Sarah Beth Durst


ISBN: 9781328973429


a middle grade novel
by Sarah Beth Durst
available now from Houghton Mifflin Harcourt / Clarion Books

Even the quietest voice can change the world.

Storm beasts and their guardians create perfect weather every day, and Mina longs for a storm beast of her own. But when the shy, gentle girl bonds with a lightning beast -- a creature of fire and chaos -- everyone's certain it's a mistake. Everyone but Mina and the beast himself, Pixit. Quickly enrolled in lightning school, Mina struggles to master a guardian's skills, and she discovers that idyllic weather comes at a devastating cost -- a cost powerful people wish to hide. Mina's never been the type to speak out, but someone has to tell the truth, and, with Pixit's help, she resolves to find a way to be heard.

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Summer 2019 Kids Indie Next List
Florida Sunshine State Young Readers Award Nominee 2020-2021
Nebraska Golden Sower Award Nominee 2021-2022
Louisiana Young Readers' Choice Award Nominee 2021-2022
Oregon Battle of the Books Nominee 2022-2023
A Mighty Girl 2019 Book of the Year
An Amazon Best Book of May 2019
Tome Society It List
Lectio Book Award Nominee

"Durst's fantasy is fascinating and powerful... The underlying theme of the book reminds readers that it only takes one spark from one child to change the world." -- Booklist (Starred Review)

"Exciting, timely, and world-shaking!" -- Tamora Pierce, #1 New York Times best-selling author

"Readers will crave their own dragon-shaped storm beast to take them flying into storms and grabbing lighting with their hands. Warm, exciting, hopeful, and ethical." -- Kirkus

"A reassuring journey of self-discovery that will charm readers." -- School Library Journal

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Also Available as an Audiobook:


Audio Edition

written by Sarah Beth Durst
narrated by Eevin Hartsough
available now from Recorded Books and Audible

Coming Soon: Russian Translation from Eksmo

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