Misfits, Inc. No. 4

The Kingfisher's Tale
Meet Misfits, Inc. Investigations: Peter, the genius; Jake, the athlete; Byte, the computer whiz; Mattie, the “magician.”
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  • Age Range: 10-14
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  • ISBN: 9781561452262
  • Publication date: 10/01/2000
  • Page Count: 217
  • Size: 5" x 7-1/8"
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  • ISBN: 9781561456543
  • Publication date: 10/01/2011
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Meet Misfits, Inc. Investigations: Peter, the genius; Jake, the athlete; Byte, the computer whiz; Mattie, the “magician.”

These four teenage super-sleuths have a knack for uncovering and solving unsolvable crimes. When the Misfits explore the national forest near Byte’s family cabin, they discover several dead kingfisher birds—an endangered species. Suddenly the four teenagers find themselves in the middle of a terrifying ecological mystery and a looming political scandal.

As Peter, Byte, Jake, and Mattie investigate what is killing the birds, they are threatened and even shot at. With the help of a young reporter, Rebecca Kaidanov, they uncover a vast political conspiracy and find their own lives in danger.

Featuring an engaging group of outcasts with varied interests, each book in the Misfits series offers an intriguing mystery, supported by Delaney’s well-paced plot and believable dialogue, that will keep readers captivated to the very end.



Mark Delaney


Mark Delaney earned a masters degree in comparative literature from the University of California at Irvine. He is the author of the Misfits, Inc. series and Pepperland. A former bookstore owner, he now teaches high school. Delaney lives in Tennessee.


“A very exciting and involving series that will captivate readers and draw them into the characters and the plotlines.  The stories are suspenseful until the last page.  The author does a fine job of weaving intricate mystery tales that will appeal to YA readers and adults.  The themes involved – environmentalism, congressional honesty, the anti-war movement, etc. – seem drawn right from the front page of the newspaper.  The reader will not only be rewarded with an action packed story but will also learn something about the topics involved.” ―Christian Library Journal, STARRED REVIEW

“This suspenseful ecological story will appeal to young mystery fans. Readers who don’t yet know the Misfits will enjoy meeting them…[Delaney] keeps the plot moving right along.” ―Kliatt


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AR Level: 5.9
F&P: Z, Gr 7 & up, Genre RF
Lexile: 820L
Themes: Friendship, Loyalty, Mystery, Teamwork
BISAC 1: YAF042000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC 2: YAF043010 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Nature & the Natural World / Environment
BISAC 3: YAF049000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Politics & Government