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Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson

Published by HarperCollins Children’s

Pages: 272

Ages: Middle Grade (8-12)

Publishers Summary: The president’s retreat, Camp David, is one of the safest places in the United States. So why can’t the President’s son, Luke, and his friends Theo and Callie stay there without Secret Service agents constantly hovering over them, watching their every move? And yet, when an earthquake sets off a raging wildfire, causing a chain reaction that wreaks havoc at Camp David, they are suddenly on their own.

Now Luke needs a plan:

  • To override the security systems
  • To save those who were supposed to save him
  • To get through an impassable gate
  • To escape Camp David

Debut author Dee Garretson delivers a heart-pounding tween thriller—an action-packed adventure with undeniable suspense.

“Luke, Theo and Callie couldn’t be safer. I mean what could be safer than Camp David with it’s Secret Service agents and high tech security system? There’s no way in and no way out. In most situations that sounds like the ideal circumstances for the son of the President of the United States, but after a sudden-surprising earth quake it may be life-threatening. Now with a wildfire blazing behind their backs and a security system gone awry all the trio can think to do is run, and run as fast as they can.

“Take a peek behind the scenes into the life of a son (or daughter) of a United States President. Luke is a typical boy, he goes to school, plays with friends and loves to climb trees. Oh, and he happens to be the son of a US President with an entourage that would give even the most famous celebrity a run for their money. He’s watched during activity he participates in as well as while he sleeps, there’s no escape for Luke. It’s when he does have the opportunity to go out on his own that his colors shine through. I loved his character, the conflict and the normality within him. He’s just a normal boy put in a somewhat awkward situation. It’s perfect for today’s tweens interested in a behind the scene’s look in the life of a tween in the White House, especially now that our current President has two daughter’s in this very situation.

“One of the things about Wildfire Run was that it was timed extremely well. I’m not generally a fan of adventure type books or even television shows, but Garretson’s writing kept me interested. In the beginnings of the book she alternates between narrators, even mentioning a faraway camp site, to keep the pace clicking along and it absolutely does the trick. Once the narration switches almost entirely to Luke and occasionally Callie there’s nothing but non-stop action to the very end.

Wildfire Run is 24 meets MacGyver for the middle grade generation. From robots to state of the art security to the anticipatory final explosive ending. Wildfire Run is an excitement filled story from beginning to end. This is perfect for the adventure-seeking tween boy, especially if he may be a bit reluctant to pick up a book. I’d definitely recommend this book to adventure seekers and presidential hopefuls alike. Take a look behind the scenes at Camp David and learn a little about what it takes to escape a fire nipping at your heals.

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The1stdaughter Recommends: Ages 8 and up. Adventurer’s, tinkerer’s and reluctant readers alike will love this blazing new story from debut author Dee Garretson.

Check back on Tuesday, August 31, for a guest post with Dee Garretson and an opportunity to win a signed copy of Wildfire Run!

For the Comments: Would you have enjoyed growing up in the White House with Secret Service agents as your constant companions?

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7 Responses to Book Review: Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson

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  2. Gina says:

    Enjoyed the review! Wow…yeah, life as the President’s sone or daughter would be rather adventureous I’d think….definitely sounds like a great read for boys (and girls) of the tween sect. Thanks for sharing…and happy reading! ^_^

  3. 24 meets MacGyver? How cool is that. I should totally pick this up for my nephew 🙂

  4. […] so don’t forget to pick up a copy! (If you missed my review, you can take a look at it by clicking here.) I absolutely love what Dee said about how the story becomes our own, because I truly believe […]

  5. michelle says:

    bought this for my son trying to get him to read more. he loved it. thanks so much I hope the author continues more books with the characters.

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