Book Review – The Storm Dogs of the Drowned City Book 1

The Storm Dogs of the Drowned City Book 1

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.

The Storm Dogs of the Drowned City Book 1 gets five out of 5 book worms!

To learn more about Ms. Lorentz and her books, please visit her website HERE.

Categories: Age 6-9, Good Books

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16 replies

  1. This book looks like something I’d enjoy. The real life stories about this topic always break my heart. I’m always, always a sucker for a good dog story.

    • It is a good dog story and I like how it is coming in 3 parts. I think a lot of poeple are aware of pets during storms and other disasters now. My mom told me that some states changed the rules so that people could bring pets to some shelters. That’s a good thing! What’s your favorite dog story? (I like them too!)

    • Happy you liked my book,Storm Dogs Of The Drowned City.I’m the author,Dayna Lorentz!

  2. Great book selection Erik. You made me want to read the book. I wasn’t familiar with this author, so I clicked on the blog you listed. Sounds like this will make for a really good dog series, Great review! – Pat

  3. Wow, this books sounds great. Is it available in the UK?

    • I got this book from a Scholastic book fair at my school. I saw on Amazon that it is for pre-order only until April 2012 and Scholastic doesn’t have it for sale on their website. It says on her website you can only get it at book fairs right now. I guess you’ll have to wait for April unless you can find a book fair 🙁 I am going to email the author with your question and to see why I could get a copy and where others can 🙂 Thanks for reading my blog!!!

  4. Erik, I enjoyed your review. I happen to love dog stories, so I’ll have to check this one out. I see that you sometimes review books for younger kids. If you’re ever interested, I have a new feature running on my blog called Perfect Picture Books Friday. You post a highly recommended picture book and give resources for parents and teachers to help them use the books at home or in the classroom. There are full instructions on my blog and lots of examples if there’s ever a Friday you’d like to join in!

  5. Good review! I will have to check it out! 😀

  6. Here is an answer to your questions about where to buy this great book from the author herself – Ms. Lorentz!

    Hi Erik!
    Thank you so much for your review!
    The Storm is currently only available through the Scholastic Book Clubs and Fairs. This is due in part to a change in the original publication schedule. The Storm will be available in book stores starting in April 2012. All three books in the series are available for pre-order on Amazon and Barnes and Noble, and The Storm is available for pre-order on
    As for purchasing the book in the UK, I think there is a Scholastic Book Clubs and Fairs program there, but your commenter would have to check with her school librarian or teacher as to whether it participates in the program.
    Thank you for your interest in and excitement about the series! You have an awesome blog!
    All best, Dayna 🙂


  7. this book is awesome im half way done and so far its an amazing book

  8. good book exept i didnt read it i just looked it up and handed that to teacher

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