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Storm Watcher [Kindle Edition]

Maria V. Snyder
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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 thirteenth 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.

Luke works out a deal with Willajean, the dog breeder who owns Storm Watcher Kennel, to help her 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 to get Luke a papillon puppy instead of a bloodhound. But things go wrong, and they struggle with stubborn fathers, summer storms, unhelpful siblings, and hidden guilt.

“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

"Best-selling author Maria V. Snyder’s debut novel for young readers, Storm Watcher, is a thrilling, heart-warming canine caper. Thirteen-year-old Luke loves dogs and is fascinated with weather data—but storms terrify him. With lightning quick action, humor, and lots of dogs, Storm Watcher will delight readers. Also the scientific and math insights into weather will appeal to educators and inspire readers to create their own weather science projects. Highly recommended!

~ Linda Joy Singleton, author of THE SEER and DEAD GIRL series

"Snyder's lightning strikes again with STORM WATCHER's tale of ordinary people fighting to become heroes in the face of things they fear most. Luke's story is by turns funny, touching, and achingly real, as Snyder harnesses a lifetime of expertise about meteorology, dogs, and life in small towns."

~ Morgan Keyes, author of the Darkbeast series

"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-dog story, and this readable contemporary novel will appeal especially to youngsters interested in search-and-rescue training or meteorology." ~School Library Journal

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Meteorologist turned novelist, Maria's been writing fantasy and science fiction since she was bored at work and needed something creative to do. A dozen novels and numerous short stories later, Maria's learned a thing or three about writing. She's been on the New York Times bestseller list, won a half-dozen awards, and has earned her MA degree in Writing from Seton Hill University where she's been happily sharing her knowledge with the current crop of MFA students. She also enjoys creating new worlds where horses and swords rule, 'cause let's face it, they're cool, although she's been known to trap her poor characters in a giant metal cube and let them figure out how to get out. Readers are welcome to check out her website for book excerpts, free short stories, maps, blog, and her schedule at http://www.MariaVSnyder.com.

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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
By DebB TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I always wonder how publishers think we decided whether to buy a book or not if they don't give us a single clue as to what its about or who it's aimed at. Now Ms Snyder is an author I sometimes really rate (Poison series) and sometimes don't (Glass series), so she's not an automatic buy for me. Anyhow, FYI, here's the synopsis from her website:

"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?"

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1.0 out of 5 stars :( 28 May 2014
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Have read and enjoyed all her books so pre ordered this but was really disappointed. Hopefully her next one will be better :(
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading 3 Sep 2014
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Another good one
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5.0 out of 5 stars for teens 25 Sep 2014
By Kevin E. Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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I was not the target audience for this book, but because it was by Maria Snyder, I bought it. It is about a 13 year old boy and his family. There is no magic here, just kids, adults, and dogs. It expresses very well the frustration of being a teen. There is adventure, love, conflict, and fun. I recommend it to teens and adults who enjoy YA fiction.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read! 1 May 2014
By Kimberly C - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the synopsis. I knew it was written by one of my favorite writers, Maria V. Snyder. (If you haven’t checked out her Healer series, my personal favorite, then you should run out and grab them now!) I knew it was middle grade, and it was about dogs and the weather. It turned out to be so much more.

Having just lost his mother, Luke and his brothers live with their father who is a famous Search and Rescue leader. There’s a lot of family dynamics that are brewing just under the surface. Whether that’s Luke struggling with his own guilt and demons, or his interactions with his bullying brothers, or even his thin relationship with his father, the is a lot of emotion going on in this book. Luke blames himself for his mother’s death and is sure that his family blames him too. That’s certainly a lot to place on a young kid, who has no friends and a large anxiety towards thunderstorms.

But Snyder handles gentle Luke’s character gracefully, allowing his insecurities and flaws to shine through. The family’s grief is dark cloud, floating in and out of the atmosphere of the tale, making the family and their challenges very real to me. I wanted to slap awake Dad and tell his brothers to shut up. And that’s the beauty of the story. It resonated with me because the characters are so real, their motivations so clearly sprung from their loss.

The secondary characters are fun and full of life. The story brought me in and held me there, my heart cracking slowly for Luke and warming for the dogs. I am a dog person. Yes, I have rabbits. But I am a dog person. Snyder brings all of the sweet dogs to the forefront, loyal heroes who add yet another layer of warmth to this world.

I really enjoyed Storm Watcher, reading it in two nights as soon as I got home from work. It’s a satisfying book about family, love and grief.
5.0 out of 5 stars Snyder writes is excellent. One of the best authors out there 15 Sep 2014
By Crystal Gems - Published on Amazon.com
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Anything Maria V. Snyder writes is excellent. One of the best authors out there. Her stories are engaging, her characters easy to become attached to and her plots interesting. Love her work. I believe I've read everything she's written. :-)
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Book 9 Jan 2014
By Juliaisnotlost - Published on Amazon.com
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This is very different from Maria Synder's normal book topics, but it is very relatable and a great story! I was surprised how pulled in I was.
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