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Sent (Missing Series #2)

Sent (Missing Series #2)

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by Margaret Peterson Haddix
     
 

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"I think it's probably safe to say, given when you should have landed, that you're...um..."

"Tell me!"

"I think, right now, you're the king of England."

Thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip are reeling from the news that they're both missing children from history, kidnapped from their proper time period. Before they can fully absorb this revelation, a time

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"I think it's probably safe to say, given when you should have landed, that you're...um..."

"Tell me!"

"I think, right now, you're the king of England."

Thirteen-year-olds Jonah and Chip are reeling from the news that they're both missing children from history, kidnapped from their proper time period. Before they can fully absorb this revelation, a time purist named JB zaps Chip and another boy, Alex, back to the fifteenth century, where they supposedly belong. Determined not to lose their friends, Jonah and his sister, Katherine, grab Chip's arms just as he's being sent away. The result? Jonah and Katherine also end up in the fifteenth century, where they decidedly do not belong.

Chip's true identity is Edward V, king of England, and Alex is his younger brother, Richard, Duke of York. But Chip is convinced that his uncle, Richard of Gloucester, plans to kill them and seize the throne for himself.

JB promises that if the kids can "fix time," he will allow them to return to the present day. But how can they possibly return home safely when history claims that Chip and Alex were murdered?

In a riveting tale that climaxes on the battlefield at Bosworth, master storyteller Margaret Peterson Haddix brings readers back in time to an unforgettable moment in history and plunges them into the adventure of a lifetime.

Editorial Reviews

In the latest episode of Margaret Peterson Haddix's Missing series, there is good news and bad news: The good news is that time orphans Chip and Alex finally learn their true identities. The bad news is that they are the famous imprisoned "Princes in the Tower"! A fun history lesson tucked in a time travel adventure. Now in paperback.
Children's Literature - Kathleen Karr
Sent, book number two in "The Missing" series, follows quickly on Margaret Peterson Haddix's smart and scary set-up story (Found (Missing Series #1)centered around the Midwest arrival of a mysterious planeload full of unattended babies. Fast-forward a dozen or so years, and the series' hero and heroine—thirteen-year-old Jonah and his younger sister Katherine—are whirling through time in pursuit of their friends Chip and Alex, who might actually, chronologically, belong to the fifteenth century. Wait . . . not just the fifteenth century, but the specific year within it that will find them imprisoned in the Tower of London as the two little princes murdered by the arch villain Richard III. Or were they? First the characters-and the reader-must get the hang of Haddix's slightly awkward "tracer" system of saving time travelers from changing the course of history. Next, Jonah and Katherine must rescue friends who might just prefer to stay in the late Middle Ages, thank you. All told, Haddix's clever premise has good fun with both history and Shakespeare. Also available in an eBook. Reviewer: Kathleen Karr
School Library Journal
Gr 5–8—This book begins where Found (S & S, 2008) left off: Chip, Jonah, Katherine, and Alex are falling through time. They find themselves in 1483 in the Tower of London where the famously imprisoned princes, Edward and Richard, are fearfully awaiting their fates. As was revealed at the end of Found, Chip and Alex are really Edward and Richard, spirited away to our current century by time travelers in a misguided attempt to save their lives. The four fumble through attempts to figure out how to save them from their historically presumed deaths. While the children know next to nothing about the real princes, they have a firsthand chance to watch history in the making, all the while hoping that they won't alter time too much and end up getting the princes killed anyway. Haddix ratchets up the tension here, letting it mount in moment-by-moment near misses and escapes. The kids' futuristic helper, JB, tries his best to keep them from causing too much damage to time, showing himself to be on their side. Full of interesting historical details, but muddy with the science of time travel, this is a fantastic follow-up to the first book. Haddix even poses an interesting "what if" about the real fates of Edward and Richard. By the book's end, Jonah still doesn't know who he really is, and readers will be just as anxious as he is to find out. The next installment can't come quickly enough.—Necia Blundy, Marlborough Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
Historical time travel for the middle-school crowd continues in this second installment of Haddix's latest series, The Missing. The first book (Found, 2008) set the premise-36 endangered children have been snatched from history. Here, readers are catapulted immediately into 1483, with all of its inconveniences, bad food and lack of sewage treatment. Hero Jonah and his sister Katherine will try to save their friends from a nasty historical fate: Chip and Alex turn out to be the missing princes from the Tower, supposedly murdered by their uncle, Richard III. Fortunately the kids understand Middle English and can become invisible, but that doesn't prevent them from interfering with history, whatever its true path. Although pre-adolescent squabbles and tantrums abound, often to the level of annoyance, Jonah and friends show spunk and improvisational skills. Haddix conveys quite a bit of real history painlessly to her target audience and even mixes in some physics. So were the princes murdered? Was Richard III really as bad as Shakespeare portrayed him? Valuable fun for tweens. (Science fiction. 8-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781410432452
Publisher:
Gale Group
Publication date:
12/01/2010
Series:
Margaret Peterson Haddix's Missing Series, #2
Edition description:
Large Print
Pages:
345
Sales rank:
1,210,683
Product dimensions:
5.40(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)
Age Range:
9 - 12 Years

