The Storm (Dogs of the Drowned City Series #1)

The Storm (Dogs of the Drowned City Series #1)

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by Dayna Lorentz
     
 

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Warriors and Guardians of Ga'Hoole fans have a new animal adventure series to sink their teeth into!

When a hurricane forces his family to evacuate without him, Shep the German Shepard is confused. Where is his boy? Will he ever return? And what will Shep do in the meantime, now that the extra bowls of food -- not to mention all those tasty things he found in

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Warriors and Guardians of Ga'Hoole fans have a new animal adventure series to sink their teeth into!

When a hurricane forces his family to evacuate without him, Shep the German Shepard is confused. Where is his boy? Will he ever return? And what will Shep do in the meantime, now that the extra bowls of food -- not to mention all those tasty things he found in the big cold box -- are gone?

Then another dog shows up at Shep's window and convinces him to escape. There's food outside, and a whole empty city to explore. Shep just wants to go home . . . but the adventure of a lifetime is just beginning.

"Curl up with your kibble and savor this incredible story of dogs left behind when a hurricane sweeps through their city. This page-turner follows stalwart Shep and intrepid Callie, who despite her ‘yapper’ size is up to her muzzle in courage, as this extraordinary canine duo braves their new environment and forms a new pack. Dayna Lorentz has delivered a book with bite--and with a great heart."

Kathryn Lasky, author of The Guardians of Ga’Hoole and Wolves of the Beyond

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Bonita Herold
Shep whimpers in his sleep. When his boy wakes him with a soft touch, he is grateful. Once a fight dog, he can't seem to shake nightmares of the Black Dog. When the man comes, Shep snarls, hoping to protect his family. But then the woman does the unthinkable—pours bowl after bowl of kibble. The family leaves its den, and he is on his own, but not for long. A small dog turns up outside his window in need of help. Shep saves Callie with little thought to his own safety. Since they're both hungry, they venture into the world. As a team, they find food, adventure, and other dogs—big ones and little ones—in need of rescuing. Shep just hopes the Great Wolf will give him the strength to put up with all that yapping. Then comes the storm and the wild dogs. Now the real nightmare begins. With her uncanny ability to assign human qualities to dogs, Lorentz convinces the reader that dogs not only talk but have their own vocabulary: words like floor-sucker, El vator, and lifeblood. Callie, an upbeat yapper dubbed a "Jack Puggle Terrier" by her owner, jumps all over the place, both in her actions and her conversations. A French bull dog, Frizzle, sets himself no limits, being a little too confident of his own abilities. Zeus, a big, black dog, looks out for Number One. There are other dogs with equally unique personalities. And then there's Shep, a German Shepherd, defender of the underdog. Always conscious of the Black Dog from his nightmares, Shep fears the Black Dog within himself. Readers young and old are sure to enjoy this peek into a friends-help-friends and the sometimes dog-eat-dog world as a hurricane sweeps the city and lets the dogs loose. Reviewer: Bonita Herold
School Library Journal
Gr 4�6—A former fighting dog, Shep has been rescued and is living with a boy and his family. He continues to suffer from nightmares of his former life. His fragile recovery is compounded when the family members evacuate their home because of a hurricane and leaves him behind. Most of the narrative focuses on Shep's struggle for survival and his bonding with other abandoned and stray dogs as they face not only a severe storm, but also roaming gangs of feral animals. The dialogue is mundane, and the constant chatter that dominates the pages is more of a distraction than an enhancement to the plot or character development. Lorentz tries too hard to keep the sense of the dogs' speech by constantly adding unnecessary adjectives to remind readers that the speakers are canines. The overuse of such descriptors as "whined," "woofed," "yapped," and "whimpered" hinder empathy. Still, the scenes are highly descriptive and the action is steadily paced, as dogs move from one dire situation to the next. Youngsters will appreciate Shep's scrappiness as he fights off his vicious opponents and will undoubtedly be waiting for the next two installments for the conclusion. A quick read for children who seek action and adventure.—Tina Hudak, St. Albans School, Washington, DC
Kirkus Reviews
If a dog wrote a book about the adventures of a dog, it would sound almost exactly like this, although some people might think the dog was exaggerating a bit. It's possible readers have never thought about what a dog would say if dogs could talk. But Lorentz, very credibly, creates an entire dog vocabulary. A vacuum is a floor-sucker. A television is a light-window. Afternoon is midsun. One midsun, the light-window shows a storm coming, and the dog is abandoned by his human family. By chapter two, the city is nothing but dogs, and the main character, Shep, has to find shelter, even if it means battling whole packs of wild canines. Lorentz moves from fight scenes to tidal waves at a pace that would leave White Fang or Bodger gasping. In fact, this trilogy opener sometimes resembles a television series, with wacky characters who argue and make up in the end. There are far too many of these characters, and cynical readers may start picturing the Happy Meal toys. But even jaded children will want to know what happens next, and there are some genuine surprises. Not every moment is plausible--can dogs really open locks?--but the story is never dull. Even readers who don't consider themselves dog people may start seeing the world from Shep's point of view and turning the pages faster and faster. (Animal fantasy. 8-12)
Children's Literature - Heather Welsh
Shep, short for German Shepherd, likes his new friends and owners. The nightmares of the cage fights and loneliness are all that is left of his old life. Suddenly, his family packs and leaves him behind, but why? When Shep finally makes his way outside, he discovers that all the humans are gone. Other dogs join Shep during his exploration of the city, including his best friend, Zeus, and several "yippy" dogs. The new pack must work together to survive being trapped inside buildings, animal attacks, and hazardous weather. Will the pack survive to see their humans again? This chapter book uses simple vocabulary with a few advanced words every so often, making it appropriate for third or fourth grade readers. Students who enjoyed the "Warriors" series by Erin Hunter may enjoy the slight similarity of the "Dogs of the Drowned City" series. The story starts out fairly slowly, talking about Shep's home and owners for more than twenty pages. The slow start may put off reluctant readers who are looking for action in the plot to happen quickly. The lack of any illustrations, other than the front and back covers, is also unlikely to be popular with younger readers. Reviewer: Heather Welsh

