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"Haddix...keeps the story suspenseful and tight...Best of all, the story feels like real history, with believable characters and plausible events. It will likely spark interest in young readers...Another action-filled and suspenseful historical thriller."--Kirkus Reviews

"Hudson’s ill-fated explorations provide an excellent opportunity for readers to learn about sailing ships, survival, and mutiny. Plenty of action and an extended author’s note sustain this fourth entry in the Missing series."— Booklist, September 1, 2011

About the Author

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

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  • Age Range: 8 - 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 - 7
  • Lexile Measure: 720L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; First Edition edition (August 23, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416989803
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416989806
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.4 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (63 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,378 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By J. Hopkins on August 24, 2011
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And by "done it again", I mean "created another great history/mystery time travel tale".

The fourth installment in The Missing series, Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix, follows Jonah and Katherine as they travel back in time to the year 1611. The missing child that they must return to history in order to correct time? John Hudson, son of the famous (famously crazy, that is) Henry Hudson. The only problem: JB, Jonah and Katherine's time travel...supervisor, you could say, is unable to find the 21st century boy who is actually John Hudson to send him back to the past. A truly missing child!

But, of course, there are more problems than just a missing (missing) historical figure. Jonah must pretend to be John, mask, wigs, clothing, and all, in hopes of setting history straight. However, after an hour or so aboard the Discovery, Henry Hudson's ship, all time is thrown out of balance. Tracers, ghost-like figures that show what is supposed to happen in history, go missing, Jonah and Katherine lose all connections with JB, and an evil Mr. Prickett threatens the safety of the ship's crew, most significantly Jonah.

Taking matters into their own hands, Jonah (still disguised as John Hudson) and Katherine (who is invisible thanks to the time traveling device, the Elucidator) try to make sense of the odd mishaps in time that keep occurring and attempt to save history and rescue their friends who are still stuck in the year 1600.

Captivating and well-paced, Torn provides a set of loveable characters and rich historical settings to create an enjoyable read. Fans of the previous books in the Missing series will not be disappointed.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By KidsReads on August 31, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Thirteen-year-old Jonah longs for a normal life again. Ever since he found out that he's part of a group of kidnapped babies snatched out of time, life has taken an adventurous turn. But helping return the kids to when and where they belong, and restoring history along the way, is dangerous work. Especially when the devious Second interferes while attempting to change history. And when Second requires their help, Jonah and his sister, Katherine, don't have much choice but to comply, if they want to see J.B. and their friends again, who are stranded in the year 1600. Jonah and Katherine quickly find themselves in 1611, stuck on a sailing vessel off the icy coast of Canada, captained by the explorer Henry Hudson. And then it gets complicated.

Captain Henry Hudson is searching for a passage to the Orient, but the crew is near starvation and talking mutiny. Henry's son, John, is one of the missing kids of time. In their other restoration adventures, Jonah, Katherine and the missing kid have tracers, the ghostly outline of what's supposed to happen, to help steer them in the right direction. Unfortunately, the siblings don't have John Hudson with them this time; he just happens to have gone missing again. So Jonah slips on a disguise and pretends to be the cabin boy, John. And then it gets even more complicated.

Their Elucidator, a time traveler's communication and other apps tool, seems to be malfunctioning. Jonah and Katherine have no contact with J.B. or Second, no clue as to what to do, no idea if their actions are helping or hurting time. A mutiny breaks out on board, and the captain and a handful of sailors, including Jonah pretending to be John, are forced into a rowboat and left in the icy ocean to perish. Jonah and Katherine struggle to figure out what choices to make.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By herdingcats on September 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This is the 4th book in The Missing series. It follows 13 year old Jonah and his sister Katherine as they travel back in time to 1611 to repair problems there due to Second, a rogue time traveler.
They land on Henry Hudson's ship looking for the northwest passage, and since John Hudson is missing, Jonah fills in for him, complete with a handy Elucidator provided disguise. Despite the sabotage, mutiny, and murder on the high seas, Jonah and Katherine manage once again to save the day - and all of time, from Second's nefarious plans.
The accuracy of the historical research helps to lend a realistic twist to this time traveling adventure.
I enjoyed it and highly recommend it
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By parker nikko on October 31, 2012
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awesome book was one of the best in the series I can not wait to read the next book in series
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Torn is so far the best in this Time-Travel series, that could almost pass for Historical Fiction. JB, Katherine and Jonah are back, and this time, there is no help coming. No scene was too drawn out, and Secind is just the right mixture of arrogance, evilness, and slight looniness to not make him too anoying, even as the antangonist of the story. JB shows up more, and it is clear which he values more, Time or lives, and he is my favorite character. We also see a bit of Jonah's home life a little ore ever since the time travel started (since found) and while the main plot is obviously finding out who he realy is, saving time, stopping second, and and the relationship starting between Andrea and Jonah, i realy want to see his parets find out what exactly is going on, or maybe a school mate. Overall, haddix is an excellent author, someone i can always rely on to give me a good few hours. Whitter out.
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