Found (Missing Series #1)

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Teens Jonah and Chip, adopted as babies, find out that they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies, with no adults aboard. Authorities still have no idea where the plane came from, who the babies belonged to, or how the plane disappeared once the babies were off. They discover that all of the babies are really missing children from history: Virginia Dare from the Roanoke Colony, the British princes who vanished from the Tower of London, etc., caught in a struggle between opposing ...
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Teens Jonah and Chip, adopted as babies, find out that they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies, with no adults aboard. Authorities still have no idea where the plane came from, who the babies belonged to, or how the plane disappeared once the babies were off. They discover that all of the babies are really missing children from history: Virginia Dare from the Roanoke Colony, the British princes who vanished from the Tower of London, etc., caught in a struggle between opposing forces who have very different views of the purpose of these rescues. One side wants to return the kids to their rightful place in history, to repair the damage -- even if it means that the kids themselves might die. The other side wants to take them to the future, to be adopted there, just as was originally planned.

Jonah and Chip gamble on making a deal with the side that wants to take them back to the past: if the kids can repair the damage to history without staying there, they’ll be allowed to return to the twenty-first century, and live out their lives uninterrupted. Neither of them wants to think about what might happen if they fail.

This is a page-turner of an adventure that will appeal to readers of Haddix’s bestselling Shadow Children series.

Winner of the 2009-2010 Sunshine State Young Readers Award for Grades 3-5

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An irresistible set-up for a new series: An unidentified airplane appears out of nowhere. When the aircraft is boarded, its only occupants are babies; once they are removed, the pilotless plane vanishes. Jonah and Chip, now teenagers, discover that they were among the "airborne orphans," who seem to be somehow linked with missing children from history. Rather than forgetting the past, the two boys decide to venture into it, risking their survival to right the wrongs of time. Crisp time-travel adventure.
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* "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

"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 keep kids reading what promises to be an exciting trip through history."—Kirkus Reviews

"As in her Among the Hidden series, Haddix once again demonstrates her talent for penning page-turnes kids will like."—Booklist

"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

Publishers Weekly

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.)

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Jennifer Lee
At the beginning of this book, the first in a new series by Haddix, an unscheduled airplane arrives with a mysterious cargo: babies fill every seat on the plane, but no pilot or crew is aboard. After the babies are taken off the plane by gate personnel, the plane vanishes. Thirteen years later, Jonah, one of the babies who had been adopted, and his friend Chip begin receiving mysterious letters. They aren't sure what to think when the first one arrives saying, "You are one of the missing." Is someone at school just playing a mean joke on them? Then there are other strange happenings, and it seems like everything is related to that airplane full of babies, which no one wants to talk about. Jonah, Chip, and Jonah's sister, Katherine, set out to solve the mystery. Where had the babies come from? Who was writing the mysterious letters? This promising new series from Haddix will keep even reluctant readers turning the pages. Reviewer: Jennifer Lee
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Margaret Peterson Haddix is good with children in peril. She is also good with slightly futuristic scenarios. She melded the two in her popular "Shadow Children" series and seems set for another success in her brand new series offering, "The Missing." Book 1 sets up the premise and major characters. A planeload of babies mysteriously arrives at a Middle-western airport. Thirteen years later, the adopted children begin receiving threatening messages. Jonah, his non-adopted sister Katherine, and adopted friend Chip attempt to solve the mystery. The thirteen-year-olds soon find themselves enmeshed in an investigation as bizarre as the Watergate Affair: shadowy characters, disappearing computer files, and the convergence of all thirty-six adoptees in and around their Ohio town—not to mention the curious interest of the FBI. Can the kids find the answers before the unknown "They" come back to get them? Well gee, then there would not be a series, would there? Haddix's clever hypothesis promises a whole bunch of sequels. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal

Gr 4-8- Haddix's latest science fiction series starts off with a bang in this nail-biter. A plane arrives at an airline gate unnoticed by radar and most personnel. There are no flight attendants, no pilot, in fact no adults at all, but there are 36 passengers-each seat is inhabited by an infant. Thirteen years later in Ohio, teenage adoptees Jonah and his friend Chip begin receiving ominous messages declaring that they are among "the missing" and that someone is coming to find them. Frightened yet intrigued, the boys begin a search for their real identities with the help of Jonah's younger sister. Their search leads them to a discovery that strains credulity and leads them into danger greater than they ever imagined possible. The story is driven by an exciting plot rather than extensive character development, and the teens act independently of the adults, who appear as "bad guys" or are basically useless. If used in a classroom, the revelation of the babies' identities can be used to kick off a history lesson or two. This book's exciting premise and cliff-hanger ending will leave readers on the edge of their seats and begging for more.-Heather M. Campbell, Philip S. Miller Library, Castle Rock, CO

