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The Storm Makers

3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  480 Ratings  ·  67 Reviews
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 twin
Hardcover, 384 pages
Published April 3rd 2012 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2012)
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Apr 13, 2012 Sonia rated it really liked it
Aww, yay! :) I loved that ending.


Ruby and Simon are having a typical summer. They're adjusting to a somewhat new city, the weather is just a little too hot and they're not as extraordinarily close as they were before, but for the most part, nothing too out of the ordinary has happened.

Until it does.

A real page-turner, The Storm Makers guides you through Ruby's life as she tries to adjust to the fact that her brother has the ability of control the weather. As I was reading this novel, I kept th
Apr 25, 2012 Charlotte rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2012
Those on the lookout for good American rural fantasy should immediately get their hands on The Storm Makers. It's the story of two twelve year-old twins, Ruby and Simon, relocated from the suburbs to ten acres of midwest farm land by their idealistic (and quite possibly over-optimistic) parents. Ruby and Simon had always been very close, but in their new home, they began to go their separate ways, much to Ruby's regret, and she wonders if "maybe they'd never really been inseparable so much as th ...more
This was a fun book, I don't really feel like writing a big review, but I want to share my thoughts.

I liked the idea of Storm Makers, controlling, fixing and helping the weather. Helping people or in case of evil Storm Makers destroying things.
I would love to be a Storm Maker, though please not of the earthquakes (we saw what happened to the Storm Maker who had that one), I would rather be of the rain or storms.

Our main character Ruby is a wonderful girl, brave and smart. I liked her better tha
This novel borrows themes from L. Frank Baum’s most popular children’s tale to tell the story of one special boy and the incredible destiny that awaits him. The twins are real children—fun loving, disobedient, curious and fiercely loyal to each other and their parents. They are fraternal twins but have begun drifting apart, developing their own distinct natures and diverging interests. Their parents are typical of this sort: loving and kind and yet spectacularly oblivious to their children’s act ...more
Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens
Weather has definitely been on our minds. We just had the anniversary of the April 27, 2011 tornadoes, and we're in the middle of a week of unseasonably hot weather. So it's not surprising that I picked up yet another fiction book about weather. What's surprising is that it is completely different from the last one (Eye of the Storm) yet just as amazing! Great for kids interested in the weather and secret societies. But it's also a must-read for kids who have ever felt out of the loop.
Oct 05, 2016 Jenny rated it liked it
Far from being my favourite Jennifer E Smith novel (probably because it's definitely aimed for tweens) but quite a cute family story.
Review originally posted on Rather Be Reading Blog:

It’s been a long time since I dived into a Middle Grade book. The last time was probably seven years ago when I was in my backyard starting the Harry Potter series. Years and years after it had first been released because I didn’t think I could get into it. Was I ever wrong. As most of us know, Harry Potter is the quintessential good vs. evil, love vs. hate type series. With friendships and magical powers even I could appreciate. Everything abou
Nicole Gozdek
Ist das Cover nicht toll? Beim Anblick habe ich mal schnell beschlossen, dass mein SUB mal einfach SUB bleiben kann, und habe dieses tolle Fantasybuch für Kinder ab 10 Jahren ergattert. Und mal ehrlich, da steht AB 10 Jahren, nicht nur für Leser im Alter von Jahren, und im Herzen und in der Fantasie ein Kind geblieben, bin ich allemal. ;-)

"Sturmbändiger" ist auch wirklich so bezaubernd, wie der Roman aussieht. Es geht, wie der Titel schon erahnen lässt, um Wettermagie und eine geheime Organisat
Apr 03, 2012 Brittany rated it liked it
Ruby and Simon are twins, and before they moved to the middle of nowhere, they were close. Now though they have slowly grown apart. That is until some startling news is brought to them. Apparently Simon is a Storm Maker, able to control the weather. Ruby can't even believe that such a thing is possible, but after all the weird things that had been happening it makes a strange sort of sense. There are others like them; other who use their powers to help save lives and others who only want to do h ...more
Aug 30, 2016 Kendra rated it really liked it
**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 a
Adam Silvera

In her middle grade debut, Jennifer E. Smith (The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight) skillfully pairs magic and science to create a whirlwind adventure, both entertaining and educational.

