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THE STORM MAKERS by Jennifer E.  Smith


by Jennifer E. Smith

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: April 3rd, 2012
ISBN: 978-0-316-17958-4
Publisher: Little, Brown

Contemporary twins in rural Wisconsin discover what’s really behind the weather in this meteorological tale of power and sibling solidarity.

A year ago, Ruby and Simon’s parents quit their jobs in a Chicago suburb and moved to a small farm to pursue dreams now threatened by a severe drought. The children have always been close, but since turning 12, Simon seems moody and withdrawn. When a freak thunderstorm coincides with Simon’s sudden illness, a mysterious stranger named Otis reveals that Simon is a Storm Maker, one of a select few with power to control the weather. The youngest Storm Maker on record, Simon has tremendous potential, but he is threatened by Rupert London, chairman of MOSS (Makers of Storms Society). London hopes to coerce Simon into participating in his sinister agenda, stirring up destructive weather events. Initially overwhelmed, Simon must choose between preventing disaster by stabilizing the weather or joining forces with London. In a surprising climax, Simon realizes how much he needs his science-savvy twin. Building like a summer storm, the pace and drama accelerate as thunderstorms, earthquakes, wildfires and tornadoes buffet the twin protagonists, who stand together as they face the elements. Black-and-white illustrations capture dramatic scenes.

Credible and timely fantasy for the global-warming generation. (Fantasy. 8-12)