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3.93  ·  Rating details ·  266 ratings  ·  46 reviews
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 ...more
Paperback, 184 pages
Published October 19th 2013 by Leap Books (first published October 2013)
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Nov 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This is a great short story about overcoming fear and having fun in the summer. Its really cute. Maria V. Snyder is seriously the best author in my opinion. She could make a chicken soup recipe into a funny and interesting story. ...more
Jun 05, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: own, signed, arc
This was my first book by Maria V. Snyder, though it was also a Middle Grade. It's a quick, short read about a boy terrified of storms and a passion for dogs.

After having lost his mother, Luke is still adjusting to having this big hole in his life. He gets a summer job at a dog kennel where they breed and train dogs. It's a perfect book for dog lovers. We get into dog training, especially tracker dogs, which I find kind of fascinating. But the best part of this novel for me was its characters.
Kirsty (Amethyst Bookwyrm)
Thanks to Netgalley and Weapenry Co-Op for giving me this book to review.

Storm Watcher is an enjoyable contemporary middle-grade book about overcoming fears and dealing with grief. This book is not like any of Maria’s other books and while it is not my favourite of hers, it still has her brilliant writing style.

Luke is such a sweet and sensitive kid but he is tougher than he first appears as he is determined and very clever. Like all of Maria’s books the relationships in this novel make the sto
Maria V. Snyder quickly became one of my favourite authors through her The Chronicles of Ixia series. It’s a wonderful fantasy series, one I’m rather addicted to, and awaiting the ninth book is driving me crazy. Thus, when I saw another of her books on NetGalley I decided I needed something to tide me over.

Storm Watcher is completely different to the series that made her famous. Storm Watcher is a middle grade contemporary read. It’s a decent read, and yet it isn’t quite the high of her young a
Jun 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Storm Watcher is a poignant and compelling read which had me on the verge of tears more than once.

I came into this book thinking, hoping, it was a paranormal fantasy, perhaps about a boy who can channel the power of a storm. Storm Watcher is a heartwarming contemporary about a young boy who recently lost his mother, and then found himself without the support of his elder brothers and father as well. Every individual, every family, grieves in its own way, and this is the story of how that grief c
Marta Cox
Sep 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I fell in love with this authors fantasy books a few years ago so when I spotted this book aimed at younger readers I just couldn't resist. It's a story that anyone who has ever had a dog will understand but there's also a huge emotional pull here. Luke our young hero feels lost, out of place and so very sad when we first meet him. A recent tragedy has changed his life forever and there's a huge disconnect between him and his family. Yes they love each other but honestly these guys are absolutel ...more
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How the hell did I miss the release of this one? I know it's MG but it's written by Maria Snyder so it has to be read!
Jan 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book doesn't merit five stars on my own personal scale...but let me explain.

I am a middle school teacher. Because my school likes "transboundary work," I was given a group of fourth graders who read FAR above grade level to work with. This is the second book we read together. Our trimester was broken up by lots of snow days and delayed openings, so we made lots of connections to the weather. The kids loved learning about the different breeds of dog, and how tracking dogs are trained fascina
Aug 26, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2013
As a HUGE Maria V. Snyder fan, I practically ran to get my copy of Storm Watcher. I have no problem with middle-grade books and, in fact, I find I enjoy them just as much as YA or adult novels.

The novel follows Luke, a middle-schooler who has lost his mom in a storm the previous year. Luke and his family's grief has created a tense situation at home between himself, his 2 brothers, and his father. It has also strained his relationships with his friends, leaving Luke alone and fending for himself
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
Generally, I prefer my middle grade novels to be about genius children and, even better, set in a fantasy world. Many contemporary or action novels about average children bore me and leave me cold. As such, I was nervous to read Maria V. Snyder’s Storm Watcher. While I loved her fantasy offerings, I wasn’t sure if this one could be nearly as enjoyable. However, Snyder has done well, and the moppets in Storm Watcher are likable and the puppies are the best.

Read the full review at A Reader of Fic
May 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Okay, I cried...
Maria V. Snyder is one of my favorite and highly recommended authors, so when I heard about Storm Watcher, I was excited to see what her first middle grade fiction would be like. Storm Watcher is about Luke Riley, who feels responsible for his mother's death, who was killed in a storm while driving to pick him up because of his fear of bad weather. Luke's father is one of the best search and rescue teams, with their oldest bloodhound dog. When Luke decides he would rather have a different kind ...more
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When I reached Ms. Snyder in the autographing line, I gushed, “I loved the Study series! I’m excited for this book!” Her eyes paused over me for a moment longer than what was necessarily comfortable or expected and she said, “This book is nothing like the Study series.” I was taken a little aback and mumbled an, “Oh, okay! Well I’m looking forward to it.” She signed the book and I quickly walked away, a little ashamed and red in the face.

