Found (the Missing: Book 1)

The Missing: Book 1 – Found

By Margaret Peterson Haddix

Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers

Copyright © 2008

Haddix – Author of the “Among the Hidden” and “The Shadow Children” series – comes at us with another suspenseful series entitled “The Missing”.

It all started 13 years ago with the appearance, literally out of nowhere, of an airplane at an Ohio Airport.  No one saw it land, it didn’t have any clearances, and there were no records of it whatsoever. To make things even odder the plane had no pilot and it was full of babies.

In this first book “found” we are introduced to Jonah, a 13 year old boy who is well aware that he is adopted. He has a loving family who has tried their hardest to be open about his adoption and to make sure that he is well adjusted.  They have succeeded in their efforts up to now, but time has a way of changing things. Well, time and disappearing people.

Jonah has begun to receive anonymous letters telling him he is one of the missing. At first he chalks it up to being a junior high prank, kids picking on him because he is adopted, but then his new friend Chip gets the same letters. Chip to his surprise finds out that he was adopted and his parents never told him. But if Chip didn’t know he was adopted how could anyone at school know?

Chip, Jonah, and Jonah’s sister Katherine decide to investigate, but the more they uncover the less they understand and the more Jonah really wants to know who he really is.

Margaret Haddix has written a masterful suspense for the junior set. (What am I saying, I’m 32 and I loved it.)  Just when you think you are getting answer you end up getting another question with it. She takes the teenage search for an identity to the extreme, with young teens who are dealing with the normal peer/identity issues, and compounds them with adoptions and Sci-fi intrigue. Great book!

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Filed under Adventure, Elementary/Middle School, Families, Friendship, Junior Fiction, Mystery, Science Fiction

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