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Lots of Fast-Paced Action and Colorful Characters
on September 22, 2009
Thirteen-year-old Jonah Skidmore feels like an average kid, complete with an intelligent but slightly annoying younger sister named Katherine, a mom and dad who constantly reassure their children that they are special and well loved, and a quiet home in the suburbs of Ohio. The fact that Jonah is adopted has never been a big deal for him, maybe because his parents have always been so open and reassuring about it. To Jonah, life feels normal. But then he receives a letter with six simple words, "YOU ARE ONE OF THE MISSING," and his life flips upside down and way out of control.
After some investigating with Katherine and his best friend, Chip, they discover an amazing secret: Chip and Jonah are part of a group of kids who have been stolen out of time --- and their kidnapping has damaged history. J.B., a time officer, has rounded up the 36 children and is determined to set history straight by sending them back to "when" they belong. The first two to leave are Chip and Alex. But refusing to let them go alone, Jonah and Katherine grab on at the last second, and they all hurtle back through time to the year 1483.
With the use of a tool called an Elucidator, the foursome can keep in contact with J.B., who agrees to give Jonah and Katherine a chance to help Chip and Alex. They soon find out that Chip and Alex are not only brothers, but also the king and prince of England. That isn't quite as glamorous as it first seems, though, as someone is out to kill them and take over the crown.
The kids struggle to fit in to the 15th century, a time with no fast food, cell phones, or modern plumbing. If they make one little mistake, they could destroy history even more. While attempting to learn the new and complex rules of time travel and save his friends' lives, Jonah can't help but wonder who he actually is and from what time period he really belongs. He'll learn the answers to those questions in time, as he and his companions jump into the greatest adventures of their lives.
Prolific author Margaret Peterson Haddix has served up another winner. Fans have been eagerly awaiting the sequel in this awesome series, and now they can finally dive into the next adventure. Haddix has created such a unique and fascinating idea for The Missing, and she does a wonderful job of refreshing readers' memories of the first book, FOUND, without sounding boring or redundant. She pulls her audience through the pages with intriguing thoughts and ideas on time travel, lots of fast-paced action and colorful characters; almost every chapter ends with a cliffhanger that just begs readers to turn the page and continue the adventure. She writes with an enthusiastic energy that flows through her characters and right into her fans.
More adventures in time travel with Jonah and Katherine are in the works as the series continues, though it couldn't possibly get here fast enough.
--- Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman