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Storm Runners (Storm Runners #1)

3.84 of 5 stars 3.84  ·  rating details  ·  1,558 ratings  ·  283 reviews
The first in a middle-grade action-adventure series from Roland Smith! Chase Masters and his father are "storm runners," racing across the country in pursuit of hurricanes, tornadoes, and floods. Anywhere bad weather strikes, they are not far behind. Chase is learning more on the road than he ever would just sitting in a classroom. But when the hurricane of the century hit ...more
ebook, 160 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published October 2010)
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Mrs.
Okay I will say right off I was disappointed in this book because.....it is a series and I didn't know it! I didn't, for once, skip ahead to see what the ending would be like and as I neared the end of the book I thought how are they going to package this so quickly here in the end....only to find out it is a series. I think, I wish I would have known that up front and I bet kids will feel the same way too. Looking now in Feb the next book comes out in Aug! That is a long time to wait for me. It ...more
Jake
The Storm Runners by Roland Smith

This book composed of a kid and his dad roaming the country searching for extreme storms. The setting of the book resides North of St. Petersburg, Florida. Personally, I would give this about an 8.5 on a scale of 10 total points. This book is interesting due to Chase Masters, the main character, having his dad being struck by lightning, but thankfully lived, and his Mom and Little Sister being killed in a car accident. Right off the bat seeing his tragic past ki
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Joshua
Now this made me angry... Predictable... But a page turner but the ending was so abrupt... I was like wha? The book is thin compared to Smith's usualwork, but nowhere on it does it say "book one"... Nothing is really resolved... The question is will students finish it wanting more or frustrated... Hopefully the pb will make it cleAr this is only the first in a series... But still a little more closure would have been nice.
Mari Anne
I read most of this sitting outside the library waiting for AAA to unlock my car (YES... it was THAT kind of day!) I digress.... Roland Smith writes fantastic books... especially for boys in the 8-12 year old range. He really knows how to weave fantastic stories laced throughout with interesting facts. Very clever trick to feed kids knowledge without them realizing it!

Storm Runners follows Chase and his father. They are a broken family following the tragic death of his mother and sister. His fa
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Mary Ann
“The bus hit the water like a torpedo, pushing Chase’s face into the seat frame. He felt a front tooth snap, followed by the coppery taste of blood. Frantically he felt around for his go bag. He’d need the first aid kit and everything else in the bag if they survived the crash…”
- Roland Smith, Storm Runners (ARC, p. 74)

Imagine knowing a Category Five hurricane is barreling toward you and you're trapped inside a school bus trying to get you home. It's storm-dark, and rain is pelting the bus so
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Chris
A nice, quick read, which is exacty what I was looking for. Great book for grades 4–6. After his mother and sister are killed in a car crash and his father almost dies after being struck by lightning, you'd think Chase Masters' life couldn't get more upended that it already is. But his father has suddenly become a storm chaser, pulling Chase out of school and scampering around the country in search of disaster. As the book opens, they're arriving in north Florida ahead of a mega-hurricane called ...more
Bdalton
I listened to the audiobook. The story is about a father (John) and son (Chase) who travel to areas about to be hit by natural disasters (storms). The father offers to help secure buildings in advance of the storm for free. After the storm leaves, grateful storm victims come to him as paying customers to repair their storm damaged homes. Chase is well prepared to deal with problems and a big one comes his way in the form of Hurricane Emily. Having just arrived in Florida to meet the storm, Chase ...more
Liz
SPOILER ALERT:
Chase Masters and his father go to where the next big storm is going to hit. His father and his long time assistant Tomas drive the vehicles they need while 15 year old Chase goes along and enrolls in the nearest school. Chases world changed at the death of his mother and little sister two years ago and then a year ago his father was struck by lightening. After that they hit the road chasing storms to repair and rebuild houses. All three had a special backpack with essential items
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Anne Hawn Smith
This is a great book for Middle School students...and even adults! Chase and his dad are storm chasers, but not the weather people. Chase's father is a builder and he goes to places in the path of natural disasters. Chase's mother and little sister were killed in a car accident. After his dad was electrocuted in a storm and recovered after a 2 day coma, he sold his house and bought a trailer and equipment which he moved from one site to another, helping people rebuild.

As a category 5 hurricane b
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Lantz Kehlmier
Storm Runners by Roland Smith is a quick read about a boy named Chase Masters and his father and the adventures they encounter when chasing bad weather across the country. This is a action-packed book with Chase facing a new adventure at every turn, including heavy wind and rain, alligators, and a school bus ending up in a lake, just to name a few. The fear of impending danger and sense of adventure fill this book and made it hard to put it down.

One thing Smith did well in the book was the deve
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Gwen the Librarian
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Susan
I was very upset when I came to the non-end of this book. I had no idea it was the first in a series. I think if an author is going to write a series, he should at least indicate on the cover that this is the first book in the Storm series, or whatever.

This book is probably written for upper elementary school students--5th or 6th graders. It is about Chase Masters, age 12. His dad chases storms and earns money helping people clean up after storms. Chase and two girls just about drown when their
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Sarvar
Title: Storm Runners
Author: Roland Smith
Summary: Chase Masters and his dad have an unusual job. They go wherever a big storm is treathened to hit, help to prepare for it, and then when it's over, they help people clean up and fix their homes and other places. They have just arrived in Florida in preparation for Hurricane Emily. Chase's dad heads off to St. Petesburg to help people prepare for the storm, but the trouble is that the storm doesn't follow it's predicted path.
Analyzation: I found the
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Melanie
After his mother and sister are killed in an accident, Chase Masters and his father are trying to cope. One day Mr. Master's is struck by lightening. After that he becomes obsessed with storms. Eventually Chase and his dad sell their house, pack up the family and start a business structured around repairing storm damaged areas. They are "storm chasers."

