I read a fantasy book a very long time ago about a boy who could control the weather. I believe he was poor and/or an outcast. The enemy of the book was I believe a traveling salesman. At the end I remember that everyone disregarded his ability and he didn't openly show off but rather used his ability to ease droughts.

Any ideas as to what this book is?

  • Avatar/ The Last Airbender?
    – Oak
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 16:39
  • No, I read this about 15 years ago.
    – Zac
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 16:57
  • Was there a book version?; en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leap_of_Faith_(film)
    – Valorum
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 17:44
  • It was a book, but not of that movie. I think the salesmen may have been an illusionist, don't remember. Magic wasn't prevalent in the book, in fact as I remember it was much like our world but this kid controlled the weather, and it gave him headaches when he did.
    – Zac
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 18:43
  • Thinking the book took place in slightly less modern times, the salesmen I believe sold "remedies" out of a horse drawn carriage.
    – Zac
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 19:23

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Dr. Dredd's Wagon of Wonders by Bill Brittain.

*Dr. Dredd's Wagons of Wonders* book cover

The village of Coven Tree is again bedeviled. This time a mysterious impresario named Dr. Hugo Dredd offers to save the townspeople from a terrible drought by lending the services of young Bufu the Rainmaker—but at a dreadful cost.

The boy has headaches.


That might be The Weathermonger by Peter Dickinson, which is the first volume (first written, but last in internal chronology) of his Changes trilogy. The other volumes are Heartsease and The Devil's Children. It certainly has a boy who can control the weather as a protagonist, in a future Britain whose technology has been put back to medieval levels by (as it eventually turns out) magical means.

  • It was published 3 yrs ago and I definitely read this over a decade ago.
    – Zac
    Commented May 12, 2014 at 22:46
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    That's a reprint. The Weathermonger was first published in 1969.
    – Mike Scott
    Commented May 13, 2014 at 5:38

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