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How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found

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Margaret always knew that her family was a little strange. Not that she was exactly normal herself After all, she did do her sixth-grade science report on a pack of killer Chihuahuas. Even stranger was the fact that Margaret's mother never seemed to talk about anything anymore -- not since the mysterious drowning death of Margaret's father three years earlier.Then Margaret ...more
Hardcover, 281 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by HarperCollins Publishers (first published January 1st 2002)
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Tweedledum
You know how it is when you stumble across a book you've never heard of by an author you've never heard of and you start to read and can't put the book down....?
Well this is one of those books. Sophie and Margaret are two lonely sisters living a strange half life with a severely depressed mother who most of the time hardly notices their existence. One day she springs to life, briefly, and takes them off to a mysterious house which she does not allow them to enter, but in the grounds of which she
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_inbetween_
A good book. Once again it seems children's/YA novels are the only ones with genuine plot, excitement and feeling. At first I liked the depression of the mother, much like in Gale's FF, and the lunch on the loo, much like me, and then it was really exciting and not obvious, and the ending didn't give them something fantastic for their losses but healed in another, very small way.
Taylor Oda
Dec 02, 2015 Taylor Oda rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The book that I read for this project was How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found. I chose this book because of the suspense and uncertainty of its description. The story opens with three characters-- Sophie, Margaret, and their mother, Lizzie.
The plot begins with the girls driving to a big mansion. When they get there, Margaret realizes that this mansion holds a mystery. She secretly sneaks into the building and finds an old letter addressed to her mom from her deceased dad. Inside it
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Alicia
May 17, 2016 Alicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
I picked up this book as a throwback to elementary school to see if it would hold up 10+ years later, and I was surprised and delighted to find that it was just as good as, if not better, than before. You can tell that it's geared towards younger audiences and it's a fast read (2.5 hours) but an entertaining one. Even remembering some of the twists and reveals from before, the plot moves quickly and with enough suspense that it kept my attention to have me reading it cover to cover in one sittin ...more
Micaela
Sep 04, 2008 Micaela rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes mysteries, humer, and scary details.
Recommended to Micaela by: I found it on my own one day!
I loved this book! It was scary, funny, and a great mystery! The begging isn't so great but then when you keep reading, you won't want to stop! It's completly unpridictible and has a great story-line. It wasn't to scary but it was. This booked hooked me the whole time, I wish the other made a seiries of these books!
Ben
Oct 05, 2007 Ben rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kidbooks, booktalked
This one surprised me. I picked it up on Kate's suggestion and it hooked me. A strong mystery with good central and supporting characters. Booktalk below.

How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, by Sara Nickerson.

Sunday’s are always the same in Margaret’s family. Her mom calls them ‘family unwind days.’ Mom takes a nap on the couch, Sophie – Margaret’s 7 year-old sister – works on THE HARDEST JIGSAW EVER MADE (you have to say it like that because it’s all capitalized), and Margaret folds
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Daniel Sellers
How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found by Sara Nickerson is about a 12-year-old girl named Margaret trying to solve a family mystery. This book is full of suspense and is easy to pick up, but it is not at the high school reading level. The plot is too unrealistic and childish and the characters are too young for me to really appreciate the book. With a half-man half-rat writing comic books based on his own real life experiences, including ghosts as characters, the plot and characters wou ...more
Susan
Nov 23, 2009 Susan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of family dynamics, books, mysteries
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skein
Dec 06, 2010 skein rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ghost-stories, 4-star
Four stars - for a YA book. Or: this is what I would have thought. Because I like books about conspiracies, and hidden truths, and Fate (capital F), and water-water-cold-and-deep. Oh, the so many layers and the tricks of memory and mind. But it gives the sense of trusting, finding family, fighting towards truth, & what you're going to sacrifice, what you won't ...
This is written and illustrated (in a comic-style) by women - hurray! - and all the elements combine. It works. It opens up possi
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Charlotte
Brought this on vacation with me. I liked the title. As I started it it really didn't seem promising. But it was actually pretty good! Definitely below my reading level but rather interesting and well written. Quick and simple. If a little silly. I also really really liked the library in the book. Only stocking non published books. What an interesting idea!
Rachel
May 31, 2009 Rachel rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A great book for older kids (9 and up). A story about taking chances, finding answers, trusting in others and yourself.
Lvna
Dec 12, 2016 Lvna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
¡Menuda pasada de libro!

