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3.56  ·  Rating Details  ·  905 Ratings  ·  150 Reviews
Missing is about a family torn apart. A gritty novel, both suspenseful and stylishly written, it tells how a school bully's actions force a troubled teenager to run away, leaving his younger sister to cope with grieving parents in a house devoid of love or hope for the future. She is misunderstood and alone--despite all of the voices around her claiming they understand and ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published August 21st 2005 by Bloomsbury (first published August 21st 2000)
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May 03, 2011 Ericaj rated it it was amazing
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Oct 02, 2014 Taylor rated it it was amazing
I just finished Missing. It was a suspenseful page turner about Maxine getting strange calls and seeing her 'dead' brother, Derek. With nobody at home to trust (her mom going crazy and her dad always blaming her) she tries to find out what's going on, alone with help from a classmate, Cam. But to be honest, Maxine wants Derek to be dead. She thinks all her parents care about is Derek, Derek, Derek. This is an amazing story about bullying and what the effects after can be. I recommend this highly ...more
Mr. Z
May 01, 2009 Mr. Z rated it it was ok
Ever since Maxine's brother went missing, it seems like she can't get any attention from her parents. They seem to ignore her as they continue holding out hope that their long-time missing son will finally return home. This routine has been going on for so long that Maxine can't help but think the unthinkable - she actually wishes that her brother would be found dead! That way, she reasons, she will get the attention back that she's been missing since her brother's disappearance. What DID happen ...more
Dec 13, 2012 Payton rated it really liked it
I have recently read the book Missing by Catherine Macphail. Although the exact genre is hard to say, I would call it a realistic fiction. I found it sort of creepy, in a non-morbid, but interesting way. It was about a family of four with a younger daughter who had a brother named Derek who had run away, and later been identified dead. The hardest part of reading this is that I was this girl, this was my family, now, of course it wasn’t actually me, but I am the younger sister of Derek, and we a ...more
Amanda B.
Jan 21, 2010 Amanda B. rated it really liked it
I am very intrigued with mysterious stories, and being that my cousin read this book she highly suggested it for me. Luckily, I truly enjoyed this book. The story traces Maxine Moody’s changing life after her brother Derek decides to run away. Her brother’s disappearance led to a kind of downfall in her family life. Maxine began to feel estranged from her parents and questioning if she should have left. Although she had these feelings, she had cynical emotions towards her brother; Maxine missed ...more
Mar 09, 2015 Caidy rated it it was amazing
Really good book! I am a huge fan of suspense and mystery and this book really kept my attention the whole time. Lots of the book had me thinking one thing would happen while the complete opposite does and thats what made me love it even more. The one thing that I did not like were the parts about the Mighty Zola because it wasn't very necessary and I could do without. Other than that, I loved the book and would love a sequel!!!
Diana Martinez
Oct 27, 2009 Diana Martinez rated it it was amazing
Shelves: english-1
This book is not based on a true story. The book is about a young girl named Maxine and her older brother named Derek. Maxine's brother goes missing and from that point on everything at home goes wrong. Her parents don't pay attention to her because they are worried about what has happened to Derek. Throughtout the whole book she experinces all types of things. She gets bullied by the same bully that bullied her brother, skips school, and doesn't even come home sometimes and she tries to find wa ...more
Nov 02, 2010 Noahm rated it liked it
i liked this book it was better than it looked