Kirkus Reviews
Fans of Haddix's Shadow Children books will want to jump on this time-travel adventure, which kicks off yet another series. The author grabs readers' attention from the first scene, in which a planeload of unaccompanied babies lands out of nowhere at an airport. Time passes; two of those babies, Jonah, now 13, and his best friend, Chip, receive similar strange letters of warning. They set out with Jonah's younger sister, Elizabeth, to find out what's going on. Mixing in some rather esoteric physics, the narrative plunges the children into a time-travel trap from which there seems to be no escape. This outing merely introduces well-delineated characters and sets up their dilemma, ending with a teaser for the next book in the series. Somewhat slow in this installment, but intriguing enough nonetheless to keep kids reading what promises to be an exciting trip through history. (Fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416954217
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 4/21/2009
  • Series: Missing Series, #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 43,174
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 7.62 (w) x 5.16 (h) x 0.89 (d)

Meet the Author

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at

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It wasn't there. Then it was.

Later, that was how Angela DuPre would describe the airplane — over and over, to one investigator after another — until she was told never to speak of it again.

But when she first saw the plane that night, she wasn't thinking about mysteries or secrets. She was wondering how many mistakes she could make without getting fired, how many questions she dared ask before her supervisor, Monique, would explode, "That's it! You're too stupid to work at Sky Trails Air! Get out of here!" Angela had used a Post-it note to write down the code for standby passengers who'd received a seat assignment at the last minute, and she'd stuck it to her computer screen. She knew she had. But somehow, between the flight arriving from Saint Louis and the one leaving for Chicago, the Post-it had vanished. Any minute now, she thought, some standby passenger would show up at the counter asking for a boarding pass, and Angela would be forced to turn to Monique once more and mumble, "Uh, what was that code again?" And then Monique, who had perfect hair and perfect nails and a perfect tan and had probably been born knowing all the Sky Trails codes, would grit her teeth and narrow her eyes and repeat the code in that slow fake-patient voice she'd been using with Angela all night, the voice that said behind the words, I know you're severely mentally challenged, so I will try not to speak faster than one word per minute, but you have to realize, this is a real strain for me because I am so vastly superior....

Angela was not severely mentally challenged. She'd done fine in school and at the Sky Trails orientation. It was just, this was her first actual day on the job, and Monique had been nasty from the very start. Every one of Monique's frowns and glares and insinuations kept making Angela feel more panicky and stupid.

Sighing, Angela glanced up. She needed a break from staring at the computer screen longing for a lost Post-it. She peered out at the passengers crowding the terminal: tired-looking families sprawled in seats, dark-suited businessmen sprinting down the aisle. Which one of them would be the standby flier who'd rush up to the counter and ruin Angela's life? Generally speaking, Angela had always liked people; she wasn't used to seeing them as threats. She forced her gaze beyond the clumps of passengers, to the huge plate glass window on the other side of the aisle. It was getting dark out, and Angela could see the runway lights twinkling in the distance.

Runway, runaway, she thought vaguely. And then — had she blinked? — suddenly the lights were gone. No, she corrected herself, blocked. Suddenly there was an airplane between Angela and the runway lights, an airplane rolling rapidly toward the terminal.

Angela gasped.

"What now?" Monique snarled, her voice thick with exasperation.

"That plane," Angela said. "At gate 2B. I thought it — " What was she supposed to say? Wasn't there? Appeared out of thin air?" — I thought it was going too fast and might run into the building," she finished in a rush, because suddenly that had seemed true too. She watched as the plane pulled to a stop, neatly aligned with the jetway. "But it...didn't. No worries."

Monique whirled on Angela.

"Never," she began, in a hushed voice full of suppressed rage, "never, ever, ever say anything like that. Weren't you paying attention in orientation? Never say you think a plane is going to crash. Never say a plane could crash. Never even use the word crash. Do you understand?"

"Okay," Angela whispered. "Sorry."

