Torn (Missing Series #4)

Torn (Missing Series #4)

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by Margaret Peterson Haddix

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Jonah and Katherine embark on a chilling journey to discover the Northwest Passage in this new installment of the New York Times bestselling series that brings history to life.

Teenager John Hudson vanished from history in 1611: While searching for the Northwest Passage, mutineers cast him and his explorer father adrift in the icy waters of


Jonah and Katherine embark on a chilling journey to discover the Northwest Passage in this new installment of the New York Times bestselling series that brings history to life.

Teenager John Hudson vanished from history in 1611: While searching for the Northwest Passage, mutineers cast him and his explorer father adrift in the icy waters of James Bay. When Jonah and Katherine meet John in the past, moments before the mutiny is to occur, they think it will be easy to rescue him from history. But the unexpected appearance of a man who claims to know a secret route to the Northwest Passage complicates matters. He seems serious about leading the ship further west, but Jonah and Katherine grow more and more suspicious—and more and more frustrated that they can’t quite remember the actual history or Canadian geography. And when their former enemies, Gary and Hodge, show up, apparently having escaped from time prison, Jonah and Katherine understand that a lot more is at stake than just one boy’s life….

Editorial Reviews

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"Haddix...keeps the story suspenseful and tight...Best of all, the story feels like real history, with believable characters and plausible events. It will likely spark interest in young readers...Another action-filled and suspenseful historical thriller."—Kirkus Reviews

"Hudson’s ill-fated explorations provide an excellent opportunity for readers to learn about sailing ships, survival, and mutiny. Plenty of action and an extended author’s note sustain this fourth entry in the Missing series."— Booklist, September 1, 2011

Children's Literature - Ellen Welty
Jonah and Katherine, hardly home after their adventure in Roanoke in the 1600s, find themselves once more hurtling back in time to the deck of Henry Hudson's ship Discovery in 1611. They have been sent by their time mentor, JB, to rescue John Hudson, the son of the explorer. The big difference this time is that the contemporary boy who was the historical baby John Hudson is not with them, he has been "misplaced" by the manipulations of JB's former projectionist, the lawless Second. Jonah's task is to stand in for John Hudson until the historic events of 1611 can be completed as history recorded them. The fourth entry in the "Missing" series, Torn combines a plot-driven page-turner with solid historical research resulting in a book that will appeal to middle school readers who like a fast paced story. Like the other titles in the series, there is an author's note at the end that explains what is actually known about the events described in the book, and like the other titles, not much is really known so readers are left with enough questions to inspire their own research into the topics. The weakness in this title, as in the others in the series, is the lack of character development. Nevertheless, fans of the series will appreciate this latest adventure and will wait eagerly for the next installment, if there is one. Reviewer: Ellen Welty
Kirkus Reviews

The fourth installment of this enjoyable time-travel series for preteens takes readers to a lesser-known historical event than those in the earlier books: the mutiny on Henry Hudson's ship, theDiscovery, in 1611.

Jonah and Katherine land on board the icy ship just when the mutineers cast Hudson and his remaining loyal crewmembers adrift, never to be seen again. However, "Second," the rogue time traveler from the previous episode (Sabotaged, 2010) takes charge again, trying to get the children to fix the damage he's done to time, or so he says. As Katherine remains invisible, Jonah takes on a disguise as Hudson's teenage son, which forces him to climb the rigging on the ship and to deal with the egomaniacal Hudson and treacherous, starving crewmen. When Second allows Hudson to find the elusive Northwest Passage, the children begin to worry that time can't be repaired. Fortunately, Haddix has another sci-fi trick up her sleeve and keeps the story suspenseful and tight. Jonah appears to be maturing a bit, although he still has trouble with his impulse control. Best of all, the story feels like real history, with believable characters and plausible events. It will likely spark interest in young readers, especially with help from the afterword, which directly addresses middle schoolers.

Another action-filled and suspenseful historical thriller.(Science fiction. 8-12)

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Margaret Peterson Haddix's Missing Series, #4
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“We didn’t know what we were doing,” a voice whispered near Jonah’s ear.

Jonah struggled to pay attention. He and his younger sister, Katherine, had just traveled through time, from one foreign era to another. He was becoming an experienced time traveler—a thirteen-year-old expert, you might even say. So he’d learned that when he first landed in a new place and time, he just had to expect his brain to be a little fuzzy.

And his eyes.

And his ears.

And … Really, for all Jonah could tell, he and Katherine might be seconds away from being burned at the stake or tortured on a rack or trampled by stampeding horses fleeing a war. And he wouldn’t be able to see or hear or notice any of those things until it was too late.

