Review: Storm Watcher


Lightning Never Strikes Twice, Does It?

Luke Riley is lost. His mother’s recent death has set Luke and his family adrift. Even though his father, twin brothers, and their three Bloodhounds are search and rescue volunteers, they have been unable to rescue themselves and become a family again.

The summer after sixth grade looms in Luke’s mind as a long, lonely three months where the only thing he can look forward to is watching The Weather Channel. Luke is fascinated with the weather, but since his mother’s death in a storm, he is also terrified. Even the promised 13th birthday present of a Bloodhound puppy fails to lift Luke’s spirits. He would rather have a different breed – a petite Papillon, but his father insists he get a Bloodhound.When Luke decides to get the Bloodhound from Willajean, a dog breeder who owns Storm Watcher Kennel, he works out a deal to help at her kennel in exchange for the expensive dog. Thrilled to have a summer with a purpose, Luke befriends Willajean’s daughter, Megan and together they plan how Luke can get a Papillon puppy instead of a Bloodhound.

But nothing seems to work as they struggle with stubborn fathers, summer storms, unhelpful siblings, and hidden guilt. Can one little white dog really save both families?

How did I not know that Maria V. Snyder had a book for younger readers? I’m a huge fan of her adult fantasy work, mainly because she has such a distinct writing style and a real talent for crafting character, both of which translate through to Storm Watcher. This was a really fun story combining the main character’s struggle after his mother’s death with some really fun weather elements that I’m sure will interest middle grade readers. Of course, the dogs featured in the book will definitely help to grab some reader attention as well. There really is a little bit of everything here and I can easily see this book becoming one I recommend on a regular basis.

It looks like there’s only one book in the series so far, but there’s definitely room for more stories with these characters so I’ll be keeping an eye out for more books in the future!


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