But some small rebellious part of her brain was thinking, I didn't use the word crash. Weren't you paying attention to me? And if a plane really was going to run into the building, wouldn't Sky Trails want its employees to warn people, to get them out of the way?

Just as rebelliously, Angela kept watching the plane parked at 2B, instead of bending her head back down to concentrate on her computer.

"Um, Monique?" she said after a few moments. "Should one of us go over there and help the passengers unload — er, I mean — deplane?" She was proud of herself for remembering to use the official airline-sanctioned word for unloading.

Beside her, Monique rolled her eyes.

"The gate agents responsible for 2B," she said in a tight voice, "will handle deplaning there."

Angela glanced at the 2B counter, which was silent and dark and completely unattended. There wasn't even a message scrolling across the LCD sign behind the counter to indicate that the plane had arrived or where it'd come from.

"Nobody's there," Angela said stubbornly.

Frowning, Monique finally glanced up.

"Great. Just great," she muttered. "I always have to fix everyone else's mistakes." She began stabbing her perfectly manicured nails at her computer keyboard. Then she stopped, mid-stab. "Wait — that can't be right."

"What is it?" Angela asked.

Monique was shaking her head.

"Must be pilot error," she said, grimacing in disgust. "Some yahoo pulled up to the wrong gate. There's not supposed to be anyone at that gate until the Cleveland flight at nine thirty."

Angela considered telling Monique that if Sky Trails had banned crash from their employees' vocabulary, that maybe passengers should be protected from hearing pilot error as well. But Monique was already grabbing the telephone, barking out orders.

"Yeah, Bob, major screwup," she was saying. "You've got to get someone over here....No, I don't know which gate it was supposed to go to. How would I know? Do you think I'm clairvoyant?...No, I can't see the numbers on the plane. Don't you know it's dark out?"

With her free hand, Monique was gesturing frantically at Angela.

"At least go open the door!" she hissed.

"You mean..."

"The door to the jetway!" Monique said, pointing. Angela hoped that some of the contempt on Monique's face was intended for Bob, not just her. Angela imagined meeting Bob someday, sharing a laugh at Monique's expense. Still, dutifully, she walked over to the 2B waiting area and pulled open the door to the hallway that led down to the plane.

Nobody came out.

Angela picked a piece of lint off her blue skirt and then stood at attention, her back perfectly straight, just like in the training videos. Maybe she couldn't keep track of standby codes, but she was capable of standing up straight.

Still, nobody appeared.

Angela began to feel foolish, standing so alertly by an open door that no one was using. She bent her head and peeked down the jetway — it was deserted and turned at such an angle that she couldn't see all the way down to the plane, to see if anyone had opened the door to the jet yet. She backed up a little and peered out the window, straight down to the cockpit of the plane. The cockpit was dark, its windows blank, and that struck Angela as odd. She'd been on the job for only five hours, and she'd been a little distracted. But she was pretty sure that when planes landed, the pilots stayed in the cockpit for a while filling out paperwork or something. She thought that they at least waited until all the passengers were off before they turned out the cockpit lights.

Angela peeked down the empty jetway once more and went back to Monique.

"Of course I'm sure there's a plane at that gate! I can see it with my own eyes!" Monique was practically screaming into the phone. She shook her head at Angela, and for the first time it was almost in a companionable way, as if to say, At least you know there's a plane there! Unlike the other morons I have to deal with! Monique cupped her hand over the receiver and fumed to Angela, "The incompetence around here is unbelievable! The control tower says that plane never landed, never showed up on the radar. The Sky Trails dispatcher says we're not missing a plane — everything that was supposed to land in the past hour pulled up to the right gate, and all the other planes due to arrive within the next hour or so are accounted for. How could so many people just lose a plane?"

Or, how could we find it? Angela thought. The whole situation was beginning to seem strange to her, otherworldly. But maybe that was just a function of being new to the job, of having spent so much time concentrating on the computer and being yelled at by Monique. Maybe airports lost and found planes all the time, and that was just one of those things nobody had mentioned in the Sky Trails orientation.

"Did, uh, anybody try to contact the pilot?" Angela asked cautiously.

"Of course!" Monique said. "But there's no answer. He must be on the wrong frequency."

Angela thought of the dark cockpit, the way she hadn't been able to see through the windows. She decided not to mention this.

"Should I go back and wait?..."

