Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury

Genre:  Realistic Fiction/Adventure

Age Level:  14 and up

# of Pages:  191

RAC Book:  Yes

This book is based on a true story about a Boy Scout Troop who go into Halape, Hawaii for a weekend campout.  When an earthquake strikes unexpectedly and causes a tsunami, the boys’ survival skills are put to the test.  All of the boys are put in peril and although some of them do not get along, must work together in order to survive.

The fact that this story is based on fact makes it all the more exciting and adventuresome.  As the boys strive to survive this ordeal they come to learn a lot about themselves and each other and begin to appreciate each of their different backgrounds.  Readers who enjoy reading about true survival stories should not miss this one.  It is mainly catalogued as fiction because a few minor details have been changed, but the body of the story is based on fact.  Overall, this is an exciting and suspenseful journey.


8 Responses to “Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury”

  1. 1 Robin Rice April 13, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Wow! What a compelling story even for adults outside the traditional YA demographic. Def one for the Kindle…Thanks.

  2. 2 Esme August 13, 2009 at 1:05 am

    Does anyone know where I can find a copy of the true story this book is based on?

  3. 3 Sidney Bell August 30, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    What a cool book. I dont care if I am 12 and read it. I LOVE IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 🙂

  4. 4 Sudny August 30, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    You can get one at Barnes and Noble. I got my copy at the school book fair.

  5. 5 March 2, 2011 at 10:34 pm

    good book

  6. 6 Mika June 4, 2011 at 4:00 am

    For my summer read for 5th grade is night of the howling dogs. I’m on chapter 2 and it’s great! Anyway I’m 10 so don’t go telling me that I can’t read cause I’m not 14

  7. 7 Anonymous September 28, 2011 at 5:26 am

    I love that book! We read it in my 5th grade class. I like stories based on real events.

  8. 8 dead February 18, 2012 at 3:49 am

    The best book i ever read

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