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Storm Runners (Storm Runners Series #1)

Storm Runners (Storm Runners Series #1)

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by Roland Smith

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The first in a middle-grade action-adventure series from cross-channel bestselling author Roland Smith.


This is the first in a three-book middle-grade series about a twelve-year-old boy whose father is a "disaster hunter" -- someone who keeps an eye out for situations like Hurricane Katrina, tornados, etc., and


The first in a middle-grade action-adventure series from cross-channel bestselling author Roland Smith.


This is the first in a three-book middle-grade series about a twelve-year-old boy whose father is a "disaster hunter" -- someone who keeps an eye out for situations like Hurricane Katrina, tornados, etc., and heads TOWARD them with the intention of offering his services and expertise in reconstruction. But sometimes the boy's father also exploits those in need, something his son can't stand and tries to compensate for in his own way. Book One will take us to the scene of a hurricane, and it will be nonstop adventure from the first page.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Jeanne K. Pettenati J.D.
When the storm of the century hits Florida, Chase Masters is on a school bus. He is separated from his dad, who has traveled to where he thinks the epicenter will be (wrong!). Ever since his wife and daughter died in a car accident during a storm, Mr. Masters has made it his mission to help people facing natural disasters. Now Hurricane Emily is bearing down the Atlantic coast and meteorologists are trying like crazy to pinpoint where it will make landfall. Chase's dad leaves him with the Rossi family as he and an accomplice chase the storm. The Rossi's have a daughter (Nicole) his age. This circus family is quite colorful—the parents are dwarves (but not Nicole). The Rossi's share their property with elephants, giraffes, lions and monkeys, all of which is important later on in the story. Listeners learn quite a bit about natural disasters in the course of the plot, which will hold their interest and have them cheering for Chase and his schoolmates to survive the devastation of Hurricane Emily. The story, which is unabridged and includes just over three hours of listening time on three discs, ends on a suspenseful note, leaving room for the next segment of this "Storm Runners" series. An interview with the author follows the end of the story on disc three. Reviewer: Jeanne K. Pettenati, J.D.
School Library Journal - Audio
Gr 5–8—After the death of Chase Masters' mother, his father goes through some changes that lead him to become a storm runner. Chase joins him in this new family business as they move often and stay in front of storms by predicting where they will hit and heading to those towns to help residents prepare. During the latest storm, Chase stays at a farm that is the winter home for a circus while his father travels further into Florida to get ahead of Hurricane Emily. The storm doesn't act as predicted and heads toward the farm. The principal at his new school doesn't heed his warning to keep students in the school instead of sending them home early in buses. When the hurricane takes out the bus he is on, Chase goes into action. Ramón de Ocampo narrates this exciting first novel in a projected series by Roland Smith (Scholastic, 2011), varying his voice to reflect each character's personality and changing his pacing to match the growing danger. News reports throughout are realistically recorded and reflect the building tension. A cliffhanger ending leaves listeners eager for the next installment.—Stephanie A. Squicciarini, Fairport Public Library, NY
From the Publisher

“Certain to grab readers and leave them waiting to snatch up the next installment…” –BOOKLIST

“A breakneck read, perfectly geared to the restless and reluctant.”

Children's Literature - Justina Engebretson
It is not every day that a person gets struck by lightning and lives to tell the tale; Chase's father is one of those rare exceptions. Ever since the death of Chase's mother and sister and the lightning strike, Chase's father has not been the same. After recovering from his lightning accident, Chase's father sold all their earthly possessions and now they travel the country chasing storms accompanied by faithful Tomas. In this first book of Smith's new series, the storm chasers are heading to Florida to meet Hurricane Emily. They set up shop at the winter farm for the animals of the Rossi Brothers' Circus. Here twelve-year-old Chase befriends Nicole Rossi, the daughter of the circus owner, Marco Rossi. Many challenges await young Chase as he finds himself right in the middle of the unpredictable Hurricane Emily. Will he have the strength and knowledge to survive the storm and save himself and his new friends? This young adult reader is sure to capture the attention of pre-teens and early teenagers, particularly boys, though girls will most likely enjoy the suspenseful read as well. Smith does an excellent job of creating mystery and holding the reader's attention until the last paragraph. The ending will leave readers waiting in anticipation for the next book in this series. Reviewer: Justina Engebretson
School Library Journal
Gr 6–9—Chase, 13, has been taught to be a survivor. He carries a go bag that contains supplies to keep him warm, dry, and fed for three days. He knows to look for high ground in storms and which rooms are safest. He carries a satellite phone in case the landlines are down and the cell phone signals fail. His father is in the disaster business and taught him all of this and more. He travels the country with Tomás, his assistant, and Chase. After a disaster strikes, they provide construction services in Florida to help residents rebuild. The men drop Chase off at Tomás's brother's house before heading for Saint Petersburg, in preparation for Hurricane Emily. Chase is at school, 40 miles away from where his father predicts the storm will hit land, when it changes course unexpectedly, and he needs to use all of the survival techniques he knows to get himself and two friends to safety after their bus rolls into a lake full of alligators. This is an exciting, quick read, with chapters alternating between Chase and his father, who is trying to find him. Weather reports and a lot of survival tips and facts are included. Readers will feel engaged with Chase and his friends in their struggles to survive. However, it seems a set-up for the second book rather than a complete novel.—Erik Carlson, White Plains Public Library, NY
Kirkus Reviews