Monique nodded fiercely and went back to yelling into the phone: "What do you mean, this isn't your responsibility? It's not my responsibility either!"

Angela was glad to put a wide aisle and two waiting areas between herself and Monique again. She went back to the jetway door by gate 2B. The sloped hallway leading down to the plane was still empty, and the colorful travel posters lining the walls — "Sky Trails! Your ticket to the world!" — seemed jarringly bright. Angela stepped into the jetway.

I'll just go down far enough to see if the jet door is open, she told herself. It may be a violation of protocol, but Monique won't notice, not when she's busy yelling at everyone else in the airport....

At the bend in the ramp, Angela looked around the corner. She had a limited view, but caught a quick glimpse of a flight attendants' little galley, with neatly stowed drink carts. Obviously, the jet door was standing wide open. She started to turn around, already beginning to debate with herself about whether she should report this information to Monique. Then she heard — what? A whimper? A cry?

Angela couldn't exactly identify the sound, but it was enough to pull her on down the jetway.

New Sky Trails employee saves passenger on first day on job, she thought to herself, imagining the praise and congratulations — and maybe the raise — she'd be sure to receive if what she was visualizing was real. She'd learned CPR in the orientation session. She knew basic first aid. She knew where every emergency phone in the airport was located. She started walking faster, then running.

On the side of the jet, she was surprised to see a strange insignia: TACHYON TRAVEL, it said, some airline Angela had never heard of. Was that a private charter company maybe? And then, while she was staring at it, the words suddenly changed into the familiar wing-in-the-clouds symbol of Sky Trails.

Angela blinked.

That couldn't have happened, she told herself. It was just an optical illusion, just because I was running, just because I'm worried about whoever made that cry or whimper....

Angela stepped onto the plane. She turned her head first to the left, looking into the cockpit. Its door also stood open, but the small space was empty, the instruments dark.

"Hello?" Angela called, looking to the right now, expecting to see some flight attendant with perfectly applied makeup — or maybe some flight attendant and a pilot bent over a prone passenger, maybe an old man suddenly struck down by a heart attack or a stroke. Or, at the very least, passengers crowding the aisle, clutching laptops and stuffed animals brought from faraway grandparents' homes, overtired toddlers crying, fragile old women calling out to taller men, "Could you pull my luggage down from the overhead for me? It's that red suitcase over there...."

But the aisle of this airplane was as empty and silent as its cockpit. Angela could see all the way to the back of the plane, and not a single person stood in her view, not a single voice answered her.

Only then did Angela drop her gaze to the passenger seats. They stretched back twelve rows, with two seats per row on the left side of the aisle and one each on the right. She stepped forward, peering at all of them. Thirty-six seats on this plane, and every single one of them was full.

Each seat contained a baby.

THIRTEEN YEARS LATER Copyright © 2008 by Margaret Peterson Haddix


"You don't look much like your sister," Chip said, bouncing the basketball low against the driveway.

Jonah waited to answer until he'd darted his hand in and stolen the basketball away.

"Adopted," he said, shooting the ball toward the backboard. But the angle was wrong, and the ball bounced off the hoop.

"Really? You or her? Or both?" Chip asked, snagging the rebound.

"Me," Jonah said. "Just me." Then he sneaked a glance at Chip, to see if this made a difference. It didn't to Jonah — he'd always known he was adopted, and as far as he was concerned, it wasn't much more of a deal than his liking mint chocolate-chip ice cream while Katherine liked orange sherbet. But sometimes other people got weird about it.

Chip had one eyebrow raised, like he was still processing the information. This gave Jonah a chance to grab the ball again.

"Hey, if you're not, like, related by blood or anything, does that mean you could date her?" Chip asked.

Jonah almost dropped the ball.

"Yuck — no!" he said. "That's sick!"

"Why?" Chip asked.

"Because she's my sister! Ugh!" If Chip had asked him that question a few years ago, Jonah would have added, "And she's got cooties!" But Jonah was in seventh grade now, and seventh graders didn't talk about cooties. Anyhow Jonah hadn't known Chip a few years ago — Chip had moved into the neighborhood just three months ago, in the summertime. It was kind of a new thing for Chip to come over and play basketball.

Carefully, Jonah began bouncing the ball again.

"If you think me and Katherine don't look alike, you should see my cousin Mia," he said.

"Why?" Chip asked. "Is she even cuter than Katherine?"

