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Title: The Weather Weaver
Author: Tamsin Mori
Publisher: UCLan Publishing
Pub Date: Paperback: 2020, Kindle:
I really hope this is the first book in a new series – it is such a fun, fantasy story that children (and adults) will love! Stella’s parents take her to stay with her grandfather on remote Shetland island she grew up on. Things have changed though as her Gran has passed away and Grandad is struggling with his grief. He’s angry, nothing she does is right . . . and she’s staying with him for the summer, till her parents return from their job! In her lone exploration of the area, Stella meets Tamar and so begins her adventure, new friendships and magical skills but also danger as a foe emerges, threatening them and all they hold dear!
Just the idea of having a friend, Nimbus, who is a cloud is brilliant enough but having a cloud friend who is like a young puppy in need of love and training, well, that’s magical! This story is superbly written, engaging and somehow believable. There’s fun as Stella learns new skills, there’s danger in being discovered and when The Haken, a local sea witch, starts to threaten the island, Stella is really going to have to learn quickly if she’s to help save the island and the clouds!
This is a magical read, ideal for middle grade readers, fun, engaging, entertaining and one to have them dreaming of developing similar abilities. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it and I’ll just say again that I really do hope it will be the start of a series as I’d love to continue to follow Stella’s adventures as she learns more about being a Weather Weaver.
Tamar held up one hand, as though hailing a bus. Her purple cardigan billowed around her. She pinched her finger and thumb together, and the wind stopped…
What if you could befriend a cloud? What weather would you choose? What would happen if the weather matched itself to your mood, whether you wanted it to, or not?
11-year-old Stella has returned home to Shetland to spend the summer with Grandpa, but it’s nothing like she remembers. Grandpa is lost in his grief for Gran, the island is bleak and Stella feels lonely and trapped. That is until she encounters an old woman, Tamar, who, to Stella’s amazement, can spin rainbows and call hurricanes.
Soon Stella discovers that she too is a Weather Weaver. With the help of Nimbus, a feisty young storm cloud, Stella begins to learn the craft of weather weaving. But when Nimbus brain-fogs Grandpa and The Haken, a local sea witch, starts to close in on the island, she realises that with magic comes big responsibilities.
It will take all her heart and courage to face the coming storm…
Drawing on the elements, island myths and the natural world, The Weather Weaver by debut author Tamsin Mori is a magical tale so rooted in the everyday that young readers will think it entirely possible that they too can conjure up a rainbow outside their window, or catch a cloud of their very own.