Chasing the Falconers (On the Run Series #1)

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Two kids break out of a juvenile detention center and become fugitives in order to clear their convicted parents' names in this heartstopping series from kid-read master Gordon Korman.

Aidan and Meg Falconer are their parents' only hope. The Falconers are facing life in prison -- unless Aidan and Meg can follow a trail of clues to prove their innocence. The problem? Right now they're trapped in a juvenile detention center. Until they escape one night -- and find themselves on ...

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Overview


Two kids break out of a juvenile detention center and become fugitives in order to clear their convicted parents' names in this heartstopping series from kid-read master Gordon Korman.

Aidan and Meg Falconer are their parents' only hope. The Falconers are facing life in prison -- unless Aidan and Meg can follow a trail of clues to prove their innocence. The problem? Right now they're trapped in a juvenile detention center. Until they escape one night -- and find themselves on the run, both from the authorities and from a sinister attacker t who has his own reason to stop them. The Falconers must use their wits to make it across the country ... with plenty of tests along the way.
Gordon Korman takes readers into FUGITIVE territory -- with thrilling results.

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Booklist
(May 15, 2005; 0-439-65136-0)

Gr. 4-7. After their parents' conviction for treason in a high-profile case, Aiden and Meg Falconer were given a different last name and placed at Sunnydale Farm, a juvenile corrections facility in Nebraska. Still, they remain convinced of their parents' innocence. At the first opportunity, they escape and make their way across the country toward the family's summer cottage in Vermont. With little chance of evading detection, the children do whatever it takes (lying, breaking and entering, hopping a freight train) to remain free and gather evidence that might overturn their parents' conviction. The sympathetic though quickly sketched characters lead readers on an exciting chase that becomes more intense as they near the cottage. There, the young fugitives learn that they now have two pursuers: the police and a mysterious man who wants to kill them. When this fast-paced adventure ends, rather abruptly, some readers will theorize about the man's identity, while others will simply wait expectantly for the second book in the projected six-volume On the Run series. --Carolyn Phelan Copyright 2005 Booklist

Publishers Weekly
(May 2, 2005; 0-439-65136-0)

Korman gets his On the Run series off to a snappy start with this quick-moving caper. Fifteen-year-old Aiden Falconer and his 11-year-old sister, Meg, have been exiled to a juvenile detention center in rural Nebraska since their parents were sentenced to life in prison. (They are criminologists who were recruited by the CIA to help identify international terrorist sleeper cells, and were falsely convicted of treason.) The siblings believe they can clear their parents' names if only they can track down Frank Lindenauer, an old family friend and CIA operative who recruited the couple and then disappeared. But first Aiden and Meg must escape from the center. They get their chance when Aiden inadvertently starts a fire, and the ensuing chaos allows them to slip away into the night. The twists and turns of their mission and the police in hot pursuit contribute to a pageturner of a plot. A few coincidences and some implausible luck cut into the tale's credibility, but its deftly honed suspense and the protagonists' likable personalities will keep kids hooked. Though they may feel let down by the story's dangling conclusion, readers are apt to reach for the series' next installment, The Fugitive Factor (0-439-65137-9), due out in June. Ages 9-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

SLJ 8/05
KORMAN, Gordon. Chasing the Falconers. 154p. (On the Run Series, Bk. #1). Scholastic/Apple. 2005. pap. $4.99. ISBN 0-439-65136-0. LC number unavailable.
Gr 4-7–In what CNN called the trial of the new millennium, Aiden and Meg Falconer's parents were convicted of treason and sentenced to life in jail. Respected criminologists with PhDs, they were asked by CIA Agent Frank Lindenauer to develop profiles that would help U.S. operatives identify terrorist cells throughout the world. He disappeared, and the FBI charged the Falconers with passing classified information to enemies. Their children were placed in a juvenile detention facility in Nebraska for their own safety. When the novel opens, they have been at Sunnydale Farm for four months. Aiden accidentally lights the place on fire and they escape. He remembers that nine years earlier he hid a picture of Lindenauer, known to him as “Uncle Frank,” in their summer house on Lake Champlain. If they can find him, perhaps they can prove their parents' innocence. With no plan and no money, they set off for Vermont. The police are in hot pursuit, but Aiden and Meg, along with another escapee, Miguel, elude them in one close call after another. At the book's abrupt and unresolved ending, the kids make it to their destination, where Miguel, mistaken for Aiden, is shot by a mysterious intruder. Short on cha

