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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 940L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; 1 edition (April 3, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316179582
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316179584
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,376,657 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Following the pleasingly predictable YA romance The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight (2012) comes this total change-up from Smith: a fablelike middle-grade slice of Americana about Storm Makers—those with the power to manipulate weather. Twelve-year-old twins Ruby and Simon are adjusting to a new life on a Wisconsin farm. But the worst drought in 100 years is killing the crops, and Smith expertly conjures the dusty feel of a Midwest where hope itself is baking away. Enter two strange figures: a kindly old man named Otis and a wolfish fellow named London, both of whom are associated with MOSS—Makers of Storm Society. Their appearances set into motion a battle for Simon, whose weather-creating mood swings suggest he might become the most powerful Storm Maker of all. Smith’s wise choice to tell the story through Ruby adds layers of poignancy, and though some of the mechanics bog down, this is miles away from most magical fare, and is therefore a real breath of fresh air. Helquist’s illustrations were not available for review. Grades 4-7. --Daniel Kraus

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"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....Credible and timely fantasy for the global-warming generation."—Kirkus Reviews

"It's easy to root for the twins, especially smart, science-savvy Ruby, who stands by her brother while struggling with her jealousy about his special status."—Publishers Weekly

"Smith expertly conjures the dusty feel of a Midwest where hope itself is baking away...this is miles away from most magical fare, and is therefore a real breath of fresh air."—Booklist

"A good fit for the target audience...[with] broad appeal."—VOYA

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Also it's a lot about friendship and the plot threads are woven very well.
Sarah
The book The Storm Makers is a good and interesting read featuring what it's like to have someone else who is close to you have something that you don't.
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The kids clearly love and respect their parents, other adults, and each other.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By anonymous on July 9, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I bought this book at a bookstore (remember those?) and pre-read it for my 8 year old daughter. I was surprised at how good this book was since I had never heard of it; turns out it was just released in April. Who knew?

General Evaluation: This was a gripping and exciting tale which is very well written. The author's description of the various settings is fantastic and you truly feel you can see everything unfolding right in front of your eyes, as well as feel the emotions of the different characters, etc. In fact, I could see the whole story playing out so clearly in my head that I will be surprised if someone does not try to make this into a movie. There were a couple of places where the mystery was a little forced, but I don't think kids would care - and frankly, I didn't really care.

Appropriateness: My daughter is a strong reader, but I'm not quite sure how she'd fare with this book. It's long, which I think she'd actually love. There aren't an excessive number of "big words", but the sentence structure can be complex (in a good way) and some of the imagery might be over her head. In addition, the emotional subtexts are probably beyond an 8-year-old, especially near the end as characters' motives and histories are revealed. However, I don't see this as a problem; you can certainly enjoy the story without picking up on those aspects of the story. As for the plot, while the story is very suspenseful, it's not gruesome or particularly violent, although I'm concerned the conflict would be a little too scary for my daughter.

**SPOILERS parents might care about: The main characters discover that one important storm maker has been responsible for multiple catastrophic weather events - one in which 100 people died.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sarah on April 23, 2012
Format: Hardcover
(posting for my son, who is 12 and an avid reader) (he was immersed in this book and read it quickly)

I thought this book was really good because it was cool how the ability to make storms and stop them didn't come up until a certain age. I also liked that people used the ability to help other people. Ruby doesn't have the ability, but she still is more awesome than her brother. Simon was kind of dumb, but I liked him anyway. Over all, the characters were really realistic and really good. The baddy doesn't seem totally evil; he talks kindly and sort-of creepily, but he's bad, and he appears to actually believe that what he's doing is good. It's cool that it's on a farm in Wisconsin because Wisconsin has quite a lot of storms (I live in Iowa, so I know). I really felt like I could picture it. The plot was fast moving. The chapter headers look like a barometer, except that it points to however the chapter is going to be--like, "warning," or "calm," or "windy," or "very dry," etc. I thought that was cool. Also it's a lot about friendship and the plot threads are woven very well.

Over all, this book is up toward the top of my list of favorite books. I recommend it for readers who like fast-moving, fun books and good characters.
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By errol j rice on May 7, 2014
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This book is very detailed and very imaginative.
It is about family and relying on your siblings.
I hope you agree .
This book is hard to put down, but it could of had more main parts to it.
I LOVED THIS BOOK PERIOD.
I hope you think the same.
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By Molly T. Fort on April 14, 2014
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Absolutely amazing, mystifying with amazement around every corner!!!!!!!!!! Storm Makers is a great book. I wish the whole world could know about it. The book is very inspiring. 3 cheers for storm makers all over!!!
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By F. H. on January 28, 2014
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Great story. Great ending. Unexpected. Good read. I enjoyed it. Age appropriate as well. Wish there's a sequel. Thank you.
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By Jillaine Nasrallah on January 13, 2014
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I liked this book. The publishing could have been a bit better. The suspense was maddening and it had me at a cold for most of the book
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