Friday, April 20, 2012

Katertot's Review of The Storm Makers by Jennifer E. Smith

The Storm Makers
Title: The Storm Makers
Author: Jennifer E. Smith
Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 3, 2012

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Katertot's Rating:

From Goodreads: 

Enter the world of The Storm Makers, where there's magic behind every forecast.

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.

In this thrilling new adventure, loyalties can shift as quickly as the wind . . . and the ordinary can turn extraordinary in the blink of an eye.

Hi, everyone!  Mckenzie Kate aka Katertot here.  I'm filling in for my mom while she is lost in the magical land of Nevernever.  Don't worry, she's doing just fine, but I do often hear her mumbling the names Puck and Ash.  She only has one more book to go, though, so she'll be back soon.

Katertot's Review:


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!


  1. Such a great review! Thank you so much for reading and reviewing this, Katertot! I love the enthusiasm you put into your reviews! :D

    1. Awww, thank you, Ms. Jen! Thank YOU for sending me the book! You're so sweet! <3

  2. Wonderful review, Mckenzie! I haven't heard of this one but it sounds like it has a good bunch of characters. :) I'm glad you enjoyed it!

    1. Thank you, Ms. Sam! It really does - I think you would love it! <3

  3. This was such a wonderful idea! There's nothing quite like a review from the target audience. I hope this becomes a regular thing.
    The book sounds really amazing. I don't read middle grade often, but I am making a list of the really good ones for my kid to read in a few years when she's old enough. I'll write this one down to check out when the time comes. :)

    1. Hi, Ms. Maja! I hope it's a regular thing, too! As long as Mom lets me guest-post, I'm happy to do it! Let us know when your little one's ready, and we'll have a list for you :)

  4. Another brilliant review from a talented young writer. You review was terrififc so impressed by your writing skills uoung lady, you are definitely a blogger in the making. I saved the email,so I would remember to come and comment once I felt better. The next middle grade book I get I am sending to you so you can guest post for me. I hope your mom makes it back from the Nevenever soon.

    1. Hi, Ms. Heidi!! Aww, thank you SO much! That made my day! You're so sweet, and I really hope you're feeling better! I'd be honored to guest-post for you! You just let me know! LOL - she made it back from Nevernever, but I think both of us are ready to go back again! <3

    2. I will find a day and we can do a guest post do you have a book in mind? I don't care you pick one. I told your mom you two need to do a TMST post together, think of s good question and we can do it! Thank you I am feeling better, I have never had strep throat it is not fun. Got some antibiotics so I am on the mend. I am sending good thoughts to your Grandma, as well. Didn't you love Girmalkin?

  5. Loved reading this review again!! cocococo!!


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