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The Rain Wizard

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The Rain Wizard by Larry Dane Brimner
Hardcover
Sep 08, 2015 | ISBN 9781590789902
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    Sep 08, 2015 | ISBN 9781590789902 | Middle Grade (8-12)

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* “This well-written and attractive book… (is a) well-designed, impeccably researched work.” —School Library Journal,starred review

* “Most kids have never heard of Charles Mallory Hatfield, but this fascinating biography will help remedy that… The book’s design is a standout, with intriguing historical photos filling the pages and a typeface that makes this invitingly easy to read.” —Booklist, starred review

“In December 1915, San Diego’s reservoirs were nearly empty, so the city turned to Charles Mallory Hatfield, whose skills at making rain were legendary… In this attractively designed and illustrated biography, Brimner offers a fascinating, well-timed portrait of an enigmatic character… The generously leaded text is set within wide margins and accompanied by copious archival illustrations; both decisions keep the relatively complex text accessible. An engaging, intriguing story of a fascinating man.” —Kirkus Reviews

“During the early twentieth century, Charles Mallory Hatfield claimed that he could coax rain from the sky. His services were offered to drought-plagued cities at the price of up to $1000 per inch of rain, and his success rate was remarkable. [R]eaders are tantalizingly left to contemplate whether he was mostly effective or mostly lucky…. Excellent archival photographs appear throughout, and an author’s note…” —Horn Book

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