Friday, February 6, 2015

Free Runner by Jennifer L. Hawes

Free Runner
Author: Jennifer L. Hawes
Lexile: None
Length: 157 Pages
Genre: Mystery/Adventure
Awards: 2014 Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Young Adult Fiction, Honorable Mention (
Reading Ram Star Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Hello Readers! I’m back with another book review! Free Runner was written by an author right here in Missouri, Jennifer L. Hawes. I thought that was cool and I had to read it! Free Runner is about a kid named Cameron White, or Cam. He’s a surfer from California, and actually a pretty good one. But when his dad gets a new job, Cam is forced to move to the other side of the planet. They move to cold, rainy, London, which is a far cry from the warm weather in California he is so used to. Cam ends up going to a boarding school, much to his dismay. However, he does meet a new friend, a spunky French girl. After he’s finally gotten accustomed to boarding school, his father suddenly disappears without a trace. No clues are left except a strange package, which vanishes too. Now within the midst of a crime novel, Cam must find his father and prevent a horrible plot from occurring. All the while keeping his friends out of harm’s way. In this new action packed adventure, Cam must use his wits, strengths, and determination to solve the mystery and save the day. Can he succeed before it’s too late? This book is fairly short, and a pretty quick read. It’s only 157 pages, but is still a great book. I really liked this book for many reasons, I couldn't predict what was going to happen! I usually can, so this came as a bit of a shock to me, but that made it even better! It is a good book for both girls and boys, and I would say a good read for adults too. I would recommend it for about fifth through eighth grade, probably even for some lower grades too. There are no inappropriate things at all, which by itself is a pretty good feat. One thing I didn't like, though, was that the actual mystery part of it did not last very long. They found some clues and then solved the mystery, but it was too short! I like books that stretch out the mystery a little bit longer. But other than that I loved it so much and would definitely recommend it to anyone who likes mysteries.  

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