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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 Among the Hidden 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 caf 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 It doesn t necessarily stand on its own due to its cliffhanger ending, but if you want to hand a kid something fun, fast paced, and deeply mysterious then this is the book to surrender.Thirteen years ago an airline attendant saw something impossible When the plane appeared on the tarmac it somehow appeared without anyone realizing it had landed Stranger still, it contained no pilot, no crew, no adults at all Just thirty six babies strapped in their seats Fast forward to present day when new friends Jonah and Chip check the former s mailbox There, resting inside is an unsigned note that simply reads, You are one of the missing A cruel prank It certainly seems that way until Chip gets the same letter Then they both get a follow up that reads Beware They re coming back to get you They They who There doesn t seem to be much rhyme or reason to the notes until Chip discovers that he and Jonah have something in common They were both adopted And with the help of Jonah s sister Katherine there s to discover Why does an FBI agent have information about the boys birth parents Why did Katherine see a man appear and disappear in an office one day Who s been sneaking around Jonah s room, looking through his things And what s the real story behind that plane The answers lead the kids to discover their connection to seemingly impossible events.I m a sucker for books that contain anonymous notes Such letters appear in stories like The Mailbox by Audrey Shafer and you librarians out there will understand what I mean when I say that they make it easy to booktalk titles I also love mysteries, frightening moments, and plucky protagonists Actually that final item is a bit odd in this book Though our hero in this story is clearly Jonah, the boy spends much of the novel with his fingers in his ears going LALALALALALALA while his friend and sister do much of the investigating on his behalf Credit where credit is due, though The kids really do discover a ton of information, and in a way that makes sense to the plot and is plausible Anytime a kid in a book breaks into a locked room with a hairpin my eyebrows make a break for my hairline and it takes a while to coax them down No coaxing was required as I read Haddix s novel My eyebrows remained firmly in place the entire time.Authors today face several conundrums when it comes to writing contemporary realistic or realistic ish fiction First of all, how are your child characters living in the suburbs getting around It s not as if a lot of suburban kids take the bus, after all Like most authors, Haddix goes for the old bike riding solution The next problem Cell phones In the past your characters would find themselves in a perilous situation and be helpless and unable to alert anyone to their location Cell phones, fortunately, can only work where there s a signal so chalk that up to another problem solved It s easy to work around contemporary technology, but a good writer should make use of it If a kid has a phone with camera capabilities, then that should come in handy And Haddix definitely sees electronic devices as a way to aid and abet the action rather than hinder it Other authors take note Sure, technology changes but when it comes to something like cell phone cameras such devices will be around for a while Might as well make your book believable by utilizing them.Okay So here s my official SPOILER ALERT warning If you would like to be surprised by the secret of this book, stop reading this review right now I liked it Nuff said.They gone Great As those of you who have read the book are aware, the secret behind this story is that the babies on the plane is that they re all famous children that died sometime in history The Lindbergh baby The kids that Richard III slaughtered Princess Anastasia and her little bro People from the future pay big bucks to raise such kids, but we never really learn who Chip and Jonah are We can probably rule out the children mentioned in the book, so who does that leave My hope is that Jonah will turn out to be The Dauphin That d be pretty cool, right As for Chip, why not Henry VIII s kid, Edward VI Both are famous in history Both would yield fascinating speculations That s just my two cents Haddix is certainly not flying by the A Sound of Thunder rules of time travel here, by the way People can apparently make fairly large changes to the past without worrying about how the ripple affect is going to damage the future Apparently it isn t until you re plopping babies from the past into the twenty first century that things start to get messed up How nice that the universe is so flexible It certainly should be a load off of time travelers minds, that s for sure.I ve heard some people voice objections to the book in terms of the action sequences Is it plausible that two kids would be able to make a last minute plan when they both bend down to tie a shoelace Meh And as for the fight scenes, maybe they aren t the greatest I ve ever encountered but they didn t sufficiently distract me from the rest of the book to keep me from enjoying it Haddix isn t going to win any major literary awards with this novel, but she ll probably garner than a few kids choice medals and ribbons And quite frankly, that s the kind of stuff you need to keep in your library Haddix is a crowd pleaser at heart along the lines of fellow three namers Mary Downing Hahn or Willo Davis Roberts But for what it s worth, I think she improves as she goes Found is undoubtedly the book of hers that I ve enjoyed the most Looking forward to the sequel Ages 9 14. I first picked this book thinking, Well I ve read a lot, so why not start a new series I wasn t expecting much, but I was wrong.The plot So It was running fine but then it took a surprising twist in the middle that just keeps you hooked I couldn t put it down without thinking, what now Jonah He reminds me of, well, me Super cautious and wanting to live life the same way Yet he s good at figuring things out.The ending All I can say is wow The whole cave thing amazed me I kept thinking, what are you doing Jonah And when they teleported to the 15th century, I was speechless Jonah and Kathrine going with Chip really proved their friendship.Now I wonder, what would have happened if they were to late to grab Chip s arm Who is Jonah What happens now Found is my first review on goodreads Since a synopsis of the book is available, I m not going to recap the plot, but simply give my thoughts I am a fan of Margaret Haddix s work and have read Running Out of Time and the Shadow Children series among others which are in the same genre as Found However, Haddix s writing