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Reviewed by Soumya Sreehari for Readers' Favorite
Hurricane Dog by Sunny Weber is the extraordinary story of a family with a pair of dogs. The lives of this family are traumatically affected by a hurricane. The story starts from the day the pit bull Gator enters Gavin's family home. What follows is a moving narrative of all the ups and downs in the lives of the young boy and his dog. There is a welcome addition in the form of Magnolia, a dog rescued from massive ill-treatment. The lives of this family are torn apart by a hurricane. The immense physical and emotional upheaval that follows in the lives of the dogs forms the rest of the story. The story is inspired by real-life events following Hurricane Katrina.
My heart was transfixed in the story as I followed Gator’s narrative of his life. Sunny Weber punches incredible power into Hurricane Dog by using the dog as the narrator. The perspective is so relatable yet so distinct. The joy and contentment expressed by Gator in his happy life with Gavin, his parents, and Magnolia are palpable. The hurricane and subsequent events are heart-breaking. The journey of Gator’s and Magnolia’s rescue and rehabilitation brought tears to my eyes. I was strongly rooting for a happy reunion. Gator’s expression of a range of emotions is highly insightful yet so neglected. The tremendous effect of a hurricane through Gator’s perspective is eye-opening. The empathy and compassion evoked by the story are unparalleled. I highly recommend it to everyone.