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Allan Marley and his father have lived together in the untamed wilderness of the Beaver Flowage all their lives. But when Mr. Marley is jailed because of a bitter feud, Allan suddenly finds himself on his own. Then he meets Stormy, an outlaw dog who has been accused of turning on his owner. Allan knows that the big black retriever has been mistreated, and he works hard toAllan Marley and his father have lived together in the untamed wilderness of the Beaver Flowage all their lives. But when Mr. Marley is jailed because of a bitter feud, Allan suddenly finds himself on his own. Then he meets Stormy, an outlaw dog who has been accused of turning on his owner. Allan knows that the big black retriever has been mistreated, and he works hard to win the noble dog's trust  and affection. As allies, Allan and Stormy overcome  every danger they encounter in the unpredictable  wilderness ... but can their bond protect Allan from  the viciousness of his father's human enemies?...

Title : Stormy
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ISBN : 9780553154689
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Number of Pages : 160 Pages
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Stormy Reviews

  • Audrey
    2019-04-05 07:20

    Allan is alone in the wilderness, with his father in prison, when he comes across a stray dog. The dog turned against his former owner when severely abused. Allan is determined to gain his trust and eventually the dog becomes a worthy companion for life in the wilderness. In the meantime Allan's neighbors are determined to make trouble for him. When danger arrives Allan finds a way to end the feud that his father was involved in which put him in jail.

  • Charles
    2019-03-25 07:39

    I loved Jim Kjelgaard's books as a kid, and even today when I reread some of my favorites from that time I still greatly enjoy them. I never read Stormy when I was little but picked it up to read because of my fondness for Kjelgaard. I didn't like it as well as books like Desert Dog and Snow Dog. The main reason, I think, was that it was less about the dog than those other stories. I wanted to spend more time in the dog's consciousness. Still, a fun story and a real look into a kind of life that is quickly passing away in our modern world.

  • Susan Hoffer
    2019-04-19 05:40

    One of my brother's faves growing up. Even named his dog Stormy. Now reading Kjelgaard's books to my boys. :-)

  • Austin Van Veldhuizen
    2019-04-11 01:28

    Imagine having to live in a place that has harsh winters every year. This is what Allan Marley has to do in the book “Stormy”. With his father in prison Allan has to live by himself.The setting and conflict of the story add certain qualities such as conflict and suspense to the story.These qualities keep the book interesting. The setting of the story is Beaver Flowage which adds conflict to the story through harsh climate difficulties. Evidence of this is when the author says “ Winter in the Beaver Flowage was always harsh, with deep snow, bitter winds, and zero temperatures the rule rather than the exception” (Kjelgaard 7). This shows that the weather can be difficult to bear in this setting.Another piece of evidence is when the author says “ At intervals he lifted his head to look for the island, and when he could not see it he began to worry” (Kjelgaard 140). This shows that the setting can make it difficult to see. In conclusion the setting of the story can make most activities difficult. Although there are many conflicts in the story one of the biggest is trying to keep out of trouble with the Torrances which adds suspense to the story. Evidence of this is when the author says “ Bob Torrance elbowed his way to Allan. “Din’ you spear that pike?” “No.” “Tha’s a lie!” the sailor accused. “You’re jus’ like your ol’ man. Wanna fight? “ (Kjelgaard 95). This adds suspense to the story by not knowing how Allan will react. Another piece of evidence is when the author says “ His sudden surge of anger made him realize that he had plenty of Marley temper himself, and that his father had been right to make him promise to avoid trouble” (Kjelgaard 99). This adds suspense by seeing if he will keep his promise to stay out of trouble with the Torrances because that is how his father got into prison. In conclusion it is hard for Allan to stay out of trouble because the Torrances are asking for it.The traits of writing that Kjelgaard uses adds many problems and a question of “ What will happen next?” This book is intriguing because these traits don't happen just once but many times. In conclusion I would recommend this book to anyone looking for a book to read.

