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Wildfire Run

Wildfire Run

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by Dee Garretson

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The president’s son, luke, and his friends Theo and Callie are constantly being watched by Secret Service agents at Camp David. But when things spiral out of control, Luke and his friends are suddenly on their own, racing to escape a raging wildfire threatening their lives. They urgently need a plan: to override the security systems, to save those who


The president’s son, luke, and his friends Theo and Callie are constantly being watched by Secret Service agents at Camp David. But when things spiral out of control, Luke and his friends are suddenly on their own, racing to escape a raging wildfire threatening their lives. They urgently need a plan: to override the security systems, to save those who were supposed to save them, to get through an impassable gate, and to escape Camp David.

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

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Amanda Ledbetter
Luke Brockett, the twelve-year-old son of the President of the United States, loves Camp David. Not only is it a quiet vacation spot, but here he feels safe from terrorist attacks and free from the worry he feels so often. As summer draws to a close, Luke, his best friend Theo, and his old friend Callie learn that even a place this remote and secure as this is not without its dangers. An earthquake starts a forest fire in the drought-stricken woods surrounding Camp David, making the kids' vacation take a serious and deadly turn. As Secret Service agents hurry to evacuate Luke and his friends before the fire reaches the camp, a car accident makes the front gate impassible, trapping the kids and three injured agents inside the electrified perimeter. With the forest fire racing toward them, Luke, Theo, and Callie must negotiate their way through the woods and around the camp's defense system to reach the rear gate before it is too late. As obstacles arise to block each escape attempt, Luke finds himself forced to think on his feet and make life-and-death decisions—something he is unaccustomed to with his constant entourage of Secret Service agents. The result is Luke's transition from spoiled and self-absorbed to caring and self-sacrificing. With short chapters that keep the action moving, this story is full of suspense, and Garretson leaves readers wondering who will live and who will die. It is a great read for tweens and middle school boys and an excellent first publication for Garretson. Reviewer: Amanda Ledbetter
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
Kirkus Reviews
A breakneck adventure in the unusual setting of Camp David features the president's son Luke and his two pals, Theo and Callie. Theo is a geeky guy who likes to build robots and is new to the Secret Service protocols that are normal for Luke. Callie is the daughter of a chef who's worked at another presidential home and is not particularly happy about his being transferred to Camp David. When a horrid and utterly unbelievable set of coincidences finds them trapped on the compound without any adult help, they must outwit the many security measures in place to thwart criminals and terrorists that now keep these kids from escaping a wildfire resulting from carelessness in the aftermath of a major earthquake. It's all plot, and unlikely at that, but it's fairly tightly written to focus on the spontaneous inventions and ingenuity that are required of these uncannily capable 12-year-olds. Mostly harmless MacGyver-esque foolishness, this gadget-filled thriller is expressly calculated to hit the sweet spot for middle-grade readers who like their survival literature laced with technology. (Adventure. 9-12)

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HarperCollins Publishers
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5.10(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.50(d)
690L (what's this?)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Dee Garretson spent her childhood helping her father build his offbeat inventions and playing adventure games in the woods. After working as a landscape designer and teaching landscape horticulture classes for several years, Dee returned to writing. Her debut novel, Wildfire Run, has been praised for its suspense and its hero, Luke, who “with his companions, displays generous measures of courage and ingenuity in rising to the occasion” (ALA Booklist). She lives with her family in Cincinnati, Ohio.

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Wildfire Run 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed, Wildfire Run. If you want some short, and good literature, you will definantly enjoy it! My only downside is that sometimes it seemed a bit too slow, and the security systems seem a tad unrealiatic. But, like a said, it was a overall, a pretty good book! Buy it now!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Dee came to our school and she was amazing! I am really excited to start reading her book
tammy25 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this book for a gift for my granddaughter then decided to read it first. The book is so interesting and combined with suspense, humor and knowledge my granddaughter is going to have towait. I have three other friends that want to read it first!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Yo this a great book its worth the money GET IT PEOPLE
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My teacher read it to us and I loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excitement throughout the story will keep kids turning the pages.
Dianajenkins More than 1 year ago
Dee Garretson starts with an intriguing concept and develops it into an exciting adventure that kids will love -- especially boys! When an earthquake sets off a wildfire, things go terribly wrong at Camp David. The President's son and his friends must save themselves. The security of Camp David works against them as one problem after another develops. The kids are smart and courageous but very human, too, so readers can relate to them and their struggle to survive. Great details about Camp David are skillfully woven into this fun book.
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This is an ok book but it seemed to much likee "wolfstorm"
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This book just....wow. It is so good, it has been the only thing I have been reading for the past day and a half. It is so good I just cannot put it down! It is full of exciting twists and turns. And there are times were I'm like, what will happen next? Is he/she dead? Will they survive? It is awesome!
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