In this first book of the series, Chase and his dad head to Florida as a hurricane prepares to move through. They take up residence with a local
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Jackie
Ever since the tragic deaths of his mom, Emily and little sister Monica, Chase, but especially his dad, John have redefined their lives and become Storm Runners. In the immediate aftermath of a hurricane or other disaster, John offers his services of repairing and rebuilding to the weary victims...at a price, of course. Now, John and Chase have traveled to a place near St. Pete, Florida to assist those affected by the impending Storm of the Century, Emily (yes, the same name as his mom).

While t
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Cole Lorenzo
I think Storm Runners was a good book . I kept my interest all through the book. I like when books are very intense and always on my toes when reading a book.It keeps my interest .I would recommend this book to anybody.
Adithi
This is actually more of an in-between three and four stars. It's actually not that bad! You should try it. PLEASE DO, book club people. YOU HAVE TEN DAYS. I'M WATCHING YOU.

I did a full review of this book on my website. You can access it here: http://adithi718.wix.com/booklover#!S...

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All right! I just finished Storm Runners last night. It was a pretty good book, but I'm not sure if it was entirely appropriate for our age group. Nevertheless, the end of the book made for an exci
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Voergjacob22
This book involves a kid(Chase Masters) and his father searching for extreme storms. This book takes place North of St. Petersburg, Florida. This book was interesting to me because I didn't get it at the beginning so I wanted to read more to find out what happens next. This book really drew me in when I found out that his father was struck by lightning. Storm runners would be a great book for kids who like reading suspenseful books. End the end it leaves Chase with fear and confusion. I am waiti ...more
Amy
Great characters! Great fast-paced story! Can't wait for the second book!
Aadam
It was a good book and Left you on your feet.
Zach P
Storm runners is a great book. Within its intriguing cover, lay a book, filled with suspense, great detailing, and an amazing plot. Chase and his dad live in Florida, and after the death of his sister and mom, Chase and his dad sell everything they have to become storm runners. The characters are massively developed and become almost like good friends during the book. I would say the back story is a bit confusing and there are a LOT of characters to know. I am very excited about reading other bo ...more
Tessa Joy
Chase Masters and his father live an unsettled lifestyle as storm runners. When they hear of a predicted hurricane in Florida, Chase and his father drive their RV home and portable construction business to the winter quarters of the Rossi Brothers’ Circus. While Chase’s father prepares locals for the storm, Chase attends school with Nicole Rossi. But when the storm’s condition becomes threatening, school is cancelled and students are sent home. As Chase, Nicole, and another girl are being driven ...more
Jennie Smith
This is a great, super quick read that I can see many of the sixth graders reading and even a teacher who is teaching weather using. I know… always the teacher in me thinking! Chase is a great lead character and is very well written. I love that I was able to learn about storms through his dialogue with his father and the other characters. Chase is dealing with the loss of his mother and sister and the fact that his father, who was struck by lightning, has decided to trek it across the United St ...more
Barbara
The only way this book 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 a ...more
Mrs. Knott
Chase and his father are off to Florida to prepare for Hurricane Emily. Chase leads a different kind of life than most kids his age - his father is an M.D. (Master of Disaster). He moves to where natural disasters are and helps people clean up after them. Which means Chase is always on the move, and doesn't stay at one school for too long. This time they move to Florida, where it's predicted Hurricane Emily will make landfall around the St. Pete area. Chase figures out the hurricane is going to ...more
Karen Ball
On the road with his father over the past year, Chase had thought a lot about the word fate and decided it was one of those little words with a big meaning...

Chase Masters and his father travel from place to place, following storms and disasters. John Masters was a renowned builder until his wife and daughter were killed in a car accident, and he was struck by lightning. Now he and his friend Tomas rebuild homes and communities after tornadoes and hurricanes, enrolling Chase in school wherever
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Julia
After his dad is struck by lightening and lives, Chase and his dad become storm chasers, moving around the country wherever bad storms are about to hit. His dad is a carpenter and volunteers to help people protect their buildings from the coming storms, then sticks around for the paid work of helping to rebuild.
A hurricane is headed to Florida so they go after it. Chase is left with acquaintances who have a daughter (Nicole) his age so they can go to school. Chases dad thinks he knows where the
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Sandra Stiles
Roland Smith definitely has a winner with this book. Of course that is just my opinion. Chase is a very likable character. He has lost his mother and sister. We don't find out how until later in the book. This loss has definitely caused some tension between chase and his father. But life as he knew it the day his father was struck by lightning. Now they and their friend Tomas chase storms across the country. That is how Chase ends up in Florida. A hurricane is headed their way and his father wan ...more
Tanner.m
Storm Runners
Relistic Fiction

145 Pages
Storm Runners is about a boy named Chase Masters. His mom and sister died in a car accedent we he was little. Then his dad got struck by lighting and that changed his whole life. His dad became obsesed by storms and from now on Chase lived on the rode. Soon his dad and him arived in Saint Petersberg, Florda. There his dad was helping people get ready for a upcoming hurricane. Whall there they stay at a nice girl named nicoles farm. But whall there at school
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Aaron
Roland Smith is well-known for creating tales of high adventure for middle school readers, and his most current work definitely falls under that category. Chase Masters lives with his father, but they don't live in the same place for very long. That is because his father works as a contractor, and he picks up his clients by heading toward areas with natural disasters. For Chase, this means a constant transitioning from one school to the next, but it also means an opportunity to spend time with h ...more
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