Yet another spoiler alert! If you haven’t read Found, the first book in Margaret Peterson Haddix’s The Missing series, skip this post. This is one series where you must read the first book to understand the second (and so forth). Proceed at your own risk!
Today, I finished reading Sent, the second book in The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The entire concept of time travel mixed with famous missing children throughout history is an interesting one, and I think Found did an awesome job of leading readers into this series. (I still don’t think most elementary school students will understand a lot of what’s going on, but what do I know.)
In Sent, Jonah, Katherine, Chip, and Alex are sent back to fifteenth century England. Why, you ask? Well, as it turns out, Chip and Alex are really Edward V, future king of England, and his brother, Prince Richard. The two boys were stolen from this time just before their uncle, Richard III, ascended to the throne. Why did their uncle become king instead of Edward? Why does no one know what really happened to Edward/Chip and Richard/Alex? It’s up to Jonah and crew to find out and make things right before it’s too late. Can they do it without screwing up history? I’ll leave that for you to discover.
I don’t really know what more I can say about this book without giving everything away, so I’ll keep this post short. I will say that I spent a lot of my time reading this book in a state of confusion. Keeping track of Edward/Chip and Richard/Alex was mind-numbing, and I’m sure I’ll experience the same thing throughout the rest of the series. I’m a linear thinker, and contemplating time travel really messes with my head. I guess I’ll just have to get used to it. I may take a little break, though, before I begin reading book three, Sabotaged. I need to give my brain a rest.
For more information on The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix, visit http://www.haddixbooks.com/home.html.