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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.