Runaway Storm

Runaway Storm

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by D. E. Knobbe
     
 

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This first book in D. E. Knobbe's gripping Runaway series puts readers in the middle of a wilderness adventure that few could survive on their own.

Nate stole the kayak . . . sort of. His parents don't know where he is, and that's just fine with him. He's made it to the chain of sparsely populated islands off the coast of Vancouver, his kayaking dream come… See more details below

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This first book in D. E. Knobbe's gripping Runaway series puts readers in the middle of a wilderness adventure that few could survive on their own.

Nate stole the kayak . . . sort of. His parents don't know where he is, and that's just fine with him. He's made it to the chain of sparsely populated islands off the coast of Vancouver, his kayaking dream come true. So what could possibly go wrong?

For starters, he hadn't counted on real runaways making him feel like a fraud or on the cops chasing him into a wild and deadly storm. Nate hadn't planned to shipwreck on a deserted island either, or to have a run-in with a crazed drug smuggler, who drifted into the bay on a crippled Sailboat, ready to protect his stash with a loaded gun. Should Nate save himself or the Goth girl from Seattle who tried to rescue him? Between being chased by criminals, shot at, and almost drowned, their options aren't looking good.\

Editorial Reviews

VOYA - Amy Fiske
Fifteen-year-old Nate's life cannot get much worse. Following the breakup of his parents' marriage, Nate's mother drags him with her to New York to pursue a new work opportunity. Nate resents the disruption and misses his father, friends, and home in Vancouver. When his father reneges on a promised birthday kayaking trip to the Gulf Islands, Nate goes AWOL and embarks on the kayaking adventure alone. Predictably his quiet solo trip becomes far more complicated and dangerous than anticipated. He stumbles across a group of boys on the run from foster care and learns about real family problems. In an effort to elude the authorities, Nate steers his kayak into the path of a storm and shipwrecks on a seemingly uninhabited island. While marooned, he meets a girl and has a nasty encounter with a murderous drug smuggler. Knobbe crafts a classic rite-of-passage tale, complete with unreliable adults, exciting adventure, extreme peril, and a plucky protagonist who survives by his wits and grows from his experience. It is also an action-packed page-turner with a bit of romance to keep things interesting. The continuous action will keep teens engaged. Knobbe manages to leave no loose ends to the story, yet leaves the door open for a second book in the series. Librarians and teachers can give this brief book to reluctant readers, particularly boys who like adventure stories. Reviewer: Amy Fiske
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 8–10—Feeling abandoned by his divorcing parents, 15-year-old Nate decides to run away on a kayaking trip to the Canadian Gulf Islands. He deals with issues of food and shelter, and meets actual runaways on an island and helps them out. Then, a raging storm strands him on a small island where he runs into an angry Goth girl who ends up helping him. When drug smugglers show up, things just get worse. The story starts out slowly as it goes into much detail about planning and supplies. It picks up when the other runaways appear, but readers don't see many sides to their characters, and the problems that Nate assists with are easily solved. The last portion of the book charges forward when multiple characters and problems are introduced. While this pace is a welcome change, things move rapidly as the teenagers go from enjoying themselves to being shot at by one-dimensional bad guys, and there's a neat resolution. Those who can plow through the beginning will enjoy the action when they finally get to it, but most kids will have lost interest by this point.—Mariela Siegert, Westfield Middle School, Bloomingdale, IL

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ISBN-13:
9781934572351
Publisher:
Emerald Book Company
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Pages:
223
Product dimensions:
5.70(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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