To say Chipper is a smart dog is like saying the internet had a small impact on society.
Chipper is a product of a top-secret and nefarious program developed by a shady organisation known only as The Institute.
The Institute implants chips and programs into dogs to turn them into super-spies. Imagine Lassie working for the Inner Party and you get the idea.
The problem is despite all of the efforts on the part of the Institute, Chipper is still too independent and portrays too much of a "regular" dog personality.
Therefore they make the decision to put Chipper down and cut their losses.
Chipper has other ideas. Using his newfound super-smarts, he breaks free from the Institute and runs away.
Meanwhile. Jeff Conroy is working for his taskmaster aunt at her lakeside business where she rents cabins to weekend fisherman and people just trying to forget the daily grind for a while. Jeff's parents were killed in a tragic plane crash and even though she doesn't appear to possess one ounce of parent skills, Jeff's aunt took him in anyway and put him to work at the camp site.
Little does Jeff know that his life is about to be thrust into warp-speed when he and Chipper meet and find themselves on the run from the Institute's hired guns.
This fast-paced thriller is going to be a huge hit with our reluctant readers at the high school library I work at. It has non-stop action, memorable characters and a huge twist that will have teens crawling for the sequel. Loved it!