When I started reading my latest book, I was reminded of how I felt when I watched that epic TV series, Lost.  I didn’t understand most of what was going on (much like the characters); when I thought I knew what was going on, I was proved wrong about five minutes later; and I experienced a great deal of confusion about what would/could happen when people meddled with the time-space continuum.  That’s pretty heavy stuff.  And the book I just finished reading is marketed to younger readers.  (It’s currently on the South Carolina Children’s Book Award nominee list…for grades three to six.)  This book is Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix and is the first book in her series, The Missing.  Now, I don’t know if many elementary school students will be able to grasp what is going on in this book.  I even had issues at times.  I do, however, think this book is perfect for middle grade readers and even young adults.  It’s just a good book with an interesting premise, and it will definitely make readers think.  That’s always a plus.

“It wasn’t there.  Then it was.”

Those are the words an eyewitness used to describe the mysterious plane that appeared at an Ohio airport thirteen years ago.  The plane just appeared at the gate.  There was no pilot.  There were no flight attendants.  There were no adults on board at all.  Just babies.  Thirty-six babies.  No one really knew how they got there or how a plane could just appear, seemingly out of thin air.

Fastforward thirteen years…

Jonah has always known he was adopted.  His parents never kept it a secret from him.  He knows nothing about his birth parents or his life before the adoption.  But someone does.  One day, Jonah receives a letter in the mail–no return address–that says, “You are one of the missing.”  Jonah doesn’t really know what it means, but when his new friend Chip, who is also adopted, receives one of these letters, Jonah begins to wonder if the letters are somehow connected to their adoptions.

Jonah, Chip, and Katherine, Jonah’s sister, begin investigating the mystery surrounding them, especially when a second letter is received that states, “Beware!  They’re coming back to get you.”  Who’s “they?”  Where are they coming from, and where do they plan to take Jonah and Chip?  Are they going to take anyone else?

As the mystery unfolds, it becomes clear (sort of) that Jonah, Chip, and many others, are part of something they knew nothing about.  A battle that spreads across time itself.  What does this mean?  Can they ever return to their boring, normal lives?  What is so special about them?  Begin unraveling the mystery when you read Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

Found is just the first book in The Missing series.  The second and third books are now available as well.  The second book is Sent, and the third is Sabotaged.  As soon as I get these books in my school library, I plan to read them.  To find out more about The Missing and Margaret Peterson Haddix, visit

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