Your Middle Schooler Will Love The Storm Runner! #TheStormRunner @ReadRiordan #Ad

*Disney Book Group is partnering with me for a giveaway!

    As a Literacy Specialist who teaches adolescents, I am always on the lookout for new books that my students will love. Since I now have a son in high school and one in middle school, I also recommend these same books to my own boys. Recently, I introduced the book The Storm Runner to my classroom library and my 12 year-old has also gotten his hands on a copy and he can’t seem to put it down!

    I asked him what he loved so much about The Storm Runner and he shared with me that the book is full of adventure. He said that, as he was reading it, he was able to visualize exactly what was going on in the story and he felt like he was right there as the action was taking place. As an educator I know that books that inspire this type of love of reading are the ones that kids and teens really love.

About the Book

How can one boy with a limp stop the Maya god of death, disaster, and darkness from destroying the world?

Zane has always enjoyed exploring the dormant volcano near his home in New Mexico, even though hiking it is challenging. He’d much rather hang out there with his dog, Rosie, than go to middle school, where kids call him Sir Limps a Lot, McGimpster, or Uno – for his one good leg.

What Zane doesn’t know is that the volcano is a gateway to another world and he is at the center of a powerful prophecy. A new girl at school, Brooks, informs him that he’s destined to release an evil god from the ancient Maya relic he is imprisoned in–unless she can find and remove it first.

Together they return to the volcano, where all kinds of crazy happens. Brooks turns into a hawk, a demon attacks them in a cave, and Rosie gives her all while trying to protect Zane. When Zane decides to save his dog no matter the cost, he is thrust into an adventure full of surprising discoveries, dangerous secrets, and an all-out war between the gods, one of whom happens to be his father.

To survive, Zane will have to become the Storm Runner. But how can he run when he can’t even walk well without a cane?

The Storm Runner


A Storm Runner Novel, Book 1

By J.C. Cervantes

Published by Rick Riordan Presents, an imprint of Disney Book Group

In Stores September 18, 2018

Recommended for ages 10-14

About Rick Riordan Presents

The Rick Riordan Presents imprint is dedicated to providing entertaining middle grade fiction based on various world mythologies. Rick Riordan is involved in the selection, editing, and promotion of these books, working with great authors to tell exciting stories inspired by the mythologies of their own heritages. Learn more about the imprint and its current and upcoming titles on their official site.

 About the Author

C. Cervantes is the author of Tortilla Sun, which was called “a beautiful and engaging debut” by Kirkus, an “imaginative, yet grounded novel” by Publishers Weekly, and “lean and lightly spiced with evocative metaphor” by School Library JournalTortilla Sun was a 2010 New Voices pick by the American Booksellers Association and it was named to Bank Street’s 2011 Best Book List. When Jennifer isn’t reading or writing, she helping her husband with his gubernatorial campaign.


The Storm Runner


One (1) winner will receive:

  • a copy of The Storm Runner,
  • plus a $50 Visa gift card for a purchase of mythical proportions.

Giveaway open to US addresses only. Prizing and samples provided by Disney Book Group.a Rafflecopter giveaway

Let’s Discuss: What do you think middle school students love so much about reading The Storm Runner?

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  1. shelly peterson says

    They would love to read this because of the great story. This is a great book about adventure.

  2. I think young people would love the idea of someone their age having all these adventures. Personally, since I have a family member who is an amputee I LOVE LOVE LOVE that the hero is able to push past any limitations.

  3. What I think middle school students love so much about reading The Storm Runner is the adventure. I think kids like reading about people their age. It’s a great escape and a way to relax.

  4. I would hope that their enjoyment would be on at least 2 levels (but it would likely be somewhat on an unconscious level). The story characters are people that they would be able to identify with, especially if they knew a person with some form of physical problem. There would be adventure, but it would be of a type that would be recognizable as imaginary so they could enjoy it without being terribly worried about it happening in real life.

  5. I think middle school students enjoy reading this because of the adventures and how it intrigues them!

  6. I think middle school kids would love the action-packed storyline, and the added element of the volcano.

  7. Ellie Wright says

    My Middle Schooler would love the action in this book. He loves to be taken on an adventure when he reads.

  8. Kim Henrichs says

    I think because it’s that exact age of insecurity and being able to identify with a character that has those issues go on a big adventure is fun.

  9. Stephanie Phelps says

    I think they would love the excitement and adventure of this book! I know my kids would love all that!

  10. Dana Rodriguez says

    This sounds like a great book. I like that is is based on various world mythologies.

  11. Mary Cloud says

    I think they like it because it has a lot of thrills and excitement in it.

  12. Barbara Montag says

    Middle school students are going to enjoy the action in this book. It will be sure to keep their attention, thank you.

  13. Well, first of all, who doesn’t love adventure, especially from the comfort and safety of a comfy chair? But mythology has always captivated the human imagination, I think because it taps into familiar themes with which we all wrestle with or identify. Kids are no different, so it totally makes sense they would love these sorts of books. I know I do!

  14. As with her other books, I think this story will be fast paced, thrilling and action packed. The characters are relatable and it is an entertaining read.

  15. Jessica To says

    My son reads them for the adventure. They just seem to draw him in and keep him intrigued.

  16. I think they would love the adventure aspects of it.

  17. I think they will like the fact that it is an adventure book.

  18. Maryann D. says

    I think the students will enjoy this book because it seems like it would hold their attention with an interesting topic and the characters seem fascinating.

