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Storm Runners

(Storm Runners #1)

3.86  ·  Rating details ·  2,553 ratings  ·  409 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
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Hardcover, 160 pages
Published March 1st 2011 by Scholastic Press (first published October 2010)
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Mrs.
Feb 20, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: adventure, series
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
Brayden Grimm
Name: Brayden Grimm

Book title: Storm Runners

Personal Response: Storm Runners by Roland Smith is a very interesting book that keeps the reader on edge throughout. This story is fictional but depicts the reality of the fear of a powerful Florida hurricane very accurately. When I read this, I had a hard time putting the book down.

Plot Summary: The story begins with a flashback to the death of Chase Masters’ mother and younger sister. After this, the story goes to the present day where he was worki
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Paul
Sep 24, 2014 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
Josh Newhouse
Aug 02, 2011 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.
Teri
Mama-Son read!

I read this with my son in 4th grade, it was just kinda meh. Neither of us were very impressed. I am kind of over the whole character with dead family thing, I feel that it is so prevalent in every story now. (view spoiler)There is a serious cliffhanger, so be ready.
There were some conversations these kids had that didn't seem normal for
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Mary Ann
Apr 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4th, 5th, 6th, adventure, boys
“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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Oakley
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I believe that this book was okay. The plot was good and the emotions were really told but... I feel like the author didn't really put in their best effort when writing this book. I feel like they only wanted to make money. As I was reading, I felt like I was reading a rushed school essay. I liked it, but I didn't really feel the author's passion. The story made me interested, and I thought the cliffhanger was good. But it felt like it was only to make money from a sequel. I also think that it s ...more
Liz
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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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Lantz Kehlmier
May 30, 2012 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
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Mari Anne
May 28, 2011 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
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Gwen the Librarian
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: kidlit
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Jake
Apr 15, 2014 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
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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
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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Bdalton
Oct 05, 2011 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
Susan
Feb 27, 2011 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
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Peggy
Jul 01, 2015 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
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Hope Ryan
Feb 08, 2016 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
Cara
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.

Fourth book club with this, and the kids LOVE it. It's so exciting.
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.
Amy
Mar 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Great characters! Great fast-paced story! Can't wait for the second book!
Aadam
Sep 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
It was a good book and Left you on your feet.
Jake Castaneda
Mar 16, 2017 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
Deborah Payne
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Storm Runners
By: Roland Smith

Main Characters: Chase and John Masters
Side Characters: Tomas (employee of John Masters), Nicole (daughter of Marco and school friend), Momma Rossi (mother of Marco), Marco, Rashawn (school friend), Dr. Krupp (school principal),
Richard Krupp (TV anchor and principal's husband), Cindy Stewart (meteorologist), and Mark (cameraman)
Setting: Florida

The book starts out with John getting stroke by lightening as he gathers his tools from the backyard. As it is raining and Ch
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Kevin Huot
Feb 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdng-413
This book was pretty exciting to read. Chase is in middle school and he has had an interesting past. His mother and sister died in a car accident when he was 11, and shortly after that his dad gets struck by lightning. This spurs his dad to pick up behind people and "help" them prepare for stormy weather. Chase, his dad John, and their Mexican assistant Tomas head down to Florida to prepare for the biggest hurricane named Emily. However, Emily moves faster than most predicted and makes landfall ...more
Sara Kay
Jan 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdng-413
This book is about a boy and his dad, who travel to places where natural disasters are about to strike. In this book, Chase and his dad are headed to Florida in order to get there before hurricane Emily does. They park on the property of the Rossi's, where Chase meets a girl his age named Nicole. The next day, Chase goes to school with Nicole and is enrolled there. However, many students are out of school due to parents concern and fleeing from the hurricane. By the end of the day, only 42 stude ...more
Linda Otis
Jan 22, 2019 rated it it was ok
I read all the books my 6th grader is reading so we can have our own family book discussion. This has helped us have discussions beyond 'how was school?' 'good'. I enjoy helping him build his opinion of the authors work and did the story come together with a good conclusion.

The ending of this book was disappointing. it had interesting characters and little moments that I wanted tied up at the end. Instead, it just ended. I listened to the last 1/3 of the book and thought the recording was damag
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Kaleb Spencer
May 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Can a first day at a new high school get any worse? Chase Masters is dropped off to stay at a winter circus compound by his father--a storm chaser. But soon, after a bus crash, Chase and two new friends find themselves pursued by a deadly hurricane through a Florida preserve.
Chase had a little sister and a mom. they both died in a car crash. he would call his sister little monkey because she could climb tree's really well. she even slept in one. Chase had been going to schools while him and hi
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Cassidy Reed
Jan 17, 2018 added it
Shelves: rdng-413
Chase and his father, John, are storm chasers, and the category five hurricane, Emily, is the biggest of their worries now. Chase begins school in a new town the day that the hurricane is supposed to hit. He tries to convince school authority that getting on the school bus to go home is dangerous, but no one listens. Instead, Chase, a few of his classmates, and the bus driver find their selves in a bind on the bus when hurricane Emily eventually hits.

I really enjoyed this book because it kept me
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Sophie Hughes
Feb 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: rdng-413
I did not think I was going to enjoy this book very much but I was on the edge of my seat reading it. And I thought that only happened at the movies. It was a perfect mix between a scientific approach to viewing the hurricane, a story of families trying to reunite in the midst of the storm, and three unlikely friends doing what it takes to keep each other alive. I specifically enjoyed the Circus aspect of the story. It added an extra flare to the story that made me want to find out more about. I ...more
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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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