Lightning Never Strikes Twice, Does It?
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 dog really save both families?
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Reviewed by Heather Osborne for Readers' Favorite Storm Watcher by Maria V. Snyder is a coming-of-age young adult novel. While at a tracking competition, Luke Riley meets Willajean, a dog trainer and breeder. Luke’s father, a famous search and rescuer, wants Luke to have a bloodhound pup like his brothers. Willajean agrees to let Luke work for her to pay for the puppy. However, Luke has his heart set on a Papillon. His mother said it would be the perfect dog for Luke, but since she passed away in a storm, Luke doesn’t have her to back him up. On top of all this, Luke lives with the fear of storms. Can he come to terms with his fears and overcome the thing that terrifies him most when it counts? I was so very pleased to review this book by Miss Snyder. I enjoyed her Study series immensely so it was nice to read something a little different. It was good to see a young, male main character as well because there are so few books out there with suitable role models for young boys. I loved the parts with the dogs and learning about search and rescue training. It was neat to see the author put into words her knowledge as a meteorologist. Learning about his fear helped Luke to fight past it and rid himself of the blame from his mother’s death. Overall, this is an amazing read for adults or youths. Storm Watcher by Maria V. Snyder will show you that all things are possible if you’re willing to make the effort.