“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.” ~ Jonathan Maberry, New York Times bestselling author of FIRE & ASH and ROT & RUIN
We're generating a thunderstorm of cheers for Maria V. Snyder's recent nomination of her Leap Books title, STORM WATCHER, for the 2015-2016 school year’s Pennsylvania School Librarians Association Young Reader’s Choice Awards Program in the Grades 6-8 Division. Congrats also to all the other huge talents nominated this year: http://pyrca.wikispaces.com/2015-16+Nominated+Titles
To celebrate Maria's nomination, we've created an animated version
of the Storm Watcher cover.
Check it out!
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?