Me encontré con él de pasada en una de mis visitas a la biblioteca de la facultad, me llamó la atención la portada y la sinopsis tampoco estaba mal. No es que me esperase mucho de un libro recomendado para niñxs a partir de 12 años pero...¡qué equivocada estaba!

Digamos que el libro contiene dos historias que al final se acaban entrelazando...o una historia contada desde dos puntos de vista: el de Margaret y el de Boyd, personajes parecidos y muy diferentes al mismo tiemp
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CD Davidson-Hiers
Mar 20, 2017 CD Davidson-Hiers rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, throwback
Sophie,

I read this book in middle school and was chilled by it. It was one of those books that works its way into your head and then it's like a song you only know a couple of lyrics to. I found it in the library recently and re-read it. It didn't hit me as hard as it did when I was younger, but it's a fun read, and is definitely unique.
Courtney
Feb 22, 2017 Courtney rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
YAS! I read this book as a child and couldn't remember the name of it. It was a great book, one that has left certain memories burned into my mind. Loved the structure and can't wait to order it again to read.
Holli  Ronquillo
Feb 12, 2017 Holli Ronquillo rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is one of those times when I find a random book, and instead of why I've never heard of it, I'm very pleasantly surprised. I loved the story, and by the last few chapters, I had to stay up late to find out what would happen. Which means I really enjoyed it.
Emily Skye
Feb 27, 2017 Emily Skye rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
3.5
Cassie Molina
Dec 21, 2016 Cassie Molina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is honestly one of the best books I've ever read on my whole life.
I can recommend this book to anybody, the writing is amazing, the mystery is thrilling, the angst and grief are a real, I felt the pain of the characters and got scared while reading and read it in one days, I just couldn't t put it down .
I cried so hard ,that's how invested I was by the ending of the book.
Please do you self a favor and read this master piece.
Rachel Dalton
For a book meant for people who are much younger than I am, this book was pretty great!

I went home for Christmas, and usually, when I do that, I try to read some of my childhood books to see if I'd be willing to give them away. For the record, I rarely am (willing, that is). I had good taste, even as a kid. Anyway, I decided to re-read this one when I wasn't catching up with friends and family (hence why it took me so long to finish - catching up with people was pretty much all I did for a week
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Viviana
Feb 18, 2015 Viviana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found is about a girl who's name is Margaret who goes to a house with her mother and sister when she founds out that she owns that house but when she peeks inside the house she sees an package that was for her mom but she never opened it. She takes the package and opens it and she sees a comic book about a superhero named Ratt , a swimming medal that was her father (her father died when she was 8) , and a key. This book has two people how tell the book th ...more
Rebecca
Margaret's life is an unenviable one. She always eats lunch in the bathroom, has no friends, and at home her mother sleepwalks through life and provides the bare minimum for Margaret and her little sister Sophie. Their dad drowned four years ago, and their mother will never speak about it. Then one day they do something out of the routine--they take a ferry to a nearby island, drive to a horror-movie worthy tumbledown mansion, and put up a for sale sign.

