The Cloud Thief

James Nicol

A gentle fantasy adventure with a big heart. The story begins in Withering-on-the-Sand-Sea where rain is in such short supply that the town must pay for clouds to be delivered. When Mara discovers that a cloud might also help cure Old Bern, she sets out to go to the cloud factory to get one. The rest of the story is full of daring escapades, fantastical creatures and two children who work together to make things right. It’s a lovely tale and a clever way to highlight the issues of climate and global water supply. 

I would suggest that this could be a lovely KS2 class reader to accompany a topic about rainfall and the weather.

Published by Chicken House, 2024 (291 pages)

Reviewed by Rachel Bolton