Kelvin McCloud and the Seaside Storm

Children - Grade 4th-6th
244 Pages
Reviewed on 03/25/2014
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Author Biography

Michael Erb is a Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Geophysics at the University of Texas at Austin, having completed his Ph.D. in atmospheric science at Rutgers University in 2014. Michael has been fascinated by weather since childhood, and his current research centers on studying and interpreting past climate change and modeling the response of the climate system to slow changes in the Earth’s orbit. Michael has lectured in college classes on meteorology, atmospheric dynamics, and climate change. He has co-authored scientific papers about orbitally-driven climate changes, North Pacific and North Atlantic summer anticyclones, and atmospheric circulation. Kelvin McCloud and the Seaside Storm is his first novel.

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Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite

Henry is a young boy trying to ignore the fact that his parents have abruptly disappeared while on a trip. No one knows what may or may not have happened to them, but Henry is determined not to think about it as he helps his uncle Kelvin solve cases. Kelvin is a weather detective, which means he investigates mysteries that revolve around weather, like a man being struck and killed by a single piece of hail only the size of a nickel. Is it a rare phenomenon or a cover-up for something much more sinister? If some of the people in his town are to be believed, there may have been more than a few who wanted him out of the way in Kelvin McCloud and The Seaside Storm.

Michael Erb has definitely created an interesting story here. Kelvin is a bit of an eccentric, but who doesn’t have an uncle just like him? And then of course there’s Henry who is desperate just to have some fun and explore some new places. The weather is fascinating to him and it was definitely fascinating to me to learn about it. There’s actually some really interesting information that this book teaches about the weather and how you can predict things that are going to happen. I have to say Henry reminds me of the children in my life and that’s what made this book a good read; he’s just what you would expect a thirteen-year-old boy to be and his adventures are definitely going to keep you guessing in Kelvin McCloud and The Seaside Storm.