Storm Runners

Storm Runners

Book - 2011
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Twelve-year-old Chase Masters travels the country with his father, a "storm runner," but he is tested in ways he never could have imagined when he and a new friend are caught in a hurricane near St. Petersburg, Florida.
Publisher: New York : Scholastic Press, 2011
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780545081771
Branch Call Number: j SMI NVD
Characteristics: 143 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 08, 2015

this book was really good and kept me on the edge of my seat

SPL_Childrens Aug 02, 2012

Most people try to avoid storms and other natural disasters. Not 13-year-old Chase Masters and his father, who are “storm chasers.”

Every two months or so, they pull up stakes and move to a location where a major storm is predicted. They help residents and business owners to prepare their buildings and property for the upcoming storm. Afterwards, they stay for two or three months, with Mr. Masters working to repair damaged buildings, boats and property, and Chase attending school.

It’s both a livelihood and a way of living. Chase is used to it, and he and his dad have become weather experts.

Hurricane Emily, advancing to the Florida coast, has been considered a serious storm from the beginning, and it has quickly gained intensity. The Masters realize that it may be the worst storm they’ve ever seen – but many residents aren’t aware of its gravity. Chase and his dad also feel that the weather forecasters have wrongly predicted the location where the storm will hit land.

After the first day at his new school, Chase is on the long bus ride home when the storm, approaching much faster than expected, slams into the Florida coast. The heavy rain and high winds quickly inundate the levees in the rural area. Roads, ditches, fields, farms and then homes are flooded. The water rises quickly and all electricity is out.

The school bus never reaches the farm where Chase is staying. It skids off the road, which has been washed out. Submerged in a ditch, Chase and his new friends are able to escape out the emergency door, but they are miles away from their homes. They must depend on their own resourcefulness and survival skills.

Not only are they battling “the storm of the century” and the rising waters, but a number of wild animals – alligators, tigers and cheetahs – have escaped from a local game farm.

This action/adventure tale ends with the friends reaching the farm much later that night. However, the house is almost gone; the storm continues, and they are not yet safe. The story is continued in a sequel, Surge, also available at the Stratford Public Library.

Avid and reluctant readers alike will be unable to put this fast-paced book down.

Jan 03, 2012

really good but kinda creepy in a good way i really liked it and I hope the library gets the sequel

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