Shantorian (Trackers Series #2)

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Bestselling author Patrick Carman pushes the vbook to the next level with this thrilling book/video/web experience.

In the 21st century landscape of bits and bytes, everyone leaves a digital footprint ... even the most advanced cyber criminals. And that's where the Trackers come in. Four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cameras and esoteric coding skills, the Trackers can find almost anyone, anywhere. Told through a collage of videos, text, and websites, Trackers #1 ...

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Overview


Bestselling author Patrick Carman pushes the vbook to the next level with this thrilling book/video/web experience.

In the 21st century landscape of bits and bytes, everyone leaves a digital footprint ... even the most advanced cyber criminals. And that's where the Trackers come in. Four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cameras and esoteric coding skills, the Trackers can find almost anyone, anywhere. Told through a collage of videos, text, and websites, Trackers #1 follows Adam, Finn, Lewis, and Emily as they become entangled in a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat and mouse with Shantorian, the world's most dangerous hacker. At least, that's who they think they're tracking....

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Judy Silverman
This book is set up as a series of reports from an intelligence agency. They are labeled Top Secret, and are to be read only by those who have a "need to know." Adam Henderson, age 15, is the subject of the investigation concerning "the Trackers" and their "entry into the underground organization ISD." This organization is the Internet Security Directive, and its current objective is the identification and ultimate capture of Shantorian, a brilliant, and possibly fictional, computer hacker who claims to be able to shut down the Internet. He has begun by hacking into the country's banking system, withdrawing billions of dollars, which remain missing. The ISD itself may also be fictional. The team's only contact (and the only adult around) is Lazlo and his young assistant Zara. Gradually it occurs to an adult reader that the Trackers—Adam, Emily, Lewis, and Finn—are in way over their heads. The only thing we can be sure of is that the money is missing, the kids have been involved—have done the actual theft—and they don't have any idea what's going on. There is an appendix of videos, but if the reader doesn't have an iPhone he/she must depend on verbal (written) descriptions, which are not very satisfying. Still the book is a page-turner. Recommended, on the whole, but it disturbs me that every teenager is assumed to have up-to-date electronic goods and the ability to use them. Book 2 in the "Trackers" series. Reviewer: Judy Silverman
School Library Journal
Gr 5–9—In Trackers (Scholastic, 2010), Adam, Finn, Lewis, and Emily found themselves pulled deeper and deeper into the world of high-tech hacking—and "tracking," the ability to trace online criminals' movements by the signs they leave behind. Now, billions of dollars have vanished into the ether, and Carman mixes a quick-cut, TV procedural-style of dialogue and narration as the four teens find themselves in the custody of an FBI-style intelligence force. Adam is interrogated by an agent who believes he is lying; the agent swears that he will "break him." Then there's the mysterious Shantorian, the super-hacker the Trackers are pursuing, as well as furtive Lazlo and gorgeous, smart Zara, who may be the Trackers' allies—or maybe not. The book is accompanied by a website filled with video files that support the story. Primarily of interest to fans of the first book.—Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545165013
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 1/1/2011
  • Series: Trackers Series , #2
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 223,987
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Patrick Carman

Patrick Carman is the bestselling author of numerous series for young readers, including The Land of Elyon, Elliot’s Park, Skeleton Creek, Atherton, Trackers, Dark Eden, and 3:15. He got his start as a storyteller weaving bedtime tales for his two daughters. He lives in Walla Walla, Washington, with his family.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Great book for kids

    I loved this book--it has lots of high tech action.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2011

    Fun adventure for techie tweens

    The book answers the questions left from book one, but still leaves the possibility for a third installment in the future.

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    Posted April 24, 2011

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