Reviews for Trackers: Shantorian


Booklist Reviews 2011 March #2
Four exceptionally tech-savvy kids are recruited by the government to guard against the mysterious archcriminal Shantorian. In this second book in the Trackers series, the story is told through a series of interrogations of the tracker Adam Henderson by an agent who is assigned to break him. Things aren't always what they seem, though, as we learn that one tracker may be a mole. Readers are invited to crack codes, look for clues, and watch videos on their computers. (The same information is also found in an appendix.) It is almost impossible not to be caught up in this unconventional series and its many twists and touches of humor. Copyright 2011 Booklist Reviews.

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Horn Book Guide Reviews 2011 Fall
In this second Trackers book, four tech junkies continue their cat-and-mouse game. This time |ber-hacker Shantorian joins forces with adversaries from the previous volume. The novel includes passwords granting access to online videos that advance the story's plot (appendices include scripts for readers without internet access). The characters remain flat, and there's less interactive content this time, but fans may not care. Copyright 2011 Horn Book Guide Reviews.

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School Library Journal Reviews 2011 May

Gr 5-9--In Trackers (Scholastic, 2010), Adam, Finn, Lewis, and Emily found themselves pulled deeper and deeper into the world of high-tech hacking--and "tracking," the ability to trace online criminals' movements by the signs they leave behind. Now, billions of dollars have vanished into the ether, and Carman mixes a quick-cut, TV procedural-style of dialogue and narration as the four teens find themselves in the custody of an FBI-style intelligence force. Adam is interrogated by an agent who believes he is lying; the agent swears that he will "break him." Then there's the mysterious Shantorian, the super-hacker the Trackers are pursuing, as well as furtive Lazlo and gorgeous, smart Zara, who may be the Trackers' allies--or maybe not. The book is accompanied by a website filled with video files that support the story. Primarily of interest to fans of the first book.--Walter Minkel, Austin Public Library, TX

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VOYA Reviews 2011 June
Picking up exactly where Trackers Book 1 left off, Trackers Book 2: Shantorian continues the story of Adam Henderson and his three friends, known as the trackers, who spend their time programming and experimenting with high-tech surveillance equipment. Adam is being questioned by government agents for allegedly hacking into banking systems and stealing billions of dollars. Backing up his story with videos (which readers can access via the Internet or read the transcripts of in the back of the book), Adam proclaims his innocence, claiming he and his friends were actually trying to stop an even greater disaster--the shutdown of the entire Internet. This is a tale of intrigue and double crossing, with more twists than one can keep track of. While a brief recap of the first book is given, this volume will be most enjoyed by readers familiar with the events of the first book Though flipping back and forth between the story and the video transcripts can be tedious, it is necessary to the narrative, and readers eager to know how the story unfolds will not mind. With its slim size, fast pace, and interactive content, this is an excellent pick for reluctant readers and is a good addition to collections where series such as The 39 Clues are popular.--Bethany Martin 3Q 4P M Copyright 2011 Voya Reviews.

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