Vanishing Chip (Misfits, Inc. Series #1)

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When Mattie's grandfather becomes a suspect in the theft of a valuable computer chip, Peter, Byte, Jake, and Mattie, four high school students who consider themselves misfits, pool their talents to try to discover who really stole the chip and how.

When Mattie's grandfather becomes a suspect in the theft of a valuable computer chip, Peter, Byte, Jake, and Mattie, four high school students who consider themselves misfits, pool their talents to try to discover who ...

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Misfits, Inc. No. 1: The Vanishing Chip

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Overview

When Mattie's grandfather becomes a suspect in the theft of a valuable computer chip, Peter, Byte, Jake, and Mattie, four high school students who consider themselves misfits, pool their talents to try to discover who really stole the chip and how.

When Mattie's grandfather becomes a suspect in the theft of a valuable computer chip, Peter, Byte, Jake, and Mattie, four high school students who consider themselves misfits, pool their talents to try to discover who really stole the chip and how.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Delaney's debut novel launches the Misfits, Inc. series, and introduces a quartet of high-school students, self-proclaimed "Misfits," who solve a rather outlandish mystery. At the invitation of the security guard grandfather of one of the four, the friends visit a museum to view the prototype of a valuable, high-performance computer chip. Displayed in a Plexiglas cube, the chip disappears right before their eyes. When the police arrest the innocent guard, the Misfits are determined to find the real thief and clear the suspect's name. The author characterizes each of the four with a stereotypic quality necessary to their detective work: bespectacled Peter is brilliant and quick-thinking; stringy-haired Byte is a computer genius; Jake is a muscular jock; and diminutive Mattie moves as deftly and cleverly as a magician. The author liberally sprinkles his narrative with cliches, as well as with metaphors that occasionally lead to contradictory images (Mattie peers into the villain's mansion and spies his three apprehended pals on the floor, "looking every bit like a bouquet of wilting flowers"; on the following page, Peter thinks that fellow captive Jake "looked very much like a trapped bull contemplating a charge"). Still, the novel has its strong points, including mostly believable dialogue among the teenagers and some genuine moments of suspense. Of Heroes and Villains is the next installment, planned for release in the spring. Ages 12-16. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Christopher Moning
Four high school "Misfits" join together to fight crime in this novel, the initial offering in the "Misfits, Inc." series. Consisting of a computer geek, a shrimp, a brainiac, and an athlete who hates competition, the Misfits have found acceptance in each other. When the world's fastest computer chip mysteriously vanishes from the museum, each Misfit puts his or her unique talent to advantage to solve the mystery. This is a formulaic yarn, with the only twist being the introduction of technological devices, such as the teens' use of faxes and the Internet to help solve mysteries. The characters are one-dimensional: The good guys are really good, the bad guys are really bad. A crook with a conscience is thrown in for good measure. The credible limits of logic and motive are stretched time and again. Why would the world's only prototype computer chip, worth millions, wind up in the museum? Who would want to view a chip that is no larger than a nickel? When the baddest of the bad guys decides he'd rather play chess than make his escape, the reader will be ready to cash in his "chips" on this contrived novel.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-8--Four teens who don't fit in at school take it upon themselves to investigate the disappearance of the world's most powerful computer chip, recently stolen from the Museum of Modern Science. Each teen has a special talent to lend to the investigation: Eugenia, nicknamed Byte, is a computer whiz; Mattie can sneak in and out of places undetected; Jake is the muscle; and Peter, the son of an FBI agent, is the brains. The group, who call themselves Misfits, Inc., piece together clues that lead them into progressively more dangerous situations. Readers will enjoy the technological theme and the fact that the young people solve the crime and catch the thief. Although the plot is implausible at times, this quick, easy read will appeal to slow readers, and many teens are sure to relate to the characters' feelings of not fitting in.--Michele Snyder, Chappaqua Public Library, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781561451760
  • Publisher: Peachtree Publishers, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1998
  • Series: Misfits, Inc. Series , #1
  • Pages: 188
  • Sales rank: 975,241
  • Age range: 12 - 16 Years
  • Lexile: 700L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2002

    good book

    this is real good

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 3, 2001

    Wonderful Book

    I really enjoyed this book. Mark Delaney made this book interesting and amuzing. I really enjoyed the way he wrote it and the way the book turned out. I like how one character didn't nararate the whole book all four of the main characters: Byte, Maddie, Jake, and Peter, did. I really enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2001

    super mystery

    This book has it all. If you think Nancy drew is crazy wait tell you read this. These Kids: byte, Peter, Jack, Mattie are 2 in one.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2000

    best book(not as good as hardy boys though)in the world!!!!!

    this book was great! a real cliffhanger. if you love mysteries, you have to read this book. you don't know what you're missing. a must read!!!!!!!!!email me for more details.

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