Pickerel Lake 2: Secrets Revealed (Pickerel Lake Trilogy)
With Chipper being the intelligent part dog, part computer he is, and Jeff being a typical kid who loves dogs, they were a match made in heaven. I will say though that I found the writing a little stilted at times, almost as if the author was not quite comfortable writing "kids-speak". But I'm sure that will improve as he writes on in the series as he's a first class writer, high up there with my favourite authors. I'm really looking forward to book 2 coming in Highly recommended. 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 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.
I will update their opinions in the next day or two with their guardians' full permission. NT, year 6 I recommend this book to people who are interested in thrillers. KG, year 4 Just from reading the prologue I could tell this was going to be a fantastic book! I could picture the scenes. I think it could be an interesting story to share with parents. I especially loved the cliffhanger ending and will definitely look out for the sequel.
I would recommend it to anyone from year 4 onwards. MB, year 4 Chase was a brilliant book. It was thrilling, unputdownable and mind-boggling. It was written so well I could see it all in my head, especially the station in the forest. It was full of surprises, so when I had to leave the book for a while I always remained extremely inquisitive, even panicky!
I had a huge shock at the end. RW, year 5 I found this book very suspenseful with the way it focussed at times on one character, then another. There were truckloads of surprises and plot twists, which were so brilliant I sometimes felt gullible. The characters are around my age and I felt I understood what they were going through. JD, yr 5 This book was fantastic. Especially the way each chapter chose a separate character to work with.
I loved how the pressure in the book kept me reading and I think this book marks the beginning of an amazing series. Each chapter got me sucked in more than the previous, and I think this book will do very well. AV, Year 4 The book was really good as it was funny, puzzling and intriguing.
I was not able to put it down because of all the thrilling bits. My favourite part was when the dog, Chipper, was able to communicate with Jeff and Jeff was told about his parents. The ending is absolutely wonderful. I really need to know what happens next! SB-Year 4 The book was very interesting, there was a lot of suspense. I was glued to the book, my eyes were stuck they could not stop looking. It was so intense it was like having a movie in your head. Everything in the world stopped I was just so focused on the book that I forgot where I was and what I was doing.
The characters are so real I felt I could almost talk to them. I am so into this book! The end took me by surprise. I cannot wait to read the next book. OS, year 4 This book is fantastic and very cool. I t has a lots of suspense and a fantastic structure. I love this book!
I would rate it 5 stars out of 5! It is really good.
I like the way one chapter is written to focus on one area, the next another, and so on. Jun 13, Wendy rated it really liked it Shelves: scify , middle-graders. 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.
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. 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. Jun 15, Darren 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. 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! Jul 09, Heather Pearson rated it it was amazing Shelves: canadian , children. 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 After the death of his parents in an horrific plane explosion, Jeff Conroy is taken in by his seemingly indifferent Aunt Flo. 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. There are good things and bad things about this book. 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 There are good things and bad things about this book. But giving a dog intelligence can work against you, especially when you decide the dog isn't up to the job and must be euthanised. Chipper works out something is up and manages to escape in a brilliant manner. His one goal is to find Jeff, an orphan working on his aunts lakeside business. Together they must hide from the men and women hunting for Chipper.
Excellent story for the 8 to 12 year olds. Aug 17, LibraryCin rated it really liked it Shelves: thrillers , animals , young-adult , family , dogs , science-fiction , boys , artificial-intelligence. He manages to outsmart the humans and get away: far away, where he is looking for Jeff. Jeff is years old. His parents both recently died and he is living with his aunt, who is making him work hard at her business. The point of view alternated, mostly between Chipper and Jeff, but I think there was an occasional other POV thrown in every so often.
I will, of course, pick up the sequel. Apr 14, Jood rated it liked it. It was okay but it could have been better. Feb 16, Linda rated it really liked it Shelves: library-audio-books-ebooks , series , canadian , read. Mar 23, Book Bazaar rated it it was amazing. The 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 The year old group read Chase by Linwood Barclay for March and it was much more enjoyable than our dud last month! Most of us loved it, although some thought a little too violent and the impatient among us hated being left in suspense! This is definitely one of our highest rated books - the 4 coming from someone who stopped early as it was a little too violent as the scientist attempted to put the dog down and was later killed.
Jul 17, Book Gannet rated it really liked it Shelves: 4-star-review , children-s-fiction. I found this an exciting, intriguing read that should really appeal to young thriller and sci-fi fans. I have to say, the whole super-smart-dog-distracted-by-squirr I found this an exciting, intriguing read that should really appeal to young thriller and sci-fi fans.
Chipper is a border collie. It also takes a very, very long time for Chipper and Jeff to meet. Once the two do meet, things definitely speed up and the story really begins to take off. In all this is a good start to what promises to be an exciting adventure series. In all, this is definitely one for readers seeking excitement and adventure. ARC provided by the publisher via Amazon Vine. Aug 04, Sylvia McNicoll rated it it was amazing. To be continued? Still more Linwood Barclay is always a good thing. As a children's writer myself, I love the way he's pushed the boundaries.
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But that is the tough bit. Does the bear look skeptical? He looks skeptical to me. If I think about it some more remember the bear staring at that loose post? So, swing smarter? Sure — but just because it is FUN; it provides a change of pace; it cleanses the palette like Skittles. Not as a strategic ploy, but because writers-editors-publishers are smart, self-deprecating, funny as hell and well — and I should know — garrulous and outspoken.
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Where the hell is the snow? I can only truly enjoy Mexico if my friends at home are completely miserable. Setting, tone, pace, narrative arc, word choice, description, dialogue, exposition, themes and plot — all of these and more are at play in the creation of fiction. This includes several key style considerations.
One important factor is the interdiction of adverbs. Exposition or summarization is seen today in literary fiction as unnecessary and dated. Would those classics succeed if written now? Additionally, my personal experience may indicate that not all regions are on the same wavelength when it comes to exposition. London literati may take a different view than their Vancouver cousins, for instance. Description is a story-telling tool that I use a lot.
It is not a favoured structure by all. Big deal. I get the point. Description stops the action and is a close relative of exposition in terms of not sufficiently trusting the reader to figure things out. Yes, I have a but — a small one God willing, it will continue so. Or it may be that description can help to support a feeling or mood or to otherwise move the story along. It raises the hair on my neck just writing about it!
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