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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic; 1 edition (5 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0439943868
  • ISBN-13: 978-0439943864
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,025,997 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rebecca Herman on 4 Aug. 2005
Format: Paperback
This is the first book in the On the Run series by Gordon Korman, about two young runaway siblings who are determined to find the evidence necessary to free their parents, who have been sentenced to life in prison for the crime of treason.
Fifteen-year-old Aiden Falconer and his little sister, eleven-year-old Meg, had perfectly ordinary lives. Then the unbelievable happened. Their parents, boring college professors, were accused of aiding terrorists, and were convicted of treason against the United States government. Aiden and Meg know the parents couldn't have done such a terrible thing, but the one man that could prove their innocence has disappeared. And Aiden and Meg are trapped at Sunnydale Farm, a juvenile detention center, unable to do anything. But when a fire at the farm gives Aiden and Meg the chance to escape, they take it. They decide they will not stop until the find the man who could free their parents. But there are many dangers for them, both from natural elements and the police who are searching for them.
I really enjoyed Gordon Korman's previous adventure trilogies, and this new series is off to a great start. Aiden and Meg are sympathetic characters that will keep kids reading to find out if their quest is successful. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoyed previous adventure stories by Gordon Korman, as well as new readers who enjoy these types of books. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Oct. 2006
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Gordon Korman's ON THE RUN series starts off with a bang with CHASING THE FALCONERS, an action-adventure thriller with serious overtones. The opening of the story finds Aidan Falconer, 15, and his younger sister, Meg, 11, ensconced at Sunnydale Farm, a so-called minimum-security rehabilitation alternative for delinquent youths. Although Aidan and Meg haven't committed any crimes, their parents, Drs. John and Louise Falconer, both Professors and criminologists, had been found guilty of treason months before--and are now serving life sentences in separate prisons.

Both Drs. had been working for the CIA, under the tutelage of operative "Uncle" Frank Lindenauer, to create profiles to help the US government identify and locate terrorists. Unfortunately, though, the profiles fell into the hands of the very terrorists the Falconer's were profiling, and the world branded them traitors to the United States. When their lawyers failed to produce any trace of Frank Lindenauer (the CIA, in fact, testified that there was no such agent in their offices), the doctors were tried, found guilty, and sent to prison. Now their children, although innocent, are paying for it, as well.

When an accidental fire at Sunnydale Farm presents a means for escape, Aidan and Meg grab it. There mission? To find Frank Lindenauer and prove that their parents are innocent. Their only rules are to stay together, and not get caught.

As the Falconer's race towards Vermont and the summer house they once vacationed at with Lindenauer and his girlfriend, the two meet up with another fellow juvenile from the farm, Miguel Reyes.
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well written and exciting - but by the look of it it is part of a series, so it does involve buying more books to get the whole story
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I think the book was good because there was always something that was exciting. Can't wait till I get the next one!
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Exciting first book in a new Gordon Korman adventure series. 21 July 2005
By Rebecca Herman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is the first book in the On the Run series by Gordon Korman, about two young runaway siblings who are determined to find the evidence necessary to free their parents, who have been sentenced to life in prison for the crime of treason.

Fifteen-year-old Aiden Falconer and his little sister, eleven-year-old Meg, had perfectly ordinary lives. Then the unbelievable happened. Their parents, boring college professors, were accused of aiding terrorists, and were convicted of treason against the United States government. Aiden and Meg know the parents couldn't have done such a terrible thing, but the one man that could prove their innocence has disappeared. And Aiden and Meg are trapped at Sunnydale Farm, a juvenile detention center, unable to do anything. But when a fire at the farm gives Aiden and Meg the chance to escape, they take it. They decide they will not stop until the find the man who could free their parents. But there are many dangers for them, both from natural elements and the police who are searching for them.

I really enjoyed Gordon Korman's previous adventure trilogies, and this new series is off to a great start. Aiden and Meg are sympathetic characters that will keep kids reading to find out if their quest is successful. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoyed previous adventure stories by Gordon Korman, as well as new readers who enjoy these types of books. I look forward to reading the rest of the books in this series.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on the run 23 May 2005
By Ian S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Have you ever been on the run from the cops, well Meg and Aiden Falconer have and it will be that way for a while. Meg and Aiden were put into a correctional facility called Sunnydale farm and they dont know why, then they see their parents on the news and the are in jail for treason. When they escape the race is on to find a measly picture to prove their parents inocence. This book is filled with action and promblems the two have to solve. This is a great book, and every one should should read Casing The Falconers.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Chasing The Falconers 22 Nov. 2005
By Vtown Tigers - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book is about Aidan and Meg Falconer, when they run away from a correction center for kids their age.

Aidan drops a kerosene lamp on the ground in the barn

and everything in the barn burned down with the house which his sister was in the house. Aidan went in the burning house and saves his sister, when they get out Aidan tells his sister he started the fire so they decide to run away to prove their parents are not guilty of the crimes pressed against them. While looking for parents they needed a map to look at, and they get different clothes on and then when they leave the store they find out from a kid that was working at the store that the cops are looking in this area because the manger called. When they are on the run they meet up with another Juvenile dentition center child named Mignel and he was in the center for murder. You have to read the book to find out about the rest.

I like this book because there is a lot of action adventure and they are always on the run .My dislikes are when Mignel tries to hurt Meg Falconer with scissors when he was cutting her hair for a disguise.

I recommended this book to people that like action adventure books and people always on the run.

This book reminds me of a book I read named Artemis Fowl By: Eoil Colfer
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Fast paced and addictive 3 Jun. 2005
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm 15 years old, and picked this book up, along with every other Gordan Korman title I could find, at the 2005 Power of the Pen state finals in Wooster, Ohio. This is because I was receiveing the "Promising Young Talent Award" from none other than Mr. Korman himself. I dived into this book, and I never resurfaced.

That's the greatest (and also the worst)thing about this book. It's addictive. Yet, at the same time, its very short. I guess, its a harmless thing, because thats what all authors want to accomplish. They want to hook their readers. I read the entire book without stopping, and it only took a couple hours.

The characters are likeable and are very three dimensional. The dialogue and story is intelligent and sprinkled with wit. This is a great read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Excellant, a real page-turner!! 28 April 2006
A Kid's Review - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Chasing the falconers is about a 15-year-old boy named Aiden, and an 11-year-old, Meg. Their parents, both crimonalagists, are convicted of aiding forgein terrorists, and given life sentences. It is up to Aiden and Meg to prove their innocence, traveling from sate to state on the smallest clue, and boncing in and out of the FBI's track. Packing his books with shocks and suprises, Gordan Korman will never leave you bored. Once I picked up this book, it was practicly impossible to put down. I would HIGHLY recamend it to all who love action-packed page-turners.
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