Feb 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
I wasn’t sure what to expect from the synopsis. I knew it was written by one of my favorite writers, Maria V. Snyder. (If you haven’t checked out her Healer series, my personal favorite, then you should run out and grab them now!) I knew it was middle grade, and it was about dogs and the weather. It turned out to be so much more.

Having just lost his mother, Luke and his brothers live with their father who is a famous Search and Rescue leader. There’s a lot of family dynamics that are brewing jus
Heather Osborne
Mar 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed on behalf of 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 Papillion. His mother said it would be the perfect dog for Luke, but since she passed away in a storm
Dec 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
Full disclosure: the author is a friend of mine!
One of the best Christmas presents I get each year is one of Maria V. Snyder's books (Her daughter is my flute student--it's all about who you know!) This year, it was Storm Watcher.
Storm Watcher is about an 8th grade boy named Luke who lost his mother in a tragic accident involving severe weather. His father and older twin brothers have grown distant from Luke since the death, and Luke believes it's his fault. He gets a job working in a kennel and
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a book I want to share with my grandsons! It's well written and has lots of fascinating ideas about weather patterns (author Maria Snyder has a BS in meteorology) and just as many about training rescue dogs (don't know why the author knows so much about training dogs). Much different than Snyder's Young Adult fantasy books, Storm Watcher deals with a young boy's relationship with his father and brothers after their mother dies driving to pick him up in response to his fear of storms. For ...more
Amy Gilson
Sep 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even though this is a middle grade book, I thoroughly enjoyed every page, as did my 12 year old. A great read and I learned a thing or two about lightening. I highly recommend this stand alone novel about an 8th grade boy and his fear of storms, that intensifies when his mother dies after being struck by lightening.
Rachel Shadel
Nov 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was just...amazing. I'm really not into dogs or weather in general, but the author really came through on this one. I felt as thought she had solidly researched this story and was able to convey that through the story without the dreaded info-dumping that some authors seem to favor. This is definitely one I'll have to add to my collection!
Mar 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
I can't wait to give this book to one of my students. He is a weather nut and I think he will enjoy the engaging story along with all of the references to weather. What a great way to weave science with fiction.
Apr 22, 2014 rated it liked it
A quick read and a good one. I love Maria Snyder and her writing. I great story about hope and overcoming your fears.
Jun 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I can see this becoming a classic! Whilst it is nothing like her other works, it reminded me of days spend in my English class analyzing every little detail. I loved it!
Jun 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Realistic boy fiction that intertwines meteorology and rescue dog training. An excellent coming of age story that is well written without getting bogged down in details.
Robbie Bauldree
Feb 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is a good book for preteens and teens to read. It helps them to understand that they can over come their fears.
Oct 11, 2016 rated it it was ok
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This eBook was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review

Is it possible for a book to be both too fast and too slow? This is what the story feels like in Maria V. Snyder’s contemporary children’s book Storm Watcher. It is the summer holidays and twelve year old Luke is working at the Storm Watcher Kennel, helping to take care of and train the many dogs living there. For his thirteenth birthday his father has promised him a bloodhound puppy, but what Luke really wan
Monica Blair
Aug 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
While this book is meant for a lower age group than the rest of Maria V. Snyder’s books, I found that I just couldn’t put it down (which ultimately means I practically read it in one sitting). A very cute story of a boy and his fascination with dogs and the weather and his need to overcome fear in order to save those closest to him.

Now I know this book particularly fascinated me because of my interest in storms, which just so happens to be perfect because Maria V. Snyder studied meteorology and
Scott Fabel
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Perfect! Absolutely perfect!
Sharon Tyler
Oct 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Storm Watcher by Maria V. Snyder is a middle grade novel. It was published back in 2013, and I am not sure how I missed it since she is one of my favorite authors. I am beyond thrilled that it came to Netgalley recently for me to find!

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 a
*An ARC was provided by Leap Books in exchange for an honest review.*

Maria V. Snyder is an author that I hadn't experienced before now - despite her sitting on the very top of my 'must-read author list'. Needless to say, I was very excited to get my hands on an advanced copy of Storm Watcher; even though the lack of any kind of fantasy or sci-fi elements usually turns me off quicker than anything. And coming from a HUGE feline-lover, the aspect of dogs and dog training didn't especially appeal
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When Maria V. Snyder was younger, she aspired to be a storm chaser in the American Midwest so she attended Pennsylvania State University and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Meteorology. Much to her chagrin, forecasting the weather wasn’t in her skill set so she spent a number of years as an environmental meteorologist, which is not all. Bored at work and needing a creative out ...more
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