this book is by catherine macphail. i chose this book because it seemed like an interesting story from the back so i read a couple of pages then decided to keep reading. i finished this book in about 4 days.
this book whas about a girl that had a brother that ran away he ran away because he couldent take the way his parents were treating him. when he left there was another boy he switched cloths with him and then that boy died in a fire that night wel
Allie Wollenweber
Mar 09, 2015 Allie Wollenweber rated it really liked it
I actually really liked the book. I thought it was easy to understand what was going on, and it was a good story line. It kept me interested throughout the book. I liked how the character related to me so much and the details and just the whole book was good. I overall thought the book was really good and I don'd have anything bad to say about the book.
Mar 18, 2010 Jennifer rated it it was ok
This was not my favorite book. I used it for my mystery unit when I taught 8th grade. The kids really liked it, although I though the characters were annoying and stupid. This year one of my sophomores picked it up and read it. She loved it and told all of her friends. Now several students have red it and really like it. The premise is creepy. Maxine is getting phone calls from her dead brother. She spends the rest of the book trying to figure out what is really going on.
The one thing I really d
Maddie Clemmons
Mar 09, 2015 Maddie Clemmons rated it really liked it
I thought that this book was pretty good. It kept me engaged throughout the book, because I wanted answers. I thought that the ending was a bit abrupt, but it was still good. It was well written and it was easy to understand.
Jan 08, 2011 Monique rated it liked it
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Stephen  Alff (AlffBooks)
Jul 30, 2014 Stephen Alff (AlffBooks) rated it really liked it
This is a very interesting book. It is quite different to what I usually read, as in the topic as well as the fact that it's not fantasy which I would usually read.
The story is well written, and brought tears to my eyes on multiple occasions while reading. The story is told from Maxine's(Maxie) point of view, a 13 year old, and deals with the disappearance of her older brother and how she feels.
It is quite a quick read in terms of length/time spent reading I only needed a few hours, an evenin
Angela Nickel
May 28, 2014 Angela Nickel rated it it was amazing
Words are more powerful than they are thought out to be. Actions can be just as loud. Maxine's brother, Derek, runs away and all her parents care about is finding Derek. They are going completely crazy without him. They are so wrapped up in the thought of their son being gone, they seem to have forgotten about the daughter they have still at home. For ten months Maxine is nearly invisible. She wonders where he may be, but she also just wishes for him to be dead so it would be an easy answer to h ...more
Jamie Benjamin
Apr 04, 2014 Jamie Benjamin rated it really liked it
The book Missing is about a modern day family living in England. Everything was normal until Maxine's elder brother goes missing and he is no where to be found. A school bully is the reason why Derek, maxine's brother, ran away. This bully's actions ruined this poor family. Her mom copes with this situation very differently then Maxine and her dad. Maxine feels that sh ehas been shut out of her family and all they can think about is her missing brother Derek. To deal with it all Maxine frequentl ...more
Kaleb Richey
Mar 12, 2014 Kaleb Richey rated it really liked it
Maxine Moody, sister of Derek Moody, always dreaded having Derek around the house. Everything thing was focused on him, and only him. It was sure that these parents were picking favorites. When Derek was around, you could say Maxine almost didn't even exist. She could not take ONE more minute of it. She didn't feel quite right saying this, but she sometimes wished he was… dead. Derek had been gone for 10 months and it was obvious the Moody family had little hope. As
Feb 06, 2014 Leah rated it it was amazing
In this book there is a girl named Maxine. Her brother, Derek, had run away and hadn't come back for three or four months. All her parents talked or thought about was Derek. Maxine was tired of it because no one was listening to her. They found out that Derek was dead and Maxine's mum was heartbroken. She had a medium come to her house so she could "talk" to her dead son. The father thought that she was going crazy because she talked to him. Later Maxine got creepy calls from her dead brother, o ...more
Zowie Spicer
Oct 16, 2014 Zowie Spicer rated it really liked it
I picked this book because it seemed interesting when I read the back cover. This story takes place with Maxine playing Mighty Zola at an arcade. Throughout this book Maxine feels like her parents don't have time for her since her brother Derek died. Or so they thought In this story Maxine started to get phone calls and she would hear and see thing that she thought was her brother. She would try to tell her dad but all he would do is shut her out and say your just dealing with the grief of your ...more
Nov 05, 2010 Crissy rated it really liked it
I choose this book because it look good and the cover looked intresting and the first page was good when i read it. I think it non fiction. the setting is all over its not in one spot its like at her house, a church, at shcool, and a cemitary.Derek is missing for awhile they think hes dead and he had been calling his sister but she thinks somebody is messing with her. But she found out that he was alive and he came back home. I really liked this book i think people would love it.
Feb 16, 2015 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Missing was very thrilling because every time I turned a page it made me want to read more and more. It was very interesting but repeating ,things that had happened would happen again. The book was confusing at first for me because she would mention new characters and describe them later in the story but even though, i do highly recommend this book if your a person who doesn't like horror but needs an exciting book that will make shaky sometimes. When i was reading this book it made me feel sad ...more
Zahra Jeraj
Jan 01, 2014 Zahra Jeraj rated it really liked it
I thought this book was good. I think it kind of stretched out a little bit too much but other than that it was fun to read.
A well written novel by Catherine Macphail

