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Storm Catchers

3.61 of 5 stars 3.61  ·  rating details  ·  317 ratings  ·  46 reviews
Fin is devastated by guilt when his sister, Ella, is kidnapped. She is snatched away from the house in the middle of a storm. As the kidnappers make their demands, Fin's guilt is replaced by a fierce determination to find his sister by whatever means he can, and bring the criminals to justice. But as the drama unfolds, a complex web of family secrets is revealed. It emerge...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published August 1st 2007 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published January 2001)
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This is 1 of the most moving books I have read in a long time. Its beautifully written, from the kidnapping to the collapsing to the truth to the strange little boy it's well worth the look!!!

The Summary (back of the book) Taken from the Book Storm Catcher:

"Tell a soul and she's dead. We'll be in touch."
The kidnap shocks the whole family. Ella has been snatched away from the house in the middle of a storm. Her brother Fin will never forgive himself for leaving her on her own. Now Sam, their litt...more
K. Carters
I'm not sure how to rate this book or if I'm being fair/harsh/generous. When I write the story down, it's something I would be interested in reading and it's not a bad notion. However, I don't think it translates to the book. The pace should be ultra quick -you are thrown in with an abduction in the opening chapter- but it feels ploddy and like nothing is happening. Half the book was learning to dowse for example -which wasn't that useful to the actual plot or outcome...the same thing would have...more
it was very exciting and a real page turner
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Rating: *** I started out thinking I was going to love this book. It was suspenseful and I just wanted to keep reading to find out what was going to happen! However, I was disappointed in the way Sammy’s story line played out which made the book overall less enjoyable.
Plot Summary: Ella is kidnapped on her older brother Fin’s watch. To make matters worse, his little brother Sam is acting peculiar too (he keeps running off). Now the family is trying to save Ella from her capture and Fin is trying...more
Storm Catchers opens with a page-turning kidnapping: Ella is snatched from her home in the middle of a storm, but only after she helps her little brother, Sammy, hide from the intruder. When the rest of the family returns to discover her missing, and a note promising, “tell a soul and she’s dead,” Fin and his parents begin a desperate search to find her.

The chapters alternate between Ella’s experience with her kidnapper and Fin’s attempts to find his sister. Woven into the tale is Sammy’s abili...more
Actually 3,5*

When I started reading this book I immediately fell in the scene that was described. I was as anxious as Ella was, wandering inside the house to discover where the noise came from. But what really won me over was the scene where she asked for her little brother to hide.