Publishers Weekly
Korman gets his On the Run series off to a snappy start with this quick-moving caper. Fifteen-year-old Aiden Falconer and his 11-year-old sister, Meg, have been exiled to a juvenile detention center in rural Nebraska since their parents were sentenced to life in prison. (They are criminologists who were recruited by the CIA to help identify international terrorist sleeper cells, and were falsely convicted of treason.) The siblings believe they can clear their parents' names if only they can track down Frank Lindenauer, an old family friend and CIA operative who recruited the couple and then disappeared. But first Aiden and Meg must escape from the center. They get their chance when Aiden inadvertently starts a fire, and the ensuing chaos allows them to slip away into the night. The twists and turns of their mission and the police in hot pursuit contribute to a pageturner of a plot. A few coincidences and some implausible luck cut into the tale's credibility, but its deftly honed suspense and the protagonists' likable personalities will keep kids hooked. Though they may feel let down by the story's dangling conclusion, readers are apt to reach for the series' next installment, The Fugitive Factor (0-439-65137-9), due out in June. Ages 9-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Children's Literature
Suspense and escapade follow Aidan Falconer and his younger sister Meg in this first book of the "On the Run" series. After their parents are convicted of treason against the United States, these two siblings are placed in a juvenile detention center where they can remain safe. But an accidental fire sets the stage for their escape into the unknown. In trying to find the one man who can prove their parents' innocence, they run into another escapee who saves them more than once from danger. They have to travel from Nebraska to Virginia where Aiden hopes to find a long-forgotten photograph of their parent's friend. By using their wits, they quickly learn how to survive. From hopping a train to stealing an automobile they don't know how to drive, they slowly make their journey across the country, evading the police. These determined youngsters also have to steer clear of an unknown assassin. Can they get that photograph and save their parents from a life-long fate in prison? This story will keep the reader wondering what happens next until the very last page. 2005, Scholastic, Ages 11 to 15.
—Debbie West
School Library Journal
Gr 4-7-In what CNN called the trial of the new millennium, Aiden and Meg Falconer's parents were convicted of treason and sentenced to life in jail. Respected criminologists with PhDs, they were asked by CIA Agent Frank Lindenauer to develop profiles that would help U.S. operatives identify terrorist cells throughout the world. He disappeared, and the FBI charged the Falconers with passing classified information to enemies. Their children were placed in a juvenile detention facility in Nebraska for their own safety. When the novel opens, they have been at Sunnydale Farm for four months. Aiden accidentally lights the place on fire and they escape. He remembers that nine years earlier he hid a picture of Lindenauer, known to him as "Uncle Frank," in their summer house on Lake Champlain. If they can find him, perhaps they can prove their parents' innocence. With no plan and no money, they set off for Vermont. The police are in hot pursuit, but Aiden and Meg, along with another escapee, Miguel, elude them in one close call after another. At the book's abrupt and unresolved ending, the kids make it to their destination, where Miguel, mistaken for Aiden, is shot by a mysterious intruder. Short on character development and at times melodramatic and straining credulity in the children's ability to elude authorities, this is a fast-paced, action-packed adventure that kids will read in one sitting. Appropriate for reluctant readers and those addicted to television action shows, it is the first in a projected six-title series.-Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780439651363
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 4/1/2005
  • Series: On The Run , #1
  • Edition description: Reissue
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 121,284
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 680L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 7.48 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gordon Korman
Gordon Korman
Gordon Korman is one of the most beloved contemporary authors of today with more than 40 middle-grade novels to his credit. He published his first book at the wee age of fourteen, which turned into the Bruno and Boots series- still in print! Also a tireless self-promoter, Gordon travels across the country and even travels abroad to promote his books. Originally from Toronto, Gordon and his wife, a teacher, now live on Long Island with their little boy.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 10, 2013

    Aiden and Meg Falconer are put in a juvenile detention center be

    Aiden and Meg Falconer are put in a juvenile detention center because their parents were convicted on charges of treason and sentenced to life in prison. Aiden accidentally burns down the facility and they escape. They get on a freight train to go to Vermont, where they can find out about Frank Lindenauer, a man who can testify that their parents are innocent.They go to Chicago where they steal a car and drive it to Vermont. When they are there, they go to the house where they stayed with Frank Lindenauer on a vacation. When they are in the house Miguel, a fellow escapee, is shot but the Falconers escape. 

     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 21, 2008

    LOVED IT!!!

    i think these are the best series of books i have read, just the thought of 2 kids, brother and sister running from the F.B.I and police and stuff, risking the lives and breaking the law!.this is my second time reading ON THE RUN, i think its on the edge, you never know whats going to happen, i LOVED IT!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2006

    Courtesy of Teens Read Too

    Gordon Korman's ON THE RUN series starts off with a bang with CHASING THE FALCONERS, an action-adventure thriller with serious overtones. The opening of the story finds Aidan Falconer, 15, and his younger sister, Meg, 11, ensconced at Sunnydale Farm, a so-called minimum-security rehabilitation alternative for delinquent youths. Although Aidan and Meg haven't committed any crimes, their parents, Drs. John and Louise Falconer, both Professors and criminologists, had been found guilty of treason months before--and are now serving life sentences in separate prisons. Both Drs. had been working for the CIA, under the tutelage of operative 'Uncle' Frank Lindenauer, to create profiles to help the US government identify and locate terrorists. Unfortunately, though, the profiles fell into the hands of the very terrorists the Falconer's were profiling, and the world branded them traitors to the United States. When their lawyers failed to produce any trace of Frank Lindenauer (the CIA, in fact, testified that there was no such agent in their offices), the doctors were tried, found guilty, and sent to prison. Now their children, although innocent, are paying for it, as well. When an accidental fire at Sunnydale Farm presents a means for escape, Aidan and Meg grab it. There mission? To find Frank Lindenauer and prove that their parents are innocent. Their only rules are to stay together, and not get caught. As the Falconer's race towards Vermont and the summer house they once vacationed at with Lindenauer and his girlfriend, the two meet up with another fellow juvenile from the farm, Miguel Reyes. As the three attempt to avoid the police, and FBI agent Emmanuel Harris, who was responisble for bringing the case against the elder Falconers, Aidan and Meg learn what it means to be fugitives. CHASING THE FALCONERS is a quick, adrenaline-packed read that will leave you wanting to read the next book in the series, THE FUGITIVE FACTOR, as soon as you're done. Definitely a highly-recommended read for all lovers of action-adventure and mysteries!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    Great Series!!