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Sent


  • It was a rough landing. Lights streamed past Jonah’s face, an unbearable glare. Some force that had to be more than just gravity tugged on him, threatening to pull him apart from Chip and Katherine, from the Elucidator and the Taser, from his own self. The image that burned in his mind was of his body being split into individual cells, individual atoms. And then that image broke apart too, and he couldn’t think, couldn’t see, couldn’t hear. He could only feel time passing through him, time flipping back on itself, time pressing down, down, down. . . .

    Then it was over. He lay in darkness, gasping for air. Dimly he heard JB’s voice say, “Welcome to the fifteenth century. Good luck.” But he couldn’t quite make sense of the words. It was like hearing something underwater, sounds from another world.

    “You’re hiding, aren’t you? Staying out of sight?” It was JB’s voice again, hissing and anxious. “You have to stay out of sight.”

    “Darkness,” Jonah mumbled. “Safe.”

    His tongue felt too thick to speak with. Or maybe it was too thin—too insubstantial. He didn’t feel quite real.

    There was movement beside him. Someone sitting up.

    “You’d like to keep us in the dark, wouldn’t you?” Chip accused. “You didn’t tell us anything we’d need to know to survive in the fifteenth century.”

    Whoa. How could Chip manage to sound so normal at a time like this? And so angry (which was pretty much normal for Chip)? Wasn’t his head spinning too? Wasn’t his vision slipping in and out of focus? Didn’t he feel like he might throw up if he had to do anything more strenuous than breathe?

    “You didn’t even tell us who we’re supposed to be,” Chip continued.

    Distantly, as if he was trying to retrieve a memory from centuries ago—no, he corrected himself, centuries ahead—Jonah puzzled over what Chip meant. Who we’re supposed to be . . . Oh, yeah. The whole reason they were in this mess was that a group of people from the future had gone through history plucking out endangered children. This would have been very noble and kind, except that they began carrying off famous kids, kids whose disappearances were noticed. JB, who seemed to oppose any tampering with history, was convinced that all of time was on the verge of collapse because of these rescues. He and his cohorts had managed to freeze the effects of the rescues—the “ripples,” as they called them—and gone after the missing children. There’d been a battle, and thirty-six kids from history had crash-landed at the very end of the twentieth century.

    Chip was one of those kids.

    So was Jonah.

    For the past thirteen years, though, they’d known nothing about their true identities. They’d been adopted by ordinary American families and grown up in ordinary American suburbs, playing video games and soccer, trading Pokémon cards, shooting hoops in their driveways. They had no way of knowing that their ordinary lives were ordinary only because they were in Damaged Time—time itself, trying to heal, had kept both sides of the battling time travelers out.

