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Storm Child - Ele Fountain

Maya’s life is about to be upended. After her dad’s fishing boat is ravaged by a relentless storm, Maya’s parents make the decision to start over-by moving to a tropical island. But making a change doesn’t always make a difference.
Far from her friends and her quiet seaside home where she spent all her time surfing, Maya is swept away by a storm much larger than herself. As Maya begins to realise that paradise is not always what it seems, can she bring her family back home again?

My reiew (spoiler free):

This is a fun adventure story with a topical background theme of climate change and environmental impact.

Set up by the damage caused by a storm to her family's fishing boat, the story details what happens to main character, Maya, who is moved across the world and has to deal with loss of location, friends and significant change alongside the new challenges of making new friends and coming to terms with the new and different issues being faced by those on the tropical island and in the community she has moved to.

This is another triumph for Ele Fountain - relatable characters and a fast but empathetic plotline and with a serious message relayed in a gentle but uncompromising way, allowing the reader to consider it alongside the story itself and the character's events and experiences without completely taking over and being overwhelming.

Brilliant stuff - I look forward to sharing this with my Year 6 class next year, and reading more from Ele in the future!


Ele Fountain worked as an editor in children’s publishing where she helped launch and nurture the careers of many prize-winning and bestselling authors. Ele’s debut novel, Boy 87, won four awards and was nominated for nine more, including the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. She lives in Hampshire with her husband and two daughters.

Publisher and purchasing links:

Storm Child by Ele Fountain is available now from Pushkin Press. RRP. £8.99

My thanks to Pushkin Press for providing a proof copy of the book for review as part of the blog tour.

Review by Rich Simpson (@richreadalot) July 2024

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