Rummanah Aasi
  Before I start my Banned Book Reading Challenge in a few days, I wanted to put up a couple of reviews. I just finished the first book Margaret Peterson's latest Missing series called Found. Found is also listed on the Rebecca Caudill book list this year for grades 4 through 8. Children looking for a quick and engaging read will love Found and the rest of the Missing series.

Description: A plane suddenly appears with 36 unattended babies. All are adopted and grow up in contemporary America. When Chip and Jonah, who are both adopted, receive mysterious letters, they search for clues about their origins. Together with Jonah's sister Katherine, they find ties to the FBI and unexplained characters that disappear right before their eyes. Could Chip and Jonah be one of those unattended babies on that airplane thirteen years ago? How do unexplained characters just disappear right before their eyes? What's going on? 

Review: I enjoyed Found. I found it be a very quick and fun read. In fact, I finished it in practically one sitting. I liked how the plot, though I felt it was pretty predictable, unfolded for the characters. Jonah, Chip, and Katherine are well liked protagonists and it is very easy to root for them. The author puts a positive spin on adoption and for once, there are no evil parents that are the villains. It is not until the climatic ending, that the story and mystery comes together. Found is definitely plot driven and in my opinion, didn't have much character development. Although the ending leaves the reader with more questions than answers and a big cliffhanger, I'm sure many will eagerly anticipate the next installment in the series. I would highly recommend this title for high elementary and middle schoolers who enjoy science fiction and mystery. I think this book would make a great book club discussion.

Rating: 3.5 stars

Words of Caution: None. I'd recommend this title for kids who love science fiction, mystery, or suspense. Grades 4 and up.


If you like this book try: Sent by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2nd book in the Missing series) or Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

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