    But Damaged Time had ended. And JB and his enemies, Gary and Hodge, immediately swooped in, each side eager to finish what they’d started.

    And that, boys and girls, is how I came to be lying in the dark in the fifteenth century, Jonah thought, his mind working a little better now. That “boys and girls” line was imitating someone, someone on TV probably.

    Someone who wouldn’t be born for another five hundred years.

    A wave of nausea flowed over Jonah. He wasn’t sure if it was because it’d just sunk in that he was hundreds of years out of place, or if it was because his senses were working better now and he’d just realized that the fifteenth century reeked. A smell of mold and decay and—what was that, rotting meat?—surrounded him. And his nose brought him the first fact he was sure of about the fifteenth century: Whatever else was happening then, no one had modern flush toilets yet.

    “Where is that Elucidator?” Chip demanded. He was feeling around on the floor now. “JB, you’ve got to tell me the truth. Who am I?”

    “Well, it’s kind of a delicate situation,” JB hedged. “We shouldn’t be talking at all right now, until you’re sure that no one else can hear us. . . .”

    His voice trailed off to just a whisper, which Jonah could barely hear. Why was Jonah having so many problems? He’d been holding the Elucidator—he ought to be able to tell Chip where it was. But his hands felt too numb to be sure if he was still clutching anything or not.

    Meanwhile, Chip seemed perfectly capable of sliding his hands all around, groping all along the stones of the floor. He nudged first Jonah, then, apparently, Katherine. Jonah could hear her moaning softly, as if she felt every bit as miserable as Jonah did.

    “So help me, JB. If you don’t tell me who I am, right now,” Chip fumed, “I’ll scream so loud that people will hear me in two centuries!”

    “No, don’t,” JB begged. “I’ll tell you. Just be quiet. You’re . . . you’re . . .”

    “Yes?” Chip said, his voice rising threateningly.

    “It’s hard to pinpoint the date, exactly, since the three of you took the Elucidator, and that may have thrown some things off, but I think it’s probably safe to say, given when you should have landed, that you’re . . . um . . .”

    “Tell me!”

    “I think, right now, you’re the king of England.”

  • 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 HaddixBooks.com.

