The Rain Wizard: The Amazing, Mysterious, True Life of Charles Mallory Hatfield

by Brimner, Larry Dane (Author)

ISBN: 9781590789902

In December 1915, San Diego's leaders claimed the town's reservoirs were nearly dry. Knowing the city would not survive and grow unless it had water, they hired Charles Mallory Hatfield, whose skills at making rain were legendary. But when torrents and torrents of rain came, disaster struck. Roads were closed, people drowned, and dams burst. The town elders blamed Hatfield and refused to pay him. Was Hatfield really a rain wizard--or simply a fraud?--Amazon.com.

Age Range: From 9 to 12

Format: Hardcover, 80 pages

Publisher: Calkins Creek Books, September 2015

Product Dimensions: 10.1 L × 9.1 W × 0.7 H

Publisher Marketing: Publisher Marketing: In December 1915, San Diego s leaders claimed the town s reservoirs were nearly dry. Knowing the city would not survive and grow unless it had water, they hired Charles Mallory Hatfield, whose skills at making rain were legendary. But when torrents and torrents of rain came, disaster struck. Roads were closed, people drowned, and dams burst. The town elders blamed Hatfield and refused to pay him. Was Hatfield really a rain wizard, or simply a fraud? Renowned author Larry Dane Brimner examines the man and the myth by relying on personal recollections from growing up in California, as well as extensive research. Readers will be captivated by Hatfield a man once known as the Frankenstein of the air and his secret rainmaking formulas. Includes author s note, source notes, and bibliography.

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