June 29, 2009

Book Review: Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Found_130 History is about to be changed!

I just FOUND my HG (Holy Grail) of kids' fantasy series! It's called Missing, and it's by Margaret Peterson Haddix, the author of the Shadow Children series, and one of the authors of The 39 Clues series. While I think Twilight and Harry Potter are both great series, they were somewhat predictable in the end. [SPOILER ALERT!!!!!]

I mean, who didn't doubt Bella was going to end up with Edward? Or that Harry was going to succeed against Voldemort?

Predictability is certainly not the case in Found, the first book of Haddix's Missing series. Why is that, you ask? Well, I don't want to give away the entire story, but if you like time travel, history, mystery, and action, then you'll love this book.

At the start of Found, Angela DuPre, an airline worker, finds 36 abandoned children on a plane. The weird thing is, there are no adults, no pilots, and no one knows how the plane got there in the first place. Weird . . .

Meet Jonah and Chip 13 years later — they're two of the surviving kids from plane. Both were adopted into wonderful families, and both strangely end up in the same town. Is this a coincidence or pre-determined fate? One may think it's just some bizarre occurrence, but when Jonah and Chip both start receiving the same strange, unmarked letters, they begin seeing things that are unexplainable to the human eye. And then both end up at an adoption convention, along with the other 34 children from the mysterious flight! At this point, questions will be raised not only by Jonah and Chip, but the readers as well.

Found will leave you asking: what would happen if I were to go back in time and change one little event, or if I were to affect the actions of a prominent figure? How would that change the future? Would how we live today be any different if one person's life were changed in any way?

These are exactly the kind of questions you'll be asking when you're finished. Fortunately, in August 2009 Haddix will bring readers one step closer to answering these questions in the second book of the series, Sent. I'll certainly be visiting the library or nearest bookstore. What about you?

— Carly M., STACKS Staffer

  1. missymoo

    Margaret Peterson Haddix is my absolute favourite author and found is my fav book if you like her try the missing series, just ella is also AMAZING!!!!!!

  2. Sheila

    She is ultimately planning to have 7 books in this series, which doesn’t seem like enough space to wrap up everything; I would love it if you would write more than 7, it is such a compelling series. All of Ms. Haddix’s books are just amazing!

  3. Patrick

    ive read every book in the missing series about 7 times each . torn took me 1 day and now i cant wait for missing book 5 caught

  4. Grace

    I LOVE this book. It was amazing and I never put it down! I am doing a book report on it and keep reading it over and over!

  5. claire

    i like this book…. but i thought it wasnt to exciting. while iwas reading i was very bored andcouldnt stay focused. honestly i did not like this book and i chose it to do my book report. i am told to make a diarama and can NOT think of any good scenes. plzzzzzz help me choose a scene to do!!!!! its almost due!

  6. miranda

    I love the book!!!! I can’t waite to read 2&3. I’ve read “Double Identity and it is a good book to.

  7. arlynn

    i love this book i just finish the book and one of the word that are stuck to me are that jb said goodbye friends he said softly i hope you enjoy time

  8. A.M.E.A.

    I read this book for school because I HAVE to read many different types of books such as adventure, but my main reason was because my teacher last year read our class this book but only got to chapter 3. Well, anyway I read this book and I LOVE THIS BOOK. I am going to get book two and book three as soon as possible. I will use these books for my repeat books.

  9. JuJu

    The Book is amazing i never wanted to put it down! I hate reading but this book was my favorite book i have ever read. It is great for all ages! I am 11 and i loved it!

  10. stars6196

    OMG, I read both Found and Sent, they are both AMAZING!!!!! Margaret Peterson Haddix is one of my favorite authors, I’ve read all of her “Shadow Children” books, and Double Identity. I heard she’s writing the 10th “39 clues” book, and I can’t wait to read it!!

  11. Sara

    I love this book it the bomb! Also if your school does accelerated reader this book is worth like 9 points!

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