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Teacher’s Guide

Misfits, Inc. No. 5

The Protester’s Song

by Mark Delaney

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. The fifth book in this thrilling series finds the young detectives in the middle of a thirty-year-old mystery and an FBI cover-up. Can they set the record straight for good…before it’s too late?

Byte, Peter, Jake and Mattie have a chance encounter with a man who may be to blame for a bombing during an antiwar protest at a university in the early 1970s. Trying to uncover the truth behind events that occurred thirty years ago proves to be a matter of life and death. As the Misfits attempt to find out what really happened all those years ago, they face one obstacle after another, including a case of mistaken identity, a suspicious FBI agent, and the threat of another bomb explosion.

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.

Format: Paperback
Price: $5.95
ISBN: 978-1-56145-244-6
Publication Date: 3/1/2001
Page Count: 205
Size: 5 ̎ x 7-1/8 ̎
Age Range: 10 – 14
Language: English
Format: eBook
ISBN: 978-1-56145-655-0
Age Range: 10 – 14
Language: English

Purchase this eBook through the following vendors:

Barnes & Noble

AR Level: 5.9
F&P: Z, Gr 7th & up, Genre RF
Lexile: 840L
Themes: Friendship, Loyalty, Mystery, Teamwork
BISAC 1: YAF042000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Mysteries & Detective Stories
BISAC 2: YAF049000 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Politics & Government
BISAC 3: YAF058270 YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Violence


“A very exciting and involving series that will captivate young 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 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 novel will keep readers on their toes. The action is swift and the writing lucid. Told from several viewpoints, the plot reveals a few surprising twists and turns that continue to keep teens involved in the story. This skillfully woven mystery will have readers looking for further adventures of ‘The Misfits, Inc.’” ―School Library Journal

“Delaney keeps the story moving swiftly, and readers will enjoy the escapades of the brave and clever teens as well as the tale’s suspense.” ―Kliatt


Young Adult Top Forty ―Pennsylvania School Librarians Association, 2001

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Meet the Author

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.