Published by Bloomsbury Children’s Books
Summary: Fionn and his older sister Tara have been sent to the island of Arranmore to spend time with their grandfather while their mother is dealing with some mental health issues. Tara has been to the island before and likes to lord her knowledge over Fionn; she often leaves him behind to spend time with her crush Bartley Beasley, who is searching for a secret cave. As Fionn gets to know his grandfather, he discovers that he is the Storm Keeper, the overseer of the magic on the island. Granddad knows that his time in this role is coming to an end, and that the island is looking to find a new Storm Keeper. As Fionn learns more about the magic, he starts to use it himself to travel through time and learn more about Arranmore’s secrets. The ending brings about the revelation of the new Storm Keeper and some healing in Fionn’s family, but there are plenty of unanswered questions to explore in book 2. 308 pages; grades 4-7.
Pros: A promising start to a fantasy series that ably combines magic and everyday life. Lots of interesting characters and history have been introduced that will provide a good foundation for a sequel.
Cons: As I was reviewing this book, I realized it was published in 2018. Since I had to force myself to read it (generally the case with me and fantasy), this was something of a blow. It looks like it was published in Great Britain in 2018 and in the U.S. in 2019, so that is something of a comfort to me.