Thanks to NetGalley, the publishers and the author for a free e-arc in exchange for an honest review.
Even though this is aimed at children, I enjoyed it very much, probably because I’m used to reading children’s books, working in a year 6 class myself.
The characters are short which help to break the story up for children who may find it hard to concentrate for longer periods. Even as an adult I prefer shorter chapters!
Even thought there are only three main characters, I felt it was really clever how the author gave Nimbus the cloud a personality and characteristics, different emotions making him (in my head Nimbus is a him!) turn into different cloud types. For instance, when he’s angry he makes thunder.
There was a perfect amount of action and tension throughout making it a quick to read, fast paced book. I read it in under two days.
I don’t know if there will be any more books showing Stella’s adventures as she learns to be a weather weaver, but the ending leaves it open to possibilities so I really hope the author does!
One biased bit that made me like this book even more when I’d finished was reading the acknowledgements at the end as the author actually completed this on the MA Writing For Young People at Bath Spa university which is where I completed my BA in Creative Writing! She thanks Lucy Christopher who was also one of my lecturers!
This is a great middle grade read and I’ll definitely be recommending it to the children in my class! Be prepared for some scary parts though!