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Trackers (Trackers Series #1)

Trackers (Trackers Series #1)

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by Patrick Carman

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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


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....

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
Gr 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
Kirkus Reviews
Fifteen-year-old technology genius Adam Henderson and his best friends Finn, Emily and Lewis call themselves "Trackers" (not hackers) and practice "missions" around Seattle using Adam's high-tech gadgets. Mostly cameras, these gadgets are tied into his semi-secret lab at the back of his father's computer-repair shop. When the mysterious Glyphmaster tricks Adam into solving a puzzle and then hacks Adam's unhackable computers, the friends are pulled into a mystery that is more trouble than they ever imagined. In fact, Adam relates the entire tale in an interview with an Inspector Ganz while his friends seem to be in custody elsewhere. Really just half of the story, Carman's first Trackers installment combines text with short videos and other online content unlockable with codes scattered throughout the book. Transcripts for the videos appear in lettered appendices at the back, as does the Glyph language Adam and his online friends create. A more successful multiplatform integration than the author's Skeleton Creek duology, this still suffers from light characterization and a pretty dull plot. The website is darn nifty though, and young technophiles will probably make it through on the gee-whiz factor alone. (Adventure/novelty. 9-12)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Trackers Series , #1
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Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 5.78(h) x 0.82(d)
810L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years


Meet the Author

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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Trackers 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trackers by Patrick Carman is a thrilling book about four friends trying to get their identities back. Adam, Lewis, Emily, adn Finn have tracking in there blood they are tracking two people who stole something very important to them. It all started with Adam he was the smart one out of the group. Lewis was the cautious one he should had seen it coming, but when you¿re busy tracking somebody it¿s hard to remember who you are. Emily was brave and didn¿t take anything from anybody, but she was scared about what was happening now. Finn does everything to the extreme he pushes everything to his limit and isn¿t afraid of anything, but now he¿s afraid what¿s going to happen next. It was very intersting and I recomend it to everyone.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
In the digital age, tracking someone is easy for a computer whiz like Adam, especially when tracking is in his blood. In Adam's own words, "Everyone leaves a trail. Some of them shouldn't be followed." Adam and his three friends track a mysterious computer hacker, only to be pulled into a dangerous situation they aren't sure they'll escape. I've never read a book like this before, and I enjoyed every minute of it. Not only do you get one amazing mystery to follow, but there are codes and a website which allows you to watch videos of the team's tracking experiences and you can break the codes online, as well. You get both the reading and the viewing experience, which adds a whole new level to reading in the digital age. Unfortunately, I'm a "late night" reader and was in bed while I read this, so I wasn't able to access the videos at the time. Thankfully, there's a transcript in the back of the book, so if you don't want to go online you don't have to and will still be able to follow the story. Even though I'd already read the book, I did go online and watch the videos the next day. I had a blast seeing the characters come to life, and wished I had watched the videos instead of reading the transcript first! I completely enjoyed this book and hope to track along with Adam and his team in book two, SHANTORIAN, when it's released!
LauraFabiani More than 1 year ago
This is one of the coolest books I've read. It is the latest book in a new genre that is taking the reading experience to a different level. What am I referring to? The "Vook" genre; in other words, multi-media storytelling-a melding of traditional storytelling with online components. If you've got a kid at home (girl or boy) who would much rather be sitting in front of the computer screen than reading a book, this one's for them. The Trackers is a group of four friends who, although different in character, make a great team whose skills complement each other as they play spy games with highly sophisticated cutting-edge inventions. Their game suddenly becomes dangerous when they take up the challenge to track a dangerous criminal. Suspenseful, fun, and innovative, this book caught my attention. The story unfolds as Adam, the team leader, sits in a classified location and is interrogated by a secret agent about his activities as a Tracker. He tells the story about how he met the other three friends who make up the Trackers, leading up to their hunt for the criminal hacker and culminating in an exciting and satisfying conclusion that opens up more questions and leaves us in expectation of Book Two. I felt like an excited kid as I read the book and then went online to watch the videos accessed by typing in the passwords provided at intervals throughout the book. The novel delves into the world of high technology and how easily one can become embroiled in the world of Internet safety. It was a fascinating and fast-paced read. I have no doubt that middle-graders will devour this one quickly.
tennisgirlsc More than 1 year ago
This hi-tech mystery incorporates online videos and content. If you are interested in computers, the Internet, and hi-tech gadgets then this book is for you. Fun read! I look forward to the next book in the series since the first book ends on a cliff hanger.
Amajorbibliophile More than 1 year ago
"Trackers," by Patrick Carman, author of the bestselling Skeleton Creek books, is an incredible, unique book sure to grab the reader's full attention from the very first sentence! The book is actually an interview between the main character, Adam Henderson, and an inspector about a certain event that had happened. Every few chapters or so, the book gives the reader a password to a video. The reader goes to trackersinterface.com and types in a password, and then they can watch one of the mysterious videos which play a big part in the story. Technology is a big part of this book, which makes it one-of-a-kind. The videos are very mysterious and action-packed, as is the book itself. With a big twist at the end, "Trackers" is a magnificent book that leaves all readers eagerly awaiting the release of the next book in this new, enthralling series!
read4ever More than 1 year ago
"Trackers" was a very unique and mysterious book. I loved every minute of it! It is definitely in a league of its own. This book is also very confusing at some spots, but in the end it all comes together in a very easy-to-follow and surprising way. Carman is just great at these video novels! His other video books, "Skeleton Creek" were just as fun as this one. If you haven't read them yet, I highly recommend doing so! Patrick Carman just keeps moving on up with these breathtaking books!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Trackers was overall a good book. Not as good as the Skeleton Creek series, but it was still a good read.
TiBookChatter More than 1 year ago
Patrick Carman has managed to do it again. In Trackers, we meet four tech-savvy teens, Adam, Emily, Finn and Lewis. They track the digital trails left behind by others and in doing so, become involved in the search for dangerous hacker. Or so it seems. As with his previous books, Trackers combines reading with an online video component. As readers go through the story, they are provided with a password and directed to a website for more information. Watch the video, get the clues. Sounds fun? It is. Young adults are hard to impress. You have to keep them guessing and I feel that Carman is very successful at doing this. The videos are engaging and the acting is pretty good too. Kids are a lot more savvy these days when it comes to technology so including the online component is a smart way to engage them. This particular story deals with high-tech gadgets which is also a huge interest to kids today. This series is geared towards the 9-12 group and I have to say that I agree. Kids in this age range will enjoy this series. My only complaint, is the abrupt ending. I actually flipped through pages to see if I missed something since I was reading an ARC. Yes, there's a little bit of a postscript but I really felt the need to run out and get the next book and of course, the next book isn't out yet. Story of my life. Overall, I'd say that this will be another hit series for Carman.
booklover78KM More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful read for middle grade readers. As a teacher, I think this would be a great book to use in the classroom. The characters are well developed and have vivid personalities. The story of four kids acting as trackers or spies is very engaging. I love the online component. The puzzles are difficult, but they are very enjoyable. The visual effects are also well done. This really engages the readers in the story. I think this is a great book to use to encourage children to read. Another wonderful book from an excellent, visionary author. Highly recommended.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago