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3.87  ·  Rating details ·  596 ratings  ·  94 reviews
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 natu
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published July 11th 2017 by Puffin Books (first published 2017)
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Chipper was suspicious of what the Institute had in mind for him next, so when he saw the opportunity he escaped. The chase was on as Chipper hid on an underground train, finally making his way to the bus terminal to board the bus he needed. Chipper was a special dog – part dog, part computer. He’d been filled with special computer technology which made him almost as good as a human; he couldn’t talk though, but he could communicate. And his GPS tracking system would also direct him to the
Margaret McCulloch-Keeble
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017
This is the first thriller Linwood Barclay has written for a younger audience (as far as I know) and I can understand why youngsters would love it. It's thrilling with a very decent plot, which may sound far fetched to us oldies, but who knows what may be happening behind closed lab doors in the future? In my job I've been lucky enough to have a set of this title to read and review with some children in school. I will update their opinions in the next day or two (with their guardians' full permi ...more
Jun 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: scify, middle-graders
“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 ...more
Jun 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I won this as part of a giveaway on a site called library thing. I enjoyed reading it. I had a good story to it. I liked the variety of characters in it. I look forward to reading the sequel of this book called The Escape. It was so good that I read it in just one afternoon.
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I recently won the sequel to this book in a Goodreads giveaway so when I saw that Kobo had this eBook on sale I decided to go for it. What a fun middle grade adventure it turned out to be. I'm looking forward to reading the next one! ...more
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Really good book better then other books on this topic
Heather Pearson
Jul 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, canadian
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 lear
Adele Broadbent
Chipper isn't just any dog. Well not now anyway. He grew up on a farm with his brothers and sisters but one day was picked up and taken to a laboratory.

Everything was white. The walls, the floor, his cage and the coats the people wore. And then everything was black while they operated on him, replacing parts and adding things like GPS, USB ports, and cameras to make him a super smart canine. But on the day they decide he still has too many of his dog instincts (he likes chasing things), he knows
Jul 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
There are good things and bad things about this book. The good thing is that it is written by Linwood Barclay, who proves he can write in the tween genre just as well as the big kids, and the bad thing is the story was to be continued 😳.
Chase reminded me of Dean Koontz "Watchers" where intelligent dogs are the main character.
Chipper is a dog who has been part of a top secret mission where electronics have been implanted in his brain and eyes so he possibly could be used for espionage. But givin
Chipper is a dog, but he’s much smarter than the average dog (to say the least!). As the book opens, he is in a cage and the “White Coats” are coming for him. He manages to outsmart the humans and get away: far away, where he is looking for Jeff. Jeff is 12-years old. His parents both recently died and he is living with his aunt, who is making him work hard at her business. But, the White Coats, who are coming after Chipper, won’t stop…

I really enjoyed this. It’s YA, so not nearly as complex as
Dec 08, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a cute story with some excitement but it's really half a book. Definitely left hanging before the story gets started very much... ...more
Mar 07, 2020 rated it really liked it
great book for kids and adults alike ;)
Apr 14, 2019 rated it liked it
It was okay but it could have been better.
Book Bazaar
Mar 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The 7-11 year old group read Chase by Linwood Barclay for March and it was much more enjoyable than our dud last month! We had a great conversation about how suspense was built from the very first sentence and about the action and violence which was probably more than in many other books we had read - being on the run from a secret organisation who wants to kill you leads to more danger and even death. Most of us loved it, although some thought a little too violent and the impatient among us hat ...more
Book Gannet
Jul 17, 2017 rated it really liked it
I found this an exciting, intriguing read that should really appeal to young thriller and sci-fi fans. Chipper is not your average dog, thanks to the scientists of the Institute, but their failure to actually train the dog they’ve shoved all their expensive tech into means that while he might be a super intelligent spy dog with the ability to do unexpected and extraordinary things, he’s also easily distracted – especially by squirrels.

I have to say, the whole super-smart-dog-distracted-by-squirr
Sylvia McNicoll
Aug 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
To be continued? Arrooooooh! Still more Linwood Barclay is always a good thing. As a children's writer myself, I love the way he's pushed the boundaries. The threat of killing in the second line?
Yet the bad guys only use a stun gun of some sort. They may threaten but the reader feels confident our main characters will survive. View point changes: even the villains voice the story.

I love the humour: "'The billions of dollars that have been channeled to our research don't even show up on the boo
Jul 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
Well I for one enjoyed this book! I received an ARC from the lovely people at 5getbookish on Twitter and as well as being beautifully packaged it arrived incredibly quickly! I actually stayed up way too late reading it and can see this being a very popular title with the 9-12 year olds when it hits the shops in July. The fact that it is obviously the start of a series also bodes well.

The story of a super dog and his mission to find 'the boy' (aka Jeffrey) and their subsequent flight from bad pee
Denise Gale
Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
When an animal research centre decides to terminate an experiment that isn’t going as planned that particular experiment known as chipper the dog has other ideas and escapes the centre triggering a fast paced action packed read that will have you turning pages faster than you thought possible! I have read quite a few of Linwood Barclays adult novels and absolutely love them, great stories and great twists with a momentum that doesn’t let up and for his first children’s book he manages to hook yo ...more
Dec 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Chase is an amazing novel it was fun and exciting throughout I really enjoyed reading it. I liked it because there was a lot of action that made me want to keep on reading and find out what was going to happen next.
I would recommend this for anyone that is 9 years or older.
Overall Chase is one of the most exciting books.
Also if you are interested there is a second book in the series.
Orchard Academy
Apr 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I recommend this book to people who are interested in thrillers. There’s suspense on every page and the book is hard to put down. 100% recommended!
By Nibha

Just from reading the prologue I could tell this was going to be a fantastic book! Firstly it’s easy to read and the story is the most unique I’ve ever read. I could picture the scenes. I think it could be an interesting story to share with parents. I’d like to know more about Emily so I’m hoping she’ll be in the sequel next year. I especially
Jeff Conroy is a twelve-year-old orphan who lives with his Aunt Flo at her fishing cabin rental business. Jeff is not particularly happy; he works non-stop doing all of the chores: cleaning the cabins, mowing the acres of grass, hauling trash to the dump and anything else Aunt Flo demands of him. He meets Emily who lives with her father who runs a similar business nearby. The two become friends as Emily shows him her favorite places around the lake, the best being an abandoned train station in t ...more
Cathy Austin
Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant debut mystery thriller for kids 8-12. Hits all the right notes. Well done, Mr. Barclay!
I've long been a fan of the Promise Falls series and have inhaled most of the author's standalone books so, naturally, was eager to see how he presented a book for middle readers.
Nailed it.
Our hero and narrator is a dog named Chipper who has been implanted with many neat gadgets bordering on AI. He needs to find and desperately, a boy named Jeff. Which happens, and so very much more.
There is an escap
Christopher Sword
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I read this with my 11-year-old son, hoping to transition him away from Diary of a Wimpy Kid toward true novels. I consumed Hardy Boys books like candy at an age younger than his.
Reading 2-3 chapters a night and skipping some weekend evenings, it took us about three weeks to complete.
My boy consistently tripped over some advanced word use and at first I wondered why Mr. Barclay didn't opt for simpler language, but then I realised it's probably better that he didn't since you only learn through e
May 24, 2020 rated it liked it
Intelligent quasi-cyborg dog escapes The Institute to search for the orphaned son of two of their scientists.

That’s a good premise that will draw in readers who can’t wait to turn the page!
I feel Barclay has done an admirable job writing for children but there’s still a few occasions when I’m thinking “Really? Not sure kids today would buy that”.

Also, what’s up with Aunt Flo? She seems like a pretty horrible person yet we’re supposed to believe she loved and mourns her brother while she treats
Sep 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Chipper, a dog upgraded with the brain capacity of a ten year old child as part of a multi-million dollar experiment to create the ultimate canine spy, has escaped termination by breaking out of The Institute’s walls.

On the other side of the state, 12 year old orphan, Jeff Conroy is worked hard by his aunty and misses his own beloved dog.

Equipped with GPS, knowledge of public transport and carrying secrets capable of exposing The Institute’s entire operation, Chipper escapes to the country; meet
Barbara Band
Nov 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Upper KS2, lower KS3
I'm a great fan of Linwood Barclay's adult novels so was intrigued to see how he moved across into the teen arena.

This book has all the characteristics of his adult novels - tense, gripping and fast-paced. It opens with Chipper, a dog who has been enhanced with technology, escaping from "The Institute". His path crosses with that of Jeff's - a 12 year old orphan who is currently living with his aunt at her lakeside cabin business - but this is no accident as Chipper has information about Jeff's
Hella Comat
Oct 12, 2019 rated it liked it
My first of Barclay’s middle school novels - this one reminded me of “Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH” in which lab rats that have been created with the ability to read and write and a higher level of intelligence escape their lab to set up their own community away from urban life.

Here a dog who has a number of implants that give him some ‘super’ powers and allow him to communicate digitally escapes from a lab. Unfortunately those implants allow his creators to track him for recapture so that t
Aug 15, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I purchased this Young Adult series thinking it would be something my 11 yr old grandson would enjoy but knowing Barclay I was concerned about the level of tension.

I am glad I purchased it as an e book to read myself first before sending my grandson print copies. The life of the main character, 12 yr old Jeff Conroy is very sad in book 1. Thankfully he does make a friend of Chipper, a dog with AI capabilities, who has escaped The Institute and heads to Canfield to find Jeff, an orphan living at
Janet Barclay
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: canadian
I was in the mood to read Linwood Barclay, so I went to Overdrive on my Kobo to see what was available. Because this one features a dog and I like dogs, I decided to read it.

I've said before that the trouble with ebooks is that you don't connect with it the same way that you do with a physical book. In this case, I didn't realize that I wasn't getting a full adult novel, but the first of two parts of a kids' novel. I wondered why it was only going to take two hours to read it, and why the story
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Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels for adults, including No Time for Goodbye, Trust Your Eyes and, most recently, A Noise Downstairs. He has also written two novels for children and screenplays.
Three of those seventeen novels comprise the epic Promise Falls trilogy: Broken Promise, Far From True, and The Twenty-Three. His two novels for children – Chas

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