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Bestselling author Patrick Carman pushes the vbook to the next level with this thrilling book/video/web experience.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 TracBestselling author Patrick Carman pushes the vbook to the next level with this thrilling book/video/web experience.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.......

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ISBN : 9780545165006
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Number of Pages : 224 Pages
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Trackers Reviews

  • Laura
    2018-10-17 17:31

    This is one of the coolest books I’ve read. It is the latest book in a new genre that is taking the reading experience to a different level. What am I referring to? The “Vook” genre; in other words, multi-media storytelling—a melding of traditional storytelling with online components. If you’ve got a kid at home (girl or boy) who would much rather be sitting in front of the computer screen than reading a book, this one’s for them.The Trackers is a group of four friends who, although different in character, make a great team whose skills complement each other as they play spy games with highly sophisticated cutting-edge inventions. Their game suddenly becomes dangerous when they take up the challenge to track a dangerous criminal. Suspenseful, fun, and innovative, this book caught my attention.The story unfolds as Adam, the team leader, sits in a classified location and is interrogated by a secret agent about his activities as a Tracker. He tells the story about how he met the other three friends who make up the Trackers, leading up to their hunt for the criminal hacker and culminating in an exciting and satisfying conclusion that opens up more questions and leaves us in expectation of Book Two.I felt like an excited kid as I read the book and then went online to watch the videos accessed by typing in the passwords provided at intervals throughout the book. The novel delves into the world of high technology and how easily one can become embroiled in the world of Internet safety. It was a fascinating and fast-paced read. I have no doubt that middle-graders will devour this one quickly.

  • Readingtween
    2018-11-09 17:11

    This is another book that, first going into it, I really did not think much of it.Once again, I was completely and utterly wrong.I've never read a book that was written quite like this one. It was pretty much in first-person view, but different. This book actually felt like some kid named Adam was actually telling you a story. This book only took me a few hours to read since it was so short but during those few hours, I was completely hooked. I'm not exactly sure what made it that way, all I know was that it was a good, short read.This book was cleverly put together, and I tip my hat to you, (yes, I'm wearing a hat) Patrick Carmen. Books like this are not usually my style as I usually like fantasy/science fiction books and this book was about computers and hacking. Very unique in it's own way. I recommend this book if you like spy books or if you like guys with computer hacking skills. I, personally, prefer nun-chuck skills, but that's just me.Austin (13 years old)http://ReadingTween.blogspot.com/

  • Hunter Soerens
    2018-10-31 12:31

    TrackersPersonal Response When I started this book I thought it was going to be really boring. After reading it for a while it got really interesting. Then right around the middle it changed and then the book was awesome. This book is a really good book. Plot Summary Computers and computer chips come in to the small shop. Mike works on all of this stuff. He's what a lot of people call a computer geek. He could fix anything that dealt with computers. He was also a hacker. He could hack into anything and everything. He actually would hack into companies computers then set up things so other people couldn't. With his band of hackers that's what they would do. Then one day things changed and instead of them being on top of the computer chain to being on the bottom. Then some really really good hackers pretty much kicked them off the top and made them work under them. When this happened that's when the cops came into the situation and put the good hackers in jail and are interviewing the trackers.CharacterizationMike changed big time he went from a person who was on top to one the bottom same with all his other trackers. He also went from not working for anybody to working for the hackers.Hackers they tried staying quiet but had to destroy the trackers. They also were in society but now are in jail.Recommendation I would recommend this book to thrill seekers. Also to people who are ages 12 and up and to any gender. This book was a amazing book and it would be a great book for people like computers or hacking things.