About the book:
This book is about a girl named Maxine. She lost her brother a couple months ago because he ran away and never came back. All her parents care about is her brother Derek. After her dad identifies a body they are sure he is dead. Maxine isn't so sure he is dead because she gets these phone calls from someone who say's
Nyah Ward
Jan 30, 2015 Nyah Ward rated it really liked it
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Payton Reynolds
Missing is a novel about a young girl named Maxine who's older brother, Derek, Has been missing for a couple of months. Her parents neglected her to go on search missions for him and sent he to old relatives. She had been skipping school and going to the town arcade. Maxine had been receiving calls by some person claiming to be her older brother. Not to spoil but Derek is dead maybe just missing? Or is he dead?

This book was a really short novel but was so interesting that I completed it in one
Katie O'connor
Apr 21, 2014 Katie O'connor rated it it was amazing
Missing is about a young girl Maxine who is feeling left out and unwanted. Ever since her older brother Derek went missing and her parents are worried. They do many searches and work hard to find him. Will Derek ever be found or is he dead? Missing is a very good book and pulled me I'm the whole time. I loved it.

I would recommend this book to anyone in my grade or around my age. It was exciting but so,what sad and I do not think younger kids would understand it. I would definitely read this bo
Apr 16, 2011 M added it
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Jan 08, 2011 Naomi rated it liked it
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Amy Abraham
Mar 06, 2011 Amy Abraham rated it liked it
Shelves: finished
This story was about a young boy who went missing. The fortune teller had told his mom that his presence was always with her. One day his father and mother got a call from a person asking them to fly to Europe to come and identify if the dead body was their son. Indeed it was there son. They flew back and buried Derek.

Derek's sister Maxine began getting phone calls saying that it was Derek. At first she didn't know what to believe. She began pondering the whole idea of it. Thinking that it could
Emma (BelleBooks)
Jun 08, 2011 Emma (BelleBooks) rated it really liked it
I can remember reading this book as a teenager in school and I loved it.
I recently re-read it and I still love it!

Missing follows Maxine and her family as they each in their own way try to come to terms with the disappearance of Derek, Maxine's big brother.
The family are slowly starting to rip apart and Maxine is feeling more and more left out as her parents ship her off to anyone who will have her to chase down the next lead.
When the news comes that a body has been found, and Maxine's father id
Nov 24, 2011 Taylor.Y rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“Maxine, it’s me Derek,” Maxine responds, “No it can’t be Derek, Derek’s dead!”

Maxine is a 13-year-old girl with a big attitude who lives in a small town. A few months ago her big brother Derek ran away or as her parents say, went missing. Ever since then Maxine feels extremely unloved. Maxine thinks her parents don’t care what she does or where she goes, so she doesn’t go to school instead, she goes to Sweeny’s dads arcade to battle the Mighty Zola. Sweeny is a big bully that Maxine strongly d
Lauren W
Sep 24, 2012 Lauren W rated it it was amazing
Date finished: 9/14/12
191 pages
By Catherine Macphail

This book is about a boy named Derek and his sister Maxine Moody, Derek always gets into trouble because he gets bullied. Eventually Derek ran away one morning. Derek was missing for a little while now and Maxine felt like they only loved him. Their parents hardly ever acted like they cared about her, it was all about Derek! One day the Moody family got a call saying that they had found a body and it look just like Derek and had the same cloth
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