I stumbled upon the book Wildfire Run by Dee Garretson on a shelf in my classroom a few years ago. This book blew me away with suspense and was a page turner for my students as well. If your child likes anything to do with the Secret Service and presidents, then this realistic fiction book will be a treat for them.
Meet Luke, the son of the President of the United States. Luke, a friend, and his dad, along with their Secret Service agents head to Camp David for a weekend of relaxation. Luke is a very typical kid who just wants to have a normal life. That is not possible when you are the President’s kid, much to Luke’s dismay. Luke convinces his dad to let him stay at Camp David with his friends and the Secret Service by themselves after the President is called back to the White House. He is sure they will be fine. After all, Camp David is one of the safest places in the world with high tech security systems in place.
An unimaginable emergency occurs and quickly ruins their plans of a carefree weekend. Luke finds himself in a race to save his life, the life of his friends, and the life of the very Secret Service agents who are supposed to protect him.
This book is sure to hook any reluctant reader. The descriptions of Camp David’s security system and compound are very real. Luke is a character who is easy to relate to. There is also extra information about the Secret Service in the back of the book, which is sure to please a nonfiction lover. Wildfire Run is a level O (middle third grade level) but appeals to 3rd grade and up. This book does not disappoint. Happy Reading!!