  • Eleni ( La Femme Readers )
    2018-10-22 11:10

    Trackers was a uniquely written, fast-paced book. Patrick's choice of style was different from what I'm normally used to. The whole story was told through an interview being conducted by a detective. The interviewee was Adam, a computer genius that can hack and fix any technological system. He was a loner who practically lived in his "vault." A safe haven where he could play and develop his gift for high-tech equipment. Eventually he meets Finn, Lewis and Emily who unite as the Trackers. Each character was different and entertaining. Finn, was the eccentric gamer and skateboarder, Lewis was the cautious computer nerd, while Emily kept the group focused.The Trackers mostly specialized in testing cameras and encoding programs. There operations were based on experimenting and having a good time. However, Adam's curiosity got the best of him and he started mingling with serious, confidential information. Around this time, the book started getting interesting and I was eager to find out how the Trackers were going to get out of Adam's mess. Overall, the story was quite short but it did not lack substance. Everything was well balanced and the ending had just enough suspense to make me anticipate the sequel. Also, it had one of the coolest covers! It came with a plastic slip, just like some DVD's do, it was very original and will definitely draw attention to readers.

  • Tej
    2018-10-18 11:25

    Trackers Book #1Patrick CarmaAdam Henderson is he is being interrogated by Detective Ganz; Adam is a boy who has lived around technology pretty much his entire life. Adam and a couple friends he meant at schools are trackers they are the opposite of hackers they do not break in and destroy instead they help alert people about security breaches and stuff. Most of the things they do is field tests, but they also become tied to finding Shantorian, the world’s most hazardous hacker. I liked this book quite a lot because the main character and I kind of connect; we both like working with computers, but in a good way. My favorite part of the book would most likely have to be when they did the field test and their equipment got destroyed. I rated this book 5/5 because It was one of the first books that relates to me so much. I reccomend this book to anyone that has an interest in computers or robots and stuff like that. This book is perfect for almost anyone, but I think that people in 4th to 8th with like this book.

  • Karen Arendt
    2018-11-05 14:16

    This story is interesting. From the beginning, Adam is being interrogated, but you don't know by whom. Initially, I was annoyed at having to go to a computer to watch video, but after a few trips, I started to get hooked on the video clips. You can read the transcripts of the videos in the appendix at the back of the book, and I admit, I started to, but it just wasn't the same. The story main focus is on computers and technology, but even a computer newbie would not be lost in the story. The details are simple enough for all computer skill levels to understand. The ending left you hanging, of course, to lay the groundwork for book 2, which is not due out until Jan. 2011! Ugh! A very intriguing story, all the same. Definitely a guy story.

  • Ethan C
    2018-11-14 17:17

    I recently read Trackers by Patrick Carman and found it quite intriguing. I enjoyed the combination of book and computer, which allows more interaction between reader and book. The formatting of the book was a little confusing at first, with the different texts and interrogation style. However, as I kept reading, the style grew on me and compelled me to read more. I also enjoyed the suspense induced by keeping the reader in the dark. Over all, great book, but a little short. I will decently have to check out the rest of the books in this series!

  • Terry Mckenzie
    2018-10-31 15:13

    Trackers is about a boy named Adam,he is an inventor he invents new types of cameras. Finn the athletic one he skateboards everywhere he has to pick up 13 markers. Lewis is the smartest one in the group but he is so bossy. Emily is the only one that is a girl out of the group of 4. She is the funniest one out of the group

  • Heather
    2018-11-14 11:21

    Adam Henderson is your typical child genius when it comes to technology. He started helping his dad repair computers when he was eight and by the time he finished middle school, he was creating sophisticated equipment and ruling an online empire worth millions of dollars. He found a group of friends who worked really well together;they became the Trackers. Using Adam's inventions and each of their own unique skills, Adam, Emily, Louis, and Finn unknowingly became wrapped up in a criminal plot. It started out as just a puzzle for Adam to solve, but then quickly escalated into something that could change each of their lives forever. Each section of the book comes with online videos (or transcripts in the book) to accompany the story. It is a really neat concept, but a little hard to follow. It wasn't as engaging as Carman's other 2 options.

