Sent (Missing Series #2)

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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...

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Overview

"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.

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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)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781416954224
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books For Young Readers
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Series: Missing Series , #2
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 240,536
  • Age range: 9 - 12 Years
  • Lexile: 730L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.38 (w) x 8.06 (h) x 1.05 (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 HaddixBooks.com.

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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.”

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  • Posted August 29, 2009

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    LOVED IT!

    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!

    23 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 17, 2009

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    Not a waist of time

    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.

    9 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 18, 2012

    Awesome book!

    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.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 20, 2010

    Good Book

    I really liked the book it was interesting and kept you guessing most of the book

    6 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2012

    READ THEM!!!!!!!!

    I.Love.This.book. READ IT/THEM

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 15, 2012

    Awesome

    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

    5 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2012

    Cool story bro

    Whoa man what a cool book u must be a pretty cool kid to read this=)

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 22, 2012

    SPOILER ALERT!!!! " I loved it X3000 "

    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

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 22, 2011

    do not by this book, I nearly died of boredom

    sucks, I did not even try to finish it. what a waste of money!

    the first book was a three star book but the second is a colosil fail!!!! :(!!!!!

    3 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Dont even get me started

    Dont even get me started

    2 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2012

    Awsome book

    This was an awsome book. My favorite part was when they were at the battle. I defintley recomend it!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2013

    Love it!!!!

    I read the first book and i LOVED it and i bought the second book when i was maby half way into the first book. I just loved it. I recomand it to 10 and up. I found this book when my class was picking a book club and i put it down as my first choice and i dident get it. So after christmas i bought it because i just really wanted to read it. LOVE IT!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 15, 2013

    Loved it

    I loved it i must have#3 and minecraft tehehehe

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 28, 2012

    Horrible

    I read the first book and couldnt put it down but the second book the begining was good but it was too many twist snd turns at the end too me it felt like she took a simple book and out streached it

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2012

    Good

    I read this book during the school it is a little slow in the middle

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 27, 2012

    Ok....

    I liked the Shadow Children series alot better and this is okay... its kind of slow and im only on page 80!! The history in it was quite confusing and the feelings werent described very well.
    If you like historical fiction this will be good for you. Also a 5th grader might enjoy this.
    I am going to finish the book for sure but if it doesnt get any better im just going to stop reading this series. I will see how it goes...

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 27, 2012

    Sent

    I read the first one,Found, and it was great

    1 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2012

    Cool

    I LOVE this book!!!!!!!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 18, 2011

    Great!

    Fabulous read!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 6, 2011

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    Great book!

    I would reccommend this second book in Haddix's mystery series. I enjoyed this book so much that i'm reading it a 3rd time.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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