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    Sent 4.4 out of 5 based on 1 ratings. 477 reviews.
    livelaughlove4evr More than 1 year ago
    I found the first book, Found, last year and LOVED it! So when I went to the bookstore and saw that the second one was out, I was really excited. I finished this book in less than a day. The characters are great and they really do develop over time. This was just one of those books I couldnt put down. Margaret Peterson Haddix is one of my favorite authors. I have read many other books by her such as the Shadow Children Series. She is an amazing author. Now i just have to wait until the next one!
    Sierra_am More than 1 year ago
    I haven't read this particular book, but that does not mean that I can't be judge. All of Margret Peterson Haddix's books are amazing, inspiring, and always interesting. When you pick up the book, no matter who you are, you will NOT put it down. I started with the popular series, "The Shadow Children Series" in fourth grade. After that I couldn't get away from the thrilling numbers of books that Haddix has written. It is always a amazing book that you will never forget. Haddix never lets you down. To all aged writers this book will inspire you to write. Write and never stop. Haddix's books take you on a adventure that you wish to be never ending. And last, Haddix book's are interesting. You don't only enjoy, you learn. And you have a fun time doing it! Thats why I know, this book will be GREAT and I can't wait till I get it! The Haddix books are not a waist of time, they are something you defiantly want to stop for.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    When you start this book, you wont be able to put it down. I finished this book last night at one in the morning. If you liked found you should love this. And dont listen to the haters that say this book sucks.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I.Love.This.book. READ IT/THEM
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I loved this book!!!! Dont read just the beginning and say its boring. I admit the beginning is a little slow, but the best is yet to come. Dont comment bad unless yoy read the whole book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Whoa man what a cool book u must be a pretty cool kid to read this=)
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I read the first book of the series, FOUND, and it was beyond my dreams. Now I am reading SENT, and so far, it is going kind of boring, but i am only on page 117. Maybe it will get better. I am planning to read the whole series. Bye PEEPS! :D
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    This was an awsome book. My favorite part was when they were at the battle. I defintley recomend it!
    Katelyn Burdick More than 1 year ago
    Fabulous read!
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Kiss your hand post this on three other books and wake up with an i phone under your pillow
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    Kiss your then post this three times on other books and look under your pilow
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    What ever.. *leaves*
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Hmm...well let's get started he stas going up to her and kissing her
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    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I never got to read the first book even tho its a series, but even just reading the second book i want to read all of the book in the series! I enjoyed every page of this book and i would recommend it for people who like an adventure and a little bit of history sprinkled in.
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    This is an uincredible book ad Haddix has done a wonderfful job.
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Love this book
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    I read the first book and became hungry for more of the missing series
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    You should make a epic battle with all the characters that were in the story. ~ Jack
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    It's been a long time since I've posted. I'm sorry for that. There's been some issues in my life and I don't want to go into detail. Anyway the next part will be at book 3. This part will be in Harriet's p.o.v. On with the story! --- The cyclops charged at us with brute force. Sam's words of modivation were pretty bad, but they got the point across. Try not to die and let's get through this. Sam and Max charged into battle at full speed with their weapons ready. Emily and Reese looked at each other and sighed. "Boys." They said in unison. They charged into battle after them. Kayla, Shawn, Odyn, and John were next to rush in. Jose was about to charge, but Julia gave a quick order and we rushed in legion formation. Reese was climbling on cyclops and as they tried to strike her, they just hit each other. Max was firing arrows like crazy at cyclops. He would blind them with an arrow and strike with his sword. Shawn and Kayla were teaming cyclops left and right. John and Odyn were doing the same. Things were looking up. Cyclops began to charge us as we were in our formation. They were slowly breaking us apart though. We were fighting back, but they just seemed to be flooding us. They broke us apart after all of their effort and we were battling by ourselves. Over all the chaos Julia gave the order to defend until we could regroup. Well Jose either ignored the order or didn't hear. He started to attack large groups of cyclops with his spear. He was reckless and ridiculous..... was that why I liked him? There's just something about him. While I was distracted a cyclops nearly took my head off. I looked at the threat in front of me. They were all striking in front of me. I used that to my advantage and when the next one struck I climbed on his arm and started to scale him like Reese did earlier. I shoved my sword through his eye and leaped to the next. They were crumbling in seconds. Julia had already taken out her cyclops. "Let's help the others!" I nodded in agreement. We charged towards another group, but as I was about to attack the cyclops crumbled. Cary was standing where the cyclops had collapsed. Her black hair was covered in gold dust. She was panting heavily. "This is getting tough. They just keep coming." "I know. Have you seen Jose?" Well Jose fell from the sky at that moment. "That's how you make an entrance!" "You're ridiculous." Cary reminded him. "I know. Now let's finish these guys off!" We rushed at the remaining cyclops with everything we had left. Everyone was battling larger groups of cyclops. We split up and aided our allies. In minutes we had defeated almost all of them. Sam and Emily were battling the last ones. They were a great team. They covered each others weaknesses. Soon there was one. Emily stabbed him in the chest with her knife. The cyclops collapsed and she started to run towards us. With it's dying breath the cyclops threw her knife back at her. "Watch out!" Sam yelled as he dove to protect her. He shoved her out of the way, but not before being stabbed by the knife..... CLIFFHANGER! Well how was it? Let me know. - SK
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    We are waiting
    Anonymous More than 1 year ago
    Thank god!! It is absolute H-E double hockey sticks waiting for these parts!! I don't care how hard you are trying to make these parts great, make them come quicker!! It is just TORTURE waiting! But um... othr than it was a averagely good part!!