Jonah made a face.

"She's only four years old!" he said. "And she's Chinese. My aunt and uncle had to go to Beijing to adopt her."

He could remember, the whole time Aunt Joan and Uncle Brad were arranging to adopt Mia — filling out the paperwork, sending away for the visas, crossing dates off calendars, and then buying new calendars to cross off new dates — his own mom and dad had spent a lot of time hugging him and exclaiming, "We were so lucky, getting you! Such a miracle!"

Katherine had been jealous.

Jonah could just picture her standing in the kitchen at age five or six, wispy blond pigtails sticking out on both sides of her head, a scowl on her face, complaining, "Weren't you lucky to get me, too? Aren't I a miracle?"

Mom had bent down and kissed her.

"Of course you're a miracle too," she said. "A big miracle. But we had nine months to know you were coming. With Jonah, we thought it would be years and years and years before we'd get a baby, and then that call came out of the blue — "

"The week before Christmas — " Dad added.

"And they said we could have him right away, and he was so cute, with his big eyes and his dimples and all that brown hair — "

"And then a year later, lovely Katherine came along — " Dad reached over and put his arm around her waist, pulling her close, until she giggled. "And we had a boy and a girl, and we were so happy because we had everything we wanted."

Jonah's parents could be so sappy. He didn't have too many gripes about them — as parents went, they were pretty decent. But they told that story way too often about how excited they'd been, getting that call out of the blue, getting Jonah.

Also, if he was listing grievances, he often wished that they'd had the sense not to name him after a guy who got swallowed up by a whale. But that was kind of a minor thing.

Now he aimed carefully and sent the ball whooshing through the net. It went through cleanly — the perfect shot.

Chip flopped down onto the grass beside the driveway.

"Man," he said. "You're going to make the basketball team for sure."

Jonah caught the ball as it fell through the net.

"Who says I'm trying out?"

Chip leaned forward.

"Well, aren't you?" he asked. "You've got to! That's, like, what everyone wants! The basketball players get all the chicks!"

This sounded so ridiculous coming out of Chip's mouth that Jonah fell into the grass laughing. After a moment, Chip started laughing too. It was like being a little kid again, rolling around in the grass laughing, not caring at all about who might see you.

Jonah stopped laughing and sat up. He peered up and down the street — fortunately, nobody was around to see them. He whacked Chip on the arm.

"So," he said. "Do you have a crush on my sister?"

Chip shrugged, which might mean, "Yes," or "Would I tell you if I did?" or "I haven't decided yet." Jonah wasn't sure he wanted to know anyway. He and Chip weren't really good friends yet, but Chip having a crush on Katherine could make everything very weird.

Chip lay back in the grass, staring up at the back of the basketball hoop.

"Do you ever wonder what's going to happen?" he asked. "I mean, I really, really want to make the basketball team. But even if I make it in seventh and eighth grades, then there's high school to deal with. Whoa. And then there's college, and being a grown-up....It's all pretty scary, don't you think?"

"You forgot about planning your funeral," Jonah said.


"You know. If you're going to get all worried about being a grown-up, you might as well figure out what's going to happen when you're ninety years old and you die," Jonah said. Personally, Jonah didn't like to plan anything. Sometimes, at the breakfast table, his mom would ask the whole family what they wanted for dinner. Even that was way too much planning for Jonah.

Chip opened his mouth to answer, then shut it abruptly and stared hard at the front door of Jonah's house. The door was opening slowly. Then Katherine stuck her head out.

"Hey, Jo-No," she called, using the nickname she knew would annoy him. "Mom says to get the mail."

Jonah tried to remember if he'd seen the mail truck gliding through the neighborhood. Maybe when he and Chip were concentrating on shooting hoops? He hoped it wasn't when they were rolling around in the grass laughing and making fools of themselves. But he obediently jumped up and went over to the mailbox, pulling out a small stack of letters and ads. He carried the mail up to Katherine.

"You can take it on in to Mom, can't you?" he asked mockingly. "Or is that too much work for Princess Katherine?"

After what he and Chip had been talking about, it was a little hard to look her in the eye. When he thought about the name Katherine, he still pictured her as she'd been a few years ago, with pudgy cheeks and those goofy-looking pigtails. Now that she was in sixth grade, she'd...changed. She'd slimmed down and shot up and started worrying about clothes. Her hair had gotten thicker and turned more of a golden color, and she spent a lot of time in her room with the door shut, straightening her hair or curling it or something. Right now she was even wearing makeup: a tiny smear of brown over her eyes, black on her eyelashes, a smudge of red on her cheeks.