  19. Steve Weber says

    I think middle schoolers love fantasy and action and they still have a sense of adventure.

  20. I think kids love the adventure of Storm Runner. I know my kids love Rick Riordan books because they have a fast plot with interesting characters.

  21. Really exciting book to read, definitely heard of this . Would win it for a friend.

  22. I think Middle Schoolers would like this book because it is filled with action and adventure.

  23. Marilyn Nawara says

    I think it’s written specifically to hold their interest and the subject appeals to them.

  24. I think middle school students love so much about reading The Storm Runner because it’s about adventures.

  25. I think they love the action and fantasy! This author is amazing.

  26. Dan Dykstra says

    I would hope they would love the adventure story line and be able to relate to the characters. If well written the student can visualize themselves as the characters in the story.

  27. I think middle school students enjoy reading this because it is jam-packed with adventure and keeps them engaged.

  28. shelly dixon says

    I think middle schoolers love the Storm Runner because of the adventure and the exciting things that happen.

  29. I think they like it because of the adventure in it!

  30. I think middle school kids like this book because it is mythical and exciting to read.

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  32. Susan Smith says

    I think young people would love reading this book because it’s someone their age having all these adventures. I’m sure my nephew would enjoy this book.

  33. I think they like the mythologic elements mixed in with adventure!

  34. Keri Justice says

    I think that they would love the fact that someone who may be the underdog can take on an adventure and be the hero of the story. It shows them not everyone is perfect and we can all be heroes.


    I think that middle schoolers would so enjoy delving into this books mysteries. Anything that really takes them away to a different land my kids really enjoy.

  36. For middle school kids I think stories need to build a connection to their readers, generally what impacts them in their life. Throw in adventure, overcoming challenges and good dose of humor along the way allows them to escape and have fun. Storm Runner looks like a great start to a new series.

  37. I think they can relate to the dialogue and they definitely love the adventures. It is a fun escape for them since middle school is hard!

  38. I think they would most like the mythological aspects of the story, and the fantasy woven throughout the book.

  39. Tracie Cooper says

    I think that middle schoolers will enjoy the mystery and adventure. My middle schooler nieces loves this type of literature!

  40. I think they like to read the Storm Runner because it has action and adventure! Who doesn’t love that?

  41. I think my son would love the adventure of it

  42. kathy Persons says

    They love the adventurous side and a little bit of the mystery with mythology and the imagination.

  43. livivua chandler says

    I think middle schoolers would love it because it is about mythical gods and adventure. It will take them into world of imagination.

  44. aaron reck says

    I think young people appreciate the adventure of the Storm Runner. I think everyone needs something to build their imaginations and creativity and this is a great way.

  45. I think that middle school kids love to read the adventure stories. It’s fun for them.

  46. They seem to enjoy adventure stories and mystery/fantasy.

  47. Bridgett Wilbur says

    I think they would like it because they can relate to it in the imagination.

  48. I think middle school students love an underdog and a hero who has imperfections. Zane is very relatable and helps children realize you can overcome any obstacle!

  49. Kids love adventure books, and also books about kids their age doing fun things!

  50. I think middle school kids are in a place in life where it is fun to read about kids that they can identify with.

  51. Kayla klontz says

    I think they ‘d love reading this because it’s got adventure and mythology in it! My son is a huge fan of these kinds of books.

  52. I think middle schoolers can relate to the main character and the adventure keeps them interested.

  53. Samantha Thomas says

    I think middles schoolers would enjoy “Storm Runner” because of the adventure. Books like this let them use their imagination and take journeys where they might never be able to go. It’s also a nice stress relief for them.

  54. My granddaughter who is in middle school would love the adventure that the story brings about. She is an avid reader who loves to read a variety of genres.

  55. B.J. Bernal says

    I think they’d love to read it because it’s such an adventurous story. Also they love to read about gods!

  56. Jeremy McLaughlin says

    My middle schooler would like this book because of all of the action in the book.

  57. Shelby Terwell says

    I think stories that are adventurous is great for middle schoolers, and makes them use their imagination!☺

  58. Sarah Mayer says

    I think they love these types of book because it gives them a chance to use their imaginations.

  59. Betsy Barnes says

    Middle schoolers will love this book because it is full of adventures and based on various world mythologies.

  60. Celeste Herrin says

    I think middle schoolers love this book because they can become a part of the action. I think they get lost in the story and feel like they are a part of it. I love a book like this that it encourages reading like that!

  61. kelly woods says

    I love how this book is filled with adventure and is geared towards middleschoolers. I think middlescoolers will like the adventure in this book and it will encourage them to do more adventures. I thank you for sharing. 🙂

  62. megan tilley says

    I think that they love the excitment and adventure.

  63. Clarissa Hiciano says

    I think my daughter would love this because she loves books that offer an escape to a new world.

  64. Eileen Boyce says

    I think middle schoolers love books about people their age. I think they also like adventure packed reading too.

  65. Middle school can really be a time where kids start becoming very self conscious about themselves, and may struggle with being bullied. It sounds like The Storm Runner transcends shallow perceptions of “flaws” and “weakness” and invites the reader along on epic adventures that show where true inner strength and character come from!

  66. Samantha (sam m) says

    My niece who is 12 is really into books lately. Of course we monitor what she reads she does get into mysteries that she can solve and action. I really think that is why kids are brought to this book in particular.

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