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The Missing Girl

3.44 of 5 stars 3.44  ·  rating details  ·  1,836 ratings  ·  261 reviews
He could be any man, any respectable, ordinary man.

But he's not.

This man watches the five Herbert girls—Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy, and Autumn—with disturbing fascination.

Unaware of his scrutiny and his increasingly agitated and forbidden thoughts about them, the sisters go on with their ordinary everyday lives—planning, arguing, laughing, and crying—as if nothing bad coul...more
ebook, 304 pages
Published October 6th 2009 by HarperTeen (first published February 1st 2008)
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The Missing Girl revolves around the five Herbert girls: Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy, and Autumn. And the story is told from revolving POVs. Specifically Beauty, Fancy, Autumn and the aspiring abductor. Interesting, but it just didn't work for me. The main issue that I couldn't get past was the sympathy Mazer tried to illicit for the abductor. Although nothing blatantly sexual is written, it is clear that the man is a sexual predator. Therefore, it is beyond me why anyone ~ especially a woman ~ w...more
May 18, 2008 Arielle rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: high school

I really wanted to love this book. When She Was Good by Mazer is one of my favorite (albeit not very well-known) teen books. I was disappointed with this one though and it took me awhile to get through it. It was hard for me to keep track of the five sisters. I didn't mind the multiple view points but I feel we really only got to know Beauty. It took so long for the action to start-I would hardly categorize this as a thriller. There were only a few scenes that I would call "page-t...more
The man watches the Herbert girls as they walk to school. He can't decide which one he likes best, but he does like to watch them all. And so he watches and waits and tries to decide.

Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy and Autumn Herbert don't notice the man. There's no reason they would. They are too wrapped up in their own lives, in the intricacies and crises of their world to notice a stranger in their path.

And then one of the girls goes missing.

The reason this book is so terrifying is because Fox Maz...more
Imagine not knowing that you are being watched from afar every day- as you walk to school, giggling, arguing, and playing with your sisters. Imagine not knowing that at any moment you or one of your sisters might be abducted by a complete stranger. Imagine what would happen if the man who has been watching you, craving time alone with you, suddenly succeeds. What will happen to you locked up in a room in his house with no way out? Will anyone ever hear your cries for help?
Jennifer Wardrip
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The Herbert sisters are completely ignorant of the man watching them. They don't realize his growing and dangerous fascination. They are completely oblivious to the fact that their safety is in jeopardy.

It's only a matter of time now.

THE MISSING GIRL is a tremendous read. Thrilling, suspenseful, and riveting, Mazer easily pulls the reader into the intricately woven story, causing shock, horror, and yet compassion as well.

This is a bold sto...more
the reason why i got this book out in the first place, was because i asked my librarian for a book that is similar to Stolen: A Letter to My Captor. She gave me this.

i can see where she's getting at. the ideas are similar. a man kidnapping a girl, thinking that he's doing the right thing, honestly loves the girl, wants the girl to be happy, but clearly went about it the wrong way.

but unlike in Stolen: A Letter to My Captor the man in this book physically and sexually abused the girl, Autumn. th...more
Mar 09, 2010 Anna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anybody who can handle some confusing parts in a book
This book is really creepy, but the writing is so good. There's tons of alternating perspectives which can get kind of confusing, but if you can get through that, it's an amazing and dramatic thriller. The book is about a man stalking 5 sisters. The perspectives alternate between the sisters and the man so since there are a lot of perspectives, there are lots of short chapters.
The weird thing about this book is that I didn't know what to think about this man (who, by the way, has no name in t...more
This book is very plainly written, but it is amazing. At first I thought it was a very weird book and did not make much sense, but by the end I was in love with this twist on a kidnapping. It switches from first person to third person throughout the book and makes some parts relatable and other parts distant. Norma Fox Mazer does an excellent job selecting the times to write in first person and the times to write in third person. This book might come across very creepy and psychologically derang...more
Apr 28, 2009 Kayla rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes a mystery
Recommended to Kayla by: a librarian
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Mar 11, 2013 Beverly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 14-16 year olds girls
The Missing Girl is written by an excellent, but often overlooked YA author, Norma Fox Mazer. But this was a disappointing novel. The Missing Girl is supposedly a thriller, but gets bogged down by having six different points of view. Each of the five sisters is a narrator and the sixth narrator is the predator who is stalking them. The suspense gets broken up by family and teen drama in the first half of the book and seems incomplete in the second half. Mostly it is the story of a family disinte...more
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The Missing Girl, by Norma Fox Mazer

