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Escape from Memory

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While playing around with hypnotism at a party, Kira remembers fleeing a war-torn country with her mother, speaking a language she can't identify. A few days later her mother disappears, and a woman who calls herself Kira's aunt Memory takes Kira to Crythe, a country that doesn't officially exist, in order to rescue her -- or so she says.
Kira soon learns that Aunt Memory...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published September 1st 2003)
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Jalyn Ely
I’ve read a lot of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s books. And I noticed that no matter what the plot is or who the main character is, there’s one common theme – the main character is a kid, and the adults won’t tell him or her anything.

Not that it’s a bad thing, mind you. The “what the heck is going on?” element is half of what makes her books so interesting. But the thing is, when I picked up this book, I expected that Kira’s mother wouldn’t tell her anything. And so I didn’t find that nearly as fru...more
Violet
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 10-12 Jaycie
I just finished this at home it is not as good as I sugspected but it is full of suspence! One of my friends read this and recomended it TRY IT!
Tanya Foulk
Margaret Peterson Haddix is an author that I see many of my students reading. I had never read any of her many books, so I was happy when our 6th grade book club voted to read Escape from Memory. Well, my experience with this book was not good. Haddix did an excellent job grabbing me in the first few chapters; however, it was all downhill from there. I found the heroine Kira less than heroic and much of the storyline unbelievable. Science fiction is not one of my favorite genres and this book ha...more
Lyn
Fifteen-year-old Kira Landon allows a friend to hypnotize her during a sleepover. They get more than they expected when Kira remembers being carried through the streets of a strange city at twilight as guns sound in the distance.

This memory - if that is what it was - triggers questions for Kira that she never thought of before. Why is the only relative she has ever known her mother? Did she at one time speak another language? Was she kidnapped or saved from a war-torn country? Her mother refuses...more
Shazza Maddog
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Amy
I really enjoyed the few twists this book managed to sneak in. I also really enjoyed it because it made me feel young again, it was exactly the kind of adventure I used to dream about having, (until the end when it got scary. I was never that brave) and it had a best friend that was exactly the kind of friend I always dreamed would accompany me on wild adventures. As a mature adult (am I?) I am glad I never had these kinds of adventures (obviously) but they are exciting to read.

This one also had...more
Madison
I read this over the summer for a school project and it was so good and intense and really interesting. When I finished it I was sad it was over :( The beginning is a little slow, but once you get to reading it, it captures your interest. :) Love it!
Becca
At first, I couldn't get into this book. I thought I would just put this book down and stop reading it but I decided to keep going. I'm glad I did, because this book just kept getting better as it went along.
I thought Kira's mom was a little bit weird, being so detached from her daughter and all. But later in the story I realized why, and it made a lot more sense. Reading this story further made it make more sense, because the whole storyline eventually gets put into place and makes it easier t...more
Ruth
Very interesting book, as are all of the Margaret Haddix books that I've read. Fast-paced and keeps you on your toes.
Caroline
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Annie
Secrets. This is what Kira’s friends discover when they hypnotize her for fun at a sleepover. They were just playing around, and they didn’t know that the secrets they would discover would be so dark and mysterious. Kira, during her hypnotization, speaks of escaping from a war, clinging to her mom. But once Kira wakes up and is told the secrets she spoke about, Kira is confused. She doesn’t remember that event from her childhood at all.
Then, one day, her mother disappears. Kira gets a little wor...more
Juna
I was expecting the book to start at a sleepover where a bunch of girls are getting each other to tell secrets, and one girl with a traumatic past starts spilling too much. Don't get me wrong, now. I don't dislike the book because it was not what I thought it would be.

Instead, it was a sleepover. Two or Kira's friends were hypnotizing her, and what they got out of her is unrealistic. The rest of the book seems incredibly rushed. Suddenly, coincidentally, her mother is missing, some random woman...more
Amber (The Musings of ALMYBNENR)
Kira lives in a small town in Ohio with her librarian mother who shuns television and other technology that is normal in all of her friends’ houses. Needless to say, Kira spends a lot of time at her best friend Lynne’s house. Every Friday night, the girls have a sleepover and watch sappy movies, but this time, they decide they want to try hypnotizing each other. Somehow, Kira is chosen. She relates a memory that she has never remembered before and her friends are shocked. Lynne, especially, begi...more
Miss Clark
It was an interesting story, but very illogical in places and it felt like a short story rather than a full-length novel, since it took place over such a short period of time. I find this often makes it more difficult to get into a story if it is not written very well. A problem I frequently encounter with Meg Cabot's books.