The drought at the new McDuff family farm in Wisconsin has been brutal this summer, and when 12-year-old Ruby finds a stranger, Otis Gray, in her barn, he lists the symptoms that match her twin brother Simon's fever, which seem to be connected to the shifting
Hafsah Faizal
May 26, 2012 Hafsah Faizal rated it it was amazing
This review was written by my 10 year old sister

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 aft
Apr 05, 2012 Angela rated it really liked it
Shelves: ala-2012
More like a 3.5, I guess. I loved the concept and the actual writing. The cover and page art is also beautiful. The plot structure, not so much. First and foremost, I figured out the big twist about 100 pages in, and for the next 200 pages had to be frustrated with every single other character for not figuring it out, too. ESPECIALLY Ruby, since she's supposed to be smart and wants to be a storm maker so badly anyway. It seems like she'd have reached for anything that could have re-forged her co ...more
Nov 26, 2012 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: fantasy, middle-grade
Ruby and Simon are twins living on a farm in Wisconsin. It is a hot dry summer with a drought scorching the land. one day Ruby sees a stranger coming out of the barn. Simon is having an electrifying effect on appliances as he shorts out the toaster and the car battery. It turns out that the stranger, Otis, is in town to tell Simon that he is a Storm Maker. he is part of a group that helps control the weather. Otis is not the only storm maker in town; Rupert London also wants to get a hold of Sim ...more
Jan 27, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
At first I thought this was going to be like Savvy, but it wasn't: not everyone has the ability to affect the weather (although I'm not sure that an earthquake is a type of weather, but whatever). Usually it's a skill/talent that emerges when the person is in their 20s, but in this case, Simon is only 12 - the youngest StormMaker ever.

The McDuff family has moved to a farm in Wisconsin, where they will make a living off Dad's invention, Mom's painting and a few crops. At least, that's the plan. B
Jeff Raymond
Jennifer E. Smith is an author I know because of her awesome YA book The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight. Her doing a weather-based fantasy for middle readers? Count me in, I thought! Unfortunately, the book didn't meet my expectations.

The concept is great - we learn that there are people capable of controlling the weather, and one of our two child protagonists is one of them, and may be one of the strongest yet. What results is a power struggle between the Storm Makers of who wil
Ms. Yingling
Feb 29, 2012 Ms. Yingling rated it it was ok
Twins Ruby and Simon are living on a farm because their parents are trying to make it as an artist and an inventor, when a mysterious man, Otis, appears in their barn. Strange things start happening with Simon-- he seems to have an electrical effect on appliances, and the weather starts behaving strangely. Otis tells them this is because Simon has a rare talent-- he is a storm maker, and can control the weather. They find an ally in another storm maker, Daisy, who runs the local body shop. She i ...more
Danielle Larca
Aug 07, 2012 Danielle Larca rated it it was ok
Shelves: juvenile
Twins Ruby and Simon are having an unusually hot and dry, but otherwise ordinary summer on their family's farm - until Ruby spots a strange man leaving their barn early one morning. His appearance sets off a chain of events that neither child could have ever imagined. The man, Otis, has come to find Simon in order to let him know that he is part of a secret society of people called Storm Makers. Storm Makers have the ability to control and tame the weather. Soon, Simon and Ruby must race against ...more
Elisabeth Jewell
Feb 06, 2012 Elisabeth Jewell rated it it was amazing
Ruby and Simon, twelve-year-old twins, are passing their first summer at their family's new farm in Wisconsin, when a mysterious man shows up to explain that the strange weather they've been having is attached to Simon's mood and that Simon is the youngest (and potentially the most powerful) Storm Maker the world has ever seen.
A delightful middle-grade reader with a girl narrator telling the story, but centered around her twin brother (thus making it palatable for readers of either sex).
It is a
Oct 25, 2016 Hailey rated it it was amazing
This is the book that the GE Reading kids were working on in class. I honestly think there could've been more action in the middle of the book, because saving it all for the end seemed a little overwhelming. Otherwise, the book is actually pretty good! And I was starting to get that hunch about Ruby near the end, especially by the thing that Ruby noticed Otis had said about her and Simon. The district did a pretty good job picking the book. Now, I wonder how the other group that's reading Hoot i ...more
Jul 25, 2012 Angel rated it really liked it
Posted on Seashell Reviews at Mermaid Vision Books!

