From the author of THE STATISTICAL PROBABILITY OF LOVE comes Jennifer E Smith's THE STORM MAKERS - an adventure novel filled with friendship and mystery for any reader of Eva Ibbotson.
When twins Ruby and Simon's parents move the family from their cozy home in Chicago to a ramshackle farm in the middle of nowhere the only thing on Ruby's mind is: when can we move back home?
With miles of empty fields surrounding them, Ruby and Simon are growing apart, and Ruby doesn't know how to stop it. That is, until strange occurrences begin happening on the farm - sudden gusts of wind, rain storms, and even tornado warnings - that seem eerily timed to Simon's emotions. When a stranger shows up 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, Simon and Ruby discover a world of adventure lurking behind the backdrop of peaceful fields and farms. Soon Ruby and Simon are racing against the clock as they try to master Simon's powers in time to stop a rogue Storm Maker's dangerous and potentially deadly plans.
Twelve-year-old Ruby is having a long, hard summer. First, her popular twin, Simon, is revealed to be a Storm Maker ( one of a very small group of people in the world who have the ability to influence the weather ), and she finds out that Rupert London, chairman of the secret Makers of Storms Society, is harnessing Storm Makers to create extreme weather-related disasters and has Simon in his sights as a successor. Joined by a wise Storm Maker, who has a long history with the chairman, and a scrappy mechanic, who specializes in earthquakes, the twins work together to thwart London s plan. Smith s (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) first middle-grade novel is a bit slow to unfold, but 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. This is fairly straightforward good versus evil plotting, but readers who stick with it should be impressed by a late-in-the-game twist regarding Ruby. Final art not seen by PW. Ages 8 12.