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Get ready to run . . . an edge-of-your-seat thriller with bite from international bestselling author Linwood Barclay, in his first novel for 9-12 year olds. Chipper is a very special dog. As part of a top-secret, multi-million dollar experiment to create the ultimate canine spy technology, Chipper's whole life has been spent within the walls of a secret organization known only as The Institute. Chipper is supposed to be more machine than mutt, but something's wrong and The Institute knows it. He's about to be terminated. Across the state, twelve-year-old orphan Jeff Conway is working all hours at his aunt Flo's lakeside cabin business. He misses his parents, his old life, and the dog he had to leave behind. When Chipper escapes and his and Jeff's paths collide, dog and boy find themselves tangled up in the most dangerous game of chase imaginable... Winner of the Arthur Ellis award for Best Kid's Crime Novel Danger, secrets and thrilling suspense in Linwood Barclay's action-packed first novel for children.

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21st December '17
Yoloman read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Chase 9781510102194
5 stars
This is thriller story that is really good, it has an interesting story line and there is always something happening it never gets boring.

I wish the book was longer and I'm hoping that there will be a sequel.

Really good I recommended it.
21st January '18
sammy10 read it themselves aged 11 aged 11
Chase 9781510102194
5 stars
This is a very exciting book that you will never be able to put down, it is about a special dog called chipper. he is a spy dog who has escaped and has people after him. he meets Jeff and then the adventures begin. A must read !
22nd December '17
Darth read it themselves aged 9 aged 9
Chase 9781510102194
5 stars
My son was totally taken with this book; but since he loves dogs, i knew he would be. The book follows the adventures of Chipper, a spy dog who has escaped from The Institute. He teams up with Jeff and Emily and then "it gets very exciting mum!" It is obviously a very good read as my son didn't put it down!
21st January '18
BCSmith read it themselves aged 13 aged 13
Chase 9781510102194
5 stars
I can't wait for Escape, the 2nd book leading on from Chase. The reason I was so hooked on the book was because in every chapter, there was a different view point and, nearing the end, it all merged into the same place and point. This made me want to read on.

The author made it so I had a clear picture in my head of what was happening and the surroundings. This made me fell like I was really in the book. My favourite part was when Emily and the boy found out that Chipper had feelings and started talking via the computer and their phones.

If I had chance to recommend this book, I definitely would. Also, one of my friends read Chase and he said it was a very good book too.
22nd November '17
I read it myself (an adult)
Chase 9781510102194
5 stars
As a big Lincoln Barclay fan I bought this on kindle not realising it had been released as a teenage fiction choice.  I was engrossed from the beginning.  It very different from his usual work and the main character is a dog who escapes from a research centre.  The book then follows his adventures and the young teenagers who he meets.  I particularly like the way the story slowly unfolds and the reader learns more about why the dog is in a laboratory and how the adults and teenagers interact with the story.  The worst thing about this book is that the story is incomplete and until the next part is published we will not find out what happens in the end.
3rd January '18
I read it to Alisha09 aged 11 aged 11
Chase 9781510102194
5 stars
CHASE is an exciting dramatic story. I could not stop myself from reading this interesting page tuner. The story is about a mysterious and special dog named Chipper. He has spent his life indoors.The place was called The Institute this is where he takes place as part of a multi-million dollar canine spy technology experiment. Chipper is more machine than dog but something terribly wrong happened and he is about to be terminated.
On the other side of state, Jeff Conway, who is a twelve year old orphan who works all day at his aunt Flo's lake side cabin business. Jeff misses his parents and how his life used to be and his pet dog.
Chipper the dog escapes and Jeff finds him as a part of the CHASE. A crazy agent from The Institute is after them and wants Chipper to be put down.
Linwood Barclay creates action and excitement in this story. Showing exactly why he is an international best selling author.
4th January '18
Class 5-6CB read it themselves aged 9 to 11
Chase 9781510102194
5 stars
CHASE is an exciting dramatic story. I could not stop myself from reading this interesting page tuner. The story is about a mysterious and special dog named Chipper. He has spent his life indoors.The place was called The Institute this is where he takes place as part of a multi-million dollar canine spy technology experiment. Chipper is more machine than dog but something terribly wrong happened and he is about to be terminated.
On the other side of state, Jeff Conway, who is a twelve year old orphan who works all day at his aunt Flo's lake side cabin business. Jeff misses his parents and how his life used to be and his pet dog.
Chipper the dog escapes and Jeff finds him as a part of the CHASE. A crazy agent from The Institute is after them and wants Chipper to be put down.
Linwood Barclay creates action and excitement in this story. Showing exactly why he is an international best selling author.

(Submitted also by pupil as she read the book at home). 
8th January '18
SandWichMan read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Chase 9781510102194
4 stars
This is a hard book if you love dogs as Chipper has been used as a science experiment and mistreated. Although he is a lovely dog, it’s really sad. 

The end is a very big cliffhanger so you really don’t know what is happening. It means you have to read the next book. It feels unfinished. 

Note from mum - the experimentation and animal cruelty is distressing - I would not recommend this book for sensitive children. (I read the book as well to confirm this). 
3rd September '18
minematt25 read it themselves aged 12 aged 12
Chase 9781510102194
4 stars
This was my Linwood Barclay book and now I am hooked!  
I really enjoyed it as there was not one bit without a dramatic scene.  I recommend it for ages 10+ and adults too.  
It made me want to read on and not put the book down.  I then went on to read his next book.
16th January '18
I read it myself (an adult) & to Benny aged 10 aged 10
Chase 9781510102194
4 stars
I am a big fan of Linwood Barclay's adult thrillers so I was very intrigued by the idea of him writing a children's book. 

This was a very easy read and definitely aimed at children from around ten years of age rather than the 'young adult' teenage market. The central character is a dog that has special abilities as part of a government experiment. Chipper is a great character and the book is very fast paced and gripping, as I'd expect from this author. There is nothing in the content to scare or upset sensitive youngsters beyond a sense of 'mild peril'.

The only disappointment is the ending as this is by no means a complete story and there are major cliffhangers meaning that we will have to buy the next book in the series to find out what happens.
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About Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed adult crime thrillers, including NO SAFE HOUSE, A TAP ON THE WINDOW, TRUST YOUR EYES and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. The CHASE books are his first series for children. He lives near Toronto with his wife. Visit h...

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