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Wildfire Run Reviews

UPDATE TIME: 2018-03-05 
Review Score: 4 out of 5 star From 0 user ratings
ISBN:0061953504
LANGUAGE: English

"An action-packed adventure around Luke, the son of the President of the United States, who spends time of his summer vacation at Camp David with his friend Theo. An earthquake causes fire to break out around Camp David and circumstances force Luke, Theo and Callie (she is the new chef's daughter) to save the day. I know boys and girls at our school will love this book, all its action, adventure, and the amazing contraptions built by the kids to escape the fire - for me, it got a bit too long in the end." said.

"This happens in Camp David, Maryland. Luke Brockett, Callie Lansa, Theo Ellias, Adam Martens, and Isabelle Keller go on a very exciting adventure. Isabelle doesn't survive an electric shock. Adam Martens and Isabelle Keller are secret service agents. Luke Brockett is the son of the President, Pierce Brockett. An earthquake happens and knocks over a stick that campers used to poke their fire to see if it was still going. A wildfire started!! The wildfire spread to Camp David. Camp David was evacuated, but Luke's dog, Comet, caused Lukes vehicle to wreck. Now Luke and his friends (including Adam) are stuck in Camp David!
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"Yet another tale that I had to put down because of its intensity! The president's son, Luke and his friends Theo and Callie are caught at Camp David after an earthquake sets off wildfires around them. They try to escape but run into one obstacle after another. Security guards are injured and they try to rescue them, the gates short circuit and won't let them out of the compound, and the trio's ingenuity is the only thing that saves the day. The Camp David setting is an unusual one, and the historic notes at the end are appreciated. Definitely good use of golf carts and very imaginative electrical skills are out to use. For students who like books packed with action and adventure, this is a great choice! Good length, good cover, good print size for reluctant readers.
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"The book starts off with an exciting chain of events -- an earthquake and a forest fire that starts as a result, and leads to the son of the president trapped inside an electrified fenced-in area at Camp David with two other kids. They must rely on their wits and grit to survive and escape when the secret service agents and other adults are all injured or dead. The book is surprisingly believable and suspenseful, although there were times when I wished there was a map included so I could better picture their movements around the camp as they tried to escape. With Obama in office, lots of kids imagine themselves as a child or teen living in the White House, so the twist of having the main character be the son of a sitting president is another attractive draw. Recommended for middle school age." said.

"A fast-paced middle school read about the son of the President of the United States getting trapped at Camp David with two friends, in the middle of a raging forest fire, and how they must scramble to get themselves out safely. Luke goes from whiny and self-absorbed to courageous and ingenious throughout the book: he stops complaining about always having Secret Service agents shadowing him when they all are killed or incapacitated during the chaos of the rapidly approaching fire, and he has to rally his friends to engineer their own escape. Security systems that were foolproof at keeping bad guys from getting IN now become deathtraps they must overcome in order to get OUT of Camp David! Lots of fun. The author researched as much as she could about Camp David and there's a nice afterword with photos and fun facts; but she admits that of course all of her security measures are invented by her. Fun book for would-be Macgyvers and action heroes! Written by an Ohio author, too." said.

" This book is called wildfire run and I thought that this book was amazing. I think this book was good because it was really exciting even in the beginning. I think it was a good idea to make the main character the son of the president because then you can kind of imagine how it is like to be the son of a president. The main characters name is Luke. It was one of the best books that I have read because it taught me some things about electricity and it always had action in it.I recommend this book for people 9 and up. There is also a character named Theo and he is always helping Luke when they are trying to escape and trying to be as calm as possible. It was almost funny how many bad things happened to Luke. Know matter what got thrown at him he always managed to survive and escape the problem. I really, really, liked this book.This book is written by Dee Garretson and it is truly good.I rate this book a 9 out of 10. " said.

"While I think it could have been tighter in places, this is a solid, engaging, and suspenseful story that I think kids will definitely enjoy and teachers may find creative ways to use in their classrooms. This is ultimately a story in which kids have zero adults to help them and have to act both creatively and responsibly in order to escape a very dangerous situation. In order to survive within the camp and escape the encroaching fire, Luke and his friends draw on their knowledge of both science and gadgetry to create some truly clever contraptions. As such, I can see this book making a fun addition to math and science lessons.

Luke, Theo, and Callie are intelligent and resourceful kids. They are not, however, without flaws, which I think made their characters seem considerably more real. Callie is frequently cranky. Luke is impulsive, fidgety, and easily-distracted. While nowhere in the book is it stated that he has ADHD, kids familiar with its symptoms will recognize Luke’s struggles and see ways in which they sometimes help (and sometimes hinder) his actions in the book.
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"Young Reader Reaction: My daughter read this in 5th grade and pulled it from the shelf to read again in 7th grade. She loved the suspense and pace of the story.

Adult Reader Reaction: A bit unrealistic, but a thrilling ride. Luke, Callie, and Theo are well-developed characters, though I have to admit I didn't like Callie much at first. The story left me curious to learn more about Camp David and the rules (are kittens really forbidden?). Wildfire Run is a book I'd recommend for readers who like action-packed stories. The author does an exceptional job helping the reader visualize events and scenes so that it plays out like a movie in your mind.

Pros: Nonstop action keeps readers on the edge of their seat waiting. The story has lots of visual detail that can help readers who need or prefer being able to "see" the story as they read.

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