Wake Up Missing [NOOK Book]

Overview

Four kids . . .
Two weeks in the Florida Everglades . . .
One top-secret science experiment that could change them and the world as they know it . . .

Meet Quentin, a middle-school football star from Chicago; Sarah, a hockey player from Upstate New York; Ben, a horse lover from the Pacific Northwest; ...
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Overview

Four kids . . .
Two weeks in the Florida Everglades . . .
One top-secret science experiment that could change them and the world as they know it . . .

Meet Quentin, a middle-school football star from Chicago; Sarah, a hockey player from Upstate New York; Ben, a horse lover from the Pacific Northwest; and Cat, an artistic bird watcher from California.

The four have little in common except the head injuries that landed them in an elite brain-science center in the wild swamps of Florida. It's known as the best clinic in the world and promises to return their lives to normal, but as days pass, the kids begin to notice strange side effects and unexplained changes.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
08/12/2013
When 12-year-old Cat Grayson is sent to the International Center for Advanced Neurology (I-CAN), an elite clinic specializing in head injuries, she hopes their revolutionary techniques will cure her post-concussion trauma. Instead, she discovers a diabolical plot to use the young patients at the clinic as test subjects in an attempt to recreate some of the greatest scientists of all time. Rather than have their minds overwritten with those of Thomas Edison, Marie Curie, Robert Oppenheimer, and others, Cat and her new friends flee I-CAN, attempting to elude their erstwhile captors in the Everglades as they seek help. But with killers and alligators at their heels, they have to rely on their own ingenuity—and the talents of a resurrected genius. Messner (Hide and Seek) delivers an exciting middle-grade thriller inspired by cutting-edge science and historical events, drawing on the Manhattan Project and Tuskegee experiments to weave something new and interesting. Sadly, the characterizations pale in comparison to the atmospheric setting and tense story line. Ages 10–14. Agent: Jennifer Laughran, Andrea Brown Literary Agency. (Sept.)
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"Middle grade readers seeking adventure stories will enjoy this title. The topics of gene therapy and bioethics provide the reader with food for thought long after the book ends." —Library Media Connection

"Kate Messner combines a fascinating concept with page-turning suspense . . .  Reading this book is like a wild roller-coaster ride through the Florida swamps." —Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of The Missing and the Shadow Children series

"An exciting middle-grade thriller." —Publishers Weekly

"Plenty of action. . .  these heart-pounding scenes will be a hit." —School Library Journal on Eye of the Storm

"Laced with humor and heart . . . an insightful and affecting read." —Booklist on The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z.

School Library Journal
11/01/2013
Gr 6–9—Cat Grayson hopes that checking into the International Center for Advanced Neurology, a prestigious clinic in an isolated section of the Florida Everglades, will help fix the headaches and memory issues that have plagued her since she suffered a concussion. Her first sign that something is amiss, though, is that the resortlike clinic houses only five other teenage patients. After overhearing a suspicious conversation and snooping through some files, Cat and her new friends discover that I-CAN's doctors are secretly using gene therapies to turn teenagers into clones of famous scientists, possibly for nefarious purposes. A series of narrow getaways ensues as the group attempts to flee to safety. The simple language and high-interest plot, reminiscent of Lois Duncan's Down a Dark Hall (Little, Brown, 1974), make this book accessible to reluctant or hi/lo readers. However, the pacing is too slow for a thriller and the characters act older than their stated years (12 to 14). Medical inaccuracies are distracting-traumatic brain injuries are as unlikely to be cured in a week as patients' charts are to be easily found and understood-and the kids' investigations rely too much on documents that just happen to be left visible on office computers. An author's note attempts to explain the underlying science, but long URLs are sloppily presented. Supplement this title with more sophisticated YA biomedical thrillers like Nancy Werlin's Double Helix (Peniguin, 2004) or Lydia Kang's Control (Dial, 2013).—Jill Ratzan, I. L. Peretz Community Jewish School, Somerset, NJ
Kirkus Reviews
Six middle schoolers + mad scientists + Everglades = adventure. Cat, along with five other children who have suffered head injuries, goes to what is billed as the pre-eminent neurological center in the world, the International Center for Advanced Neurology, located in the Everglades. At first, she receives excellent care, but she soon overhears an ominous conversation that leads to her discovery of the awful truth: The terrible Dr. Ames and his colleague intend to implant the children with the DNA of long-dead scientists, including Albert Einstein, Robert Oppenheimer, Marie Curie and even Leonardo da Vinci. Worse, they learn that Trent, who has already received a transplant, has virtually become Thomas Edison. Trent not only has Edison's DNA, he has Edison's century-old memories and speech patterns. Cat and her friends seize an opportunity to escape, relying on Trent's technical expertise and "inherited" memory to evade the bad guys. As she outlines in her author's note, Messner follows good science in her descriptions of head-injury treatment; she also gives teachers opportunities to explore the differences between hereditary and acquired characteristics in her more fictional genetic "science." Her characterizations are solid and age-appropriate; Trent, as young Thomas Edison still avidly working on alternating currents, supplies some laughs. With plenty of thrills, friendship, some humor, intrigue and an easy good-guys/bad-guys escape plot, young readers will find lots of fun here. (Science fiction. 10-14)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780802735478
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
  • Publication date: 9/10/2013
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 139,727
  • Age range: 10 - 14 Years
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Kate Messner
Kate Messner is the author of The Brilliant Fall of Gianna Z. She teaches junior high in New York, where she lives with her husband and two children.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 11, 2014

    I am a young adult who is an avid reader. I enjoyed the ideas Ka

    I am a young adult who is an avid reader. I enjoyed the ideas Kate Messner played with throughout WAKE UP MISSING, such as the genetic engineering. Her writing style was pleasant but the story plot seemed far to fast for reality. The main characters, Cat, Sarah, Quentin, and Ben were intriguing but the friendship that grows between them was also quickly developed. All in all: a fair book and an easy read with interesting ideas.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 14, 2013

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    What a great book! Cat has an accident, suffers a concussion, an

    What a great book!
    Cat has an accident, suffers a concussion, and is never the same again. In an effort to stop the debilitating headaches, her parents take her to a facility in the Everglades where doctors are having great success in treating other children with concussion symptoms.
    Once at the facility Cat meets the other patients and hears rumors of two more who are further along in treatment, but whose "progress" is suspect. As her treatments begin she is amazed at the success, and relatively quickly begins to feel hope that she may be able to return to her life and "herself". But as with any good mystery, things soon begin to take a turn for the worse, and Cat and her new friends discover that this panacea is definitely not what it seems.
    An interesting plot leaves you thinking "What if?"

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