Quinlan, Nigel The Maloney’s Magical Weatherbox, 313 pgs. Roaring Brook Press, 2015. $16.99. Language: PG ; Mature Content: G; Violence: PG;
Neil and Liz Maloney are very quickly caught up in the family business, which happens to include protecting a particular looking phone box outside their home. As one of the Weathermen, their father is entrusted with helping usher in each season in its turn. When things don’t go as planned, the Maloney’s must work together to get the world back on track and defeat their neighbor, Mrs. Fitzgerald’s, plan to control all the weather herself.
The complicated plot is somewhat difficult to follow, especially with the amount of characters involved in the story; however, the story is packed with twists and turns. Neil and Liz take turns narrating their separate plotlines, which can be confusing to readers, but eventually, helps put all the pieces of the mystery in place at the climax. Filled with fun characters, both realistic and fantasy, the story is one where each person’s talents are needed to help the family set the world’s weather in order.
MS- OPTIONAL. J. Hafen