Weird, weird, weird.

"Hey, Jo-no-brain, can't you read?" Katherine asked, as annoying as ever. "This one's for you."

She pulled a white envelope off the top of the stack of mail and shoved it back into his hands. It did indeed say Jonah Skidmore on the address label, but it wasn't the type of mail he usually got. Usually if he got mail, it was just postcards or brochures, reminding him about school events or basketball leagues or Boy Scout camp-outs. This envelope looked very formal and official, like an important notice.

"Who's it from?" Katherine asked.

"It doesn't say." That was strange too. He flipped the envelope over and ripped open the flap. He pulled out one thin sheet of paper.

"Let me see," Katherine said, jostling against him and knocking the letter out of his hand.

The letter fluttered slowly down toward the threshold of the door, but Jonah had already read every single word on the page.

There were only six:

YOU ARE ONE OF THE MISSING. Copyright © 2008 by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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  • Posted December 19, 2008

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    Really Awesome Book!!!!!!!

    Found is an awesome book. My friend told me about this book,even though I almost rejected it. Then they told me that it was about a disappearing plane. I was stoked about reading it. When i read the first 5 chapters I was soso about it, but after that i was so into the book i read it at 12am until like 3am every day. Now that I'm done with the book, I'm so crazy about reading the next book. I left the last chapter alone until i couldnt wait anymore because the suspense was killing me. I really recommend this book to anyone the age of 10 to 50*. Found is the most suspenseful book of 2008!!!! IM goin to be on the line of the next book!! If u hate reading books, then this BOOK (Found) will change ur mind completely.<BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/><BR/>* they wish. if you read the book you'll know what i mean.

    53 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 8, 2008

    Found was the best book ever!!!!!!!!!!!

    I apsolutle HATE reading but when I read the first chapter I could not put it back down!!!!

    25 out of 29 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 30, 2008

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    Found will Rock YOU!

    When I heard about this book, I had to order it from Scholastic! I read it in 2 days and couldn't put it down. The letters that begin the plot make the mystery a never ending suspense full of adventures. The story unravels new conquests that keep you absorbed in Haddix' unique style of writing! I love her writing so much, that the next book can't get here fast enough! Hooray for HADDIX! ANOTHER WINNER!

    17 out of 21 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2010

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    Found~by Margret Peterson Haddix

    The book Found written by Margret Peterson Haddix and published by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, is a book that will clutch your attention within the first few chapters. It's a book filled with suspense and mystery. The characters, Jonah and Chip, have been receiving letters. Letters that have no return address. These letters that have come to Jonah and Chip both, and have odd things typed in them like, "you are one of the missing."

    Jonah and Chip both have a secret, but Chip doesn't know until he starts to receive these weird letters. Jonah, on the other hand, has known his whole life. Names and addresses are now included. These names and addresses are all people who are also associated with these mysterious letters. What do they know? What could this mean to Chip and Jonah?
    This book reeled me in from the beginning. I was attached from the moment I started. It captured me and never let go. I would recommend this book to teens that are into books with an unknown end. There are things that will confuse you, but that's what gives you the urge to read more! The question is. what exactly happened to all of these kids. This is a book you will never forget.

    13 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 17, 2010


    Is your worst nightmare that you were being stalked and almost kidnapped by adults? Well in the book FOUND by Margaret Peterson Haddix it is really no joke for the kids -- it is real. I am writing about Found because it is a mystery book and I adore mystery books.
    The beginning starts with two boys playing basketball in a driveway.
    "You don't look like your sister," Chip said bouncing the ball low against the driveway. Then his friend Jonah replied "Adopted." "You or her or both?" Chip questioned "Just me." Page 1
    Then the two boys went inside for some beverages. A week later Jonah received a letter with no return address and it read "you are one of the missing." That night Chip came by. He had received the same note. It turns out he was adopted as well. Two weeks later they both got a note saying "Beware they are coming back for you." Now Chip and Jonah are both getting very frightened.