spans a range of genres and I recently read Uprising, which is historical fiction, and it was excellent I am also a big fan of fantasy scifi and reading the first book in a new series is always exciting I get that feeling of starting a new adventure that you really hope is exciting In the case of Found, I was not disappointed Time travel is certainly common in children s books but Haddix puts a fresh twist on it by including time thieves who recklessly steal babies for profit regardless of the consequences to the future and time police who are out to stop the thieves even if it means that the stolen children must go back in time, leave their families, and even die The children are caught in the middle Though the idea for the book is exciting, the plot occasionally bogged down, the characters were frustrating at times and two dimensional for the most part, and, having a teenager myself, I often questioned the authenticity of the thoughts and dialogue of the main characters It also seems clear as to the direction of the series With that said however, I ll definitely read the second book to find out what happens based on the decision Jonah made at the end of the book. Per the summary When thirteen year old friends Jonah and Chip, who re both adopted, find out that they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies, with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to capture them.The first two thirds of the book were okay a little dragged out and sometimes frustrating but the last third of the book, which reveals the time travelers and their intentions, was very disappointing The science doesn t make sense and at several points the author seems to forget that a large group is present only the main characters do anything.This is the first book in the series I m not sure I ll pick up the next one. Thirteen Year Old Jonah Has Always Known That He Was Adopted, And He S Never Thought It Was Any Big Deal Then He And A New Friend, Chip, Who S Also Adopted, Begin Receiving Mysterious Letters The First One Says, You Are One Of The Missing The Second One Says, Beware They Re Coming Back To Get You Jonah, Chip, And Jonah S Sister, Katherine, Are Plunged Into A Mystery That Involves The FBI, A Vast Smuggling Operation, An Airplane That Appeared Out Of Nowhere And People Who Seem To Appear And Disappear At Will The Kids Discover They Are Caught In A Battle Between Two Opposing Forces That Want Very Different Things For Jonah And Chip S LivesDo Jonah And Chip Have Any Choice In The Matter And What Should They Choose When Both Alternatives Are Horrifying With Found, Margaret Peterson Haddix Begins A New Series That Promises To Be Every Bit As Suspenseful As Among The Hidden, And Proves Her, Once Again, To Be A Master Of The Page Turner Both of my girls are adoped and so I had a connection to this story that was unexpected Imagine having your adopted child receive a letter that tells them You are one of the missing That would freak me out Well, that is what actually happens in this book I really enjoyed this book It was an action packed book. This is the first book in the Missing series I ve heard really, really good things about this book, and they re all true I almost read it in one sitting, not bad for a 300 page book A plane mysteriously appears at an airport, carrying only 36 babies No pilot, no crew, no adults at all As soon as the babies are unloaded, the plane vanishes again Thirteen years later, Jonah adopted and his new friend Chris also adopted, though he doesn t know it at the beginning of the story start getting strange identical messages, and begin researching their adoptions to find some strange things The mystery of who they really are and where they really came from is mostly solved by the end of the book, but there s still a lot left to cover I ll be reading the rest of this series. This book was way better than I remembered reading it a long time ago The beginning seemed pretty boring but in the middle all the action and conspiracy happened and it good good again I liked the book but I did not absolutely love it I will probably read the series because I wonder what happened to the main character and his sister when happened Overall, I liked the book and people should read this. Extremely quick moving read, and really enjoyable This is the first book of hers I ve read I need to read Among the Hidden, obviously A plane appears out of nowhere, full of crying babies and no one else No pilots, flight attendants, parents nobody What a premise Then, we fast forward 13 years and meet Jonah, who keeps getting cryptic letters with no return address The letters are related to the fact that Jonah is adopted, which is related to that weird airplane from the beginning of the book I ll look forward to book 2 I was plopped between two 5th graders in the fiction section of S s and W s with my legs crossed booktalking like an auctioneer Sigh Joy My favorite part of my job These two youngsters were not put off by my rapid fire read this read that spiel I have to tone it down for most as their eyes cross or their whites show But not these two They inhaled the book information interrupting me to chuck in their own opinions So imagine my double joy when one jumps up and says just a minute, and runs to another section to return with a book she thrusts in my hands and says, you ve gotta read this one Found is about Jonah, an adopted boy, whose new friend, Chip discovers he s adopted as well The two begin getting scary letters in the mail about people coming to get them and being missing Katherine, Jonah s sister plunges into the mystery headfirst trying to find answers along with Chip as to the background behind their adoptions Jonah becomes reluctant as the answers unfold and he isn t so sure he wants to find out the mysteriousness of his adoption The story unfolds to an exciting climax that will make you want to read book 2.Students like this series that sweeps readers along with gobs of action and creepiness The writing descriptions are not gorgeous nor is the dialogue witty but it is a quick fun read I do think Katherine upstages Jonah as the main character She s such a spunky, gutsy gal with a quick brain and eye for details She s just a plain ole fun character Jonah sticks his head in the sand until the very end where he is forced to either show some leadership skills or fade into the rocks.Not all the questions are answered in this book We don t know who Jonah is historically and he isn t really described so the reader can t take a stab at guessing Well, you can take a stab at it but chances are you ll be wrong We also don t know what happened to Daniella It isn t clear Katherine s role in the series either but I think she s an interesting character that has to be in the next book based on how Found ends A good series for your library.Reading Level 5.0