Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Storm in the Barn by Matt Phelan
This graphic novel is set during the dust bowl era. Jack's family hasn't seen any rain for more than four years. So long, in fact, that Jack can't help on the farm or do any of the things that a boy his age would normally be doing to help out his family and to grow up. His sister is suffering from pneumonia caused by the dust. And when Jack tells the family that he has seen something in a neighbor's barn they believe he has dust dementia. Jack is certain, though, that he has seen a man with a face that looks like rain in the neighbor's barn and he feels that if he can face this scary vision it will somehow help bring the rain back to his town.