By Dayna Lorentz
201 pages – ages 8+
Published in September of 2011 by Scholastic
There’s a hurricane happening in a city. The citizens have to evacuate from their homes but their pets aren’t allowed in the emergency shelters. Shep, a German Shepard, tries to be patient and wait for his owners to return. When Shep hears a dog bark for HELP, he gets out of the apartment to save her (Callie). After walking up and down the city’s streets, Shep and Callie hear other digs crying hor help. They decide to save as any dogs as they can and get every dog to a safe place. Things get worse as the storm surges on and they also have to worry because the storm isn’t the only danger. Wild packs of dogs are roaming the city and these dogs will stop at nothing to get what they need to survive!
When I first got this book I really thought the plot looked too simple -dogs trapped -dogs have to survive, but as I read on I really got into it. There is a ton of action and really great details to the story that got my interest. Ms. Lorentz tell a story very well. I really enjoyed the flash-back parts where Shep would remember something from his past.The book is recommended for kids 8+ I think it would be OK for younger kids but there is some violence (dog fights) so parents make sure to check it out. There is a sneak peek at the second book in the series (there will be 3 in all). The second book is called “The Pack – Dogs of a Drowned City” and that book got my attention already. I am sure I’ll be reading it. I went back and forth on giving this book a four or five book worm rating, but decided on the five because of how much I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series and considering how well the story is told.
To learn more about Ms. Lorentz and her books, please visit her website HERE.