Storms and Twins: A Review of The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith

The Storm Makers
Jennifer E. Smith
384 pages
Publisher: Little Brown
Release Date: April 3rd, 2012
Source: ARC from ALA
Rating: LOVED

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.

   Ruby and Simon are twins who’ve lived an ordinary life. So far. As their so called ordinary life continues, strange things start happening, eerily timed with Simons emotions.

   When Ruby meets a man named Otis, he tells her the impossible. Otis says her brother Simon is a Strom Maker- part of a group that can control and tame weather. But things are getting scarier and scarier. When Simon suddenly gets sick, a harsh storm attacks the area. Soon after, the twins meet London, who Simon loves, right away. But Ruby is suspicious. As the story unravels, can Simon stop a bad Storm Maker with deadly plans for the world?    

    Jennifer E. Smith wrote this book in a fabulous way, expressing details so I can see the world clearly in my head. I loved the illustrations and the cover. My favorite character was Otis, because he’s loyal to his word (except once). I’d give this book 5 stars, it’s wonderful! Like I said before, I like how Jennifer E. Smith wrote this book, that’s why I’m giving it my best rating. This is one of the best books I’ve read! There were a couple of funny parts, but the rest was more like… well, serious. This book was perfect for me because I love adventure and action and this book was full of it! I would recommend this to anyone who is looking for a good adventure on a rainy day – or any day!

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    May 26, 2012

    Great review! This looks like one I can recommend to a lot of my students. Thanks!

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    May 27, 2012

    Great review!

    This book is on my wishlist (:

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    August 7, 2012

    I really enjoyed Jennifer's other book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. I didn't know she had a MG novel out. This sounds really lovely!

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    December 31, 2012

    Thanks for the review. I hadn't heard of this one. I want to read some more MG. Sounds cute enough. I like the idea of controlling weather too.