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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Series: Storm Runners (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Paperbacks; Reissue edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545081777
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545081771
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (48 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,543 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Praise for STORM RUNNERS
“Certain to grab readers and leave them waiting to snatch up the next installment…” –BOOKLIST

“A breakneck read, perfectly geared to the restless and reluctant.”
–BULLETIN OF THE CENTER FOR CHILDREN'S BOOKS

About the Author

Roland Smith first worked with animals at the Portland Zoo, and he has been involved in animal rescues and conservation work around the world for more than twenty years. He is the author of numerous books for young readers, including JACK'S RUN, ZACH'S LIE, CRYPTID HUNTERS, PEAK, TENTACLES, and the Storm Runners series. He is also the co-author of numerous picture books with his wife, Marie. Roland lives with Marie on a farm south of Portland, Oregon. You can find him online at www.rolandsmith.com.

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Roland Smith is a former zookeeper and leading expert on red wolves as well as an author. He lives on a small farm near Portland, Oregon.

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Just like Roland Smith's other books, this one is very action packed and exciting.
Ksalad
The book ends with a big cliff hanger and I will eagerly await the sequel "Surge" which I believe will be out around August.
Sandra K. Stiles
It was a great book .some of it was exiting and I can't wait to read the next one.
KW

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Karen Keyte VINE VOICE on April 18, 2011
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
"Chase looked over at his father. He used to know him face-on. Now he knew him mostly in profile from the passenger seat." - from Storm Runners

As you might expect from a Roland Smith novel, Storm Runners is a taut adventure thriller, with kids using their knowledge and skills to tackle dangerous situations. At just 145 pages, it's also a quick, intense read and I give you fair warning: it leaves you dangling like an old-fashioned cliff hanger! Luckily, the second book of the planned trilogy is due out in the fall of 2011, so there's not too long to wait until you're able to find out what happens next. And believe me, you'll want to know what happens next.

For thirteen-year-old Chase Masters, life has taken some tragic and unexpected turns. A year after his mother and sister were killed in a car accident, Chase's dad was hit by lightning. That terrifying event changed Chase's father in ways that Chase can barely articulate, let alone comprehend. Once a respected builder, his dad now travels the country, arriving in each new place at just the right time to help rebuild communities devastated by tornadoes, hurricanes and other storm disasters. Aside from the time they spend together in their truck as they move from place to place, Chase sees very little of his father. Once their camper/trailer is set up in a new location (on high ground, at least 30 miles from the spot where John Masters thinks the storm will hit), his dad heads for ground-zero and generally stays in hotels until the rebuilding is done and it's time to move on to another storm. Chases talks to him on the phone daily, but it's not the same as having his father around.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Designs by Chris on October 27, 2012
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
I am a teacher and like to read the books that my students are interested in so that I can be knowledgeable enough to discuss the books with them. Storm Runners was not my first Roland Smith book, so I expected the same great writing and suspense that I found in Cryptid Hunters. The suspense and plot were well laid out and kept my full attention, but the abrupt ending of this short novel was a huge disappointment. After reading the sequel, Surge, I felt that the two books could easily have been combined into one book, which would have made more sense and not required me to buy two very small books. If you put the two Storm Runners books together they are still not as thick as the Cryptid Hunters book. So, I spent $11.98 for two books that are smaller than one I spent $6.99 for. Not sure if this was a marketing strategy or the publisher just wanted more money, but in my opinion, this was not the best way to present the story.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Squeak on March 1, 2012
Format: Audible Audio Edition
I listened to this story as an audiobook, narrated by Ramón de Ocampo, Bronson Pinchot, Hillary Huber, John Morgan, and Samantha Quan, so my review is based on that version.

This story centers around Chase Masters as he tries to work his way through a hurricane to reach safety. He has been trained by his father for emergency situations, but sometimes all the training in the world doesn't help when you are actually faced with a real world situation.

I have to remember to check to see if books are series before I begin. I was so intently listening to this story of Chase Masters and the massive hurricane that I was shocked when it ended. I stared at my stereo and thought Nooooooooooooo!

I did really enjoy the story and the suspense was awesome. Now I am going to wonder what happens until I can get a hold of the rest of the story.

The Narration Review
This audiobook was narrated by a whole cast of performers: Ramón de Ocampo, Bronson Pinchot, Hillary Huber, John Morgan, and Samantha Quan. I really enjoyed the whole cast performance with all the different variety of voices, attitudes, and inflections it is like a whole box of chocolates. Each of the unique chocolates adding to the overall box of deliciousness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mom4Life on April 22, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Our son is an advanced, almost 8 yr old, reader and he loved this book, so did the rest of our family. It was so exciting, descriptive and attention-grabbing that once we reached the half-way point, we had to stay up late to finish it. Boy were we bummed to learn we have to wait until September 2011 to actually do so. It is a cliff-hanger, but a really good one.

The content (3 kids alone in a category 5 hurricane) is probably a little mature for most 7 yr olds, but ours wants to be a storm chaser at present, and understands storms are violent and scary things can happen during a big one. It is a book we have taken turns reading aloud to each other and enjoyed thoroughly.

One of the things I love about this book is how empowering it must be to younger kids to read about kids around their age in tight spots, finding the courage, stamina and intelligence to survive. The child characters in the book are incredibly well written and I love the inclusion of a larger girl who is, as she reminds the other two, "an athlete too."

I think parents with more sensitive kids may want to read it in advance (it is a quick adult read), just to be sure the content is okay for their child. One adult does die in the presence of the main characters, and there are alligators, leopards on the loose, and levies collapsing at every turn.

Overall, we all loved it, and had a great discussion about being prepared when bad things happen. Living in AZ, a hurricane will not be one of them.
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