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Found (The Missing #1)

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Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he's never thought it was any big deal. Then he and a new friend, Chip, who's also adoped, begin receiving mysterious letters. The first one says, "You are one of the missing." The second one says, "Beware! They're coming back to get you."

Jonah, Chip, and Jonah's sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 22nd 2008 by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers (first published 2008)
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Aug 19, 2008 Becky rated it it was amazing
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. 2008. The Missing Book 1: Found.

I may be a bit biased--slightly--since I love, love, love Margaret Peterson Haddix. My expectations were high with this her first book in a new series. And I was NOT disappointed. I was WOWed. I'm not foolish enough to think that this one will WOW every single kid, teen, or adult out there. But for those that love science fiction and mysteries...this one is for you.

Here's the opening of the prologue: "It wasn't there. Then it was. Later,
Sep 11, 2008 Betsy rated it really liked it
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Jun 28, 2008 Denise Johnson rated it liked it
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Sep 26, 2010 Marley rated it really liked it
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Aug 22, 2008 Anne rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: YA SF fans with low expectations
Recommended to Anne by: my sister
Per the summary: When thirteen-year-old friends Jonah and Chip, who re both adopted, find out that they were discovered on a plane that appeared out of nowhere, full of babies, with no adults on board, they realize that they have uncovered a mystery involving time travel and two opposing forces, each trying to capture them.

The first two-thirds of the book were okay - a little dragged out and sometimes frustrating - but the last third of the book, which reveals the time travelers and their intent
Feb 06, 2009 Michelle rated it it was amazing
Both of my girls are adoped and so I had a connection to this story that was unexpected. Imagine having your adopted child receive a letter that tells them "You are one of the missing" That would freak me out! Well, that is what actually happens in this book. I really enjoyed this book. It was an action packed book.
Oct 31, 2011 Sesana rated it it was amazing
This is the first book in the Missing series. I've heard really, really good things about this book, and they're all true. I almost read it in one sitting, not bad for a 300 page book. A plane mysteriously appears at an airport, carrying only 36 babies. No pilot, no crew, no adults at all. As soon as the babies are unloaded, the plane vanishes again. Thirteen years later, Jonah (adopted) and his new friend Chris (also adopted, though he doesn't know it at the beginning of the story) start gettin ...more
Sam Bloom
Mar 02, 2010 Sam Bloom rated it really liked it
Extremely quick-moving read, and really enjoyable. This is the first book of hers I've read (I need to read "Among the Hidden," obviously). A plane appears out of nowhere, full of crying babies... and no one else. No pilots, flight attendants, parents... nobody. What a premise! Then, we fast-forward 13 years and meet Jonah, who keeps getting cryptic letters with no return address. The letters are related to the fact that Jonah is adopted, which is related to that weird airplane from the beginnin ...more
Barb Middleton
Dec 05, 2012 Barb Middleton rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I was plopped between two 5th graders in the fiction section of S's and W's with my legs crossed booktalking like an auctioneer. Sigh. Joy. My favorite part of my job. These two youngsters were not put-off by my rapid-fire read-this-read-that spiel. I have to tone it down for most as their eyes cross or their whites show. But not these two. They inhaled the book information interrupting me to chuck in their own opinions. So imagine my double joy when one jumps up and says "just a minute," and ru ...more
Jul 14, 2008 Liana rated it liked it
Magaret Peterson Haddix has always been an enjoyable author for me. Her books have that edge of realism that makes them so believable, and she has that way of slipping in a thought provoking message about society without being pushy. That's why it's hard for me to believe Found is a Haddix book. It feels so lacking when compared to her other novels.

Why is it the character feel so wooden in this novel? It's not like they don't have personality. It's just that they are never more than you expect t
Dec 05, 2008 Heather rated it really liked it
My sister sent me a copy because she LOVED it. So I read it today and I quite liked it.

As a mother of an adopted son I must say this book made me a tad uncomfortable - what if someone tried to take him back? NNNOOOOOOO!!! But it was interesting to read the characters' emotions as they discussed adoption, learned they were adopted or were the sibling of an adopted child. I think the characters were very well done and the emotions and thoughts were true to life.

