Night of the Howling Dogs

Night of the Howling Dogs

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by Graham Salisbury
     
 

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DYLAN'S SCOUT TROOP goes camping in Halape, a remote spot below the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. The only thing wrong with the weekend on a beautiful, peaceful beach is Louie, a tough older boy. Louie and Dylan just can't get along.

That night an earthquake rocks the camp, and then a wave rushes in, sweeping everyone and everything before it. Dylan and

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DYLAN'S SCOUT TROOP goes camping in Halape, a remote spot below the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. The only thing wrong with the weekend on a beautiful, peaceful beach is Louie, a tough older boy. Louie and Dylan just can't get along.

That night an earthquake rocks the camp, and then a wave rushes in, sweeping everyone and everything before it. Dylan and Louie must team up on a dangerous rescue mission. The next hours are an amazing story of survival and the true meaning of leadership.


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Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Walter Hogan
Eighth grade Boy Scouts and best friends Dylan and Casey are excited about their weekend camping trip to Halape, a remote beach campground at the foot of the Kilauea volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. At first, their only concern is the inclusion of Louie Domingo, a tough kid from the wrong side of town brought along by the scoutmaster, Casey's father. But during the hot, rugged hike to the campsite and again each evening, the eerie howling of a pair of feral dogs, one white and one dark, unsettles the friends even more than Louie's hostile attitude. A Hawaiian ranch hand who visits the campsite tells the boys that the volcano goddess Pele often appears in the guise of a white dog as a warning before the next eruption of the active volcano Kilauea. The scouts are skeptical, but that night an offshore eruption triggers a tsunami that threatens their lives and forces Dylan to team up with Louie to try to rescue several of their scattered and injured companions. Based on an actual event experienced by the author's cousin in 1975 (as described in a lengthy author's note), this survival adventure is dynamically integrated into one of those beautiful but potentially deadly Hawaiian settings for which Salisbury's stories are renowned. The tsunami that roars over the campers dramatizes the power of natural forces to overwhelm mundane human concerns. Salisbury skillfully weaves together the elements of scouting, male bonding, outdoor adventure, and natural disaster in a spectacular setting.
Kirkus Reviews
When Dylan's Boy Scout troop-eight Scouts and two adult leaders-hikes on the Big Island of Hawaii, down into the beautiful land by the ancient lava flow and the ocean, they must face the grueling heat, wasps, roaches, sharks, wild dogs and rumors of ghosts. But when a catastrophic earthquake hits, followed by a wall of water churned up by a tsunami, mere survival becomes their only goal. This good, old-fashioned survival tale based on a true event of November 29, 1975, is leisurely paced for the first half of the novel. Characters and setting are expertly developed, as is the conflict between Dylan and Louie Domingo-two characters at odds who must work together during the crisis and appreciate each other's strengths. When the quake hits, the pace of the prose matches the action with short, verb-driven sentences, lively dialogue and prolific exclamation points. Given the ordeal, the tale ends satisfactorily, with Dylan and Louie's grudging acceptance of each other and Dylan's new-found relationship with his father. Like any good survival story, this will make readers ponder what they would do when survival is on the line. A sure-fire literary thriller. (author's note) (Fiction. 9-12)
From the Publisher
Starred Review, Booklist, August 1, 2007:
"Salisbury weaves Hawaiian legend into the modern-day narrative to create a haunting, unusual novel that will practically booktalk itself." —Carolyn Phelan

“This vivid adventure soon strips away every vestige of normality leaving characters dependent on their wits.”—Booklist, Starred

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780375890871
Publisher:
Random House Children's Books
Publication date:
11/13/2007
Sold by:
Random House
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
208
Sales rank:
313,210
File size:
344 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Graham Salisbury is the author of several novels, among them the awardwinning Lord of the Deep, Blue Skin of the Sea, and Under the Blood-Red Sun. His most recent books are Eyes of the Emperor and House of the Red Fish. He lives in Portland, Oregon.


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Night of the Howling Dogs 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 33 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book in fourth grade and it ws awesome. I am now curently in 5th grade and going to sixth in about 3-4 months. So iccan say that i am graduating, H.M.F. oh the memories. Any way, back to the book. It was awesome and i loved it. Bye PEEPS!!! :D
crown686 More than 1 year ago
that was a cool review!!!!! i finished reading the book a few days ago and it was exceptional!!!!! i have to to take a test on it and my parents returned it to the library so i just decided i would read a few reviews to sorts studie for the test and i piked this as one and it was really good!!!! thanks for the help!!!! :) :)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Filled with suspense and keeps you on your toes. Did you know that this was a true story? Fantastical Salisbury!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Im a girl and still thought this was an amazing book! I could read it again and again!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Starts geting good at chapter 16, 17and18!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the best book ever read it
2012esprit More than 1 year ago
Our fifth grade class at Esprit thought this book had a slow beginning, but it gradually got more interesting as the book progressed. It's fun that there are lots of different characters and they all have different personalities. We are split about whether we recommend.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is extremely well written, and has a plot that will for sure keep you on the edge of your seat.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It was one of the best books and you could never tell what was going to come next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read this book with my son, who enjoys adventure/action stories. It was filled with exciting, suspenseful moments, and carries a powerful message about loyalty and growing up. It would be appropriate for any young (11-13) year old.
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
I think this would make a wonderful book to read to a child. Great suspense with an excellent story line captures the focus of a group of boy scouts out in a remote part of an island. They’re enjoying the scenery, settling into the rustic routines that will be a part of their lives for the next few days. Some of the boys are uncertain of their fellow campers, while others are just learning the ropes; it definitely a mixed bunch. The adults in the group try to set up boundaries but the boys push the limits, testing the limitations to see how far those spoken words hold true. The older boys see two dogs; these dogs are following them as they move about and set up camp. As a group of cowboys settle amongst the scouts to fish, the cowboys tell a story about Masa. Masa, a goddess who takes a form of a white dog. Not a legend, this story is a warning that the scouts should take serious. These cowboys are an interesting bunch and I loved all their stories that they shared with the scouts. The rest of the scout’s trip will definitely earn them some type of a badge as it is non-stop excitement. Makes me want to sleep with my shoes on.
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He runs and dissapears
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My father stepped up for the pacl when no one else would and you question his loyalty? Wihout him the pack wouldnt be here today so instead of scolding him you shall thank him
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Best book so far gets a little confusing. I would give this book a thumbs UP!
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harperOO More than 1 year ago
I was drawn to this book on my summer reading list because it was a true story. This book really helped me see that things aren't always what they seem!
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