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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 810L (What's this?)
  • Series: Trackers (Book 1)
  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic Press; 1 Slp edition (May 11, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0545165008
  • ISBN-13: 978-0545165006
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 10 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (32 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #384,066 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From School Library Journal

Grade 5-9 Fifteen-year-old wunderkind Adam Henderson grew up tinkering with the discarded components at his father's computer-repair shop and was soon given his own little annex called The Vault, a place where he could hang out and work on his gadgets. By sixth grade right around the time he met Finn, Emily, and Lewis Adam was making enough money selling virtual stuff to hard-core gamers to allow him to begin developing an impressive portfolio of wireless surveillance gear. The kids discovered that they had complementary skill sets perfect for cyber-sleuthing, and the Trackers were born. In this first book of what will likely be a popular series, Adam and the Trackers have been drawn into a cryptic cat-and-mouse game by a brilliant and beautiful young woman named Zara who turns out to be working with an older accomplice named Lasko. He has managed to hack into The Vault and steal Adam's portfolio of inventions and threatens to release his designs to the public unless Adam can quickly crack a code that'll provide Lasko with backdoor access to all of the world's banks. This is an ingenious and entertaining mystery on several levels, and readers are given successive passwords to a Trackers website as the story unfolds. The site contains short videos (transcripts of which are also provided in an appendix) that help readers visualize story elements and solve the mystery, making this an excellent choice for reluctant readers. Jeffrey Hastings, Highlander Way Middle School, Howell, MI
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In a novel that unfolds as an extended interrogation with mysterious officials, Adam Henderson describes how he recruited three other teens to become trackers, the opposite of hackers, who try to protect the public from Internet criminals. The team stumbles onto a global, criminal plot, but nothing is as simple as it seems at first: the bad guys turn out to be government agents, who recruit the four into their ranks to help locate an evil computer mastermind, a shadowy figure that will no doubt be further developed in future installments of the series. This novel joins the growing list of multiplatform titles, and readers are invited to log onto a related, slick Web site (complete with menacing sound effects) to decipher plot-related puzzles and watch videos that flesh out the story. Many young people will no doubt be intrigued by the expanded media storytelling techniques offered here, but a computer companion isn’t necessary; some of the same Web-based material is also included in the appendix to this exciting adventure. Grades 6-9. --Todd Morning

More About the Author

I have been a lifelong writer and storyteller. Salem, Oregon is where I spent my formative years and I graduated from Willamette University. After college, I spent a decade living in Portland, Oregon where I worked in advertising, game design, and technology.

I've written young adult and children's books for Scholastic, Little Brown Books For Young Readers and Katherine Tegen Books/ HarperCollins Publishers.

I've been fortunate enough to have had some bestselling series work: The Land of Elyon, Atherton, Elliot's Park, 39 Clues, and Skeleton Creek. Here's a fun note...the books have been translated into approximately two dozen languages. Currently I'm developing a few new-media projects. Check out DARK EDEN to experience this type of cross-platform project.

When I'm not writing or creating a story, I spend my free time supporting literacy campaigns and community organizations, fly fishing, playing basketball and tennis, doing crosswords, watching movies, dabbling in video games, reading (lots), and (more than anything else) spending time with my wife and two daughters.

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This book is great and looks like it will be the beginning of an excellent series.
Steven R. McEvoy
Finding books that interest him are difficult because he reads well above his grade level but I don't want the subject matter to be too mature for his actual age.
maximum verbosity
Even though I'd already read the book, I did go online and watch the videos the next day.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Steven R. McEvoy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on May 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Patrick Carman has created another masterpiece. This story, much like Skeleton Creek, is told in two parts: first the books and then videos to supplement the story. Who or what are the trackers? They are a group of friends who have cutting-edge technology and really want 'to do good'. They desire to use their skills and technology to discover truths and bring them to the light.

The Trackers are: Adam, he's the brains behind the crew, the one who creates all the gadgets that start to get them into trouble; Lewis, the cautious one, who has computer skills, but also is the one to always worry; Emily - great skill with remote controls and nerves of steel. And finally Finn - he is the athlete, skateboarder, and always pushes the limits, but he is also the one who helps to take the edge off.

The team has spent their time building tools to use for surveillance and investigation. But something has gone horribly wrong. And now Adam is telling his story to the authorities. The website with the videos is excellent and the videos are incredibly well done. I have read the book twice - the first time with just reading the transcripts of the videos at the back of the book, and the second time watching the videos. It does work without the online videos but they do add to the story.

Adam was captured by someone posing as the Glyph Master who drew him to a website with puzzles from a secret language he helped create. He was drawn in, and by the time he realized he was in trouble it was too late.

This book is great and looks like it will be the beginning of an excellent series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Joshua Senecal VINE VOICE on January 10, 2011
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In a nutshell, if you're a tech-oriented late elementary school or middle-school student with a good Internet connection right on hand and a high tolerance for the unbeliveable, you may find this to be interesting and entertaining.

The book tells a tech-oriented adventure. The narration makes reference to videos and things that help explain the plot, so accompanying the book is a web site, where the reader can go to watch the videos. The videos are fairly well done and do contribute to the story. The problem is, unless the reader has an Internet connection really close by they're going to have to wait until later to see the videos. This means either reading a chapter, running for the computer to watch a video, reading another chapter, running for the computer again, etc., or reading several chapters, then later watching several videos. Either way, it's disruptive.

So this isn't a book you're going to want to read, say, on a car trip, either.

The book's appendices contain transcripts of the videos, but it's not the same. Some of the videos illustrate things graphically that the written transcripts cannot.

As for the story itself, I wasn't really able to get into it. The plot is in the "super-smart whiz kids get themselves into something sinister" genre, and the main character (Adam) is just too unbelievable. As a young teenager his computer skills are already off the charts, so to speak, and he's building all sorts of clever gadgets, writing security code used by major corporations, and earning scads of virtual currency online. Oh, yes, and in one seventeen-hour all-nighter he repairs 24 computers that Microsoft, with all its resources, couldn't fix. Right.

Plus I don't like his attitude.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By maximum verbosity TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2010
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I chose this book with my nearly 13 year old son to read. Finding books that interest him are difficult because he reads well above his grade level but I don't want the subject matter to be too mature for his actual age.

We both ended up loving this book, full of characters of exceptionally smart teens, lots of twists, thrills....we both read it in one sitting because you just have to know what happens next. It's one of those books where you say "just one more page" and quickly find that you're at the end of the book without even realizing it. He has requested that I put this series on his Wish List and has done a bit of research to find out what else this author has written. In my opinion, that makes this book a success!

My 12 year old has passed it on to his little brother who is 11 who is also enjoying it. Technically I guess it falls under the "sci-fi" genre, but to us, it's just smart.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Malfavon on January 4, 2011
Format: Hardcover
The Trackers book 1 is a mystery that has the main charactars Adam the brains of the operation, Finn the one who likes to take risks and skatebords a lot, Emily is the one who is a wiz with remote controls, and finaly Lewis he is the one who is super cautious and does not like to take risks. These are the trackers.

Adam makes all the inventions to help the trackers figure out mysterys they get in. Emily is the one who likes to test them out first. Finn keeps every body cheered up when they're feeling down. Lewis is the safe one and tries to keep everyone safe. The way lewis does that is he thinks of every possible way things can go wrong.

While they are doing that Adam gets sidetracked by the glyphmaster which takes them on a crazy adventure. Then a crazy thing happens but I am not going to tell you. You have to read it for your self.

I would recommend this book to every one, but especially the ones who like adventures and mysteries.
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