Readers will really feel blasts of wind, water and flying debris in this disaster tale—at least until the narrative cuts off in mid-howl. As (fictional) Hurricane Emily moves toward Florida and his father, an itinerant contractor specializing in weather-disaster prep and repairs, heads for its expected landfall, Chase takes up temporary residence at a "farm" that turns out to be a circus' winter quarters. Hardly has he reported to the local school, though, than the storm makes a sudden turn and surge that strands him, along with classmates Nicole and Rashawn, in a wrecked bus on a crumbling levee. Writing in clipped prose and dialogue, Smith quickly plunges the three refugees into a desperate struggle to survive floods, darkness, howling gales and even an encounter with a wily alligator on the way to what they hope will be safety. Though the author's practice of repeatedly cutting away to other characters' points of view distracts from rather than tightens the suspense, and he abruptly chops off the narrative on a cliffhanger as the storm's eye passes, Chase and his friends get repeated opportunities to show that they're made of sturdy stuff. Since they are left sharing a barn with an elephant who is about to give birth as a vicious escaped leopard roams outside, readers are really going to want to find out what happens next. (Adventure. 11-13)

Product Details

Scholastic, Inc.
Publication date:
Storm Runners Series , #1
Edition description:
Library Edition
Product dimensions:
6.70(w) x 6.20(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
8 - 12 Years

Meet the Author

Roland Smith

Roland Smith first worked with animals at the Portland Zoo, and he has been involved in animal rescues and conservation work around the world for more than twenty years. He is the author of Jack's Run, Zach's Lie, Cryptid Hunters, Peak, and most recently Tentacles, his Scholastic debut. He is also the co-author of numerous picture books with his wife Marie. Roland lives with Marie on a farm south of Portland, Oregon, and he enjoys writing, traveling, and visiting schools. You can find him online at www.rolandsmith.com.

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Storm Runners 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 reviews.
Lisa Blum More than 1 year ago
This book is the start of becoming big like some of Gary Paulson's books, such as Hatchet. As soon as I picked this book off of my school's book fair, I could not put it down. I absolutly cannot wait until I get the next one. Will they surrvive? I would reccomend this book to anyone that loves action and competition like myself. I was so into it. I was reading it at night so it seemed like that I was in the storm too. I felt like I had to get somewhere safe like them. Awesome book!
1lovemystery More than 1 year ago
The book was so interesting. I got this book from my school book fair. The moment I saw the cover I knew I wanted to read it. Then once I started reading it, I couldn't put down. The lesson on the book was realy, no matter how sacry things get you need to face your fears. Lots of people in the book were so brave in some big scarry events. Some of the events I thought to myself, could I do that? Or I thought, man that person is realy brave. What i liked most about the book was that the characters risked there life to get to safty. It was an adventure.
Steve Harder More than 1 year ago
I couldnt this book down from the start ti the finish It was fantastic i read in two to three days that good
TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Gold Star Award Winner! Chase and his father travel across the country chasing storms. His father, a master carpenter, works hard to protect buildings from hurricanes and tornadoes. After the storm, he helps rebuild. The family settles in Florida, where a hurricane is fast approaching land. No one knows where it's going to hit. Chase's father has a good idea, though, and he heads to Saint Petersburg. He leaves Chase behind with friends, who have a daughter his age, so that Chase can attend school. All day the news swirls about when and where Hurricane Emily will land. As the sky darkens, Chase isn't sure he wants to get on the bus after school. He tries to stop the Principal from sending everyone home on the bus. He isn't successful. But the storm is just beginning - and it's going to be a wild ride. STORM RUNNERS is a fast-paced, addicting read. With short chapters, tons of action, and danger around every corner, I couldn't put this book down. I can't wait for the next installment in this new series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Living in Florida where hurricanes are not strangers, Roland Smith certainly covers all the details! Great read! Can't wait for the next...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Its an awesome book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I listened to this book and it is a very good book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I absolutly loved this book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I got this book from my library. You have to get it! It is the best book! I am on page 30 and i am hooked. If you are into storm books you have to get ot even if you are not into storms still get it. The $5.00 is worth it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! IT IS AWESOME!!!!!!!!!!!! GET IT NOW!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love it
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Theres so many disaters happening throu out the book it keeps you on your toes (or on the edge of your seat) thats how intrusting it is i would deffently recimind it to people who love adventure books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was the person who was like: this book is like the hunger games. Anyway love this book its great.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is one of the best books ever. I,v read book one and two its about a boy named Chase,his dad gets struck by lighting after the boys mom and sister dies in a car accident they move into a moble trailer hooked on to a 4 by 4 truck they travle around searching for storms and run into something very unexpecting but you will have to read it to find out!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love reading about storms and this was the perfect book for me!
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Truely AMAZING!!