Best-selling and award-winning author Margaret Peterson Haddix delivered an instant classic when she launched her Missing series. Two books ago, a plane landed with no pilot and no adults—and a passenger load of 36 infants. Years later, teens were shocked when clues began to turn up about just what it meant to be one of “the missing.” Now young heroes Jonah and Katherine must help a girl return to the past amid a host of unexpected challenges.
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“Best of the series so far.” (Kirkus Reviews)
I do like this series. It's a very interesting concept, to have been kidnapped from history, raised in the future, and then brought back to an unfamiliar point in history. Margaret Peterson Haddix is no stranger to unique "what if" scenarios (i.e. Among the Hidden series). However, the reason I knocked off two stars: First, the narrator. Chris Sorenson must not think much of preteen kids. He obviously thinks they are the same as three year olds. Either that or he thinks the listener is a three year old. That sing-song puppet show voice he uses to represent Jonah and the other kids is condescending and annoying. His reading style is even more strange in that he pauses for about 2 seconds between each and every sentence. It's distracting. The other star was taken off for Haddix's endless bombardment of questions in the book. There must have been pages and pages of questions sprouting from Jonah, i.e. Why did they bring us here? What was the man trying to do? Who are those people? Where are the others. What time period is this? I realize there's supposed to be a bit of mystery, but you are the author. Tell us, don't ask us, especially when you're wasting a good 15 minutes of my time asking me questions you already know the answer to! I'd like to read or listen to the next book in the series, but I hope they improve the two things I mentioned, especially the narration.
"An excellent series of books"
Book three of an eight (?) book series, continuing in style. I must admit this was one of my least favourite stories, but that doesn't make this a really good story, it just means the others are excellent.
As a Brit I am less familiar with the Virginia Dare story than those of the other missing children, but Ms Haddix explains the history very well.
As a teacher I really like the way these stories introduce characters from history and the 'authentic' way they are described. I say 'authentic' because it's a view of history that skirts over the bloodier aspects, even when death is involved it's done in a child friendly way.
I often read YA books, they make great light reading and require less focus than adult books, which is great after a long day. I have to admit to thoroughly enjoying this series, and the wait for the final book is killing me!
My only gripes are with the e-book novellas - they aren't available on Amazon UK; and with having to wait forever for the next book coming out, but that's fairly normal I suppose.
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