Anything was possible now.

No, no, Jonah told himself. It’s history. Everyone knows how it’s supposed to go. JB wouldn’t have sent us here if we were going to be in danger. Not right away, at least.

JB was the true time-travel expert. It had taken a while, but Jonah trusted JB. The problem was, Jonah didn’t have a very high opinion of the past. Twice now he and Katherine had gone back in time with other kids. They’d been sent to fix history and save endangered children. Each time, their mission had gotten a little complicated … and endangered them.

Jonah could have drowned.

Katherine could have died in battle.

Their friends could have been murdered.

Near misses, Jonah thought. Those two words, together, had more meaning than Jonah could bear to think about at the moment.

And what’s supposed to happen now? Jonah wondered. I don’t know anything about what happened in … 1611. He was proud that he could remember the year they’d been sent to. But the pride was followed by a shiver. What if this is the year that fate catches up with us?

That word—fate—prickled at his brain. It was too much for him to think about right now. He blinked and squinted, trying desperately to bring his vision into focus. A moment ago he’d managed to read a paper held close to his eyes. But beyond that range everything was just a gray fog around him. The only thing he could hear was a muffled thump-thump, thump-thump, off in the distance. He could feel some cold, hard surface beneath him—wood, maybe? Wet wood? Why would he be lying on wet boards?

“Jonah? Katherine?” The voice spoke again, sounding so tinny and distorted that Jonah could barely understand. Jonah wasn’t sure if the problem was his ears or the fact that the person was speaking to them from another time. “We tried. We really tried….”

“JB?” Jonah moaned.

“Who else would it be?” the voice said.

“Maybe … Second,” Jonah’s sister Katherine whimpered nearby. “Second was talking to us on the way here.…”

Second was talking to you again?” JB asked, clearly alarmed. “Oh, no….”

Once upon a time—well, once upon a time in the distant future—Second had been JB’s most trusted employee. They’d worked together restoring history to its proper course after unethical time travelers had messed it up.

Then Second himself had decided to change the past.

He’d sabotaged Jonah and Katherine’s trip to return their friend Andrea to the year 1600—and to her original identity as Virginia Dare, the first English child born in North America.

Second had set up a reckless scheme to shift time from its intended path—to improve it, he said. He’d manipulated Andrea and Jonah and Katherine and their new friends Brendan and Antonio. He’d risked their lives.

And he’d achieved everything he’d wanted to in 1600.

He’d even managed to break down the barriers protecting time after 1600, so the results of his changes had rippled forward, changing everything along the way. Now all of time—and history itself—was in danger of collapsing, unless Jonah and Katherine could keep 1611 stable.

No pressure, Jonah told himself. Nothing to worry about.

It was too overwhelming to think about saving all of time, all of history, all of humanity from the year 1611 on. Jonah focused his thoughts a little more narrowly, on just one person:


Second promised, Jonah thought. He promised if we fix 1611, we can rescue Andrea….

Actually, it was a package deal. Second had promised that Jonah and Katherine could rescue Brendan and Antonio and JB as well. All of them were stuck in the past. And, sure, Jonah wanted each of his friends to be safe. But it was Andrea he thought about the most: Andrea with her soft gray eyes, her gleaming brown hair, her stubborn hope that …

Katherine slugged Jonah in the arm.

“Stop daydreaming about Andrea,” she said. “We don’t have time for that.”

Sheesh, how did she know? Jonah wondered. He stopped himself from looking again at the drawing of Andrea on the paper he was holding in his hand. The drawing was torn from a book that had dropped on him only moments after they’d arrived in 1611, and it proved that Second’s changes had arrived too. But it also proved that somewhere back in time Andrea was still okay.

Jonah realized Katherine was waiting for an answer.

“I wasn’t daydr—,” Jonah started to protest, but Katherine interrupted.

“Yeah, you were,” she said. “You’re looking all lovesick and gloopy again.”

“You mean, the way you look any time you’re around Chip?” Jonah taunted. He was trying to think of a better put-down, when something else struck him. He managed to raise himself slightly on trembling arms and turn his head toward his sister. “You can see my face already?” he asked. “You’re getting over the timesickness that fast?”

He squinted but could see Katherine only as splashes of color in the general fuzziness. Was that blur of yellow her hair? Pink, her T-shirt? Blue, her jeans?

It seemed wrong, all those bright colors in the midst of the gray haze.

We don’t belong here, Jonah thought, shivering. Katherine doesn’t. I don’t.

Which would make fixing 1611 even harder.

