Welcome to Scholastic Booktalks where we recommend brand new Scholastic books that we think you will love. Today's booktalk is: Storm Runners by Roland Smith.
Chase Masters is not your average 6th grader. He travels across the country with his father searching for storms. His father's business is called M.D. Emergency Services. The M.D. stands for "Masters of Disaster." Floods, tornadoes and hurricanes are all part of Chase's everyday life. During Chase's travels, he goes to the local school, but it's usually for only a few days or a few months. Once the storm ends, Chase and his father leave and travel to a different storm.
Their latest adventure brings them to Florida. A massive hurricane is about to make landfall and Chase's dad doesn't want to miss it. What's also interesting about the hurricane is the name; it's called Hurricane Emily. Emily was the name of Chase's mom. Two years ago, she and Chase's sister died in a car accident and Chase's father still has a hard time talking about it.
While in Florida, they agree to help out a farm in need of some repair. But this is no ordinary farm; it's where the circus stays during the wintertime! The farm is full of animals such as leopards, elephants, monkeys and lions. Even though Chase's dad says the hurricane will land in another part of Florida, Chase has his doubts. What would happen to the farm if the hurricane hit there?
The closer Hurricane Emily gets to Florida, the more Chase relies on TGB, or "The Gut Barometer." He knows that they're in for the craziest hurricane to ever hit the United States. All he can do is be prepared and hope for the best.
Curious to find out what happens? Read a sample excerpt.
—Jen, Scholastic Booktalker