The Storm Bottle
written by Nick Green
About the book: Swimming with dolphins is said to be the number one thing to do before you die. For 12-year-old Michael, it very nearly is. A secret boat trip has gone tragically wrong, and now he lies unconscious in hospital.
But when Michael finally wakes up, he seems different. His step sister Bibi is soon convinced that he is not who he appears to be. Meanwhile, in the ocean beyond Bermuda’s reefs, a group of bottlenose dolphins are astonished to discover a stranger in their midst – a boy lost and desperate to return home.
Bermuda is a place of mysteries. Some believe its seas are enchanted, and the sun-drenched islands conceal a darker past, haunted with tales of lost ships. Now Bibi and Michael are finding themselves in the most extraordinary tale of all.
Praise for The Storm Bottle
‘I loved it… An absolute winner.’
– LA Weatherly, author of the Angel Burn trilogy
‘A writer who knows how to grip the imagination, make you sit on the edge of your chair, and make you laugh out loud.’
– Michelle Lovric, author of The Undrowned Child, The Mourning Emporium, and The Book of Human Skin
‘If you only ever buy one Kindle book in your life (although that sounds a bit unlikely, now that I stop and think) this has to be it.’
– The Bookwitch blog.
Please enjoy the following excerpt from The Storm Bottle.
I flopped on a couch. It was stuffy below deck, but Rodrigo’s nose was already pink, and if I took him home with third-degree burns I’d be toast. He glanced up from his water.
‘That? It’s Hal’s storm bottle.’
Rodrigo gawked at the glass thing that dangled above the table, and I could see him thinking, A bottle of storms?
‘For predicting the weather,’ I said. ‘It’s also called a shark oil barometer.’
The bottle was actually one from my collection, a mint-condition Hamilton torpedo with an egg-point base. I took it from its twine cradle.
‘This clear liquid inside is oil,’ I explained. ‘From a shark’s liver.’
I noticed how he tensed at the word shark.
‘And this thick white layer at the bottom is the silt. When the weather’s fine, like today, the two separate out, see? So the oil at the top is clear. But if rain or bad weather is on the way, then the oil clouds over.’
Author the author: Nick Green is a UK children’s and YA author, best known for his trilogy The Cat Kin, published in the UK by Strident Publishing and in Germany by Ravensburger, and also as a BBC audiobook. He has appeared on BBC radio talking about his books, and has been shortlisted for two UK children’s book awards. He regularly does school visits and other children’s literary events. The Storm Bottle is his first straight-to-Kindle novel.