There's no doubt - Haddix knows how to craft a good story. She starts with a mysterious plane suddenly appearing at an airport, filled with 36 unatte..Show More »nded babies. Then we jump ahead 13 years to these adopted children who all start receiving warning letters that "They're coming back for you." The FBI is also involved. The book is filled with cliff hangers that make you want to keep listening. There's a lot of dialogue and thinking - with less action than Haddix fans might be accustomed to. At the end, you realize that this book was written to set up a whole series to come. A reader could easily skip it and move on to book 2.
I really enjoyed this book. I have 4th grade students listening to this series. They are really enjoying it and are engaged in discussion. They can re..Show More »late to the characters and their feelings.
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 unfamil..Show More »iar 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.