  • Laura Verret
    2019-03-30 01:19

    Remember A Nose for Trouble? This is by the same author, Jim Kjelgaard.The Story.The Morley’s hunting reserve used to be overrun – swamped, really - with geese and the men who came to hunt them. Those were good times for Allan and his father, Bill. But then, crusty old Bert Torrance picked a fight with Bill and Bill’s excitable temper landed Bert in a hospital for one month and himself in jail for thirty months. Now the hunters don’t come to the Morley’s reserve. But the geese sure do. If only Allan had a reliable dog to help him with the hunting…And then, seemingly from nowhere, a dog does come. A huge mutt of a dog with superior tracking and retrieving abilities, Stormy arrives one day with no collar and a 30-30 slug buried in his side.Allan is ecstatic to have a companion, but his joy turns to worry when he finds out that Stormy is an outlaw dog who is to be shot on sight. Can Allan prove that Stormy is not a killer? And can he do it before someone picks off Stormy?Discussion.I didn’t enjoy Stormy as much as A Nose for Trouble probably because the action seemed reactionary as opposed to assertive. The main action of A Nose for Trouble involved the stalking and capture of a gang of poachers. The main theme of Stormy was Allan’s endeavors to keep himself alive and financially independent while he waited for his father to get out of jail. He and Stormy hunt together, canoe together, and even get lost in a storm together, but the whole time they are waiting. Waiting for Allan’s father. Waiting for life to begin again.Although Allan’s father is removed from most of the action of the story, his presence is very real. Rather than glorying in his independence, Allan misses his father a great deal and looks forward to his father’s release. He never thinks disparagingly of his father, but is eager to carry on his work. It is obvious that they are very close.I can’t remember how old Allan was – I’m not even sure his age was mentioned – but he behaves responsibly throughout the difficult circumstances that test him. He is obviously regarded as and thinks of himself as a man. When he goes into town, he speaks with the townsmen as an equal, occasionally spitting out retorts and petty sarcasms. It’s all taken in stride. I thought Allan could have displayed a little more respect to these men, but I’m also not familiar with the terms on which trappers relate to one another. Prickly might demonstrate affection. ;)Also, I appreciated Allan’s conduct when he was challenged to fight by one of his father’s enemies. He recognizes that no good can come of it, and even though it casts his bravery into question, he refuses to engage. Later, when the opportunity arises to make peace with his enemies, Allan accepts it.Conclusion. Not as engaging as A Nose for Trouble, but worth the read if you like hunting/trapping stories.Visit my website to read more reviews!

  • ColeB
    2019-04-11 03:19

    The book i will be telling you about Is “Stormy”. The book stormy is written by: Jim Kjelgaard. Check out his books, i will highly expect you to like them.This book is at a 6.9 grade level and a Lexical level of 1030L. This book is mainly about a Boy named Allan Marley. His dad got put in jail and he has been having a rough time. He has always wanted a dog. More in detail parts about this book is that one morning Allan goes outside on a windy winter day and he tries to walk on fresh ice that covers a pond to get to an injured duck. As he starts he see’s a dog. The dog is bleeding bad, the dog tries to get the duck but falls in. Allan saves the dog and brings him inside fixes his bullet wound and trains him to be a hunting dog. There are more secrets and mysteries in this book that will happen that are really interesting but i am not going to spoil them. You have to find out for yourself.Overall i thought this was a very interesting book with many parts that make you want to keep reading. This book is one of my favorite books i have read because it has a lot of things that i might do or that i like to do in it so i can really relate to myself. I think you guys should read this book because It has a lot of Funny, scary, and mean things in it that make the mood of the story and characters change very fast. Which is very fun to read about. This book is not to challenging but not to easy. It this book it is mostly snowing with wind and ice. It doesn’t get Warmer until the end. I hope you read this book because it is a good book that will keep you busy.

  • C
    2019-04-18 08:32

    Reread 11/2016.I grew up reading Jim Kjelgaard's books and I credit them for giving me some insight into wildlife management from the other side, early on. It doesn't hurt that it's a dog story, and a survival story as well. The book's main character is a trapper and duck hunter. While this was interesting, they're not topics I particularly feel interest in, so I can't say I got into that element of the story (and there was a lot of it), but I still enjoyed it. If you enjoyed books like My Side of the Mountain and Hatchett, Jim Kjelgaard's books will likely be right up your alley. They don't condescend to young readers and they're full of naturalist information based on Kjelgaard's experiences growing up hunting/trapping/fishing, etc.

  • Alyssa
    2019-04-10 07:35

    Stormy ends up being a mostly unremarkable Kjelgaard tale. It's got elements of all his other books and doesn't tell much of anything new. That doesn't make this book bad or not just didn't spark my interest as much.It took me longer than it should have to finish this book simply because there wasn't a lot of apparent conflict. It was interesting to learn about Allans survival skills, I guess. Stormy might have been too perfect of a dog though. The outlaw aspect of Stormy never really came into play. And so the beginning tension was dissolved before the story really began. I think I needed more danger in this book to make it stand out.

  • Emma Filbrun
    2019-03-27 02:34

    This was one of my favorite authors for awhile, many years ago, and when I read Stormy recently with my boys I thoroughly enjoyed it again. Though not written from a Christian perspective, the message of being a peacemaker and forgiving others comes through quite clearly. It also caught the attention of my boys who have trouble reading, so that they were constantly begging me to let them read more—they even spent time one evening reading so we could finish the book! We’ve now gone on to the other book by this author that we have, and they are enjoying it, as well.Read my full review here.

