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Chasing the Falconers by Gordon Korman

Chasing the Falconers

The On the Run Series
Gordon Korman

Scholastic (Paperback)
ISBN-10: 0-439-65136-0 (0439651360)
ISBN-13: 978-0-439-65136-3 (9780439651363)
Publication Date: April 2005
List Price: $4.99

Review: In the book On the Run: Chasing the Falconers, Book 1 by Gordon Korman, imagine this, your parents are locked up in prison because they have been framed. You and your sister are forced to stay at a juvenile detention center because nobody else will take you in. This is the life of Aidan and Meg Falconer. These brave teens escape from juvi when Aidan burnt it to the ground, now the fugitives are on a quest to save their parents, clear their name and become a family once again.

The kids are at Sunnydale Juvenile Detention center. Aidan is at the barn cleaning up after the animals. He was with a friend who couldn’t open a hay bag. When Aidan went to help him open it he kicked his oil lamp and set the place on fire. Aidan went back in the building and helped Meg get out. When they finally got out the kids took advantage of the opportunity and fled the house like prison. Now, the Falconers travel halfway across the country with the Sunnydale bully Miguel Reyes, searching through the Midwest all the way from Sunnydale, Nebraska to Colchester, Vermont in search of the man who framed their parents.

This book is a good example of realistic fiction. It was uplifting and showed bravery in two young kids. The Falconers were just as surprised as the reader when a series of unfortunate events occurred. You will never know what is going to happen next. This is a good novel for kids looking for adventure in a story. It is very inspiring in how these two children travel in a Tahoe across the U.S just to save their parents. It may be unsuitable for younger children because of the enormous amount of violence that is in this novel. Overall this novel was an exciting tale with some humor included. Any reader seeking adventure and has a keen eye will love this one of a kind story.

Review written by Jacob, Grade 6. Date of review: October 2008.