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Found (The Missing #1)

3.97 of 5 stars 3.97  ·  rating details  ·  27,539 ratings  ·  2,950 reviews
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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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,
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Denise Johnson
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i got this from a book order, but like my mom is hiding it until christmas, its really annoying blahh cuz i really want to read it, but i cant yet, not until christmas......... so yeah yeah......... oook then so yeah. ill read it after christmas!!!!!!!!! yeah mee!!!!!!!!!!!


THIS BOOK SOOOO DEFINENETLY CRACKS MY TOP 10 BOOK LIST!!!!! maybe even at 5... (after all of the twilight books, of course) it was soooo gooooood!!!!!!!!!!!!! like SOOOOOOOO
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Aug 22, 2008 Anne rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
Sam Bloom
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
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.
Barb Middleton
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
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
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
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)
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
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
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
Craig Butler
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Kami Sunde
Super book- some slow parts in the middle.
Taylor Litson
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 5 of 5 stars
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
Mr. Holt
"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
Jack Palen
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
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
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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
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
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.
Abigail Harris
May 05, 2015 Abigail Harris rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my little brother
Recommended to Abigail 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
I loved this book, it is one of my favorite books I've ever read. It's really funny and mysterious. : )


Margaret Peterson Haddix's Among the Hidden series is one of my favorite dystopian series because of how utterly thought provoking and eerily plausible it is; so I was curious to see what she was able to do with Found. And she certainly didn't disappoint.
It wasn't there. Then it was.
It's Angela DuPre's first day on the job working for an airline, and she's determined not to screw it up. But, of course, that's not possible. Her entire life turns upside down when she sees an unscheduled and u
Madison Bleeker
The book Found its one of my favorite books. It starts out with action, and the action never stops! There are, right now, four other books that follow this one, but I still think that this first is the best. The first time I read this I want sure what to expect, but I soon found out that I was on a time travel machine! I like every single thing about this book, and I definitely recommend it.
Since the characters are about the same age as I am, it is easy to relate to. The man character, Jonah, is
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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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The Missing (8 books)
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