  • Hinckley S
    2018-11-06 09:11

    The book the trackers is book that there are these characters named Adam Finn and Emily might have to risk there live to track down the evil criminal known as Zara she has stolen all of Adams tools and gagets along with a drone in this book there will be stakeouts and spying on criminals in there hotels also Adam is trying to connected the internet because Zara said and if he did not do it in ten hours then he will lose all of his stuff.in my opinion this book was a good book because it had spying and drones also it had life or death situation also it had people trying to save the wold along with awesome stunts and that is why the trackers is my favorite book.

  • J
    2018-10-21 11:34

    liked the interview style format and the premise of accessing supporting video and data online (not that i did, so thanks for the transcript appendix) - felt like it took a long time to get nowhere really and that the whole thing was just a long set up for book 2 that could have been significantly condensed

  • Zoe W.
    2018-10-22 09:23

    I couldn't even finish it it was so boring

  • Emily
    2018-10-20 16:19

    this is like a spy/mystery/adventure book. really liked it! there are videos that go along with it, but I only read the transcripts in the back.

  • Maria
    2018-11-14 17:14

    It was a well thought out book, just not my favorite idea.

  • Saahithr
    2018-11-10 15:25

    This is one of the coolest books I’ve read till now. I've never read a book that was written like this one. Because the book was pretty much in first-person view, but just felt different. This book actually felt like some kid named Adam was actually telling me a story. When I started this book I thought it was going to be really boring you know like going to. After reading it for a while it got really interesting. So basically the story is 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 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 whom they think they’re tracking. So after reading this I got so excited to read this book.The best part where everyone is hacking and making cool stuff and just doing the impossible this i liked . I love gadgets, I also loved how they tell the story like with the interview. THIS IS ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS I WAS RECOMMEND SO FAR

  • Mrs. Hrubik
    2018-11-05 10:36

    This is a high tech mystery with video links built into the storyline. While I can appreciate a good cliffhanger knowing a book is part of a series, I felt that this book ended before anything was resolved. Usually one conflict is solved and opens the door for another. Not this one!

  • Nicola Mansfield
    2018-10-26 10:33

    Reason for Reading: I became a huge fan of Carman's after reading the Atherton series and was excited to read another book by him.A book entirely written as an interview, an interrogation. 15 year-old Adam is being questioned by someone to go back to the beginning and tell them what happened. We have no idea who is doing the interviewing, though the assumption is that is that it is high ranking officials, either military or government. Though whether that assumption is true I have not ascertained and part of me highly doubts. Right from the beginning we are teased with foreshadowing, told that something awful has happened and this foreshadowing continues throughout the book. Adam's three cohorts are used as bargaining chips to keep him talking as he does not know what has happened to them, if they are well and if these "officials" also have them, as they claim.Through this Q&A format Adam tells the story of how he, a computer high-tech savvy expert with multitudes of invented gadgets and access to any computer in the world meets up with three other teens of various abilities who join together to help the world by tracking down online hackers and fixing weak security systems while leaving behind anonymous notes. They call themselves "Trackers" and they also physically go out on test runs with the gadgets Adam has invented while he stays back at the control room running the operation. They get pulled into a dangerous game when Adam is contacted by an attractive female teen who challenges him to a cyber game he can't refuse. Next thing he knows his system has been hacked, all his inventions and files stolen and now he is at the mercy of this young woman and a menacing man named Laslo who force him and his team to participate in criminal activities but Adam thinks he can outsmart them in the end. Obviously, due to the current interrogation, something drastically went wrong.I loved this story. It was a page turner. Each of the four teens were exceptional individuals, from different backgrounds and each was extremely likable in their own unique way. I am very eager to get on with the story in book 2.Trackers is very unique itself in that it combines video with text. Throughout the book, as the interview was progressing a file would be introduced and Adam would pull up a video that proved what he was saying was true. At this point the reader who has already been directed to a website inserts the password and has the opportunity to watch an actual video of the characters in action. There may also be other things for the reader to do such as examine items in evidence, schematics, etc. I must say this is extraordinarily cool. Unfortunately, I only have internet access on a PC shared with family members. I did watch the first couple of videos this way, but if I had had to read a bit then wait a turn on the computer before continuing to read on it would have taken me weeks to finish the book! Fortunately, for those not able to enjoy the instant gratification of the videos each is included as a written transcript as an appendix at the back of the book and this is the way I eventually ended up reading the book. It did not deter my enjoyment at all. A very exciting, unique, intriguing story!

