The Weather Detectives


When an anonymous letter implores them to travel to the Caribbean, Henry Alabaster and his weather detective uncle are swept up in a puzzling adventure, one which will take them out to sea to investigate a strangely troubled cruise ship and its supposedly cursed captain!

Mystery is in the air. Alongside his artistic friend Rachel, Henry will encounter a belligerent sea captain, stories of vengeful ghosts, an impending hurricane, and more adventure than they can shake an umbrella at. As readers dive into this thrilling mystery, they’ll also uncover fascinating weather history – stories about a fateful race to the South Pole, a Mongolian emperor’s nation-shaping trouble with typhoons, and even a device invented to predict the weather using living leeches. Better bring your raincoat!


Author: Michael Erb
Age Range : 9-12
Grades: 3-6
Category: Product ID: 45683

Book Details:

  • ISBN: 9781943431694
  • Genre: Children's Fiction: Science
  • Page Count: 244
  • Age Range: 9-12
  • Grades: 3-6

Michael Erb is an assistant research professor at Northern Arizona University, where he conducts research about past climate and teaches about the climate system. As a scientist and author, he loves confronting mysteries both in his research and in a good book.

Kirkus Review:

Two young teens use science to investigate a mystery on a cruise ship.
Following the deaths of his parents, 13-year-old Henry Alabaster has lived with his uncle Kelvin McCloud, who has gained some notoriety as a self-styled weather detective. Investigating mysteries that coincide with weather events brings uncle and nephew on a Caribbean cruise where an unknown person has been committing acts of sabotage. Henry’s friend Rachel, who has solved a weather mystery with them before, also comes along for the ride, bringing some chaste romantic tension. Interspersed with third-person narration from both Henry’s and Rachel’s points of view is exposition from a book within a book by McCloud, detailing curiosities like the invention of the mercury thermometer or the exploits of Antarctic explorers. A grumpy captain and an encroaching tropical storm create some suspense—although, unsatisfyingly for the younger detectives, they’re off-page staying safe during McCloud’s climactic final confrontation with the saboteurs. –Kirkus Reviews
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