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Star in the Storm (Aladdin Historical Fiction) [Paperback]

By Joan Hiatt Harlow (Author)
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Item description for Star in the Storm (Aladdin Historical Fiction) by Joan Hiatt Harlow...

In 1912, fearing for the safety of her beloved Newfoundland dog Sirius because of a new law outlawing non-sheepherding dogs in her Newfoundland village, twelve-year-old Maggie tries to save him by keeping him hidden.

Publishers Description
All non-sheepherding dogs have been outlawed from the rocky coastal village where Maggie lives. Unwilling to give up her beloved Newfoundland, Sirius, Maggie defies the law and hides Sirius away.
But when a steamer crashes into the rocks during a violent storm and starts to sink with a hundred passengers on board, Maggie faces a difficult choice. She knows Sirius can help rescue the people trapped on the ship, but bringing him out of hiding would put his own life in jeopardy. Is Maggie's brave dog a big enough hero to save the desperate passengers -- and himself?

Awards and Recognitions
Star in the Storm (Aladdin Historical Fiction) by Joan Hiatt Harlow has received the following awards and recognitions -
  • Sunshine State Young Reader's Award - 2003 Nominee - Grades 3-5 category

Citations And Professional Reviews
Star in the Storm (Aladdin Historical Fiction) by Joan Hiatt Harlow has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2010 page 1033
  • Publishers Weekly - 08/27/2001 page 87
  • Wilson Children's Catalog - 01/01/2006 page 687

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Item Specifications...

Studio: McElderry
Pages   150
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.5" Width: 5.25" Height: 7.75"
Weight:   0.25 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Sep 1, 2001
Publisher   Aladdin
Age  9-12
ISBN  0689846215  
ISBN13  9780689846212  

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More About Joan Hiatt Harlow

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Joan Hiatt Harlow is the author of several popular historical novels on the McElderry list, including "Secret of the Night Ponies", "Shadows on the Sea", "Midnight Rider", "Star in the Storm", "Joshua's Song", and "Thunder from the Sea". Ms. Harlow lives in Venice, Florida. For more information, visit her at

Joan Hiatt Harlow currently resides in the state of Massachusetts.

Joan Hiatt Harlow has published or released items in the following series...
  1. Aladdin Historical Fiction

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Students LOVE this book!  Dec 19, 2007
I teach 3rd grade and my students were absolutely enthralled with this story. It also inspired students to take a closer look at the remote island of Newfoundland. I found the book with its accurate Newfie dialect and interesting historical details to be a great read-aloud. My students immediately wanted to follow this story with Hiatt-Harlow's next book "Thunder of the Sea".
Needs more--suspense.  Oct 2, 2007
*Remember that I am not the target audience for this book, so younger adults will probably enjoy this novel.

"Star in the Storm" takes place in the historical events when Newfoundland had to outlaw dogs due to several unknown mongrels slaughtering livestock. That means many innocent dogs have to suffer, but not unless a certain person fights back. Thus is the story of Maggie Wells, a young girl who tries to hide her Newfoundland dog Sirius, a dog who is well-trained and will never harm a fly. With danger and possible eviscerating of her precious dog from his hiding place by a vicious girl named Tamar and her father, eventually, Maggie has to make the ultimate choice to bring her dog out of hiding when a ship sinks out into the distance, and Sirius, the only dog capable of saving lives.

Plot-wise, it was good, but the writing sucked. Even for a nine to twelve year old to which this book is targeted, it's not that good. I got this book when I was young, and I remember putting it down and picking it up, never really wanting to finish this because the suspense was never there, and I never felt that Sirius was in any danger, so bland the whole outlaw-dog law was. I wanted to feel that there are no more dogs in the houses of owners, something to make me fear for Sirius, but it was never there. The characters were bland, and there was no real threat. Everything was predictable from the get-go. And the wicked Tamar and her rich father end up seeing the error of their ways and embrace the dog for saving lives in the end. Still, some people might like this story. I just wish it gave us the `briskly paced' and `suspense' promised in the reviews.
If this is historical fiction... give me more like it!  May 6, 2007
Harlow, J. H. (2000). Star in the storm. New York: Aladdin Paperbacks.

Synopsis: Twelve year old Maggie Wells has the biggest dog in her village. Sirius is an enormous black Newfoundland, with a white star upon his chest, named after the brightest star in the sky, which is in the constellation Canis Major-the Great Dog. Sirius is an invaluable family member who hauls wood, dives for fish and saves Maggie from a stranded iceberg. When non-sheepherding dogs are outlawed from the rocky coastal village on Bonnie Bay, Maggie has to hide her beloved Sirius from everyone. The spiteful Tamer Rand, daughter of the wealthiest and most powerful man in the village, hates Maggie and Sirius and is bound and determined to have Sirius put down. Sirius is worth saving at all costs! When one hundred lives are put at risk on an ill-fated steamship, Maggie must decide between allowing Sirius to save their lives and risking having him seen by the Rand family, who has been hunting him down. Will Sirius be able to prove his worth by risking his life in the frigid ocean water?

Evaluation: Harlow writes this eloquent novel for children ages 9-12. The picturesque descriptive text allows readers to immerse in the striking scenery. Harlow develops the characters of Maggie and Sirius very well. Readers find themselves gasping as each character puts their lives at risk. Set in 1912, just months after the disaster of the Titanic, Maggie and her family live in coastal village just off the shores of Bonnie Bay in Newfoundland. Throughout the story, Maggie struggles to save her beloved dog, Sirius. Harlow writes this novel based on actual events; however the characters and circumstances are fictional. There are stories of people rowing out to the huge icebergs floating in the ocean and bringing the pure cold water back to their villages to help family/village members that had fallen ill. The Newfoundland dogs abilities are factual as well. It is well known that Newfoundland dogs can save people from the ocean and perform hard manual labor. In addition, the author researched the language, superstitions and folklore from all over Newfoundland to add to the authenticity of her novel. This amazing story of rescue and love will resonate in the hearts of all those that read this text. Educators will find that the writing of this novel is an exemplar model of superb writing. Exposing students to such elegant writing with a strong story plot, well developed characters, set in a historical context, will likely motivate them to write strong stories themselves. Teachers will likely use this text as a read aloud in grades 2-6. This heartwarming story of a hero and heroine keeps readers engrossed from start to finish and is worth reading again and again.

This book is awesome!  Jan 19, 2006
Maggie and her friend get in a fight.Maggie's best friend thinks
that Maggie's dog Sirius caused her best friends lamb to fall off the cliff and die.But later in the book Maggie's best friend and her dad are standing outside waiting on the boat,
which the dads other daughter is on with her new born baby.But the boat see's an iceburg blocking the harbor.They could wreak
and it would kill evrybody.But something else happens.Read it and find out.I liked the part where Maggie's best friend and her dad decide not to hurt Sirius.I did not like the part where they were going to hurt Sirius.
The Best Book Ever  Dec 16, 2005
What would happen if your dog has been outlawed? If you like that sentence you should read Star in the Storm by Jhoa Hiatt Harlow.
In Newfoundland a girl named Maggie and her beloved dog Sirius was going to be killed but Maggie could not let that happen so she hides him in a cove where he wont be found. When Maggie finds out about the steamer that has crashed by the bay she knows Sirius can save them but does he have enough courage to save them and himself?
I give this book 5 out of 5 stars because there was so much non-stop action so you should get a copy now.

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