  • Samuel,Waugh
    2018-11-06 16:37

    This book was easy to read. But I had a hard time understanding it. I probably would of liked it better if I understand it better

  • Johnny Kousa
    2018-11-13 17:28

    We're in the 21st century, technology is everywhere, almost everyone knows how to use technology, but 4 kids, Adam, Finn, Lewis and Emily, are very advanced, they're armed with high-tech video cameras and have amazing Coding skills! The book gets you very excited, from start to finish, the chapters really leave you on a cliff sometimes, so the more you get into it, the more you want to read it. The story is based on trying to track the worlds most dangerous hacker, the more you get into the book the more you feel like you're actually with the 4 kids trying to solve the puzzle pieces, I highly recommend this book for people that like to solve mysteries.

  • Lois
    2018-11-08 09:08

    Another recommendation from Goodreads.While the friends/sidekicks were tolerably well stenciled out, the lead character, Adam, was totally lacking in charisma. He wasn’t vulnerable enough or flawed enough for me to sympathise with him, and while he initially “looked coldly” on, he quickly went on to divulge a ton of information to his interviewer, betraying the initial two-second aloofness, and left the interviewer looking a lot snarkier and more interesting than himself.The concept of the book was interesting enough, a team of four friends called Trackers, who trace people by their online footprints, or by other technological means, suddenly confronted by a challenge and a threat. Annoyingly for me, this was book 1 (something I hadn’t been aware of when I bought the book online) and it ends in an extremely unsatisfactorily manner, effectively forcing someone to buy book 2. I love a series that has you rushing to read the next follow on book, but I expect each individual book to be standalone in its own right, and this wasn’t.The style didn’t work so well for me either. It was probably quite a good idea, to have the entire book in interview format, but the book also used a huge appendix (60 pages worth, with total page count sweeping 214). I rarely read a book’s appendix. It shouldn’t be cruical to the main story. When the book referenced an appendix, I didn’t even realise that there was one within the book, I thought it was a fictional appendix. The final result is that I have missed a good chunk of the details, because the book wasn’t good enough to labour through the appendix after the event. The alternative might have been worse, constantly having to jump forward and back through the book, just to read in a linear fashion. INSERT: The edition I read didn't have the same cover as this one, I had no idea that there was anything online, I read the book just as it was. Maybe I would have preferred the above edition, but my rating is based on what I personally read. END INSERT.To give it one plus – the descriptions of technology sounded quite plausible to someone with no knowledge of the field.

  • Ryan
    2018-10-27 17:34

    In Trackers, Patrick Carman’s follow-up to the best-selling series Skeleton Creek, we’re introduced to Adam Henderson, a fifteen-year-old tech-prodigy and computer-sleuth who finds himself entangled in a web of blackmail and deceit. Adam’s story begins in an interrogation room—who is interrogating him and why he ended up here isn’t immediately clear, but little by little the transcript reveals Adam’s offense: With the help of the Trackers—precocious friends Finn, Emily and Lewis—Adam has developed an impressive collection of tracking devices and surveillance gadgets in The Vault, a tech-lab built in the back of his father’s computer repair shop. Here the Trackers set about their work: chugging Mountain Dew, cracking codes, strengthening security systems, and capturing petty criminals.Unbeknownst to his friends, Adam has been drawn into what appears to be an innocuous cyber game by Zara, a beautiful and mysterious girl who, along with her older accomplice Lasko, manages to blackmail Adam by hacking into The Vault and stealing his designs. Here’s the score: If Adam wants his designs kept from the public, if he wants to protect the lives of his family and friends, he’ll have to do something for Lasko. He’ll have to crack a code that will not only give Lasko access to classified intelligence data and accounts at the biggest bank in America, it’ll also give him the power to single-handedly destroy the Internet. Trackers is presented to readers in “Vook” format: Not only do we have the physical book—or in this case, the transcript—we also have codes that allow us access to The Vault where we can view online videos, schematics and other digital media that help us flesh out the team’s predicament. Carman’s book may require the suspension of disbelief, but it has a charm that’s only enhanced by the digital rewards readers find at the end of each chapter. Older readers may find this gimmicky, but middle school students will love it. Is the book timeless? Will it become a classic? Nah, but I think Carman’s work has set a precedent that may shed light not only what 21st Century literature is capable of, but perhaps where it is headed.

