Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of the bestselling Shadow Children series, Palace of Mirrors, Running Out of Time, and many more novels. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio) She lives in Columbus, Ohio.
In a tantalizing opener to a new series, Haddix (the Shadow Children series) taps into a common childhood fantasy--that you are really the offspring of royalty or famous people, and were somehow adopted by an ordinary family--and one-ups it by adding in time travel. As the novel begins, a brand-new airline employee experiences an event that she is later told never to talk about: a plane carrying 36 babies, and no one else, not even a pilot, shows up without warning at a nearby gate. Fast-forward 13 years, and two 13-year-old friends, Chip and Jonah, are receiving mysterious notes, with messages like "You are one of the missing" and "Beware! They're coming back to get you." Only then does Chip learn that he, like Jonah, is adopted. Joined by Jonah's sister, Katherine, the boys investigate and discover that the FBI was involved with their adoptions. These smart kids show initiative and do a great job using familiar technology (camera phones, photo-editing programs, etc.) to get information and track down other adoptees. By book's end they are trapped by some shady characters; learn that they are among the most famous missing children in history (e.g., Virginia Dare, the 15th-century English princes in the Tower); and get sent back in time. Readers will be hard-pressed to wait for the next installment. Ages 8-12. (Apr.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
Gr 4-8-A mysterious airplane appears out of nowhere. No pilots or attendants are on board, but every seat is occupied-by a baby. The babies are taken off the plane and then it vanishes. Thirteen years later in Ohio, Jonah and his friend Chip receive a threatening letter: "You are one of the missing." A second letter follows: "Beware! They're coming back to get you." Both boys know that they were adopted, and they resolve to find out who they really are, resulting in some shocking discoveries. Fans of the author's The Shadow Children series will be enthralled by this first title (S & S, 2008) in a new series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. Chris Sorensen's outstanding narration captures the teens' urgency and confusion. This stellar title will leave students begging for the second installment.-Lisa Hubler, Memorial Junior High School, South Euclid, OH Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
* "In a tantalizing opener to a new series, Haddix taps into a common childhood fantasy--that you are really the offspring of royalty or famous people, and were somehow adopted by an ordinary family--and one-ups it by adding in time travel...Readers will be hard-pressed to wait for the next installment."--"Publishers Weekly", starred review "Haddix admirably balances the exposition necessary to shape the first novel of a series while still providing enough life-threatening situations, governmental intrigue, and futuristic weaponry to make this an action-packed stand-alone novel. Readers will surely return for future installments...Science fiction and adventure fans will find much to enjoy in this flashy, suspensful volume."--"The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books" "Haddix's latest science fiction series starts off with a bang in this nail-biter...This book's exciting premise and cliff-hanger ending will leave readers on the edge of their seats and begging for more."--"School Library Journal" "As in her Among the Hidden series, Haddix once again demonstrates her talent for penning page-turnes kids will like."--"Booklist" "Fans of Haddix's Shadow Children books will want to jump on this time-travel adventure...The author grabs the readers' attention from the first scene...intriguing enough...to keep kids reading what promises to be an exciting trip through history."--"Kirkus Reviews"