Monday, April 18, 2011

Boy Book Review - Storm Runners

Storm RunnersStorm Runners by Roland Smith

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The only way this Middle Grade novel disappointed is that it ended, I wanted more and I'm holding my breath to see what happens next in this cliffhanger series. I loved young Chase and his relationship with his father. He is at the age where he feels his own strength, knows what he should do, and is willing to sacrifice himself for people he cares about. His father is a contractor who chases storms and helps people repair damages in the storm's aftermath. Chase has grown used to moving from school to school as his father criss-crosses the country. He has an innate source of time and a TGB - The Gut Barometer.

Most of the time people ignored their gut gauge, 
and most of the time it was okay to ignore it, 
until the one time it wasn't okay.

Tonight is that one time, and it will likely be the longest night of Chase's life, if he lives through it. He ends up trying to lead two girls to safety after they are trapped in a hurricane aboard a sinking school bus. What should have been a two-hour journey goes on and on through alligator infested waters through gale winds to a place that is far from safe. As they reach the eye of the storm he has to gather all his knowledge and training from a lifetime of dealing with disasters to keep the three of them alive.

And readers have to wait out the next book in the series to find out if he can succeed.

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