Leap Books, LLC is thrilled to announce their middle grade title, STORM WATCHER, written by New York Times Bestselling author Maria V. Snyder, is a nominee for the 2015-2016 school year’s Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program in the Grades 6-8 Division.
Snyder’s STORM WATCHER follows Luke Riley whose mother’s recent death set 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 truly unite as a family again.
The purpose of the Young Readers Choice Awards Program is “…to promote reading of quality books by young people in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, to encourage teacher / librarian collaboration in young adult and children’s literature, and to honor authors whose works have been recognized by the students of Pennsylvania.” The 2015-2016 Master List of nominees, posted here, demonstrates Snyder is in good company.
Previous winners include: Katherine Applegate, Carl Hiaasen, Ransom Riggs, John Green, Margaret Peterson Haddix, Rick Riordan, and many other talents.
Maria V. Snyder switched careers from meteorologist to novelist when she began writing the New York Times
Praise for Storm Watcher:
“This deftly plotted story will engage readers of both genders with its fresh storyline….Intertwining family relationships, weather science and search-and-rescue dog training, this coming-of-age story relays themes of friendship, grief, challenge, fear and responsibility without didacticism or melodrama….A welcome addition to the middle-grade library.” ~Kirkus
“There is always room on the shelf for another exciting boy-and-his-
“STORM WATCHER is a brilliant and beautiful tale of how the simple, honest love of a dog can help a lonely boy find his way out of the darkness. Subtle, powerful and highly recommended.”
“Best-selling author Maria V. Snyder’s debut novel for young readers, Storm Watcher, is a thrilling, heart-warming canine caper. Thirteen-year-