  • Flo
    2018-10-18 16:29

    Note: I didn't watch a single one of the vids that showed what happened visually. I just read the back which provided what happened just fine. So...it probably explains some things.After reading Carman's Atherton and Land of Elyon series', I was thoroughly impressed. After all, The Land of Elyon series is what made me start to read. And after I read the Atherton series, I was surprised that it could hold my attention even though it was directed to a younger audience and it was dystopian. (As you can guess, not really a fan. More of a fantasy girl.) Trackers, a YA novel, didn't fail to impress, but it wasn't as good as the other 2 series' I read. The beginning is boring, but after 50 or so pages, the pace picks up.The way the story was presented made it hard to connect with the protagonist. Basically, I disliked the format of the questioner and suspect (main character). The protagonist shouldn't have to be asked a question to tell his story. But I liked how even though Adam, the main character was a genius, he was relatable in many ways. But he was a bit naive, so I was annoyed. Overally, I did like him as a main character because he was a good leader who made good decisions and knew the weaknesses and strengths of his team members. The Trackers were awesome. I loved each of them for their quirks and how they were so varied, yet they were really close friends. The 2 bad guys were quite mysterious, to say the least. I don't know what else to describe them. Somehow the threats they made were creepy but not menacing. I wish I saw more of Adam's interactions with his parents as they were so absent from the life.All in all, this is a pretty good book meant for ppl who understand all the computer talk that make me go zzz....., people who are guys because they can relate with Adam, and people looking for something different.And yes, the end is awesome. It leaves off on a cliffhanger that makes you wonder who exactly is the good guy and who's the bad guy. Sequel!

  • Aaron Milton
    2018-11-03 09:18

    I read “Trackers” and I found this book to be a very interesting book. The author puts a lot of detail into the main characters and really lets you get to know a lot about them quickly, but also the author keeps some of the characters mysterious and unknown which makes it verys suspenseful and exciting. The author keeps two of the characters, Zara & Lazlo, very unknown and it makes them seem kind of sketchy and makes you very intrigued to keep on reading and find out more about them.This book isn’t necessarily a slow read but it is very suspenseful and interesting so it would definitely work for a school project and it is also a good way to fill in some extra time if you are bored or just like to read. I really enjoyed the interrogation type of dialogue between Adam and whomever it was was asking him the questions and making him speak. The way the book starts, with the interrogation dialogue, makes you interested immediately to learn more about Adam as you may start to wonder what he has done to be interrogated.I also really liked the way the author illustrated the communication between all of the characters, some of the conversations kept it super clear and also mysterious and made you really think and made me attempt to predict what was going to happen next. One thing I didn’t like was how the book ended. It was like you were left on a huge cliffhanger and I just didn’t feel satisfied, I wanted MORE! I figured they were going to go in more depth about what was going to happen after they had completed the “tests” and been accepted.