“I—,” Katherine began, but stopped, because JB was talking again.

“I see that we made even more mistakes than I thought,” JB said.

Now Jonah could tell where JB’s voice was coming from: a small metal box that had fallen between him and Katherine. It looked like some antique meant for—what? Jonah wondered. Holding a candle? Scooping flour?

It didn’t matter. Jonah knew that the box was anything but antique, and that its appearance was completely fake. If it was transmitting JB’s voice, it was actually an Elucidator, a device from the future that could camouflage itself to fit any time period. In Jonah’s time—the early twenty-first century—it always looked like an ordinary cell phone.

Having it look so primitive now probably meant that the technology in 1611 would be really, really lame. But Jonah was just glad to have an Elucidator. On their trip to 1600, Second had made sure they lost it. They’d been entirely cut off.

And exposed.

Jonah managed to hold himself back from grabbing the Elucidator and clutching it like a little kid with a security blanket. But he did interrupt JB to ask, “Shouldn’t we set the Elucidator to make us invisible? Right away?”

Invisibility was one of the Elucidator’s best apps.

“Um … no,” JB said nervously. “Not just yet.”

This was odd. Usually JB was all about being cautious, not taking chances. Staying hidden.

“Listen,” JB said. “We don’t have much time. We really messed up.”

“We know,” Katherine said. “We saw what happened in 1600.”

Jonah shivered again, practically trembling. This was odd too—he didn’t remember shivering as a symptom of timesickness before.

“That’s not what I mean,” JB said. “What we thought about time itself—a lot of that was wrong. You have to understand—time travel was so young then. We were as confused as all those early European explorers in their Age of Discovery. All their crazy notions … Did you know they thought that in the summertime the North Pole would be as hot as the equator, because of the constant sunshine?”

“So then someone went there, saw the glaciers, and figured out they were wrong,” Katherine said impatiently. “Just like you guys went back in time, figured out what it was like, and—”

“No.” JB’s voice was hard suddenly, almost angry. “We didn’t find out that quickly. Time travel is not like geography. There are so many complications. So many extra variables. Things that don’t show up until you’ve made mistake upon mistake upon mistake.”

Jonah realized that his vision was clearing. He could see past the Elucidator now, past Katherine. Beyond her a thin layer of ice shone dully on a weathered wood floor and a cluster of equally weathered-looking barrels. And beyond that—Jonah squinted—was fog.

So I still can’t see everything, he thought. He snorted, because the salt water in the air was stinging his nostrils. No, wait—that’s real fog! That’s why I can’t see anything!

He sat all the way up, swaying only slightly. Now he could see the spot where the wooden floor met a wooden wall of sorts. But the wall rose up only about three or four feet. After that—Jonah looked toward the gray, foggy sky—there was an intricate arrangement of ropes leading up to billows of dingy, tattered white cloth.

Sails, Jonah thought. Rigging. We’re on a ship.

The ropes also had a sheen of iciness. Icicles hung from the side of the ship.

Jonah finally understood why he couldn’t stop shivering: He was wearing only jeans and a T-shirt, and it was absolutely freezing here. The world around them seemed like the kind of place that never thawed.

He gasped.

“Are you sending us to the North Pole?” he asked.

© 2011 Margaret Peterson Haddix

What People are saying about this

From the Publisher
"Haddix...keeps the story suspenseful and tight...Best of all, the story feels like real history, with believable characters and plausible events. It will likely spark interest in young readers...Another action-filled and suspenseful historical thriller."—Kirkus Reviews

"Hudson’s ill-fated explorations provide an excellent opportunity for readers to learn about sailing ships, survival, and mutiny. Plenty of action and an extended author’s note sustain this fourth entry in the Missing series."— Booklist, September 1, 2011

