Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury

Publisher: Scholastic, 2007

Pages: 190
Source: My Shelves
Genre: Middle Grade Adventure/Historical Fiction

I had this book classified as an adventure until I finished it. It is based on actual events of a 1975 earthquake and tsunami that hit Hawaii. In this story Dylan is on his way camping with his scout troop. This seems like an awesome idea until he realizes the scout master has brought along Louie, some one Dylan knows, or assumes he knows as a trouble maker. But things aren’t always what they seem to be. Louie knows Dylan recognized him from a previous run in. He also does what he can to torment and tease Dylan. When the earthquake hits, followed by the tsunami Dylan gets to see another side of Louie.

I kept thinking about how many times we make snap judgements about people based on what we see on the outside. Once we get to know that person we often realize that we had things all wrong. This was a great book with a great lesson that didn’t come across as preachy. Once again Mr. Salisbury has given us much to think about.

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