  • Cherrylea
    2018-11-13 17:34

    Ahhh... I've forgotten how enticing these books are. They're engaging enough, I have to say, but the book/video thing just takes it from addicted to didn't-sleep-a-wink-until-I-finished.Now, what was so pulling? These genius books, where everyone is hacking and making cool stuff and just achieving the impossible really draw me. I love a good mystery, and gadgets just make me giddy! The format, with the interview, just made it better, since I was reading to find out what got him into this "big mess" they keep hinting at, and I read for it until the end (and am so mad that I still don't know!!!). So, yeah, it was already a promising book. Then comes the videos. I've read the Skeleton Creek books (must find fourth one *eye twitches*) and I have to say that this video thing makes everything so much realer. It's like taking my two favorite forms of entertainment, TV and books, and mushing them together! Come on, as a literary fan, I have to say that, when books are turned to movies, they usually stink. But, that doesn't make other movies any less appealing, and for me, boy are they appealing (movie addict, right here). So, hell yeah this is awesome! The glyph code and online puzzles are so cool, too - I loved solving those things, because they do require a bit of thought! So, high five Patrick Carmen - you've pulled me in again!To my recommendation... Middle schoolers: do you like mystery? solving a good puzzle? are you a genius in the making? or do you just like to watch TV but need a good book? Well, if you answered yes to any of these questions, this is for you!Oh, and yes - this is a 6. Really - I think I might buy the next one, and for me, that's saying something. Something BIG.

  • Miguel G
    2018-11-06 09:19

    I give this book a 3-star rating because it had many problems in which Adam had to solve, like when his dad had a big shipment of computers to fix and Adam had no time to solve an online puzzle, which had a clue to a camera that was stolen from him, so he had to choose to fix his dad's computers quickly to get back to solving the puzzle. It also had many mysteries like when they caught Lazlo giving a briefcase, which had a blurred name on it, to someone in a car. This created a mysterious mood since the briefcase name could hold a big clue. But to summarize, it was a great book to read.

  • Catie
    2018-10-25 11:29

    This is going to be a very vague and short review, but let me just say:I first read this book a couple of years ago and haven't gotten around until re reading it until now. It was spurred by me trying to read other books by this author, and I realized that I didn't enjoy any of his other books that I read, unfortunately. However, I've always had a high opinion of this one, so I decided to re read it as a way of seeing whether my memory was just making the book out to be better than it was or if I actually did enjoy it that much. As it turns out, I still do love "Trackers"; it and the book Carman wrote for the 39 Clues series are the only ones that I will probably ever read again from this author."Trackers" is a very uniquely written book. The author included clips of actual scenes that happened in the book, and included transcripts as well as codes so you can go to the website and watch them for yourself (to this day I still haven't watched them, so anyone who has- do you feel like they depicted the scenes accurately??). The storyline is told through an interrogation with the police, so, from the start, the reader knows that something went horribly wrong. I think that Carman wielded this perfectly and it doesn't make the book lose steam. I liked the different style!Overall, I gave it five stars because of the above reasons, but also because I couldn't think of any plot holes or shortcomings with the book. Thoughts?NOTE: I would also like to add that, after scrolling through many other reviews, I do not think this was a book for young boys. I saw that come up a lot and I honestly hate when people box anything into a single gender. I know nothing about code and how technology works, and I'm a girl, but I still greatly enjoyed this book.

  • Andrew
    2018-11-11 14:18

    This is a great book, based around the events going on in Adam Henderson's life the summer after he finished 8th grade. Adam is a computer geek. His dad runs a computer repair shop, where Adam helps out. For his ninth birthday, his dad gave him a room in the back of the shop to work in. Adam over the years, renovated it to a high-tech room. He has technology in there worth millions, and more advanced than any government firm has. He and his group, Finn, Emily, and Lewis, are currently running field tests when the book starts in an interview of Adam. The field tests they're running are over Adam's latest pieces of technology, the Deckard, Belinski, and Trinity. Adam picked who he thinks will best operate each piece of technology. For this field test, the team has to find and deactivate markers. This mission goes completely wrong. Each person gets their camera destroyed. Emily's hot rod, with the Trinity strapped on top, explodes. Lewis drops the Deckard into the bay. And Finn breaks the Belinski, strapped to his skateboard, when he loses control and the skateboard tumbles down into the skate park called the Green Lantern. But in this mission, Adma suddenly becomes intrigued. Someone walked up to one of the doors in the area and sticks a tiny little card in it. This card reads, The Glyphmaster awaits. Adam in his crew are suddenly pulled headfirst into a mystery that could involve a bank robbery on a massive scale, and Adam and the rest of the Trackers are the only ones who can stop it. But this mystery is not as it seems. Will they ever figure out who is friend and who is foe?

