September 22, 2009

Review: Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix (mg)

Summary from Goodreads:

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?

I really really really wanted to love this book.  I've read Among the Hidden and loved it.  I have students who have read the whole series and loved each book.  Unfortunately for me, I didn't love this book.  The concept was great - a plane full of babies just appearing.  Where did they come from?  Why were they there?  Two young boys trying to find the answers.  Much of the book was intriguing.  There was a clear mystery I wanted to know the answer to, but I found the answer to those questiong unfulfilling.  Even worse, I found them confusing.  Maybe they were confusing because I was no longer paying close attention to the story.  Even the cliffhanger at the end didn't make me want to run out and read the next book.  I will probably try the next book Sent just to see.  I hope it will live up to the promise I had for it. 

Why YOU might like this book:
Although it wasn't a hit for me, you may still enjoy it!  If you like mysteries and a plot with some twists and turns, give it a try.  It may be a better book for you than it was for me!

Lexile: 750
Best for ages: 11+


  1. WOW. Even though you didn't love it - your review has convinced me to add it to my TBR list. Thank you :)

  2. I don't know. I think I'd like to start with Among the Hidden series for my first Margaret Peterson Haddix book, but I might try this one too.