NIGHT OF THE HOWLING DOGS
by Graham Salisbury
Accelerated Reader: Level: 3.5. Pts. 5.
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Senior patrol leader of his Hilo, Hawaii, scout troop, eighth-grader Dylan looks forward to
camping on the coast in the shadow of a volcano. But when he hears that Louie, a tough,
troubled kid, will be joining the scouts on the trip, Dylan remembers when their paths
crossed once before, and his anticipation turns to dread.
Dylan's sense of foreboding is justified tenfold. After a difficult trek to their
campsite, an earthquake jolts the ground and shakes boulders down from the cliff.
Then a tsunami engulfs the area. Even in the midst of disaster, Dylan finds that support
can come from unexpected directions.
A strong sense of place informs the plot as well as the setting of this
convincing story. In an unusually compelling author's note, Salisbury writes of
camping on the site of the 1975 natural disaster at Halape with his cousin, who
lived through it as a Boy Scout. Inspired by that earthquake and tsunami, this vivid
adventure soon strips away every vestige of normality, leaving characters dependent on
their wits, their skills, and the mysterious spirits of land and sea for their survival.
Salisbury weaves Hawaiian legend into the modern-day narrative to create a haunting,
unusual novel that will practically booktalk itself.