Monday, July 2, 2012

Bibliophile's Corner

The Storm Makers
by Jennifer E. Smith

Flap Copy Description:
Maybe it was only a storm.
But it certainly didn't feel that way.

What starts as an ordinary summer turns exciting and perilous for twins Ruby and Simon when strange occurrences begin happening on their farm - sudden gusts of wind, rainstorms, and even tornado warnings - that seem eerily timed to Simon's emotions.
Then a stranger arrives and tells the twins that Simon is a Storm Maker - part of a clandestine group of people entrusted with controlling and taming the weather - and that he is in great danger. Soon Simon and Ruby must race against the clock as they try to master Simon's powers in time to stop a rogue Storm Maker's treacherous - and potentially deadly - plans.
In this thrilling new adventure, loyalties can shift as quickly as the wind...and the ordinary can turn extraordianary in the blink of an eye.

My Thoughts:
The Storm Makers is the delightful debut MG novel by Jennifer E. Smith. Although this story takes a bit too long to "get going" once it does it's like a windstorm with lightning speed! Ms. Smith has created a colorful cast of characters with a unique and entertaining plot. Each chapter title page is illustrated with a barometer pointing to the mood of the chapter: windy, change, warning, etc. The author's father is a weather buff, so she comes by the subject matter naturally - this made for an informative and believable tale.  I would recommend this newly-released middle grade novel to readers from the ages of 8 - 12.
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