Five sisters, all with unique personalities:Beauty is the oldest one,but she doesn’t live up to her name; Mim is the quiet one,the sister who can calm the group;Stevie doesn’t want to live by the rules,she just wants to do everything her way;Fancy lives in her own world that's all around her teacher and what she tells her special ed class; Autumn is the youngest sister at eleven years old...

The sisters are close in ways,but their lives are not as happy as they...more
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The moral of the story: If you happen to be a fifth grade girl, don't go on walks by yourself in secluded areas and above all don't stop to ask the nice man you met when feeding ducks at the pond for directions. The Missing Girl, with its horrifying subject matter, is a hard book to stomach, but Mazer tackles the abuse issue tastefully and with restraint. (Really my main objection content-wise is a scene in which the oldest sister admits she's a lesbian. I know, I'm intolerant, but the exchange...more
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There are some books where, it would seem hard to get it so terribly wrong. The Missing Girl is one of those. By reading the back cover, you’d think there would be some suspense, some terror, some…SOMETHING. But this book does not deliver to the promises made by the blurb.

Much of the book is just introspection and no action. Part of it follows the five sisters with the stupidest names ever given, in their dull, dull lives with no compelling conflict, nor are th...more
Rate 2.7

I did not hate this book. it was a decent read, only took me a few hours, but i probably wont be reading it again.

The book starts out from the point of view of a middle age man (If you have read the cover and inside flap at all you know he is somewhat of a creep and has is obsessed with the 5 Herbert girls) He passes them nearly everyday on his way to work.

The book switches points of view nearly every chapter from the oldest girls perspective (Beauty 17) a 2nd person point of view fro...more
The Missing Girl by Norma Fox Mazer, is a thrilling, suspenseful, scary book. There are five girls, who are all sisters. They live in what the author wants you to think is good neighborhood. What the girls don't know is that there is darkness and evil in plain sight that they don't know about.

This book is about a family of five young girls, who the oldest is named Beauty who is a senior and is a couple months away from turning eighteen. The second eldest is Mim who is sixteen she stays quiet an...more
Jay G
Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy and Autumn Herbert do not notice the man who watches them every day on their way to school. The man can't decide which sister he likes the best. Until one day he decides and his desire takes root in a terrifying way. When one of the sisters gets lost on a walk, she asks the man to help her find her home. This is when the man takes his desire to a drastic level. What will happen to the sisters? Will they ever be together again?

I loved the alternating perspectives from a...more
What I didn’t enjoy about this book was the alternating perspectives on all five girls in the family. This made the story confusing at times and hard to understand which one of the Herbert girls the man was watching. I also didn’t like how the girls never realized that a man was following them every day because they were completely unaware of the situation.
What I loved about this book was how the story was told from the main character, Autumns, point of view. She is the youngest of the family...more
Mar 16, 2008 Jamie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: reluctant readers
Shelves: 14-16
The 5 sisters are being watched by a mysterious man, all the while dealing with issues of their own. The story has some strange tenses, and once one of the sisters is kidnapped the story gets much more disturbing.

