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3.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 53.69 out of 5 3.69 (35 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Roland Smith Narrator: Ramón de Ocampo Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Storm Runners Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9780545422130
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Master of middle-grade adventure Roland Smith returns with a second installment in this fast-paced action series.

NARRATOR: Ramon de Ocampo
FORMAT: 3 CDs, Unabridged

Chase and his friends Nicole and Rashawn have just survived Hurricane Emily, the storm of the century, but their troubles are just beginning. Though they've made it to the safety of Nicole's family's farm -- the winter home of the Rossi Brothers Circus -- the flood waters are rising and they need to reach higher ground. The circus's lions have escaped their cages, and a mean and unpredicable jaguar is also on the loose. And then, of course, there's the problem of the wildlife preserve next door! Have Chase and his friends lived through a terrifying night only to face a new danger?
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Ramón de Ocampo’s consistent and distinct characterizations help listeners get a bearing on the life-threatening situations and large cast of characters. His narration matches the intensity of the story. And by gearing the pacing down in quieter moments, he avoids exhausting the listener.”

    AudioFile

  • “Listeners will be able to visualize the action portrayed and will be on the edge of their seats. The tale ends with a satisfying cliffhanger, leaving listeners waiting for the next installment.”

    School Library Journal

  • “Nonstop action and ever-present danger makes this a sure bet for middle school-aged readers who have read the first volume. It’s a swift and exciting read, with appeal to reluctant readers.”

    Children’s Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy | 2/18/2014

    " I can think of many students that would like this book because nearly every chapter has danger, and "hold your breath" moments. Lots of outdoor adventure...the kids in the book are unusually knowledgeable about survival and wild animals...makes for an interesting read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jane Mason | 2/16/2014

    " Students loved this book. We are waiting for the 3rd book to come out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 2/12/2014

    " Felt like books one and two should have been one book, luckily I checked them out together. But still...loved. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Renna Dallas | 2/5/2014

    " I loved it. It was a bit shorter than most books I read, but excited and with intriguing characters. I can't wait to read the other books in the series. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Vicki | 2/3/2014

    " The 2nd book in this series,continues with Chase, Nicole & Rashawn make it to the circus farm safe from Hurricane Emily. But are they safe? Where is Hector the leopard and where ate the lions. And Pet the elephant is ready to give birth? Great book with short chapters and a lot of action for reluctant readers by a popular tween author-at our library. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jnase1 | 2/1/2014

    " Action-packed like the first in the series. Boys will want to read it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mandi Murphy | 1/22/2014

    " Great continuation to the story. Still a little hung up on the bus driver thing, though. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer 11-12 | 1/20/2014

    " This book was AWESOME.Fast paced and intense.3 middle schoolers having to watch out for circus animals during a hurricane,without there parents around!This book was better than the first by far.Super good book.I recomend it for EVERYONE. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brian | 1/17/2014

    " Pre-teen peril during a hurricane. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Allison | 1/10/2014

    " CCBA nominee "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laela | 1/5/2014

    " Lots of action, but very much a middle book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jen | 12/24/2013

    " Definitely seemed a lot more graphic and violent than the last one, but a very good story! We can't wait for the next one in the series! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Maloney | 12/15/2013

    " A fun read--lots of action, interesting characters. Additionally, the length of book and short chapter format will appeal to MG & YA reluctant readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Vienna | 11/24/2013

    " This is a book about a middle school boy who has a dad obsessed with following storms and warning the community about them. The boy helps save a circus and some friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Stefani | 10/18/2013

    " On par with the first. Good quick read, but oh the cliffhangers!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kathryn | 6/20/2013

    " I enjoyed this book very much.Roland Smith weaves a wonderful web with only a few minor incidents including shooting an ostrich(this was Nicole), trapping a lion in a trailer, and a baby elephant being born. Roland Smith is an excellent writer. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Karen Arendt | 6/13/2013

    " Action packed adventure. Boys will enjoy this series! Nice ending to book two, but it's not over. Book three takes Chase and his father to Mexico City to tackle a volcano. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 6/10/2013

    " Definitely need to have read the 1st book to enjoy this one. Still, a good choice for hi/lo and reluctant readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky37042 | 5/25/2013

    " Smith did a great job with this second book. Great adventure story for middle readers. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shannon | 5/17/2013

    " I read the audiobook version of this at the recommendation of my students. The voice given to John, Chase's dad, sounds like the alien-possessed farmer in Men in Black. It was distracting. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Isaac | 4/26/2013

    " Awesome book too "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Hoover Public Library Kids and Teens | 4/8/2013

    " More heart-pounding action. Can't wait for book 3! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 9/7/2012

    " Thankfully this one didn't have quite as much of a cliff-hanger, but still had tons of action. Another great storm adventure. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Melissa | 8/10/2012

    " This is the continuation of the 1st Storm Runners book by Roland Smith. It is just as exciting as the first one with nonstop action all the way until the end. My son can't wait to start the 3rd book tomorrow to find out what happens next! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 2/15/2012

    " This continuation was just as good as the first book. This one I listened to. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sherri | 12/14/2011

    " This is a fun, fast-paced read aimed more for middle school students, but I know some of my low high school readers will love this book. This is the second in the trilogy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dolores | 10/23/2011

    " The second entry picks up where he left us hanging in the first. Non-stop action throughout as the story alternates narrators, and moves from one dangerous situation to the next. A terrific boy book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 10/17/2011

    " Thrilling adventure in a diaster setting. A great read for the reluctant reader. Only disadvantage is having to wait for the next installment! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tiffany | 10/12/2011

    " I really wish this was just one book instead of three small ones. It seems like you just get into it and it ends. Pretty intense with wild animals running around. Sad too since some of the animals die. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 9/19/2011

    " Definitely need to have read the 1st book to enjoy this one. Still, a good choice for hi/lo and reluctant readers. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Spencer 11-12 | 9/12/2011

    " This book was AWESOME.Fast paced and intense.3 middle schoolers having to watch out for circus animals during a hurricane,without there parents around!This book was better than the first by far.Super good book.I recomend it for EVERYONE. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 9/10/2011

    " Great sequel--boys are going to love this one (and so will girls). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Crystal | 8/28/2011

    " Thankfully this one didn't have quite as much of a cliff-hanger, but still had tons of action. Another great storm adventure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Becky37042 | 7/28/2011

    " Smith did a great job with this second book. Great adventure story for middle readers. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Martha | 7/26/2011

    " Continuing the adventure. There's nothing like circus animals loose in a hurricane.
    I liked how this one "ended." Now on to the volcano and earthquake! "

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About the Narrator

Ramón de Ocampo has won nine AudioFile Earphones Awards for his audiobook narrations. A graduate of the Carnegie Mellon School of Drama, he has been seen on television, film, and stages all over the world, including recurring roles on such television shows as The West Wing, 12 Monkeys, Sons of Anarchy, and Medium. He is the winner of a prestigious Obie Award for his stage work.