- Hardcover: 208 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Childrens Books (3 January 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1582349525
- ISBN-13: 978-1582349527
- Product Dimensions: 12.4 x 2.3 x 21.6 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 322 g
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About the Author
Susan Vaught works with young people as a clinical psychologist. She has also been writing all her life. She and her large family live on a rugged, 45-acre mountainous farm in the Smoky Mountain foothills in Tennessee. This is her second book for young adults.
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Hurricane Katrina struck a year after this book was published. I'm sure it brought some comfort and hope to those young people who were feeling helpless in the aftermath of that devastating storm. And it is just as appropriate now for the survivors of Hurricane Ike. I recommend this book for anyone who has had to deal with natural disasters that tend to bring out the worst, but also the best, in people.
Marianne Dyson, member SFWA, children's author
But the Mississippi of 1969 is a far different world than Haiti. It's an explosive world of civil rights and desegregation and the Ku Klux Klan. It's a world where a black person could be killed for crossing the wrong person. And Grandmother Jones is very different from Ruba Cleo, or at least she seems so at first. She wants Ruba to become a good Christian and to give up the "witchcraft" she learned from Ruba Cleo. She also wants Ruba to keep her head down and say "Yes, ma'am" or "Yes, sir" when talking to a white person. But Ruba, a descendent of proud African warriors, can't do either, as much as she wants to please Grandmother Jones. Soon, Ruba finds herself fighting evil on two fronts, as she runs afoul of the local Klan wizard, just as the Stormwitch approaches with the most powerful storm that Ruba has ever known.
A powerful story told in an accessible way, Stormwitch brings to life both the devastation of Hurricane Camille and the horrors of segregation. It has elements of both fantasy and historical fiction. It's a stroke of brilliance to show a segregated Mississippi through the eyes of a strong black female, who not only grew up away from the culture of segregation and discrimination, but who has the pride that comes from knowing that she is descended from a long line of female warriors. The contrast makes the horror of being a black person in segregated Mississippi that much more real. And through Ruba's grandmother and friends, we also see the perspective of the people who did grow up there, people who are trying to change things in their own way.
In the wake of last year's Hurricane Katrina, the story of another hurricane that devastated the Gulf coast is so much more meaningful than the author could have envisioned when she wrote this book.
The text was easy to read, the story was exciting and the author doesn't tread tired old territory when including incidents of racism.
Finally, a fresh approach and an engaging story that allows my daughters to see girls like themselves in the spotlight! Stormwitch has been a good addition to our personal library. I highly recommend it.