Reader Reviewed The Book of Storms by Ruth Hatfield

The Book of Storms

Written by Ruth Hatfield
Part of the The Book of Storms Series

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The Lovereading4Kids comment

November 2014 Book of the Month Creatively chilling, this debut novel takes the whimsically charming idea of talking to animals and turns it on its head. Eleven year old Danny, with his new found link to an ancient and dangerous magic is understandably scared and confused, this makes him feel alive and so very real. Danny’s determination to find his missing parents creates a feeling of optimism, which is needed to battle the fear that the sinister and shadowy Sammael creates as he stalks through the pages. This is a book that encourages imaginations to run riot for a while, at times scary and sad it also has an undercurrent of reassurance and strength running throughout. There are questions left unanswered and as this is the first in a trilogy, the door is left wide open for another exciting tale. ~ Liz Robinson

Reader Reviews

Kids love to read and so in addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Lovereading4kids Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title.

  • Tomasz Hawryszczuk, age 9 - 'A really exciting book about an 11 year old boy called Danny who's parents are storm chasers. After a massive storm one day he finds a fragment of wood from an old tree and here begins his adventure!' Read full review >
  • Rachel Galbraith, age 10 - 'If you like full on fantasy with many animals, this book is for you.' Read full review >
  • Sidney Greenslade, age 11 - 'Book of Storms is a story about an eleven year old boy who sets out to find his lost storm-chaser parents. I didn't find the tale very engaging and wouldn't recommend it.' Read full review >
  • Cara McIlroy, age 12 - 'Danny wakes up to an empty house. He cannot find his parents and thinks that they have gone storm chasing.  He soon realises they have disappeared and it is up to him to find out what has happened...I think that this book is full of suspense and a sensational read.' Read full review >
  • Aimee Goldblum, age 9 - 'I give this book 7/10 because some of the parts in the book didn't make sense, but overall I liked the book.' Read full review >
  • Aimee Sweet, age 13 - 'Every chapter seems to reveal yet another twist, which makes the book more interesting. From lethal dogs, to a twig that can talk, this book is very original and I definitely recommend it.' Read full review >
  • Hannah, age 13 - 'This was a great read! Gripping and exciting, it kept me reading for hours on end.' Read full review >
  • Alice East, age 10 - 'This book was really interesting to read as it was very different.' Read full review >
  • Amelie Chatham, age 12 - 'Although I don't really read books like this, it was well written, though not my style.' Read full review >
  • Ellen McTeague, St. Colm’s High School - 'This was a brilliant story and I could not put it down...I am looking forward to more novels by Ruth Hatfield.' Read full review >
  • Sam Harper, age 10 - 'What a fantastic book! Gripping, exciting, mysterious and impossible to put down.' Read full review >
  • Georgie Docwra, age 9 - 'Loved this book, even though it was a bit scary! Great adventure with lots of twists.' Read full review >
  • Annaum, age 9 - 'I loved it. I wish there was a part two...' Read full review >

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The Book of Storms by Ruth Hatfield

A boy on a quest against the power of the storm. Eleven-year-old Danny's parents are storm chasers - which sounds fun and exciting, and it is, so long as you aren't the son who has to wait behind at home. And one night, after a particularly fierce storm, Danny's parents don't come back. Stranger still, the old sycamore tree in Danny's yard seems to have been struck by lightning, and when he picks up a fragment of wood from the tree's heart, he finds he can hear voices ...including that of next door's rather uppity cat, Mitzy. The stick is a taro, a shard of lightning that bestows upon its bearer unnerving powers, including the ability to talk with plants and animals - and it is very valuable. So valuable, in fact, that it attracts the attention of a Sammael, an ancient figure of darkness and a buyer of souls. And he will do anything to get his hands on it ...And so begins a dangerous and daring quest. Danny, who is bewildered, alone and unaccustomed to acts of bravery, must confront his fears, find his parents and unravel the secrets of The Book of Storms ...


This is really something special. An 11-year-old boy searches for his storm-chaser parents and unravels a shadowy world of magic, menace and a truly terrifying foe. Wonderful storytelling with echoes of Susan Cooper. It's her debut and she's most certainly a name to watch ... Don't miss it. -- Fiona Noble The Bookseller - Book of the Month (November)

About the Author

Ruth Hatfield

Ruth Hatfield is from Cambridge, although she travels around a bit as she is a field archaeologist by profession. It's a good job for inspiration! Ruth has been writing stories for most of her life just to please herself; however, what she loves to explore is the way in which imagination gives us limitless possibilities to make our own lives extraordinary. In her spare time she eats books, gallops around on horses, pedals around on her bike and tries not to break too many bones.

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304 pages
Interest Age: From 9 to 12 years


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Hot Key Books

Publication date

6th November 2014




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