The best middle grade children’s books with wonderful weather magic

Who am I?

Ever since I was small, I’ve been fascinated by weather magic. Whenever we visited our Shetland family, I’d spend the last few days trying to conjuring fog, to ground the planes, and keep us there a little longer. Reader, it worked! My parents were not happy. I was over the moon and thereafter, utterly convinced that I had magical powers. This is a list of magical middle grade books guaranteed to delight anyone who’s ever been told they have their head in the clouds. Up with sky gazing, daydreaming, and chasing rainbows!


I wrote...

The Weather Weaver

By Tamsin Mori,

Book cover of The Weather Weaver

What is my book about?

11-year-old Stella has returned home to Shetland to spend the summer with her Grandpa, but it's nothing like she remembers. Grandpa is grumpy and over-protective, the island is bleak, and Stella feels trapped, until she encounters an old woman, Tamar, who can spin rainbows and call hurricanes.

With the help of Nimbus, a feisty young storm cloud, Stella begins to learn the craft of weather weaving. But when her cloud brain fogs Grandpa and a sea witch threatens the island, she realises that magic comes with big responsibilities. It will take all her heart and courage to face the coming storm...

The books I picked & why

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A Girl Called Owl

By Amy Wilson,

Book cover of A Girl Called Owl

Why this book?

This story sparkles with intrigue and winter magic—it has all the delight of the first fat flakes of snow falling on a December morning. I love that the story feels so utterly grounded in the real world, before the magic begins to creep in. What would you do if frost patterns appeared on your skin? Try to ignore it, or follow the call of adventure? A frosty tale with a huge warm hearthighly recommended.

A Girl Called Owl

By Amy Wilson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Girl Called Owl as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A glittering story of frost and friendship, with writing full of magic and heart, the Branford Boase-longlisted A Girl Called Owl is a stunning debut about family and the beauty of the natural world.

It's bad enough having a mum dippy enough to name you Owl, but when you've got a dad you've never met, a best friend who needs you more than ever, and a new boy at school giving you weird looks, there's not a lot of room for much else.

So when Owl starts seeing strange frost patterns on her skin, she's tempted to just burrow down…


A Storm of Sisters

By Michelle Harrison,

Book cover of A Storm of Sisters

Why this book?

This is the latest book in the Pinch of Magic series and I’ve avidly awaited each one (as have the younger readers in our household). My favourite thing about these stories is the entirely believable relationship between the three Widdershins sistersfull of all the banter and bickering, love and loyalty of real family life. Add a generous pinch of unpredictable magic and the result is utterly gripping and occasionally laugh-out-loud funny.

A Storm of Sisters

By Michelle Harrison,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked A Storm of Sisters as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

There are secrets hidden beneath the ice . . . bring the magic home in the frosty fourth instalment of the bestselling Pinch of Magic Adventures, from the award-winning author Michelle Harrison.

When the Widdershins sisters and Granny are called away in deepest winter to look after cousin Clarissa, it doesn't take long for adventure - or trouble - to find them. The town of Wilderness has plenty to explore with its frozen lake and winter market, as well as being haunted by a doomed highwayman and his secret love. But the legends are true and seeing a ghostly figure…


The Thief Who Sang Storms

By Sophie Anderson, Joanna Lisowiec (illustrator),

Book cover of The Thief Who Sang Storms

Why this book?

This book reads like a modern-day mythcompletely fantastical, but utterly grounded in the very real wants, needs, and challenges of one young girl, Linnet. The core theme of this magical story is that we have more in common than that which divides us. It feels like an essential message right now, but it’s delivered with a deft lightness of touch and wrapped in beautifully imagined magic. Oh, to be able to sing magic!

The Thief Who Sang Storms

By Sophie Anderson, Joanna Lisowiec (illustrator),

Why should I read it?

1 author picked The Thief Who Sang Storms as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

"A timely quest infused with magic." The Times, Children's Book of the Week

The hugely-anticipated, brand-new fairytale adventure from Sophie Anderson, the bestselling author of The House with Chicken Legs.

The Island of Morovia is shaped like a broken heart. The humans live on one side of the island, and the alkonosts - the bird-people - live on the other. But it wasn't always this way...

Linnet wishes she could sing magic. But magic is forbidden and she has been banished with her father to the Mournful Swamp. She misses her old life, and dreams of reuniting with her friends.…


Rainbow Grey

By Laura Ellen Anderson,

Book cover of Rainbow Grey

Why this book?

Weather, magic, the power to control the weather, and the power of friendship… This story has all the ingredients I love. Perfect for slightly younger readers, it’s packed with quirky cartoony illustrations and has a wonderful cast of characters, including my favourite: the farting cloud cat, Nim. A gentle magical adventure that will leave young readers looking up at the sky and wondering…

Rainbow Grey

By Laura Ellen Anderson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Rainbow Grey as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A magical new series from best-selling author and illustrator, Laura Ellen Anderson!

Ten-year-old Ray Grey lives in the magical Weatherlands, high in the sky. Ray is surrounded by Weatherlings with astounding weather power at their fingertips . . . but she doesn't have ANY magic!

Then, after a trip to Earth, Ray's life changes forever. She is transformed from Ray Grey into RAINBOW GREY! With the help of her best friends (and exploding cloud cat, Nim) now all Ray has to do is master her powers AND save the world from a mysterious, powerful enemy . . .


Ghostcloud

By Michael E. Mann,

Book cover of Ghostcloud

Why this book?

This is an edge-of-the-seat mystery that will keep you reading long past bedtime. The story begins in a grimy underworld beneath the Battersea power station, but rapidly expands into the sky. I’d recommend this book to readers who like their magic with a thrillthe stakes are high and it’s an absolute page-turner. I particularly love the fact that Alma (a friendly ghost who befriends the main character), can change the shape of clouds. How many hours have I spent trying to do that through sheer willpower!

Ghostcloud

By Michael E. Mann,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked Ghostcloud as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

'A superbly inventive and magical debut'
Piers Torday

'Beautifully written and filled with unforgettable characters ... a diamond of a book'
Ross MacKenzie

'Utterly original, thrilling, strange and cracking good fun ... every chapter is packed full of wild imagination'
Liz Hyder

Catch the wind. Find your freedom.

A riveting, magical adventure set deep underneath a richly reimagined London for 9+ readers.

Kidnapped and forced to shovel coal underneath a half-bombed, blackened power station, 12-year-old Luke's life is miserable. Then, he discovers he can see things others can't. Ghostly things. Specifically, a ghost-girl named Alma. Alma, who can ride clouds…


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