Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
Hardcover: 320 pages
Published: August 25, 2009 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Children's Novel: Ages: 9-12
Book One of The Missing is titled, FOUND. (This will contain spoilers). It starts off when an airplane suddenly appears at an airport and is discovered to hold about 30 infants in infant seats but no adults and no pilot. The airport scrambles to find out what happened and deboards all of the babies to the hanger. As the last baby is de-planed and taken to the main building, the airplane disappears and is never to be seen again. Skip 13 years later, and the story of FOUND begins, following Jonah and his friend Chip as they discover that they were adopted, their origin on the plane, and where they really came from. It involves time travel and a lot of futuristic concepts.
STOP THERE IF YOU HAVEN'T READ FOUND YET!!
I adore this book series. It may be written for intermediate grade level children, but Haddix is one of my favorite children's authors. She once again has delivered a fantastic, fun read. She also taught a bit of history and kept it as true to reality as possible. She made history fun which can be daunting for 10 year olds. Jonah is a typical kid in his character; he displayes the sass of a typical 13 year boy showing protectiveness over his little sister, but still clearly annoyed by her at the same time. This book is once again a "can't put down page turner" with cliff hanger chapter endings. Book 3 should be amazing. A great read for the young, both literal and of mind. Definite 4 stars for this one!