So I followed the story, and it was good don't get me wrong, but I never again felt that much into it. For some reason I really felt like an outsider looking in and I don't think it was the 3rd person narrative but th...more
Lizzy Silverstein
I really liked this book, I could feel the tension between the characters and I could feel the pressure of the incoming storm. I felt as if I was there with the family feeling the same feelings as them, feeling as if I could just reach out and comfort them in their time of need. I wanted to help them and figure out the puzzle, even with any pieces to put together, I just wanted the family to have feeling, and emotion again, to be happy. I wanted them to stop being sad, and tired, and numb...
GRPLTeens Grand Rapids Public Library
I like this book because a boy was kidnapped. His parents was getting worried about him because he was missing. the boy was walking down the street and a kidnapper just came and took the little boy out from nowhere. The kidnapper called his house and said to the father don't call the police or he will kill the boy. so he didn't call the police. The kidnapper called again and the father said where is his son and the kidnapper told him where is he. The father found the place and he said let his so...more
The end of this book gave me a very shallow feeling, coming from somewhere deep inside me. When Ricky turned out to have gotten brain damage and would never become the same again, I felt like I had lost something meaningful. I wasn't expecting to have gotten so connected with a character in such a short book, but it somehow happened. I really thought the book could have ended better, the way it started out. But, I think I enjoyed this book. All the characters were very whole, in a way I can't ex...more
Sarah Gothard
It was good but i think the ending could have been better.
Jul 01, 2012 Vicki rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: teen
15 yr old Ella has been kidnapped by a big burly guy and taken to a hidden cave & held for ransom. Her brother Finn, blames himself for not being home when he should have been. Their younger brother Sam is acting strange. The little girl he only sees, with the golden hair, who wants to play with him & lead him down to danger on the path near the sea, tells him to "catch the storm, catch the storm". I sthe storm brewing offshore or is it the on unknown storm brewing in the family?
This is a moving tale that combines the trials and tribulations of family life with the mystery and suspense of a kidnapping and the hint of the supernatural. Bowler combines a number of different viewpoints with ease and without giving away the ending and finale of the story, keeping the suspense and sense of mystery building. A good easy but enjoyable read with a little something for everyone.
Storm catchers is an interesting book that tell us a kidnapping story. I liked the book because of its fiction action. It start like and other kidnaping story put ends unusually. I liked the author's way of writing because it is easy to read. This book kept me interested from the first page all the way to the end.
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Mar 27, 2011 Megan marked it as to-read
When I was in 4th grade, my teacher started to read us this book. One day it went missing, my entire class looked all over for it, but we never found it. Ever since then, I've been determined to find this book. I still haven't found that book yet, but I hope someday I do, and then I can finish it. Got to find it!
Taler Bixler
I was compelled to read this book after being amazed by his other book frozen fire. And I have to say this book did not let down. It had a completely different story line from his other book, but still kept his original writing style. For any one who has or has not read any of his other books I highly suggest!
Laura Leonard
Apr 16, 2008 Laura Leonard rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked Weaver's Dream.
Shelves: mystery, teen
Ella has always felt scared to be home alone, but she encourages her brother to leave to be with his friends. Fin returns home to find that Ella has been kidnapped. He feels that it is up to him to get her back. His search leads him to the crumbling lighthouse, the ocean, and eventually to the truth.
Ramon Fregos
I read this book in 5th grade. this was my favorite book of all time. the reason is because this was the first book i actually read and enjoyed. i had already read many books but i didnt like it as much as this one. In this book i actually vizualized the story and what was happening.
This was difficult for me to get into at first, but as soon as I did, I was hooked. The emotions in this novel are so intense that you can't help but cry or scream. Plus, the setting was so intricately detailed that I could easily visualize the world Bowler created.
Eva Drz
This book is thrilling and i loved it! I read it in two days and I hoped it would never end!
Unfortunately there are some questions (especially about Sam) that are not answered at the end! However it´s still an outstanding novel to read at any age!
I thought this was going to be a really good book but I didn't find it as good as I thought. I think the characters are very interesting- especially Sam and Ricky! But I wished the ending was different. I would recommend if you want a light read though!
Neill Smith
Fin leaves his sister on her own to babysit his younger brother so he can see his friend’s new computer. While he is gone she is kidnapped. The kidnapper has a hidden motive and the three-year-old son has some startling invisible friends.
I didn't really understand what was going on with the falling lighthouse. The author also should have explained more during the book, not just in the last 3 chapters. Besides that it was an okay book if you just want a quick read.
Jonathan Brown
I loved the book.It was very good and filled with action and mystery. It was very good but at the end i got kinda slow. and the ending was a great surprise. so over all it was a great book filled with action and i would read it again.
The writing was bad. The characters expressed no emotions. I think the author was trying to show they felt something, but it just didn't come across to me at all. The supernatural elements really messed up this would-be-good plot.
I really enjoyed reading this book. This book was like a realistic fiction and mystery. I think the author's writing styles are kind of similar to the author Mary Downing Hahn. I think I will also enjoy other books he wrote!
Hated this book from the very beginning where they throw us into a kidnapping with no explanation. Add in bad motives, mysticism (ghosts, dowsing for a person) and boring characters, and this is a book to avoid.
Ashley Kannenberg
another great mystery from author bowler this one had great twist from the past and i loved the story line i didn't particularly like the ending i don't think it was just but it was a good read
Megan Williamson
I could not put this book down! It was an amazing mystery full of suspence. The whole book i was trying to guess who whould have kidnapped Ellie, but in the end, I was completly wrong!
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Tim Bowler is one of the UK’s most compelling and original writers for teenagers. He was born in Leigh-on-Sea and after studying Swedish at University he worked in forestry, the timber trade, teaching and translating before becoming a full-time writer. He lives with his wife in a small village in Devon and his workroom is an old stone outhouse known to friends as ‘Tim’s Bolthole’.

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