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Storm Runners (Storm Runners #1)

3.86  ·  Rating Details ·  2,222 Ratings  ·  355 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 hits
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published October 2010)
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Feb 20, 2011 Mrs. rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, series
Okay I will say right off I was disappointed in this book 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
Josh Newhouse
Aug 02, 2011 Josh Newhouse rated it liked it
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.
Sep 24, 2014 Paul rated it liked it
Storm Runners by Roland Smith is a very good book that shows great leadership and courage. The book is about kids named Chase, Nicole, and Rashawn trying to survive a dangerous hurricane called Emily. In the beginning of the book Chase is at Nicole’s house, which is almost a zoo, and they are preparing for the storm. The day after when the storm is predicted to hit, school is still on. Chase gets registered into the school, he goes to class with Nicole. All what they do is watch the news about h ...more
Mary Ann
Apr 17, 2011 Mary Ann rated it really liked it
Shelves: 6th, 4th, adventure, boys, 5th
“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
Dec 20, 2013 Liz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Lantz Kehlmier
May 30, 2012 Lantz Kehlmier rated it really liked it
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
Mari Anne
May 28, 2011 Mari Anne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mg-ya
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
Gwen the Librarian
Feb 01, 2011 Gwen the Librarian rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit
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Apr 15, 2014 Jake added it
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
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
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
Oct 05, 2011 Bdalton rated it really liked it
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
Feb 27, 2011 Susan rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s-books
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
Jul 01, 2015 Peggy rated it really liked it
My 10 year old son and I finished reading this one last night and we were left hanging. What is going to happen to Chase and his friends???? But that's ok. We've loved this very adventurous book and can't wait to read the next one.

Every night he would beg "for one more chapter"! Which is definitely a sign of a good book. And I would usually give in because I wanted to know what was going to happen next, too. It's not a classic or beautifully written or anything like that. It's just a great adve
Hope Ryan
Feb 08, 2016 Hope Ryan rated it really liked it
Chase Masters and His father own a company called Masters Disasters and they go all around the country to chase after storms. Once they get to Florida (to chase a hurricane), they experience a stronger storm then expected. Chase has to save the kids at his school, and get home to safety. Can he do it? Read to find out n
The audio version of this book is really well done.
The cliff hanger at the end kind of sucks especially since there is a small waiting list for the next book.

*Edit* This is a great read aloud/book club book for 5th and 6th grade. I have done it three times and all three times there were very few complaints.
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.
Mar 18, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing
Great characters! Great fast-paced story! Can't wait for the second book!
Sep 24, 2012 Aadam rated it really liked it
It was a good book and Left you on your feet.
Jake Castaneda
Mar 16, 2017 Jake Castaneda rated it really liked it
"Storm Chasers" is a book written by Roland Smith. Storm Chasers is an action packed book with lots of tension and "Edge Of Your Seat" moments. The genre of this book is realistic fiction, as the events taking place in it could actually happen. This book is seen through the eyes of Chase, 14 years old, and his father, John. Chase lives with his father after his mother and sister were killed in a deadly car crash. Soon after, his dad survived a lightning strike. After the strike, John has always ...more
Beware! This has a cliffhanger! There are three books in the series so far, but the first two are both about the same hurricane, so have them both handy to read. :) This book was fast-paced and full of suspense while the Masters family struggled to survive and reach each other. Like most young protagonists, Chase has lost family members before the start of the story and has some personal barriers to overcome.
Dec 22, 2016 Joan rated it liked it
Action-packed young-adult, extra impactful as an audio book
Mar 22, 2017 Jennifer rated it liked it
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Oct 09, 2016 Amber rated it really liked it
I should have guessed this was a series. I am going to have to read the others!
Aug 16, 2011 Aaron rated it really liked it
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
Karen Keyte

"Chase looked over at his father. He used to know him face-on. Now he knew him mostly in profile from the passenger seat." - from Storm Runners

As you might expect from a Roland Smith novel, Storm Runners is a taut adventure thriller, with kids using their knowledge and skills to tackle dangerous situations. At just 145 pages, it's also a quick, intense read and I give you fair warning: it leaves you dangling like an old-fashioned cliff hanger! Luckily, the second book of the planned trilogy is d
Antoine Kupfer
Sep 29, 2016 Antoine Kupfer rated it really liked it
Antoine 8-1

Storm Runners is a fantastic novel written by Roland Smith. The story first takes place somewhere near Florida where readers get introduced to the story. Chase Masters the main character, lost his mom and little sister in a car accident. A few weeks later his Dad, John, gets struck by lightning and is in a coma for several days. When John wakes up, he has the intense passion of running after storms. John sells the house and buys two travel trailers. One for Chase and himself and one f
Rose Dillard
Jan 04, 2017 Rose Dillard rated it really liked it
Really enjoyed this book, especially since it is set in Florida during a storm. The story has a fast-paced plot with quick chapters. This is an adventurous read with daring characters and many exotic animals to engage readers who enjoy action, animals, and natural disasters.
Marsha Green
Sep 25, 2016 Marsha Green rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reading-635
Action-packed story of survival. Chase Masters & his dad John are storm chasers who end up in Florida chasing a category 5 hurricane when Chase finds himself smack-dab in the middle of the eye of this hurricane, struggling to keep himself & 2 classmates alive. All the while his father has no idea he is even in trouble. Just when you think things can't get worse, you get to the end of the book only to realize, trouble is just beginning.
sade eunice
Feb 19, 2017 sade eunice rated it liked it
No, I am left hanging on a cliff. This book demonstrates leadership amongst teens. It also shows how although kids might be young, organizations could help in a long run. It is important to gain knowledge and be able to present them in any situation.
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Roland Smith is an American author of young adult fiction as well as nonfiction books for children.
Smith was born in Portland, Oregon, and graduated from Portland State University and, following a part-time job at the Oregon Zoo in Portland, began a 20-year career as a zookeeper, both at the Oregon Zoo and the Point Defiance Zoo in Tacoma, Washington. After working to save wildlife following the E
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“This is Simba," Nicole said, pointing to the lion.
"Is he dangerous?" Asked Chase.
"Not really. He mauled a trainer, but nothing much.”
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