Title: Storm Runners
Author: Roland Smith
Publisher: Scholastic Press, 2011
Series: Storm Runners, 1
Reading Level: Age 10 & up
Plot Summary: Chase Masters has grown up on the road, chasing tornados, hurricanes and floods with his father. Hardly able to stay longer than a month at a time in school, Chase is learning about storms and survival with his father. When his father heads off to St. Petersburg, Florida to chase Hurricane Emily, Chase stays behind at a farm. This is no ordinary farm but is actually the home to circus animals when they’re not traveling. When the hurricane takes a new turn and makes landfall in the town where Chase is staying, his survival skills are put to the test. Chase along with two classmates must hike from where there bus overturned back to the farm through gale force winds, a hungry alligator and other obstacles.
Review: Storm Runners is a fast-paced adventure that is sure to grab the reader from the start. The story keeps moving from one characters point of view to another, keeping the suspense strong. While the story is somewhat unbelievable, the author does a good job at achieving suspension of disbelief. Smith does a great job of placing the reader in the middle of the storm and for all you action lovers, this book is a winner. The story ends with a cliffhanger and readers will want to get their hands on the sequel,The Surge!