Night of the Howling Dogs

   Night of the Howling Dogs by Graham Salisbury

Dylan's scout troop goes camping in Halape, a remote spot below the volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii. The only thing wrong with the weekend on a beautiful, peaceful beach is Louie, a tough older boy. Louie and Dylan just can't get along.

That night an earthquake rocks the camp, and then a wave rushes in, sweeping everyone and everything before it. Dylan and Louie must team up on a dangerous rescue mission. The next hours are an amazing story of survival and the true meaning of leadership.

Discussion Questions

  1. When you first started reading the book, why did you think Dylan was so interested in Louie? Were you right or wrong in your assumption?
  2. What reason did Louie Domingo have to dislike Dylan?
  3. What are some of the reasons Dylan is afraid of Louie?
  4. Why do you think Louie tormented Dylan and Casey and not the younger boys?
  5. Do you believe that seeing the white dog was an omen for what happened and that Pele really caused the earthquake?
  6. What was it about Louie and his life experiences that made him a good leader during the crisis?
  7. Who do you think was the most heroic character in the book?
  8. Do you think Louie and Dylan will be able to be friends after what happened?
  9. If you were one of the book's characters, would you ever want to go on a camping trip again?
  10. How does the title of the book fit the story?