Night of the Howling Dogs

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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...

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Overview

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)
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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

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780385731225
  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 8/14/2007
  • Pages: 208
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 530L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.55 (h) x 0.81 (d)

Meet the Author

Graham Salisbury

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    SPOILER ALERT!!!!!!!! I loved it X3000

    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

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2012

    Really good

    Filled with suspense and keeps you on your toes. Did you know that this was a true story? Fantastical Salisbury!!!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    that was a cool review!!!!! i finished reading the book a few da

    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!!!! :) :)

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2012

    Greatest book i ever read

    Im a girl and still thought this was an amazing book! I could read it again and again!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 24, 2012

    BEST BOOK EVER AND IM 11!! Starts geting good at chap Best book ever

    Starts geting good at chapter 16, 17and18!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Best

    This is the best book ever read it

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  • Posted February 23, 2012

    Recommended

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2012

    Good

    This book is extremely well written, and has a plot that will for sure keep you on the edge of your seat.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2011

    Awesome

    It was one of the best books and you could never tell what was going to come next

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 14, 2011

    Very good - filled with suspense!

    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.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 24, 2013

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    Sorona?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2013

    Dusk and Dawn

    He runs and dissapears

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2013

    Regan

    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

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    Posted December 17, 2013

    Silver

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    Posted December 22, 2013

    Farrah

    Ran to res 1

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    Posted November 8, 2013

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    Best book so far gets a little confusing. I would give this book a thumbs UP!

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  • Posted June 26, 2011

    Great true story

    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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  • Posted August 4, 2009

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    The Night of the Howling Dogs was awesome I couldn't tell what was going to happen next!!!

    Night of the Howling Dogs was a spectacular book. I loved the end you couldn't tell what was going to happen next. There was alot of tension I couldn't put the book down. Many people think that staying on a Hawanian island wouldn't be so hard but they were wrong. The book felt so real I felt I was in the book,and washed away.

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  • Posted July 1, 2009

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    Not just for Boys!

    I have a reading group of ten little girls...half of them wanted to read this and the other half something else (because this was about Boy Scouts/or so they read on the inside flap). I read this book in a day, and was captivated by all the different things that happened! It was set in Hawaii and it had a "bad" boy, howling dogs that led to Hawaiian stories/myths and ghost stories, a friendly shark, the ocean, overbearing heat, volcanoes, camping and earthquakes! I couldn't put it down! I loved it and I think the girls will too!

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