This book is a bit science fictiony.
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Nov 02, 2009 JG (The Introverted Reader) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to JG (The Introverted Reader) by: Donna
It's very hard to summarize this book without giving anything away. Let's see.... Jonah Skidmore was adopted when he was three months old. Just before his thirteenth birthday, he receives a cryptic message in the mail and he starts questioning the little that he knows about his past.

Very, very bare bones there. After getting hooked by the fantastic prologue, I had a little bit of an idea as to where this might be going. I was right to an extent, but mostly I was hugely surprised by the time the
Anne Osterlund
Jan 15, 2011 Anne Osterlund rated it really liked it
Jonah is adopted. Which aside from his parents annoying repetition of their “out-of-the-blue” adoption story, isn’t that dominant a facet of his life. At least not compared to shooting hoops with his friend, Chip, and trying to be cool enough for seventh grade. And shunning his slightly younger sister, Katherine.

But then the letter arrives. “You are one of the missing.”

And the other letter. “Beware! They are coming back for you.”

Followed by the secret lists, intruders, and the phone number from
Tiffany Neal
Sep 15, 2010 Tiffany Neal rated it really liked it
I really, really liked this book. The prologue (even though I normally am not a fan of them) was an amazing start to the book that kept me reading to find out what in the world was going to happen next.

I have a lot of students who are huge fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix from reading the Among the Hidden series who will love this book/series.

The only (weak) reason why I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 is because I am not completely sure if I'll be picking up the next book any time soon. It's not t
Sam Whitehouse
This book entertained and disappointed me in equal measures. Disappointed because it felt like half a book, half a story, instead of something whole and substantial. The ending is a colossal cliffhanger, and it felt like somewhat of a deliberate marketing strategy to draw out the series and sell more copies. That aside, this is a pretty entertaining book - though it's wrongly categorized as YA; i'd say this is more middle grade, given the age of the characters and the style of the writing. This ...more
Kayla Edwards
Jun 05, 2015 Kayla Edwards rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-novels
This is an amazing children's series! The mystery is so good, it have many of the teachers at my school hooked on these books. Hey, when a storyline is good and well executed, it doesn't matter how old you are. A good book is a good book! Looking forward to checking out the other installments :)
Susan Erhardt
I was kind of disappointed in this book. I couldn't put it down at first, but it degenerated into a very difficult-to-believe book that seemingly is the first in a "Magic Treehouse for big kids" series.
Craig Butler
Oct 08, 2014 Craig Butler rated it it was amazing
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Kami Sunde
Feb 18, 2009 Kami Sunde rated it really liked it
Super book- some slow parts in the middle.
Taylor Litson
Oct 17, 2011 Taylor Litson rated it really liked it
Thirteen years ago there was an undefined airplane that had landed at Sky Trails Airport. When the plane was boarded the plane was full of babies, but when the people had taken all of the babies off of the plane, it vanished. Now it has been thirteen years and Jonah and Chip know they are adopted. They set out to search for the other 34 babies, with some help from Jonah's sister Katherine. After a while of searching for these kids that are now in there teens they meet a woman named Angela Dupre ...more
May 07, 2008 Jackie rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: mystery readers of all ages
This is book one in a new series by Haddix titled "The Missing". She's written several other children's books, including the Shadow Children series. This is the first book of her's I myself have read--and I am SERIOUSLY hooked. Written at what I would consider a middle school level, it still deals with some heady things and captured my attention throughly. It's an interesting premise--13 years ago an unregistered airplane suddenly appears at an airport terminal. When it's boarded, it's discovere ...more
Oct 27, 2015 Jennifer rated it really liked it
The Good: Found sort of blew me away, with its amazing premise and promise of even more in the rest of the series. The way things all came together was pure magic. It's not very often when I find myself absolutely shocked - mouth hanging open and eyes wide - at a reveal. This is one of those books that as soon as you finish it you want to go back and reread the buildup again to fully appreciate everything that brought you to this point.

