Saturday, March 19, 2011

Storm Runners

Storm Runners
by Roland Smith
Scholastic, 2011. 143 pgs. Fiction.

After Chase's father is struck by lightning, he sells everything and goes on the road with a portable repair shop that specializes in disaster prep, fixes, and cleanup. When they arrive in Florida just before Hurricane Emily makes landfall, he leaves Chase at a circus animals farm while he goes to St. Petersburg to set up shop. Too bad Emily comes ashore where Chase is and he and two friends barely escape with their lives when their school bus goes into the water. Trying to make their way back to the farm they fall from crumbling levees and have to outmaneuver killer crocodiles. **SPOILER ALERT** When they finally make it back home, the farm house is gone. Taking shelter in the barn, they . . . . And that's where this book ends. A cliffhanger to end all cliffhangers, Storm Runners reads more like an old-time movie or magazine serial than even the first book in a series. Readers will have to wait until September when Book 2--Storm Surge--hits the bookshelves to find out what happened to the pregnant elephant and where out there in the dark the escaped leopard is waiting. Yikes!

1 comment:

marsha j said...

Sounds like quite a story! I haven't even read it and can't wait to find out what happens next!