Chase by Linwood BarclayChase by Linwood Barclay


byLinwood Barclay

Paperback | May 8, 2018

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The Incredible Journey meets Gordon Korman's On the Run in this exciting middle-grade thriller.

Chipper is a very special dog. He's part of a multi-million dollar experiment at a secret organization known only as The Institute. The Institute has been experimenting with dogs, melding them with state-of-the-art computer technology. But there's a problem with Chipper. His natural dog instincts often overrule his computer side. No matter what he's doing, if he sees a squirrel or a mouse, he'll drop everything to chase it. So The Institute has decided it's time to pull the plug on Chipper. Chipper manages a daring escape with a destination in mind, but a team from the Institute, led by the cold-hearted Daggert, is hot on his heels.
Twelve-year-old Jeff Conroy lives with his aunt and helps run her business, a lakeside cabin-rental operation that caters to fishermen. Jeff desperately misses his parents, who were killed in a plane crash a year earlier. But at least he's made one friend: Emily, whose ex-cop father owns a similar business down the lake. And Emily, a computer whiz, has the coolest fort ever: a trackless, abandoned train station in the middle of the forest.
After eluding his would-be captors, Chipper boards a bus and ends up in the country, only to be hit by a truck that Jeff is driving (underage). Jeff takes Chipper to the train station to nurse him back to health, and it's here that he and Emily discover a computer port in Chipper's collar, and once Emily hooks her laptop to it, she and Jeff discovers that Chipper's arrival is not random. He has been looking for Jeff -- and now so is Daggert ...
LINWOOD BARCLAY is the New York Times and #1 international bestselling author of fourteen critically acclaimed novels, including Broken Promise, No Safe House, A Tap on the Window, Trust Your Eyes, which has been optioned for film, Never Look Away, which has been optioned for television, and No Time for Goodbye.
Title:ChaseFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.67 inPublished:May 8, 2018Publisher:PRH Canada Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0143198777

ISBN - 13:9780143198772


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Enjoyed this! Have long been a fan of this author and picked up this book by accident, not realizing that it was intended for children. While I cannot claim that I enjoyed it as much as his previous work, I was still interested enough to finish it and plan on reading the sequel. I would definitely recommend it for children. Can easily see that I would have loved it when I was younger.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Exciting and Entertaining “Chase” an exciting and entertaining middle-grader sci-fy adventure begins when Chipper a bioengineered dog who’s part of a secret organization’s multi-million dollar project, and targeted for death for being too unfocused in a task escapes from the Institute. Hounded by agents lead by the merciless Daggert, he hides away in the luggage compartment of a bus going to Canfield where he’s determined to hunt for Jeff Conroy the son of two researchers at the Institute who were killed when their plane blew up. Twelve-year-old Jeff Conroy living with his industrious aunt who runs a hunting camp on Pickerel Lake misses his parents, hating the isolation and hard work until he meets Emily the daughter of ex-cop and owner of a resort on the same lake. When Chipper collides with the truck Jeff’s driving to the dump and knowing how much his aunt hates dogs he hides him in a train station in the woods that Emily uses as her get-a-away. But all too quickly Jeff and Emily discover Chipper is more than he seems when they hook her computer into the port on his collar. A computer whiz Emily uncovers files that not only disable the Institute’s tracking devices but allow Chipper to communicate. Fast-paced and action-packed as Chipper is chased by agents of the Institute who want to kill him, intensity and suspense escalate when a visual of Jeff on Chipper’s eye camera helps Daggert track them to his aunt’s camp. With twists and turns that have Jeff learning about his parents’ past and with rising suspicions about their death on the downed plane, the plot progresses smoothly to a startling climax that begs for a sequel. Bringing the story to life are compelling characters like twelve-year-old awkward, bungler Jeff Conroy who’s saddled with an aunt who hates dogs, shows him no affection and wants to toughen him up. Still grieving the loss of his parents and his dog Pepper, he doesn’t flinch but bravely helps Chipper duck the agents who want him dead. Feisty and impulsive thirteen-year-old Emily Winslow is a tech whiz while Chipper is the highly intelligent but easily distracted dog who loves to chase squirrels and rats. Although I liked “Chase” a sci-fy adventure with an element of mystery I felt it ended far too quickly. But, well-written and captivating I will continue to follow the story line in the sequel “Escape.”
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved It Loved the plot the entire time
Date published: 2017-12-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This promising story failed to deliver what I felt it could have
Date published: 2017-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fast Paced! Read this book in four hours due to its fast paced story line. Easy to read, and quite enjoyable! A bit different from Barclay's usual books, but I highly recommend.
Date published: 2017-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Love it Loved the title the book was good
Date published: 2017-07-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great story about a boy and his amazing dog After the death of his parents in an horrific plane explosion, Jeff Conroy is taken in by his seemingly indifferent Aunt Flo. Even though he is only 12, he toils long days to help run her summer rental cabins. Because his aunt doesn't like dogs, he was forced to give away his beloved dog. Life is looking down until he meets Emily, daughter of the owner of a several nearby rental cottages. Their friendship is in the early stages when Chipper, a run away dog, bounds into their lives. They soon learn that Chipper is a very special dog, with state-of-the-art computer implants. The people who created him are most anxious to get him back and will do almost anything to achieve that goal. It may seem far fetched to have a dog with such skills and intelligence, but in the hands of talented author Linwood Barclay, I had no trouble accepting Chipper and his gifts. I have always wondered what dogs thing about and what they would say if they could talk with us. This is a fast paced story that is sure to capture the imagination of middle school readers. They will be able to identify with Jeff and the troubles he is having adapting to life with his aunt. The only problem with this book is that it ended to soon. I'm hanging off the cliff with no idea when the next part of the story will be published. I received an advanced reader copy of this book from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. #IndigoEmployee (less)
Date published: 2017-07-09

Editorial Reviews

One of CCBC’S Best Books for Kids & Teens (2018) - Starred

"4/4. . . . The action in Chase begins on the first page and doesn't let up in this new thriller from Linwood Barclay. . . . Highly recommended." --CM Magazine