The Thief of Worlds

Random. Apr. 2021. 288p. Tr $16.99. ISBN 9780385392518.
Gr 4 Up–Eleven-year-old Hurricane was born during a violent wind storm. The wind is a part of him—quite literally part of his blood, bones, and marrow—and he needs it to stay alive. He and his mother live in Chicago, the Windy City, where the air has been still for days and its quality is becoming increasingly worse. People are getting sick, and his mother has to be hospitalized. While Hurricane is alone, Zephron Windlord, who is in charge of the wind, appears, and together they set out to find the stolen Aerobellon, which produces wind. Hurricane travels across different worlds, and along the way he encounters new friends who, with their courage and skills, are able to restore order to not just the world in which Hurricane exists but others, too. Coville brings readers another epic adventure, this time with an environmental crisis spin. Through Hurricane, readers are shown that things, and people, are not always what they seem, and are encouraged to approach everything with an open mind. The depiction of characters who don’t fit traditional gender roles is another refreshing component of this middle grade novel.
VERDICT Light, fun fantasy that touches on current topics. Purchase where previous titles from the author have circulated well.

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