    Next, in the middle of the book Jonah and Chip will both do anything to find out who their real parents are. One clear Wednesday morning Jonah and his family go to meet a man named John Reardon, he supposedly might be a person who knows information about Jonah's real parents. About thirty minutes into the meeting Jonah ran to the bathroom to vomit because of the things that Reardon had said about his parents. Before he left the bathroom a man in a maintenance guy appeared and told Jonah to look at the folder on Reardon's desk, then he vanished. Jonah went out of the bathroom and asked his parents if they saw the maintenance guy and his parents responded, "Who?" They said he was the only one to go in and come out of the bathroom. So Jonah went back to the meeting room and saw the folder on Reardon's desk and took a glimpse and he saw his name and Chip's name under the title Survivors.
    Jonah went home and told Chip about their names being under Survivors, and Chip responded by saying that they should stop searching for their real parents before they get hurt. Jonah replied by saying "Not a chance."
    Now to wrap up the story without giving away the ending. The two boys go on an adventure to figure out who their real parents are. They meet new people who help them on their journey. That is just a piece of the book Found but to know the whole story read Found. Chip asks "Do you think they will have chicken wings in the twelfth century?" then they landed and walked on soil of the twelfth century. (And yes they do time travel.) That was just a piece of the story.

    Read this book if you like mysteries. I would rank the book four out of five be cause I know that the beginning could have been better. This book is for boys and girls in 4th - 6th grade.

    10 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    Not the best

    If you have read Haddix (#1) you must be interested in mystry books. If you are not interesred mystry books I would recomend that you do not read this book. I was not entertained or amused by this book.

    5 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    Found~by: Margret Peterson Haddix

    Margret Peterson Haddix is the author of the Science Fiction book "Found" and published by Simon and Schuster. I thought this book was amazing; it was mysterious and action packed. The book takes you through an amazing journey to try to figure out who their real parents are. Jonah, Chip and Katherine are the three main characters that try to figure out the mystery. Katherine is Jonah's step sister. She has long red hair and she has to be in the middle of everything. She's a busy body. Chip is Jonah's best friend and he was also adopted when he was little, but he didn't know about it. Jonah is the main character in this book. He was the one that wanted to know where he came from and what happened.

    Jonah has known that he was adopted all his life, but thought it wasn't a big deal. Chip has just found out. They started getting these weird letters and they thought it had something to do with their adoption. I thought that this book was really weird, but one of the best books I have ever read. I think that everyone should read it. Once you start reading it, you can't let it go. This book was the first of two by Margret Peterson Haddix. Margret is an awesome author; she writes amazing mysteries. Right as you start reading this book it will catch you. So, if you are looking for a real mysterious book, I would read this awesome book.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 5, 2009

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    great book

    Missing book 1: found

    This book has a whole bunch of mystery written on it. In the beginning of this book there is a lot of imagery. Things in this book just disappear and vanish instantly. I like this book because I like mystery books. Right at the beginning of this book, it pulls you in and you don't want to put it down. If you like mysterious books this is the book for you. Margret Peterson Haddix has written many books but this is the best one I have ever read.

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2009

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    Great Book

    I love this book!I am twelve years old and almost every book I get bored within the first 10 pages. But this book I read in about 2 days.I thought this was Margret's best book.Just read it and you'll see why.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 23, 2011


    If you think the book is bad something is wrong with your head!!

    4 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 29, 2009

    Genius plot, execution lacking

    Although the plot of Found was pure genius, and the suspense of the book kept me on my toes, the execution lacked the characteristics to enjoy the book. The characters were hardly believable and unreal. I firmly believe this book could have been a million times better then say, Twilight, had it been properly executed. Specifically, I had no feel to any of the characters except for Chip in the beginning when he discovers that he is adopted, and can not speak to his mother and father about it. Jonah appeared to be the sheltered good boy from a normal family, constantly showing a lack of concerns and worries until towards the end. Chip probably was the closest Haddix created to normal kids that are 13. Slightly misunderstood, on the line of childish and grown up like any other teenager, Chip portrays a fairly decent teenage boy for the age 13. I found that though Katherine, another protagonist, was very smart and helpful, also contained the behavior of a girly and whiny child with the stereotypical traits of a teenage girl who wants the latest and greatest of the superficial materialistic world she seems to believe in(like when she bothered her mom about the brand jeans 'everyone' was wearing). Katherine didn't bother me, but rather she became a surprisingly useful character to the story (evidence in the fact she was resourceful enough to take the pictures of the government documents with her camera phone). Looking back, she reminds me of a teenage Elle Woods from Legally Blonde. I was hardly amused and completely perplexed by some of the petty, pointless, and unreasonable decisions with lack of logic. The plot was amazing, but the book itself became a complete waist of my time. It really had immense potential and could have been above and beyond. I was truly disappointed. Certain things, such as dialogue, had been deficient on elements of reality, rationality, and sensibility. Actually, Haddix seems to tell a good lesson within the pages of this book. Throughout the story, Jonah, Katherine, and Chip rely on each other as friends for a lot of vital things in their lives. The importance of friends and power of friends is shown as very powerful and mutually shared between the characters. Throughout a child's life, through their young ages to teen years, when they can't rely on anyone else, they go to their friends. Though the friendships don't always last, at one point, they were strong as the bonds of family and were a true part of growing up. To say the least, Found was like an exceedingly atrocious Disney movie.