It was, however, a very fast paced read, one I read in a sitting.
This book is a little confusing, because it switches points of view and writing style every few pages. It's kinda freaky, because the events in this story could actually happen. Eeew.
Arielle R
This is an OK book. It starts with the normal, everyday life of five sisters- Beauty, Mim, Stevie, Fancy, and Autumn. The book changes points of view, until it becomes clear that a strange man is watching the sisters, trying to decide which one he likes best. He rules out Beauty, Mim, and Fancy and then has trouble between Autumn and Stevie.
Meanwhile at the girls' home, Pa has just lost his job and the two parents decide to "lend" Stevie out to her cousins to save money. All the girls are shock...more
A quick read, very creepy. Told in alternating POVs of the five Herbert sisters, each different from the others, and the man they don't know is watching them.
I revive this book three stars because this book is because, there's nothing really I can connect with this book. The format is very good but how they switch the point of views through the sisters are a bit confusing throughout the book and makes some parts relatable and other parts distant.The main reason I love this book because she divides the five sisters how they how their own different personalities and they have different point of views through the book to be exact six points of views the...more
1. Plot Overview (Don’t give the ending away!) What did you like about the plot? Did it move quickly or slowly? What didn’t you like? Was it interesting or not? Why? Give details! it moved kinda slowly because it took a while to get to the interesting thing. I was half through the book and they were still talking about the family; its interesting because So theirs this man that always spy's on the harbors sisters before going to school. He watched them everyday and they never noticed him. he wou...more
The book "The Missing Girl" actually turned out to be pretty good. To be honest the title is what made me interested in this book, it sounded like it was a thrill or suspenseful book. While I was reading this book I noticed it began at a slow pace, it was mostly talking about family life and what not.Half way through this book I felt like putting it down because it wasn't really getting to the part where a girl goes missing, but i continued to read hoping the pace would speed up and get to the p...more
It’s a total fluke that I am writing my review of Norma Fox Mazer’s last novel, The Missing Girl, on the anniversary of her death. She died on October 17, 2009 and although she was a very well-known and highly regarded young adult novelist, The Missing Girl was my introduction to her writing. In a career that spanned over 40 years, Mazer wrote over 30 books including Newbery Honor Book, After the Rain and National Book Award Finalist A Figure of Speech.

The Missing Girl is the story of the five H...more
The Missing Girl

By Norma Fox Mazer
288pp. HarperCollins Publishers.
ISBN: 0066237769
ISBN-13: 9780066237763

The five Herbert girls, Beauty, Fancy, Autumn, Mim and Stevie, are being stalked. When they go to school in the morning, when they're playing in their front yard, he's watching. But they don't know. No one knows. No one knows how he watches with sick fascination, everyday. No one knows how he knows when they leave for school and when they'll be coming home. And no one knew he'd be the one to b...more
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I've wanted to read this book for so long but it's the type of book I've wanted to read and don't want to read. It sounds interesting and amazing while also dark and disturbing. Finally I read The Missing Girl and it is everything I thought it would be but more so!

The cover: It's simple, it's intriguing, it's mysterious. I love it! It doesn't give away which Herbert sister is the one who is going to be taken while also highlights the sister's hair blowing in the wind, what the man who watches th...more
I was really excited to read the Missing Girl. I had been trying to get a copy for a few months and was thrilled to find it on Amazon for three dollars. I wanted so badly to love it, but I honestly didn't. I've read a couple other books centered around the theme of abduction that were so much better than this- Living Dead Girl, especially. The Missing Girl was alright, but it never got to the "thriller" part. I actually played with the idea of giving it two stars, but brought it up to three, bec...more
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Norma Fox Mazer was an American author and teacher, best known for her books for children and young adults.

She was born in New York City but grew up in Glens Falls, New York, with parents Michael and Jean Garlan Fox. Mazer graduated from Glens Falls High School, then went to Antioch College, where she met Harry Mazer, whom she married in 1950; they have four children, one of whom, Anne Mazer, is a...more
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“He told you not to cry, but tears keep leaking out of your eyes. And you're glad, because those tears belong to you. They're yours. Your tears. He can't have them. He can't touch them. They're all yours. (182)” 4 likes
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