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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Torn 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 213 reviews.
Balina More than 1 year ago
The series is definitely a must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a great book!!! Everyone should read it but read the 1st three first...dont put the book down because u dont get into it at first... wait for the action packed and thrilling pajrts before u decide if u like it... sabotaged leaves u hanging, wanting to read more...u have to read this!!! This series is one of my faves
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i love her books the first three were really good but is there more books after this ???
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
You have to read the other three first they all tie into each other.
CamelotAL More than 1 year ago
Every book she has written was awesome. Every time i feel like I'm actually in the story...... Bravo miss Haddix. Plz don't ever stop writing science fiction. If you liked this book look at any of the books i recommended...... THEY ARE SO AWESOME. Lolz I think I'm too excited about this book...
Zehra Shan More than 1 year ago
This author is my favorite author ever! I read almost all her books. I cant wait for this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great series to read. Allthough, you must read the first 3 or you will think this book makes no sense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it if u liked this book try the shadow children series by margret peaterson haddix and the hunger games series i luv them they rox sooooooo intence and action packef
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have read all of the books. I first fell in love with them when my forth grade teacher read the first one found. I started reading all of them like crazy. I give this book and all of the books a 100 out of a 10
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This Series Is Great For All Ages, Probably Mainly The Ages From 8-15. But I Would Definitely Reccomend This Book To All Who Enjoy A Good Mystery! This Book Is However Informational Regarding That It Is The Missing Children From History. Hence The Name For The Series "The Missing". A Great Read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book love the results at the end I wondet if thier is going is to be a fifth book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is pretty good. The first book waz the BEST, the second waz bor-ing, and the third waz really good, but not as good as the first. This book, i would say, is inbetween book 3 and 2. U really want to read it after u finish the third.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this book!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I read all of them in four days cant wait for the next
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved it! It was the best in the series. I loved how it would make you laugh and make you want to cry, but still gives that great Haddix suspence!
Julia Dinmore More than 1 year ago
Omg finished it in half a day it was soooo amazing must read this book!
Simon Shealy More than 1 year ago
Best book ever!!! Haddix is the best arthor
Kelli Carr More than 1 year ago
I have read the first three books and love them! I can't wait for this book to come out!
Ellen Bennett More than 1 year ago
Best author ever
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Kiss ur hand 3 times and podt thi on tree pages
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I AM reading this with my best friemds wenLOVE IT SOOOO MUCH I AM ADDICTED
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well it's 3 A.M. and I can't sleep, guess I'll post a part. Probably not my best idea. Anyway, next part at book 5. This part will be in Sam's p.o.v. Also if you haven't read every part yet go start at The Lightning Thief. MAJOR SPOILERS AHEAD! On with the story! --- I woke up with a sharp pain in my stomach. Upon lifting my shirt I saw a long scar. Then, I remembered that I shielded Emily from that knife. I stood up and a spirit joined me in the room. It gestured for me to follow. I followed, and it led me into the throne room. All of my friends were in there, and seated on the throne was my father himself. "Well look who's awake, " Hades said. I approached the throne. "I suppose it's explanation time. So where do you want me to start?" "I want you to give Cary's sister back before anything." "Of course, just get her out of my city," I nodded in agreement. "Guards, fetch the girl. While they do that what are your other questions?" "Why did you never even bother to meet me?" He threw his head back and laughed. "So I never visited you did I?" Hades began to glow white. I turned away, and when I turned back standing before me was an old friend. My old teacher Mr. Hadworth. "This whole time you were Hadworth!" "Yeah, Gods aren't allowed to directly act with our children. It's a shame. I've always felt a connection with you. It hurt to leave you and your mother." That sentenced sparked another question. "Who is my mother?" He actually looked sad when I asked this question. "Your mother," Hades/Hadworth sighed. "She had a strong lineage of Roman blood, but she worshipped the Greeks more. I was just drawn to her. She made horrible choices after you were born though. Things I'd rather not discuss. Anyway, she died in a car accident, and her spirit was sent to the depths of Tartarus. I never learned her last name so you were given the name of where she was sent. The realm of Nyx, better known as Night. The mortals changed the spelling." My world was completely flipped. I was named after the goddess Night, my mother was dead, and in Tartarus none the less. "So," Julia chimed in. "That's why he can speak Greek and Latin." Hades nodded in agreement. "Any other questions?" "Last one, why me? You gave me your blessing, and saved my life on multiple occassions. Why?" "Like I said earlier, I felt connected to you. That's why I have an offer for you," He clapped and was holding two black swords. "I want you to stay here, and rule with me. Become a God, and rule by my side. What do you say?" The offer sounded tempting. Become an immortal God, and help rule the underworld. Then I looked at my friends, and thought about everything I'd been through on this journey. All the friendships I'd formed, the memories I'd made, the battles I'd one. Then I looked at Emily. I couldn't leave her. The choice was obvious. "Sorry, but I have to decline. I've got too much here to leave behind." Hades looked hurt. "I see, we'll if you change your mind the offers always available." Two sets of guards entered the room. "Lord Hades, we have the prisoner. She is coming upstairs now." The first set said. "The palace has been invaded by demigods Lord Hades!" The second set informed us. We all knew who it was. Marcus and his troops were nearby. We had to fight. Then it happened..... --- Well how was it? Get ready for action in the next part! - SK
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What is book 5 ~ Jack
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Can you have a part that shows that greek, roman, and eygptian gods exist.