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Storm Catchers

3.65  ·  Rating Details  ·  472 Ratings  ·  57 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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Jan 31, 2009 Emma rated it it was amazing
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
K. Carters
Mar 29, 2014 K. Carters rated it did not like it
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
Dec 26, 2014 Tailsmo rated it liked it
Enjoyable thriller for teens. Creepy supernatural element. I will be looking for more books from this author.
Feb 18, 2016 Didi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read Storm Catchers in 2009 or 2010, I can't seem to remember when it was exactly. I don't remember a lot about the book itself, other than the fact that I had LOVED it as a child. It's one of those books that stay with you for a long time after you've read it, and even years later, when you can't quite seem to remember what it was about or why you liked it so much, the only thing you do remember is that you did enjoy it quite a bit. I'll probably end up reading it again some time soon, just t ...more
Jul 30, 2008 Theresa rated it really liked it
it was very exciting and a real page turner
Feb 18, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it
Shelves: teens-ra, horror
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Sep 25, 2011 Elisa rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-lit-2011-2012
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
Feb 21, 2016 Jepha rated it it was ok
I don't understand how this book won an award,it feels like the author took a couple of unfinished NaNoWriMo projects and smashed them together. It's a mystery novel that tries to become supernatural? The exposition is terrible. instead of dropping clues and developments over the course of the story, we are led blindly until suddenly everything is revealed in a monologue after the climax has taken place.
There is very little depth to any of the characters, I wonder how many 3 year olds the author
Jun 29, 2012 Stephanie rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
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
Feb 15, 2016 lluulluu rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
My class was reading this together in English ( duhhh ) and I read ahead so... Its really a good mystery and there is a BIG shocker thats revealed at the end that could change the whole family's trust in each other. Sadly its a stand alone book which I so wish there was a part 2 because I want to know whats going to happen to the family and the kidnapper.
Penny Raspenny
Jul 10, 2013 Penny Raspenny rated it liked it
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
Feb 09, 2015 Debby rated it it was ok
I read this for a psychological suspense genre study, and there is suspense and a psychological element, but it's definitely geared to a tween/teen audience. It's gently suspenseful without any graphic violence - good for someone who wants to be scared a little bit, but not too much.
Lizzy Silverstein
Nov 08, 2010 Lizzy Silverstein rated it really liked it
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...
Amanda Weaver
Feb 18, 2016 Amanda Weaver rated it it was ok
I read this book because my son was reading the book for a school class. It's not one I would have picked for him, but he didn't seem to phased by it. The kidnapping results because of poor adult decisions the father made.
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
Dec 07, 2015 Bob rated it did not like it
I hate this book and everything about it. This is an Insult to English Litreture.
Feb 10, 2010 Cecile rated it really liked it
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
May 19, 2014 Sarah rated it liked it
It was good but i think the ending could have been better.
Jul 01, 2012 Vicki rated it liked it
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?
Oct 23, 2013 Sam rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, mystery
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.
Jun 11, 2014 Alia_H_240509 rated it liked it
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.
Jan 16, 2014 Emma added it
I don't know how to read it how
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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
Jul 26, 2012 Taler Bixler rated it really liked it
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who liked Weaver's Dream.
Shelves: teen, mystery
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.
Aug 03, 2011 Angélique rated it really liked it
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
Sep 25, 2013 Eva Drz rated it really liked it
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 its still an outstanding novel to read at any age!
Oct 04, 2013 Megan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 11, 2011 Neill Smith rated it it was amazing
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.
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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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