Friday, May 23, 2008


Missing Series, Bk 1

Margaret Peterson Haddix

J SF Haddix

It's Angela's first day on the job, when a plane mysteriously appears at the arrivals gate of an airport. She doesn't find a pilot or any crew onboard, instead all she finds are babies, thirty-six, one on each seat.

Thirteen years later, Jonah is hanging out with his new friend, Chip, when he gets a mysterious letter that says, "You are one of the missing." Jonah already knows that his parents adopted him, so he assumes the letter is a prank. When Chip gets the same letter and finds out that day that he too was adopted, the joke gets less funny. A phone number for an FBI agent adds to the creepiness. Against his better judgement, Jonah gets pulled into the mystery of who he is and what the strange letters mean.

From the beginning, this book was intriguing. I can't wait to see what the other books bring. Jonah, Chip and Katherine, Jonah's sister are fun together. Katherine's enthusiasm frequently provides an interesting contrast to Jonah's worry and concern. The premise is an interesting one, and the motives at least seem very plausible. (I don't know enough about the science to comment.)

I'm devestated that I have to wait a whole year for the next book! In the mean time, I think I'll reread this one. A great summer read!

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