Monday, July 12, 2010

From the list!

Found, by Margaret Peterson Haddix--This book came in the other day and no one was waiting on it. Well, that probably changed about thirty seconds after I checked it out, so I read it like lightning, and then my 13-year-old said, "Hey! I've been wanting to read that." So the requestor had to wait another two days. Sorry!

I would like to say, I'm sorry I put off reading this until after school got out. I would have loved to have talked about this when I went on my school visits. It has suspense, mysterious appearances and disappearances, lurking strangers, and main characters who are adopted. What makes this adoptee story special is that Jonah Skidmore has always known he was adopted and he's okay with that. His parents are great, his younger sister is tolerable, and he has never felt out of place. Until the day he goes to the mailbox and finds a letter addressed to him which says nothing more than, "You are one of the missing." He dismisses it as a prank until a second letter arrives, "Beware! They're coming back to get you."

In a far-reaching story which involves an airplane which appears out of nowhere and vanishes again, the FBI, and grown-ups with hidden agendas, Jonah must actively strive to solve the mystery of who he is and where he comes from. Instead, he finds himself stuck in the middle of two groups who each want him for their own purposes, and he must decide which to follow without fully understanding what exactly either choice means for him.

The story paced really well. The action moves along at a great clip without leaving you breathless, and the downtimes don't make you grumble, "Get on with it already!" The characters are believable in their uncertainty and their determination. Jonah's sister, Katherine, provides a more objective perspective in helping Jonah and his friend, Chip, as they try to solve the mystery.

This book is the first in a new series. The second title, available now, is Sent, and the third, out in late August, is Sabotaged.

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