Meanwhile, Boyd, who lives next door to th
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Tina Hoggatt
Jul 28, 2012 Tina Hoggatt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the story of Margaret, a girl with an imagination fueled by fear of the unknown, living with a beloved little sister, Sophie, and their mother who is in the grip of depression several years after the drowning death of the girls' father. School is not a haven; Margaret eats her lunch in the bathroom every day to avoid bullying and has no friends. When their mother takes the girls on a trip to an island, where she puts a for sale sign on a ramshackle old mansion a mystery takes hold, set o ...more
Justin Juarez
Mar 31, 2014 Justin Juarez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
One day Margaret's father mysteriously died in a drowning in a drowning incident and four years later her mother still never talks about it. Margaret's mother doesn't really talk much actually. Then Margaret's mother buys a mansion that is abandoned and takes Margaret and her little sister Sophie to the abandoned mansion. Margaret wants to solve the puzzle that her family is. Margaret finds a clue by finding a hand written comic book. Margaret goes back to the abandoned mansion alone and with t ...more
jennifer
Sep 15, 2012 jennifer rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twelve year-old Margaret and her seven year-old sister live on the Washington coast with their indifferent mother, their father having drown several years before. Life is dull as Mom wakes up from her naps only to go to work and do laundry. So a sudden trip to a nearby island to see a broken down house makes Margaret suspicious and sets her, along with new friend, Tina Louise, to solving the mystery of why the family owns a house she never knew about, why is it filled with so much junk, and how ...more
Sarah
Reminiscent of some of the fare by Willo Davis Roberts, this upper elementary age novel has enough suspense and mystery to hold attention spans. Nickerson's writing style flows well and her characters are likable, easy to relate to, and believable. Personally, I could have done without the comic strip elements but I have never been a fan of anything the least bit fantasy-oriented. For most kids, I'm betting this would be a major plus. Most of the action takes place on an unnamed Northwest island ...more
Patrick
This was such a unique book. I really enjoyed the central mystery which is well-teased by the interesting cover. I switched from one expectation about the house to another as I learned the origin of the title--an eighties book on how fake your own death and assume a new identity in a pre-internet era--and the reality was mix of my two idea with some really creatively weird additions. I think a lot of young teens would like this.

The book generates some genuine tension as the main characters inve
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Raven
This is another one of those amazing books from my childhood, I obviously loved creepy scary books. More than that, I loved that this book dealt with the real world problems that children face. This is definitely a common theme in the books that I loved as a child. I read books that dealt with the supernatural, fantasy worlds, real life problems and I read a lot of classics and mystery novels. I loved suspense, horror and thrillers. I still love all kinds of stories, but with all the books and s ...more
Amy
Feb 13, 2011 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Margaret's life is plain and she basically takes the role of mother in their family. She was left fatherless when you dad drowned. He was an expert swimmer, which is why it was such a mystery why he drowned. When Lizzy, Margaret's mother, suddenly takes her and her sister Sophie to a house far away from their home, Margaret becomes suspicious an begins digging. She leaves to go investigate the house and her little sister covers for her. When she arrives in the town and starts down Waterfront roa ...more
Cassandra
This book just got at a crazy intense book. So far my favorite character is Margaret because she is not afraid to go on a ferry and go in a creepy house because of a mystery. She has meet a boy who is obsessed with the house just like her. This book is also a little bit creepy. One question I have is why does Sophie agree with Margaret plan? Also who is Mr.Ratt?

This book is also a little weird because I dont really understand how Mr. Ratt can control hundreds of rats to follow him. I admire him
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C.
Creepy,interesting,and engaging mystery
Margaret's father died in a mysterious drowning accident when she was eight years old. Four years later, her mother still won't talk about it -- in fact, she doesn't talk about much of anything. But when Margaret's mother takes her and her little sister, Sophie, to a strange abandoned mansion and puts a FOR SALE BY OWNER sign in the front yard, Margaret is determined to solve the puzzle of her family, once and for all.

Armed with three strange clues -- a sw
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Rupa
May 29, 2014 Rupa rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
My 9 year old daughter was going to read this book in class and I was concerned because the main character is a little girl whose father had drowned and whose mother was having difficulty coping with his death. I was concerned about how these issues were handled. I did not want the issues in the book to cause my daughter stress or concern. Fortunately, I had nothing to fear. The book is well written but it was a bit easy for her reading level. Both of us were entertained by the story but there w ...more
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Sara Nickerson began her professional writing career working in television and film. Her first novel, HOW TO DISAPPEAR COMPLETELY AND NEVER BE FOUND, started out as a screenplay she wrote while studying screenwriting at the University of Washington. Her second novel, THE SECRETS OF BLUEBERRIES, BROTHERS, MOOSE & ME was inspired by her very first job: picking berries on a small blueberry farm i ...more
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