  • Janet
    2019-04-16 09:34

    Jim Kjelgaard was one of my favorite authors growing up, and I still love to pull him off my shelf. I always remember two scenes vividly from this book - the dog retrieving the duck from the freezing lake and the campfire scene in the storm with the dog studying the boy to see what he would do. There's something about Kjelgaard's language and raw wilderness scenes that I love. I'm trying to find his book that has one particular scene I distinctly remember... I'm pretty sure it was one of his books but I haven't found it yet. His books were originally published in the 40-50's and reprinted in the 80's. That tells me something about his stories.

  • Sara
    2019-03-28 07:38

    There were a whole series of Kjelgaard paperback novels at my library -- probably purchased to appeal to boy readers -- but I read through them along with the "Lad: A Dog" series and the Black Stallion books. I remember the copy I had had a red border around the edge. And I also remember being astonished at the fact that a boy could live in a cabin all by himself with a dog while his father was in jail.

  • Reagan
    2019-04-11 02:19

    Allan is a boy, and his father is in jail. He doesn't have a mother, so he is all alone. After a while, he finds a dog that is wounded. He heals it and calls it Stormy. It turns out that Stormy is an outlaw dog, so Allan has to protect him. This book is fantastic! It is the best book ever! You have got to read this book. This book was so interesting to me, that I felt that I could never stop reading it!

  • Jeremiah
    2019-03-22 01:35

    This is a fun and touching story of a boy and a dog, each left alone to deal with their unique problems. Their bond strengthens, and their wounds heal as they work together on things ranging from running a short trap-line, to surviving the remains of the feud that got Allan's father into jail.My only quibble with this book is that it needs a sequel, and there isn't one. :(

  • Vicki
    2019-04-01 02:23

    A copy of this book has been on my shelf forever-one of my husband's books he read as a kid and loves. One day I was all out of library books, and my little toddler was ripping the cover off this one. I decided while I was taping it back together to read it. I enjoyed it very much. A good classic survival, boy and his trusty dog, story.

  • Andrea
    2019-04-18 07:38

    This may be my favorite. But then again, I love the three "Red" stories too. And the Snow Dog stories. I simply cannot choose. All are great to read, and I'd recommend them to any 9 to 12 year olds. Or younger (depending on their reading level).

  • Rose
    2019-04-13 02:45

    This is an excellent dog story by Jim Kjelgaard. (You say that 'Killgard' btw.) The protagonist is his usual, the dog is a black lab. This is very much his average story, but as we know, his average story is well worth reading!

  • Rodney Haydon
    2019-03-28 01:29

    another winner by Jim Kjelgaard. Someone should re-print his books, they are all worth reading.Reading this in the twenty-first century, I wonder how many boys now could live like Allan Marley, all alone on a wilderness lake? How many still imagine doing just that, as I did when I was a boy?

  • JanieR.
    2019-04-13 09:32

    An awesome tale of a young boy and his dog, surviving the elements of nature with courage,determination,and bravery. This author is able to bring characters, nature, and animals to vivid life. I loved Stormy, he was a great dog!

  • Art
    2019-03-27 03:20

    Kjelgaard is as good as Jack London and Gary Paulsen. Survival modes that are being taught today that used to be just common sense.Good descriptions of the land and way of life amoungest animals.

  • Cws
    2019-04-13 04:19


  • Randy Young
    2019-04-15 08:46

    Great book

  • Sharla
    2019-03-20 01:35

    Reviewed for Heartland school. I thought it was boring.

  • Najma
    2019-03-30 04:47

    Entertaining-ish! :]

  • Kaitlyn
    2019-03-31 05:27

    While it wasn't the best I did find it intriguing to read older writing. A boy meets a dog in the harsh wild.

  • Rena Sherwood
    2019-04-10 06:37

    Best dog book I've ever read.EDIT: I wrote the above on 23 Nov, 2014 and Stormy still remains the best dog book I've ever read.

  • Caren
    2019-04-16 03:45

    Lots of detail about ducks, flyway zones, survival and hunting.Perfect for kids who likes these things.Hatchet like.Good choice.

  • Nicole
    2019-04-04 05:42

    A good and easy read. Definitely a plot I've not come across before.

  • Roxanne
    2019-03-30 05:17

    a very loyal loving dog

  • Sonja
    2019-04-13 01:29

    This is one of my favorite books, and I have read it over and over. I wish I could find them in audio books to share them with my husband.

  • Nikki
    2019-04-08 08:29

    I loved this book as a kid and would love to have it again.