I have many dear memories of favourite middle-grade novels, like The Giverand Bridge to Terabithia. They served to ignite my imagination and tell me truths adults may have been reluctant to share with an 8- or-9-year-old.The Storm Makersis a novel worthy of joining those much-loved books. The POV and narration were stellar, lively enough to keep young readers' attention but insightful enough to please older readers as well. In fact, there was an
This had an intriguing premise. It also looked like it might be reminiscent of Savvy. That’s why I picked it up at ALA. Plus it had Brett Helquist artwork on the cover and I’m a pretty big fan of him. The story was engaging and I was interesting in seeing how the twins would handle themselves under pressure. Though I wasn’t sure I entirely felt the plot was as serious as it was portrayed. I liked the story and the struggle between the twins to find peace. It was a fun read and I liked the dramat ...more
Clayton Yuen
Jul 01, 2012 Clayton Yuen rated it really liked it
This young adult adventure was warm and captivating, a story of a brother's and sister's love for family, and how they react to their new found talent as Storm Makers. The storyline generously builds the bond between Ruby and Simon, and their newly found friends, and they are thrust upon an mysterious path of weather reckoning.

I give The Storm Makers 4 stars for the story and the concepts, and definitely for the development of the characters. It would have been 5 stars if it didn't drag in place
Jul 23, 2016 Sarah rated it liked it
This has been languishing around my house for years. I'm determined to clear some things out, so I'm trying to read the books I've got. This was a pretty typical middle-grade fantasy novel. I liked the notion of the twins, but the twist at the end I spotted from almost the very beginning. I also didn't buy the resolution of the main conflict at all. Finally, it feels a lot like a series starter, but it's not. That leaves a sense of things being unfinished, though everything is wrapped up. Mostly ...more
Nov 05, 2012 Judy rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Childreb un grades 3 to 5
The first half of the book wasn't exciting enough to keep my attention; I put it down and ended up finishing it a month later. The latter half of the book, though, is mush more entertaining, with two factions of storm makers fighting over whether to ameliorate the severe weather brought about by climate change or to increase the ferocity of extreme weather events in order to punish the people who mistreated the earth and caused the climate change. Humankind's role in causing climate change is ac ...more
Jul 19, 2013 Helen rated it liked it
Shelves: waw-options
This fantasy possible WAW nominee is a borderline yes for me. It was ok and I really enjoyed the illustrations, but the story was a bit hard to swallow! It's about twins Ruby and Sam who find out they are storm makers and part of a national society that has been taken over by a hothead who wants to make weather worse to teach people to take better care of the earth. Otis and Daisy are storm makers helping Sam and Ruby figure out how to create weather and trying to defeat London and his plans.
Laura Phelps
Aug 27, 2012 Laura Phelps rated it really liked it
Shelves: possiblemsba2012
A slightly different take on Kate Messner’s Eye of the Storm (this one is less dystopia, more fantasy). Ruby and Simon are twins who have been relocated from their comfortable suburban home to the prairie. What starts out as a dull summer turns exciting quickly, as it becomes apparent that Simon has some very unusual powers - the ability to change the weather. As forces both good and evil compete for Simon’s powers, the twins try to make sense of their new reality. Slow to get rolling, this one ...more
Julie F
Jun 20, 2012 Julie F rated it liked it
I read this out loud to my kids.

Overall, excellent plot. The idea of people who have super powers that allow them to create weather (Storm Makers) is a refreshing breath of air in a wasteland of dystopian novels. Excellent attention to detail and the character development is great. Readers will be cheering Ruby and Simon and Daisy and Otis on.

But, I have to agree with other reviewers that this book is too long to hold the attention of middle graders and the pace is rather slow.

I read the ARC so
Sep 25, 2014 Joyce rated it it was amazing
This book can be summed up in less then ten words- amazing, thrilling, and most of all, magical. I will admit that I picked up this book only because to cover of the version I read looked like the cover for Savvy by Ingrid Law, but I was pleasantly surprised at the gripping tale enfolded between these beautiful covers. I could not put this book down! Five stars, absolutely!
Kristina Chalmain
Oct 28, 2014 Kristina Chalmain rated it liked it
Quite a charming Young Adults book - with emphasis on the young (younger audience than say, for the Hunger Games or Divergent trilogies). The two protagonists' relationship is well portrayed, and the idea of "storm making" is fun. The plot itself, though, with the two opposing storm makers, are a bit too simple, too predictable. But I loved the descriptions of the family, and their life at the farm.
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Jennifer E. Smith is the author of Hello, Goodbye and Everything in Between, The Geography of You and Me, This Is What Happy Looks Like, The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight, The Storm Makers, You Are Here, and The Comeback Season. She earned her master's degree in creative writing from the University of St. Andrews in Scotland, and her writing has been translated into 31 languages.
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