    4 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012


    I will give it to the author she is great with all the details, but they are just trying to get out of the cave it was very suspensful. I do like the other books a little better it sometimes got boring when they were just in that cave for half the book. Overall, great series recommend

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 28, 2013

    Sounds good!

    I admit i have not read this book. But all my classmates have. Seems like a very good book. And i am planning on reading it. If you think i shoud, klick yes. if not, click no.
    Thank you!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 28, 2013

    Awsome book!

    I loved this book! If you like time travel and mysteries, than this is the book for you!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2013

    The best part of this story to me is the fact that its main char

    The best part of this story to me is the fact that its main character Jonah and his friend chip are adopted. Normally that wouldn’t be but being adopted myself it gave an instant connection for me. In reality only the beginning where they talk about thing like felling like an outsider and to an extent even in your own family. Personally I felt that when chip asked “why did my real parents give me up?” it hit home in a way that only someone who is adopted could understand. After the beginning when you start talking about being one of the missing some of the issues and questions are answered, but at the same time I felt some of the best parts were lost in the fiction and I wished that the book tried to relate to those adopted more then turning into just another science fiction story.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2013


    Please do not insult the book or the author because Found is my favorite out of the three that I read. This is my favorite series of books. Oh, and yes, I am a girl. I am reading the series with my friends for book club. If you agree with me, press yes. Also make a comment if you are a girl and you love these books too.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2012

    To s*** f**** o c***

    Watch your language !!!!!!!

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012


    After borrowing this book from a library for a presentation in class, I expected myself to take a few days to get through it. I was soo wrong. After getting immediately hooked from the prolouge, I got in trouble several times for reading in class, and had my face stuck in it for the rest of the afternoon. (I also ran into a few people, but let's not talk about that...)
    I ended up finishing it tonight, and was on the verge of tearing out my teeth from all of the suspense it cause me to endure. I reccomend this book mostly to younger readers because of the light tones the story takes on, and the easy comprehension it has. Even though it is told from a seventh-grader's point of view, I beleive an actual seventh grader would feel comfortable reading something more advanced. Mostly a fourth-grader, or maybe a fifth or sixth-grader would be challenged with this specific reading material.
    I am not telling anyone not in the age range to stay away from this book. I beleive any person, of any and all ages would probably adore this book like me, and I am in extreme support of that.
    This is my first book by Margaret Peterson Haddix, and I can already tell by her unique writing style that she is an extrordinarily good story teller.
    I am already eager to go back to the library tomorrow to see if they have the next book in, and if not, I do beleive it is time for another trip to the book store!! (I kind of prefer books over nooks... sorry! NO OFFENSE TO YOU, MY WUVVLY NOOK!!)

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 8, 2009

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    Another great one by Margaret Peterson Haddix

    After reading EVERY BOOK in the Shadow Children series, i knew that Found would be another thrill ride.
    The main character in this book is adopted, but you dont have to be adopted to connect to the story line.
    Jonah, his sister Katherine, and his new friend Chip are thrown into a world of mystery and confusion when they get mysterious letters with no return address. in order tio find out who they are, where they came from, and who their birth parents are, they must get the FBI involved. but when no one listens, they have to figure it out by themselves. in the end, they are closer to finding out the truth, but have to go on another mission.
    this book gives you information about finding yourself and being confident, but you are still wrapped up in the mystery and suspense.
    Found is really great and i would reccommend it to everyone. and be sure to look out for the next book in the series!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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