  • Teenage Reads
    2018-10-16 15:36

    The internet is one of the basic needs for today’s society. Sure food, shelter and clothing are important, but for the civilize people of today, the internet is more essential than clean air. The issue is no one truly understands how the internet work, who invented it, and what can make it go away? Adam is a prodigy at computers. He was a true genius when it came to programming and coding. He invented machines that were advancing in their abilities. Having finished the eighth grade, he and his team had the summer hanging out and test Adam’s inventions. His team, known as the trackers consists of him, Finn, Emily and Lewis. Going on their third year of friendship, the group has done many test missions, and truly enjoy being trackers. When a duo team starts taking interest in Adam’s team, he is determined to fight back. With his inventions on the line, Adam is willing to risk his team to get them back.Patrick Carman made a middle school boy dream in this book. Computers, spies, hiding things from parents, was the basics of the book. The story line was easy to follow and kept a fast pace. The story was taking place in the past as Adam is telling the story to a government agent, as they are investigating what has happened. The book is different than most as it has an online interaction. You can see the videos (by typing in a code) of what has happened during the big moments. If unable to reach a computer with internet, you can find a script of what happen in the video at the back of the book. This is cool and slightly annoying as you have to get up and log onto the website before you could read again. Otherwise it was a perfect book, one that young boys will enjoy.

  • Lanica
    2018-10-21 16:37

    An interesting idea. There is a book, divided into the narrative of an interrogation and and appendix of evidence in the back. It's a little hard to flip back and forth, but worth it. Adam is an extraordinary computer hacker, but he's only fourteen and also completely socially inept. He gains a few friends and becomes embroiled in a web of mystery surrounding on-line information. Readers don't have any more information than the interrogator. As we read, we see how events played out and who was pulling the strings. It is a well written story and intriguing plot, but the characters are a bit flat and the setting is a thin, too. I think it is modern day, but it may be near future due to the high-tech nature of the equipment available. There are mentions of other people and places, but nothing is very well defined outside the characters three main locations.LIBRARIAN RECOMMENDATION: Good for all levels of school libraries. There is little violence, no sexual content, no drugs or other 'issues'. It's a simple story of a few friends getting deeper and deeper into a hole in the Internet. There are many things that will keep most boys reading, and enough grit to keep the story tense. I think it's aimed at middle school, but high school students will get something out of it as well, just from a different angle. 5th and 6th graders will be able to read and understand it as well, but the moral discussions may be less in-depth. An excellent choice for a book club as well. Many discussion points and learning moments for the characters that could be interesting in a 'what would you have done' discussion.

  • Ti
    2018-11-07 11:23

    The Short of It:A fun, new series by the author of Skeleton Creek.The Rest of It:Patrick Carman has managed to do it again. In Trackers, we meet four tech-savvy teens, Adam, Emily, Finn and Lewis. They track the digital trails left behind by others and in doing so, become involved in the search for dangerous hacker. Or so it seems.As with his previous books, Trackers combines reading with an online video component. As readers go through the story, they are provided with a password and directed to a website for more information. Watch the video, get the clues. Sounds fun? It is.Young adults are hard to impress. You have to keep them guessing and I feel that Carman is very successful at doing this. The videos are engaging and the acting is pretty good too. Kids are a lot more savvy these days when it comes to technology so including the online component is a smart way to engage them.This particular story deals with high-tech gadgets which is also a huge interest to kids today. This series is geared towards the 9-12 group and I have to say that I agree. Kids in this age range will enjoy this series.My only complaint, is the abrupt ending. I actually flipped through pages to see if I missed something since I was reading an ARC. Yes, there’s a little bit of a postscript but I really felt the need to run out and get the next book and of course, the next book isn’t out yet.Story of my life.Overall, I’d say that this will be another hit series for Carman.