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Wildfire Run [Kindle Edition]

Dee Garretson
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Book Description

The president's retreat, Camp David, is one of the safest places in the United States. So why can't the President's son, Luke, and his friends Theo and Callie stay there without Secret Service agents constantly hovering over them, watching their every move? And yet, when an earthquake sets off a raging wildfire, causing a chain reaction that wreaks havoc at Camp David, they are suddenly on their own.

Now Luke needs a plan:

  • To override the security systems
  • To save those who were supposed to save him
  • To get through an impassable gate
  • To escape Camp David

Debut author Dee Garretson delivers a heart-pounding tween thriller—an action-packed adventure with undeniable suspense.

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From School Library Journal

Gr 3-7–Luke, son of the president, worries deeply about terrorists and crazy people. While he is on vacation at Camp David with best friend and fellow robotics nut Theo, he feels safer than he has in a long time. Just after Callie, the assistant chef's daughter and Luke's longtime enemy, arrives, a disastrous earthquake strikes. When a wildfire surrounds the camp, injuring and possibly killing several adults during evacuation, Luke and his friends are left on their own and must use their wits to overcome nature's worst. Kids will enjoy the adventure and realistic characters. Luke and friends may be part of the country's elite, but they bicker and problem-solve just like regular kids. As Luke develops into a more confident boy, readers will cheer for his progress. Most interesting are the contraptions and gadgets built by the children in order to overcome obstacles and up their chances of survival. Recommend this to fans of T. S. Fields's Danger in the Desert (Rising Moon, 1997) and Gary Paulsen's Hatchet (Bradbury, 1987). An accessible story with lots of action.Terry Ann Lawler, Phoenix Public Library, AZ
© Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Long on action and brief of chapter, this suspenseful survival tale debuts the Danger’s Edge series, which promises to make riveting fare for middle-graders. Luke is initially pleased to stay behind at Camp David when his father, the president, is called away to deal with a massive earthquake that has struck the Midwest. Then a sudden wildfire sweeps out of the neighboring park and an auto accident at the entrance gate during the hasty evacuation triggers the camp’s electronic protective systems while disabling or killing his entire security detail. Locked inside an electrified fence, without means of communication with the outside and in danger of being fried in any number of ways, Luke and two friends face the double challenge of breaking through multiple rings of automated security (all invented, claims the author) and escaping a fast-moving, windblown fire. Along with a breathlessly paced plot, Garretson crafts a preteen protagonist who grows out of being a whiny, moody sort and, with his companions, displays generous measures of courage and ingenuity in rising to the occasion. Grades 4-7. --John Peters

Product Details

  • File Size: 322 KB
  • Print Length: 276 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0061953474
  • Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (August 31, 2010)
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003TLN7OI
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,479 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome, Fast Paced, Action Packed Adventure January 2, 2012
What an awesome, fast paced, action packed, thrilling adventure! This story is one that just grabs ahold of it's reader and doesn't let them go until the last page. The story centers on Luke, the son of the President of the United States. While on a trip to Camp David with his dad, an destructive earthquake hits MO, causing his father to promptly return to the White House leaving Luke behind with his own secret service men, and his best friend Theodore. While there, a frightening wild fire breaks out and heads straight for Camp David.

This book really played out like watching an exciting movie. One thing after the other happens during this story, from natural disasters, to an accident, that leave part of the team either hurt or separated from each other. Oh wait, I also forgot the run ins with wildlife. Not to mention the fact that one of the big problems is the security that's meant to keep the "bad guys" out, is also keeping the team from leaving. The details of the lay out of Camp David are intriguing and the facts about the camp itself that Dee includes at the end of her story are fascinating. It was so easy for me to imagine what the grounds of this camp look like, as well as the surrounding woods where part of the story takes place.

Wildfire Run is such a high energy, engaging story with fabulously developed characters. The three tweens, Luke, his best friend Theodore and Callie, the chef's daughter we so fun to meet, and as were Luke's own Secret Service men. I loved the ideas that Luke and his friends come up with to help them all escape. Despite how daring and dangerous this mission is, their bravery, intelligence and teamwork are needed to help them figure out away around a high security system. This is a book I highly recommend picking up. I think it's one that even the most reluctant reader will end up enjoying.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An interesting survival story. December 14, 2011
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Reading books like this one encourage me to be grateful for the life I have. I have no desire to live a life as structured and stifling as the one Luke lives. To be followed almost everywhere by bodyguards or the media would drive me bananas. I like my privacy. It would also be so very easy to become dependent on those around you. This kind of book makes me wonder what I would do in the same situation.

