The Storm Makers, by Jennifer Smith

Summary: Twelve-year-olds Ruby and Simon have been growing apart since their parents moved them to a Wisconsin farm, but weird weather events that seem tied to Simon’s emotions bring a stranger into their lives who introduces them to the Makers of Storms Society, strengthening the bond between the twins.

Little, Brown

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8 Responses

  1. I liked this book because it was very entertaining, and it hooked me in the beginning, unlike the last two books I read. The book had some clever plot twists, and there was some good foreshadowing. But despite all that, it had a cliffhanger, so it’s not a Newbery winner ( Was I right that it can’t win a Newbery if it has a cliffhanger? Tell me if I’m wrong.)

    • Yes, Benjamin. We are looking for stories that are pretty well self-contained so they do not depend on something else. Some series books have won before, but not cliffhangers.

  2. I think it had a few predictable parts but very few. However I disagree that it had a cliffhanger. I think that at the end it was finished and wrapped up completely. I think it has a good chance of winning.

  3. I still think it has a bit of a cliffhanger, because they don’t know what will happen to the “bad” guy! The only thing that happens is that he is not president anymore. A character even says (it says something that can translate to), “He will be back!”

  4. I think it has a cliffhanger as well. It was interesting but not my favorite so far. I liked the characters and I felt like Simon developed some.

  5. It was kind of predicable, and I think the ending did have a little cliffhanger, so I would say its not newbery.

  6. I also agree that it has a cliffhanger and i do not not think it could win. I connected with the characters but wasn’t very interested in a few parts. The end was exiting, but the beggining was hard to get through because i kept losing interest.

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