Saturday, April 2, 2011

STORM RUNNERS by Roland Smith

John Masters was struck by lightning and it changed his life.  After having lost his wife and daughter in a tragic accident, John was living his life for his son Chase.  He made a good living as a building contractor, but after a near death experience, his life turned in a different direction.

John started studying the weather, and he and his son began to chase storms.  They would arrive before predicted storms would hit, help area residents prepare for the expected tornado, hurricane, or other natural disaster, and then they would haul in the cash making repairs after the weather event had passed.  Chase sort of enjoyed the travel adventures with his father, but constantly changing schools and making new friends was sometimes difficult.

Father and son are now headed to Florida and hurricane Emily.  They find a place to park their rigs, and as John and his partner head for the area where forecasters predict the hurricane will make landfall, Chase heads off to enroll himself in school.  Then the real adventure begins...

Roland Smith is the author of more than a dozen adventure books.  His stories are fast-paced and action-packed.  They are perfect books for middle grade readers.  A sequel to STORM RUNNERS is scheduled for release in the fall.


Ardyth Fritts said...

I was introduced to Roland Smith's writing when we read as a whole school- PEAK- and my students, who are kids with multiple mental and physical disabilities,love his books! We are reading Storm Runners right now and it is amazing how the students don't want me to stop! They are so interested as we study tornados and weather watching. With the earthquake and Tsunami in Japan, it seems very fitting to be reading this. They have never been so involved in reading before.

I would recommend Roland Smith's books to any classroom teacher. He has some amazing picture books for the younger ones.

Readingjunky said...

Hey, forget about the kids not wanting to stop; I didn't want to put it down either.

I'm planning to read this to my students, too. They will be begging for more.