The Bad: Almost the entirety of the book was buildup to the
Mr. Holt
Jan 29, 2013 Mr. Holt rated it really liked it
"Found" by Margaret Peterson Haddix was an amazing novel filled with suspense, adventure, and questions. Like her previous novel "Among the Hidden," this book tackles the subject of mysterious children. Jonah is a teenager coming to terms with being adopted until he receives strange letters that make him question everything. This leads to an all-out hunt for answers and clues to his "real life." With the help of his sister and friend, he finds answers that are difficult with which to deal. The c ...more
Dylan Heitkamp
Oct 12, 2015 Dylan Heitkamp rated it really liked it
I gave this book a rating of four stars because I thought it was a very good book and had lots of suspense. I would recomend this book to others. This is because the book was fun and to read but is hard to understand at some spots so the book isnt to easy to read.

The book starts with a kid named Johana who is adopted and he has a sister named katherine. Johana met a kid that had just moved to the area. The kids name was chip. They end up on a adventure almost to find out where they come from. T
Jack Palen
Dec 18, 2014 Jack Palen rated it really liked it
Shelves: found
The plot of this book wasn’t really realistic to me because the plot is basically based off of time travel. Time travel isn’t necessarily something that I believe in, so the plot of this book didn’t really appeal to me that much. If you really like time travel though, you would probably really enjoy this book. I think that since this book was based off time travel, there were no loopholes in the plot because some of the people were from one era and some were from another. The plot didn’t really ...more
David Avalos
Oct 01, 2014 David Avalos rated it it was amazing
Are we in the past, present, or in the future? Well if you like mystery then this book will be good for you. I will give this book at five star rating because it is a great book.***Spoiler Alert*** The janitor is the bad guy who pretends to be good in the beginning of the story.

The setting of this book is in the summertime. This boy named Jonah is thirteen years old and always knew that he was adopted but never thought it was a big deal. Then he and his best friend Chip ,who is also adopted bega
Dillon Ross
Mar 19, 2010 Dillon Ross added it
Shelves: english-1
I haven't gotten to the book in the last three weeks but, I am currently towards the end of the book. It is interesting to me but I do not know if it will be interesting to anyone else unless they like mystery and action. Jonah is one if 'The Lost' he meets others and is currently trying to find more of the lost to try and figrt back the government. I will rate this book at 5 because I like it very much.
Jaclyn Kruljac
Feb 26, 2015 Jaclyn Kruljac rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy-sci-fi
Found is a suspenseful thriller that you won't be able to put down. Found is a science fiction novel by Margaret Peterson Haddix which is the first book in The Missing series. In this first book, Jonah who is a thirteen year old boy and his friend Chip along with Jonah's younger sister Katherine to find out where mysterious letters are coming from that warn Jonah that he is one of the "missing" and to "beware". Jonah was a child who was adopted as a baby and comes to find out that he was on a pl ...more
Alexis Tenezaca
Sep 30, 2015 Alexis Tenezaca rated it it was amazing
***Spoiler Alert***

Do you know anything about time-travel? The genre of this book is science fiction. In my opinion, this book was an amazing book with many ideas how or what is time-travel.

The setting of this book is present time but the places are the characters homes, the school, the school bus, and the library. The main setting of this book is the characters homes such as Jonah and Chip, and the time hollow. A time hollow appears in the story after they been taken by Mr. Hodge and Gary when
May 05, 2015 Danielle rated it liked it
Recommends it for: my little brother
Recommended to Danielle by: my older brother
It was a very good book. Right as I started to read my eyes were glued on the page. The book was an amazing piece done by Haddix. I had never heard of her and then a saw the book and started to read. It was very good and interesting. It was also jaw dropping. It was set in present time. It is about kids who don’t know who they are. They were adopted and have no idea who they are. So one day a plane landed from the past. On the plane were 36 babies! 14 Years later they are teens and all live in t ...more
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Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm near Washington Court House, Ohio. She graduated from Miami University (of Ohio) with degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing and history. Before her first book was published, she worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a community college instructor and freelance writer in Danvil ...more
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