Thursday, November 6, 2008
Found (Missing Series Book 1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix
I have been searching for books that my 8 year old would enjoy, are appropriate for his age and challenge his reading abillity (he is a high level reader).
In the process of that search I came across this book and was intrigued with it. I set out reading it to make sure it would be appropriate for him and found myself engrossed in the story. It is a mix of sci fi and mystery with an adoption twist thrown in. It is also the 1st in a series of which none of the other volumes have come out. I will be waiting for the next volume and will read this one again. I will also be checking out Ms. Haddix's other series.
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 adoped, 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 lives.
Do Jonah and Chip have any choice in the matter? And what should they choose when both alternatives are horrifying?