ChaseeBook - 2017
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 ...
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Can you imagine a dog being “embedded” with computer technology to give it extra intelligence? Well, meet “Chipper”!
Scientists at “The Institute” have outfitted Chipper and a number of other dogs with state-of-the-art computer technology in a top-secret, illegal experiment. But the experiment with Chipper hasn’t worked satisfactorily. Realizing that he is about to be “destroyed”, Chipper manages to escape the facility and the city, finally reaching a lakeside cabin resort.
Unfortunately, he is pursued by a ruthless Institute official, “Daggert”, who is determined to put an end to poor Chipper.
Twelve-year-old Jeff Conway, who misses his recently-deceased parents desperately, lives at the lakeside cabin resort and works hard for his aunt (the owner) there. When he finds Chipper, he and his friend Emily care for the friendly black and white dog. They soon discover the computer port in Chipper’s collar.
Meanwhile Daggert tracks the dog to the resort … with devastating results.
As the first book in a new thriller series for kids by author Linley Barclay, “Chase” is a thoroughly successful, engaging start. Readers, who may notice some similarities to Gordon Korman’s “On the Run”, will definitely be cheering for Chipper, Jeff and Emily!
** Recommended for ages 9 to 12 years.
** Reviewed by Sally Hengeveld, librarian, Stratford Public Library.
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