuire chapter book series. A former middle-school English teacher, Kate lives on Lake Champlain with her family and loves reading, walking in the woods, and traveling. Visit her online at

Greg Ruth has written and drawn stories for Dark Horse Comics, DC/Vertigo Comics, Fantagraphics, and the New York Times. He is also the illustrator of Our Enduring Spirit, a picture book edition of President Barack Obama's first inaugural address, and the creator of the graphic novel The Lost Boy. Greg lives and works in western Massachusetts. Visit his website at

Praise For…

"Sincere, affecting pages... pay tribute to the sacrifices of veterans and their families... An emotional wringer." -- The Wall Street Journal

"A lyrical ode to our nation's fallen heroes and those who keep their memories alive." -- School Library Journal

"[A] respectful, eloquent, and moving tribute to those in the military, past and present." -- Booklist
Product Details
ISBN: 9780545470124
ISBN-10: 0545470129
Publisher: Scholastic Press
Publication Date: April 25th, 2017
Pages: 32
Language: English