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780545276436
Publisher:
Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2012
Series:
Dogs of the Drowned City Series, #1
Pages:
224
Product dimensions:
5.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
720L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author


Dayna Lorentz has shared her life with many pets of various species, but self-identifies as a dog person (just don’t tell her cat!). She lives in Vermont with her husband, daughter, two rescued pug mixes, and a rescued Maine coon cat. Dogs of the Drowned City is her first series. Visit her online at www.daynalorentz.com.

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The Storm (Dogs of the Drowned City Series #1) 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
Bestest-Grandma More than 1 year ago
Just finished The Storm and it was GREAT!! Dayna Lorentz has developed some great characters that you will love. Dog lover or not.. this is a great book. The action and adventure these dogs have and the way they solve problems is just fun and amazing. As an adult, I read it in one day but loved the story and can't wait for the next book. Highly recommended for readers of the 10 to 14 age group as this will hold their attention, keep them enthralled and keep them reading. Be prepared to get the entire series, as you will want to know what happens next. GREAT BOOKS.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The Storm is a great book for animal lovers and is an awesome tale of loyalty, bravery, and hope!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's a great book! May contain some dog fighting though. Really good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book! It has a lost of adventure and sespene. I would rexomend for ages 8 and up
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I personaly LOVE The Storm I own all 3 books they are awesome there are every once-and-while sad parts of death, There is nothing describing large amounts of blood, Although the dogs do give blessings to their lost pack members, Shep, Callie, and the other pack members use that as all the more reason to fight for and finding their people. But along the way they run into wild dogs,
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If u love animals u will love this seres :) ;)
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Tbis book is full of action. It hangs you of your seat when your at the end of the chapter
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book i would read it if i were you ecspecelly if you like the warrior cat series and wolves of the beyond like me and if you like dogs and german shepherds ecseccily and if you wander what your dogs always think
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great books dogs are cute......yappers...haha....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I want this dog sssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssssoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo much this such a cool dog
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is awesome and amazeimg
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Move to Luna res one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It is not what I expected but it is very good!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
At survive first result bios are at the second, see you there!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
TOTAL COPY OF THE SURVIVORS SERIES!!!! AUTHOR CANT EVEN THINK OF HER OWN NAME FOR FRIDGE!!! IN SURVIVORES THEY CAL IT COLD BOX IN THIS FAKE KNOCK OFF THEY ALSO CALL IT COLD BOX!!! SAME TRADGETY!!! AND SURVIVORS CAME OUT FIRST!! DO NOT BUY!!! READ THE ORIGINAL SERIES SURVIVRS!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you like this book, o and read Erin Hunter's Survivors series. Very similar, if not identical storyline, except Survivors came out first.
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Awesome book. Not the best book i've ever read, but i really liked it.
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T is a great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Warriors made me obsessed with cats. Tell Dayna Lorentz to write a Cats of the ----------. This book was good though. I like how the its like the Black Dog lives within.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This has the same storyline as Survivors...