The Missing: Book 1
Author: Margaret Peterson Haddix
My recommended age: 11 and up
Grade level equivalent: 4.6
Lexile level: 720L

A plane mysteriously appears with only babies on board.  No sooner are they all unloaded then it disappears again.  Fast forward 13 years when it appears that these same kids, no longer babies, are being gathered together.  Jonah and Chip, 2 kids from the mysterious plane, along with Jonah's sister Kathryn struggle to figure out what is going on and save the 36 kids who've been adopted from being taken back to where they came from... wherever that is.

Once again Haddix has written an intriguing series.  The idea was fresh and original and entertaining throughout.  Lots of times its easy to guess what is going to happen, but in this one that didn't happen, and it was surprising to learn where the kids came from.  That was a nice change.  Obviously the kids were taken from somewhere as babies, but it isn't scary.  There are some intense moments where Jonah sees someone in his room at night, strangers show up from no where to help him, and a heart stopping "capture" moment.  Honestly there was nothing inappropriate or offensive, good read.

Enjoy and Happy Reading!
~Becky and Liz

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