In this book, Luke struggles to find a sense of normalcy with his friend Theo which immediately speaks to the reader's sense of empathy. Garretson does a decent job of creating characters that you care about. The focus of the story is on the survival aspects of the children's situation. I appreciated the fact that she doesn't have the kids do things inconsistent with their personalities. In this sort of book that would be easy to do. Survival stories have a unique sort of challenge, the situation needs to be intense without being impossible. There needs to be hope but without making the things the characters do ludicrous. Wildfire Run has a good balance of challenges emotional, physical, and mental. The thing that I found the most interesting was how the children came up with ways to overcome the challenges in front of them. I enjoy reading about people overcoming hard things. The only thing that I didn't find completely believable was the ending. The children would to my mind need awhile to recover from the incredible stress they had been under, yet they seem to be perfectly normal at the end. Other than that however I enjoyed the story and recommend it to all who enjoy a good adventure/survival story.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Courtesy of Teens Read Too November 8, 2010
Luke's dad is the President of the United States. They awake one morning at Camp David to an earthquake ripple. Immediately, the President heads to Washington to uncover more details about the destruction and to figure out how to best help the people.

Luke remains at Camp David with his friend, Theodore. They plan to build a robot with the help of his dog. They're in the middle of working on the project when Luke's used-to-be friend, Callie, appears. She's carrying a kitten. When the canine frightens the feline, both animals take off into the woods.

Luke and Callie run to catch them, but they're not allowed into the woods. Meanwhile, the Secret Service agents get word of a fast-moving forest fire. They must evacuate the camp immediately. They wait for a few minutes to see if Luke can call back his dog. When he doesn't appear, they jump into SUVs and head for the main gate.

As they try to exit, catastrophe ensues. Following a car crash that leaves the extraction team separated and hurt, the three tweens need to figure out how to get away from Camp David. Unfortunately, the security measures used in keeping out terrorists are also keeping them from escaping.

WILDFIRE RUN is a fast-paced read bursting with action and danger. Luke, Callie, and Theo must learn to put their differences aside and work together as a team. They come up with crazy ideas to outsmart the system, which creates a great novel for tweens and reluctant readers.

Reviewed by: Jennifer Rummel
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5.0 out of 5 stars A presidential adventure November 6, 2010
What if you were the president's son and you were constantly surrounded by Secret Service agents?

In Wildfire Run, Luke Brockett, the president's son is vacationing with his friend Theo at Camp David--one of the safest places in the United States. But when you're constantly watched, how much fun can you have? Luke really wants Theo to like Camp David so he'll want to come back, but when a major earthquake hits Missouri, Theo and his dad will have to get back to the White House immediately. Luke begs his dad to stay at Camp David and the president agrees, not knowing that a fire is making its way directly toward the presidential retreat.

As the raging wildfire gets closer, the Secret Service is forced to shut down the camp until the fire is under control. Although there's an evacuation plan they've all practiced, things go awry and it's up to Theo to get everyone out alive, but that means overriding the security systems, getting through an impassable gate, and saving those who were supposed to save him.

Debut author Dee Garretson delivers an adventure you won't want to put down. Page turn after page turn will leave you wondering if Luke can find the strength to overcome the power of nature and deliver his friends to safety. Who ever said being the president's son was all pomp and circumstance?
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wildfire Run
This is a short novel but keeps moving quickly at times you find yourself talking to the book telling the young boy to grow up to quickly as we as adults can process things more... Read more
Published 6 months ago by joan marks
5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Read
My original review as appeared on my blog, Boys To Books.
The president's son, Luke, always has an entourage of Secret Service agents following him, even when he goes on... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Trudy Zufelt
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Really good story, it makes you want to read on
Nice ending too.
I wonder if there's a movie?
I really enjoyed it!
Published 16 months ago by Matthew McAuliffe
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildfire run
Loved it such an interesting book so many great detail s and thrilling ending!
I would definitely recommend to anyone
Published 16 months ago by molly karas
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING
AMAZING, one of the best books ever!!!!
Published 17 months ago by Tanner
5.0 out of 5 stars BEST BOOK EVER
This is an amazing action book in which I felt both sympathy and care for the characters. I really liked this.
Published 17 months ago by Shapoppa
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun book in particular for boys 9-12
My son is a very picky reader, he likes action and good characters -- this has it all and we thoroughly enjoyed it, one book he didn't want to put down!
Published 17 months ago by Lynda S
5.0 out of 5 stars Wildfire Run
Wildfire Run is a action packed book with a lot of suspense. It's about a kid named Luke who is the president`s
son who goes to a place called Camp David which is where the... Read more
Published 17 months ago by CapitalOne
5.0 out of 5 stars So exciting! :D
One of the best books I've read. I recommend this book to people who like to be left in suspense. READ THIS BOOK
Published 23 months ago by Austin Haynes
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I have read in a while
This was an action packed book, but the plot had a ton of holes if you have any feet in reality. Those kids would have been dead from smoke inhalation. Read more
Published on June 11, 2012 by Libby Barber
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