Thursday, November 1, 2012

Mrs. Ripp Reviews Trackers

This book had a lot of promise for me and I was eager to start reading it and hopefully recommend it to my students for easy winter reading.  The premise is great; 4 kids who work as a tracking team solving a major internet crime, and yet it just fell flat.  There was hardly any character development, a lot of loose terminology and random names thrown at you.  As we will discuss in 5th grade a lot; you have to develop the characters and create a lot of interest for them so that your reader feels invested.  I could not wait to finish the book and not because I cared, but because I wanted to finish reading it.  The series has potential but you can tell that the author is trying to so hard to be vague that it just gets annoying.  I give it one 5th grade cheer.
Here is the synopsis from Amazon. com
In the 21st century landscape of bits and bytes, everyone leaves a digital footprint … even the most advanced cyber criminals. And that’s where the Trackers come in. Four tech-savvy kids armed with high-tech video cameras and esoteric coding skills, the Trackers can find almost anyone, anywhere. Told through a collage of videos, text, and websites, Trackers #1 follows Adam, Finn, Lewis, and Emily as they become entangled in a high-tech, high-stakes game of cat and mouse with Shantorian, the world’s most dangerous hacker. At least, that’s who they think they’re tracking….
As the four dig deeper into the shadowy world of online crime, they soon learn that things aren’t always as they seem.


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