Since I picked up a quite a few middle-grade titles, I decided to enlist the help of said BBS's little protégé, the one and only Mckenzie. Mckenzie just recently celebrated her 13th birthday and is at the perfect age to read some of the hottest MG titles releasing this year. She's also a reader, just like her mother, and was ecstatic to not only read these ARCs for me, but also review them here on the blog.
And, so, without further ado, here is Mckenzie's review of The Storm Makers:
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Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 3, 2012
Ruby and Simon McDuff are two very ordinary twins… or so they think. Once they receive a visit from a strange man named Otis, they aren’t so sure any more. Otis explains the reason for the turn of events in the weather lately. Like freak snowstorms all over the US, and even hot, scorching droughts in Wisconsin. Much to Simon's shock, Otis informs him he is a Storm Maker. Storm Makers don’t necessarily make weather, in spite of their name, but control it to protect the people of the earth. It’s hard to understand at first why Simon can’t seem to make as much as a snowflake or a gust of wind. Things aren’t working out quite right, and they’re all starting to doubt whether he’s really a Storm Maker after all.
Then, a new character comes into the picture… a very mysterious and somewhat shady Rupert London, who Ruby distrusts immediately. And for good reason. A Storm Maker gone bad, London has decided to get even with the people of the world for all they’ve done to ruin the environment, such as oil spills, car fumes, etc. He has decided to destroy parts of the earth (killing people while doing so) by working to create tornadoes, hailstorms, and even avalanches. Ruby, Simon, Otis, and Daisy (another Storm Maker) have to work together to stop London from completely ruining everything Storm Makers stand for: controlling the elements to help people in danger - such as slowing down a hurricane, or holding off a forest fire. But London has other plans in mind…
An interesting, absorbing story with a wonderful twist at the end (gotta love those), The Storm Makers is a perfect story for anyone who loves reading about weather and exciting events that are very realistic. Jennifer E. Smith has sucked me in like a tornado with her excellent writing skills. Even though this is a kids’ book, the story is full of beautiful writing for all ages. Just out of the blue, like a flash of lightning (see what I did there?), a superb quote such as this would catch my eye:
“There are days when time splits down the middle, and before and after no longer bear any resemblance to each other.”
I must name a few of my favorite characters:
~ Ruby: I adored Ruby, because she was a very bookish girl (who wouldn’t love a girl like that?) and a very smart person. She was always giving scientific facts and explaining things to people. Ruby was definitely a lead character that I had no trouble liking.
~ Otis: Otis was by far my favorite character in the book. He was so sweet, and I just loved him! He’s the kind of guy who you just like instantly. He was always looking out for Ruby and Simon, and he always had the right thing to say.
~ Daisy: As a mechanic on the side, and a Storm Maker full time, Daisy was a quirky and interesting character to read about. She was a lot like Otis in the way that she was a wise and good person, but her back-story was heart-breaking. I love Daisy because she reminds me of my mom. No, no, my mom is definitely not a mechanic… (hahaha) but both my mom and Daisy have useful insight whenever there’s a problem. They also are both good people and fun to be around (and no, she did not pay me to say that).
I want to mention the occasional illustrations throughout the book - I loved them! Ms. Smith has written a wonderfully exciting book. It’s hard for me to believe this was her first kid’s book, and I hope she writes many more!
A huge thank-you to Jeannette at the Starry-Eyed Revue for sending me this ARC! You rock, Ms. Jen! Thank you bunches!
No, I bet Michele didn't have to pay you to say that, Mckenzie! In fact, I know I've gone to her more than once for her wonderful words of wisdom, and well, she's obviously good people...she raised one fine daughter, and I think that says a lot about her. :D
I've got The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight sitting on my shelves as we speak, and after this wonderful review of Jennifer E. Smith's The Storm Makers, I think I'll have to make time to read both very soon.
Thank you soooo much for your lovely review, Mckenzie! I can't wait to see what you're reading next!