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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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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: 0.5 x 5.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,482 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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NYT Bestselling author Roland Smith is a former Zoo Curator and Research Biologist. He has published more than twenty novels for young adults. He and his wife, Marie, who is also an author, live on a small farm near Portland, Oregon.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Designs by Chris on October 27, 2012
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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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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Karen Keyte VINE VOICE on April 18, 2011
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"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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Squeak on March 1, 2012
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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.

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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Karly on February 12, 2013
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Enjoyed the book. I would recommend to anyone who likes to read. I teach middle school so I tend to read a lot of these kinds of books. Worth your time!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By By heidisg on April 30, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Roland Smith once again sucked me in with this thrilling adventure story of a boy and his friend caught in the middle of a hurricane. The story moves quickly and I found myself at the edge of my proverbial seat throughout the entire book. I was all ramped up to keep reading when the story simply ended. I knew it was part of a trilogy, but I didn't expect to be SO disappointed when it left me hanging and longing to find out what happened next. I guess that's a good thing, though, right?
As an elementary school librarian, I recommend it for boys and girls in upper elementary school and above. Just the other week, a third grader checked it out for his middle school brother who couldn't get it at his own school. And, we gave copies of this book as gifts to some of the students who participated in our Battle of the Books program this year. I wish I didn't have to wait until September to read the next installment.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By LA Brushwood on August 26, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Great book! It contains no sarcasm, potty humor, wizards, or vampires. No magic, no preoccupation with romance, and no stupid parents. And yet, in spite of its missing all these "essential" elements found in most children's books today, it's a fantastic story. It's a realistic, fast-paced story that still manages to develop the characters well. Excellent work, Roland Smith.
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