    I read Gordon Korman's series 'On the Run' #'s 1-4.Here is my review: I really enjoyed this action packed series. The settings are things that fit the situations perfect. I like how Gordon Korman uses realife situations to get the point how hard the kids'life really is. The characters really balance each other out. Aiden is tense and cautious. Meg is laidback and dangerous. I really enjoyed this series. If you like great books read this one!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2006

    it sucks

    it had no good ponits in the book it is not a good buy

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2005

    AMAZING!

    I love Gordon Korman as a writer! This book, though, totally blew me out! Everyone should read it! I read the whole book in one day, and believe me that's not normal for me! My eyes were glued! Definetly read the rest!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 3, 2005

    wow

    This book has fast action and gets you right into the story. I gurantee if you read this book,you won't be able to put it down until your finished and you will love it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 13, 2005

    Confessions of a Gordon Korman Mega Fan

    I would consider myself hooked on about almost all of Korman's books. The first book to this series was no exception. The story is about Aiden and Meg Falconer, whose parents are locked up in a federal prison for a crime they didn't commit... Meanwhile, Aiden and Meg are the only innocent ones on horrible Sunnydale Farm, a juvenile detention center with bullying inmates and incredibly corny supes (supervisors). Each chapter ends with a cliffhanger, and the end of the book does too. Pick up the book and see for yourself what lies ahead for the Falconers! Please, I beg you!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 15, 2005

    It was so awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is one of the best series ever! When I read them I stayed up all night because I couldn't put them down. Aiden and Meg Falconer are in juvie and their parents are serving life sentences in jail. One night Aiden accidently sets the detention center on fire. He runs off with his sister to try to prove that their parents are innocent. Along the way they meet friends, traitors, and gang members. They even solve a few crimes while avoiding the police, FBI, and a scary killer named Hairless Joe, even if that means driving, flying on a plane, jumping of a building, stowing away on a boat (and jumping off that boat), and even hancuffing the FBI agent that made their life come crashing down. Oh yeah, did I mention that they steal his car, cell phone, and flush the handcuff key down the toilet? Well, I'm sorry my review is so long, but YOU HAVE GOT TO READ THIS SERIES!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 12, 2005

    Action packed adventure...too much talk

    The book was okay. Too much of the talking and stealing. The action packed ending gave the fun.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2005

    Read Chasing The Falconers

    Imagine yourself running away from cops when your parents are stuck in jail for life. Well Aidan and Meg Falconer were in their own jail. Then one night Aidan accidentally sets the place on fire! Oh No! Now Aidan and Meg are running for their freedom. On the way they bump into another run away. Now Aidan and Meg have to use their skills to cross half across the country to help their parents get out of jail without getting caught! My favorite part was when Aidan and Meg had to cut and dye their hair to disguise themselves. Gordon Korman has written many other books like NO More Dead Dogs, the Dive series, the Island series, and the Everest series. I recommend this book to 3rd graders and over and especially if you like adventures.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2005

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Wow when i read this book i was amazed how the author outdone it self man if u like adventure and suspense ull love this book. this is the best action and suspense book in a long time

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 28, 2005

    THE BEST BOOK EVER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    This is the best book ever.Two kids on the run from the cops, thats great.I had to keep reading.I got in alot of trouble because this book was so great, I wouldn't put it down.I can not wait for the next book.This is a must read book.Gordon Korman is a GREAT author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2005

    Franklin Fifth Graders run with the Falconers!

    My fifth grade class in Le Mars, IA read this book aloud. We really enjoyed the book. It had a lot of adventure and the students were always waiting to see what happened next. We are disappointed that the second book has not been published yet and we will not be able to read it this year as a class.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2005

    Wow!

    I have just started this book, and i really enjoy it.....i can not wait untill the next book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2014

    Amazing

    This book is great. Lots of acrion and edge of yur seat moments. MUST READ!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2014

    read this

    I live in vermont

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 17, 2014

    Awesomeness

    I loved this book so much it is worth a second reading

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2014

    You have to read this!

    A very good series. Its kinda addicting. Just dont read it again; itll ruin it for you.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    must read

    This series is one that will keep you wanting to read each and every book to see what happens.

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