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Product Details

  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 750L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (April 21, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 141695421X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416954217
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (232 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,556 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Grade 4–8—Haddix's latest science fiction series starts off with a bang in this nail-biter. A plane arrives at an airline gate unnoticed by radar and most personnel. There are no flight attendants, no pilot, in fact no adults at all, but there are 36 passengers—each seat is inhabited by an infant. Thirteen years later in Ohio, teenage adoptees Jonah and his friend Chip begin receiving ominous messages declaring that they are among "the missing" and that someone is coming to find them. Frightened yet intrigued, the boys begin a search for their real identities with the help of Jonah's younger sister. Their search leads them to a discovery that strains credulity and leads them into danger greater than they ever imagined possible. The story is driven by an exciting plot rather than extensive character development, and the teens act independently of the adults, who appear as "bad guys" or are basically useless. If used in a classroom, the revelation of the babies' identities can be used to kick off a history lesson or two. This book's exciting premise and cliff-hanger ending will leave readers on the edge of their seats and begging for more.—Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO
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* "In a tantalizing opener to a new series, Haddix taps into a common childhood fantasy--that you are really the offspring of royalty or famous people, and were somehow adopted by an ordinary family--and one-ups it by adding in time travel...Readers will be hard-pressed to wait for the next installment."--Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Haddix admirably balances the exposition necessary to shape the first novel of a series while still providing enough life-threatening situations, governmental intrigue, and futuristic weaponry to make this an action-packed stand-alone novel. Readers will surely return for future installments...Science fiction and adventure fans will find much to enjoy in this flashy, suspensful volume."--The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Fans of Haddix's Shadow Children books will want to jump on this time-travel adventure...The author grabs the readers' attention from the first scene...intriguing enough...to keep kids reading what promises to be an exciting trip through history."--Kirkus Reviews

"As in her Among the Hidden series, Haddix once again demonstrates her talent for penning page-turnes kids will like."--Booklist

"Haddix's latest science fiction series starts off with a bang in this nail-biter...This book's exciting premise and cliff-hanger ending will leave readers on the edge of their seats and begging for more."--School Library Journal --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

I grew up on a farm outside Washington Court House, Ohio. As a kid, I liked to read a lot, and was also involved in 4-H, various bands and choirs (I played flute and piano), church youth group, the school newspaper, and a quiz-bowl type team. I was pretty disastrous as an athlete, although I did run track one year in high school. After graduating from Miami University (of Ohio), I worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a part-time community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois, before my first book was published. I've moved around a lot as an adult, having also lived in Luxembourg (during a college semester abroad) and in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Several years ago, I moved back to Ohio with my husband and kids; we now live in Columbus, Ohio. My husband trains investigative journalists, and my kids are in high school, so there's always a lot going on around our house.

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The characters developed very well.
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She enjoyed the book greatly and we recommend it to anyone, not just because this is a required reading for school.
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I am reading to my 13 year old and 11 year old grandsons (via facetime) and we love it!!
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful By Terri L. Schultz on April 19, 2008
Format: Hardcover
This is Haddix at her best. She's back to sci-fi and the start of a new YA series - hold onto your seats you're in for a page-turning thrill! When the story opens a plane appears out of nowhere filled with 36 babies and no crew. Once the babies are removed from the plane it disappears. That story line is dropped and we pick up a story in suburban America with the protagonist, a well-adjusted adopted child and a friend who has recently found out he's adopted and has been rocked by the news. The story continues with a threatening FBI man, mysterious letters to the kids to beware, people who appear and disappear at will, a very strange conference for adoptees, and then a little time travel. Haddix has the reader flipping pages at break-neck speed from the prologue to the end. On the last page the reader is left panting for more, yet he will have to wait for the sequel.
This novel kept me on the edge of my seat and I'm looking forward to sharing it with my students in the weeks to come.
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68 of 75 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on September 12, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I'm a children's librarian so I get to see a lot of children's books pass through my hallowed public library doors. Lots. But a person can't see everything so once in a while I like to traipse down to my friendly neighborhood bookstore to see what's on the shelves. I skip into the children's section, peruse the titles there, skim one or two just to see if I'd like to read them later, and that's it. End of story. Normally. This past week-end I skipped in as per usual and skimmed the titles of the new fall releases. A new P.E. Kerr... something by F.E. Higgins... and a new Margaret Peterson Haddix. Now there's a treat! I'm not the biggest Haddix fan in the world but I'm rather fond of her style. Kids love her Shadow Children series and Running Out of Time was a fun concept (so much so that perhaps director M. Night Shymalan thought so too). But I've never really fallen for a Haddix novel, you know? The writing just usually doesn't do it for me. Maybe it's the tone or the content or something, but I wasn't really digging the Haddix. Until now. You see, as I sat down in the bookstore's café to read a chapter I found myself sucked into the story. Does it contain some lickety split action sequences and leaps that stretch at my adult credulity? Sure. But I also feel that this may be some of Haddix's best work.Read more ›
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful By MJo on May 29, 2008
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
My husband and I both read this book after becoming intrigued by a book review that we encountered. We were not disappointed. Yes, the book was written for children but don't be put off by that. It was fast-paced and engaging from beginning to end. We are impatiently waiting for the next of the series.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Anne-Marie on November 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Well I am completely in love with this book. I love how suspenseful it is. It's one of those edge-of-your-seat type books. Now I will give a fair warning to those people who haven't read the book that this review is a complete spoiler. So if you haven't read the book, don't let me spoil the surprises for you.
The book starts out when Jonah (who is adopted) gets a letter saying "you are one of the missing". Jonah calls his best friend, Chip, over to see it. Chip thought it was a joke until he gets the same letter and asks his dad if he is adopted. When he finds out he is adopted the boys get curious and start looking into it. In Chip's anger at his parents, Chip and Jonah snoop through Chip's house until they find a phone number for the adoption agency Chip was supposedly from. When the boys dialed the number a government worker picked up. The boys immediately hung up, but were curious about why the government was involved in an adoption. The next day Jonah got another letter. This one says "Beware, they're coming back to get you". Later on the next day Chip also got one. Jonah had asked his parents about finding out more about his adoption. His parents were more than happy to make him comfortable with his adoption, so his father called the agency they got Jonah. There was in fact new of information on Jonah's file. It had the name of a man that had information about Jonah. It was James Reardon, the same man who Jonah and Chip had called. Because Jonah wanted to know more his parents arranged a meeting with Mr. Reardon. After Mr. Reardon informing Jonah's parents that he could tell them nothing, and that Jonah's case was top-secret information for the FBI, Jonah felt sick to his stomach and went to the bathroom to vomit.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mountain mom on November 7, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Try as hard as I could my daughter just never loved reading. I would buy books, take her to book stores - nothing.
There was a book fair at school and she bought this book. She started reading it on the busride home. She has not put it down since. She is loving the suspense of the story. And for the first time in her life when I called her she replied"Just one more chapter?" That is something I will never forget.

I can't thank the author enough. She has turned my non-reader into a reader. And I am buying her other books as well. Thank you for opening the world of reading to my daughter.
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