Hey all, Dani here.
Welcome to my first Middle Grade Monday post. Since I’m trying to focus my TBR pile this month on some of the many middle grade novels I’ve collected in recent months, I figured they should get their own day for reviews. I still have some other reviews for books coming this month as well, but I’ll save those for Tuesdays and/or Fridays.
Today I am going to share my thoughts on Found, book one of The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I’ll be honest; I was a fan of MPH when I was in high school, and I even attended an author event at my local public library and purchased a couple books which were then signed by the author. But it’s been nearly a decade since I last read one of her books, so this was an interesting experience for me.
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 lives.
Do 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.
Rating: 4 stars
This was a pretty quick read. I finished it in just a couple of hours while also marathoning Criminal Minds on Netflix. For the record, I am rewatching the show so I don’t have to fully focus on it.
Anyway, I like the idea of this story, of kids who are adopted sort of on a quest for self-discovery, and trying to learn more information lands them right in the middle of two factions of time travelers who have very different ideas for the rules and laws of time travel.
The characters were pretty cool, and we were given a decent amount of time to get to know them as they tried to find answers. Yes, some weird things happen, but we all don’t really start getting answers until we are a decent way into the second half of the book. Which is why I think that it took a while to really be invested in the story. I wanted a little more action and a little more time travel.
I will say that this book does set up the rest of the series nicely. I’m sure the next book will be a great deal more interesting, especially now that Jonah, Chip, and Katherine are all back in the 15th century trying to find a way to repair any ripples in history so they can just get back to the lives they know. I imagine that it will get a bit more complex before they’re able to find their way home and relax.
Honestly, the friendship between Jonah and Chip, as well as the sibling bond of Jonah and Katherine are what hold this book together for me. I like the dynamics between the three, and think it will be fun to follow their adventures through time in the rest of the series.