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Books: The Storm: Dogs of the Drowned City

Published June 1, 2012 at 4:00 a.m.

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The best children's book authors are the ones who, without whitewashing or pandering, can turn sad realities into happy fictions — or at least hopeful ones. Burlington author Dayna Lorentz pulls this off in her middle-grade series for Scholastic, Dogs of the Drowned City, which tells the story of Hurricane Katrina from the viewpoint of the pet dogs left behind.

Lorentz doesn't downplay the storm's terrifying force. But young readers will find adventure, humor and surprising resilience in the motley crew of canines that her hero, a former fighting dog named Shep, liberates and leads in search of a haven from the storm.

Lorentz lends her protagonist human — and humane — characteristics, yet Shep and his friends still have enough pungent dogginess to make the novel fun. There are witty and poetic touches, too, like a dog's description of her laser toy ("crafty, oh so crafty ... so tiny it can never be caught"). Kids who love dogs and can handle some violent scenes will be itching to get their paws on the entire trilogy.

"The Storm: Dogs of the Drowned City" by Dayna Lorentz, Scholastic series. $5.99 softcover, $16.99 hardcover. Listed for ages 8 and up.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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Margot Harrison

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Margot Harrison is the Associate Editor at Seven Days; she coordinates literary and film coverage. In 2005, she won the John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.

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