Anyway, overall, a good story, with a proper climax and conflict, as well as some nice philosophical musing over what makes us who we are. Dreams? Memories? Actions? Hopes?...more
1jennings_alison
Escape from Memory by Margaret Peterson Haddix is about a seemingly normal high school girl whose life turns around after a hypnosis incident at a friend's house makes her remember something about her old life. The girl, Kira, seems to be in a different country as a child, and the country was war-torn. She wants so desperately to forget, but it seemed so real, and after a meeting with a woman who claims to be her aunt, she has to go on a journey to save her mother even though she might not be wh...more
Georgia
Written for slightly younger audiences, this book was ok. I thought I was going to give this four stars, until the last chapter, where you are left with questions unanswered. So this might be good for younger children, but if you really get into what you are reading and want to know how everything resolved itself, this is not a good book for that.
Dotty
Have you ever forgotten an important date or forgotten to do something that you promised to do? When you remembered, how did it make you feel? In Escape from Memory, Kira discovers that she hasn’t just forgotten a homework assignment or a friend’s birthday. She has forgotten her whole history. Kira makes this discovery when she and her friends decide to experiment with hypnotism at a sleepover. Sounds fun, huh? But how much fun will it be when Kira’s discovery leads to the kidnapping of her moth...more
Nick
I love this book. I've read it so many times and I keep coming back to it. I'm glad I'm not Crythian because if I was I couldn't re-read books after I forgot the ending to them, haha. Margaret Peterson Haddix was my favorite author when I was younger and now I'm wondering if she has written any books that I haven't read. I need to go check! Anyways, I love the characters and the world she creates in this book and I'd probably die if she wrote a sequel but I doubt she would. Haddix is a very inve...more
Kailey
Kira starts to remember things that she doesn't believe are really her memories. When she asks her mother, her mother gets jumpy and runs away leaving Kira to fend for herself to the world that a mysterious woman named Aunt Memory starts to force Kira into.

A fun and short read. I never have read a book with the concept of having someone else's memories before. I liked Kira and her friend Lynn as such strong main characters. The other characters just bothered me and made the story confusing (espe...more
Kristen
I am really enjoying all the books that I have read by Margaret Peterson Haddix. All her books, so far, have been about children and their journeys through their different worlds during different times.

In Escape from Memory, Kira awakens from a hypnotic state induced by her friends at a sleep over where she was speaking in a language unknown to all the girls and leads them on a journey to find out if this is truth or something she just made up in her mind.

This book had several twists and turns,...more
Paigew
I didn't really care for this book. It didn't have enough detail for me. Plus, the theme for a story was a little bit weird. Somebody who maybe wants a quick read and who likes science fiction and realistic fiction might like it.
Van Nguyen
Mystery, adventure, lies, etc. A story of a girl with mind unlike anyone else's. A good book.
Rachel
Something I'm starting to notice about Margaret Peterson Haddix's books: they all have fabulous premises. The writing is fine. The concepts are great.
The endings suck.
She writes these great stories, and then she stops three chapters before the end and writes a denouement chapter that explains, all narrator-style, what happened and how things turned out. Which is not at all as exciting as reading it as it happens. A good ending is one of the keys to a great book. Margaret, you could be an amazing...more
Judy
Feb 20, 2013 Judy rated it 3 of 5 stars Recommends it for: Young adults
Haddix has a wonderful ability to make the reader empathize with the protagonist and to infuse the plot with suspense that keeps readers on the edge of their seats. That said, the plot qualifies as science fiction as much as suspense. Kira is in danger because her parents invented a procedure for transferring a person's memories to a special computer and to transfer those memories to someone else. The antagonist believes this invention is worth millions and that Kira is the key to retrieving bot...more
Rachel
Kiara is at a party and they're playing around with hypnotism. Kiara remembers fleeing a war-torn country with her mother, with a language she can't identify. A few days after her mother disappears, a woman, who calls herself Kiara's Aunt Memory, takes Kiara to a country that doesn't officially exists, in order to save Kiara...or so Aunt Memory claims. Kiara is now in danger, and her memories could kill her and her family. But it's also those memories that can save her...this is a gripping story...more
Jodi
Haddix continues to be the most creative plot-spinner that I have ever read. Her writing isn't always as excellent but you know when you pick up a Haddix book, it won't be just like something else you've read. I do wish she would spin her tales out longer. Take some time to develop her characters. Help us believe in the unusual plots she writes. It is almost as if she gets an idea and has to get it on paper as quickly as she can before it's gone. I'm always left wanting more after reading one of...more
Shaundell
While at a sleepover with friends, Kira is hypnotized and she begins to remember hidden things when she was younger. Shortly after that her mother is kidnapped and a lady called Aunt Memory came to take her away to Crythe, a country where she Kira lived when she was younger.

The plot of the book is to piece together the things that she is now remembering about her hidden life to be able to save herself and her mother.

An okay book. I liked the Shadow Children series from the same author much bett...more
Suzanna Awesomeness
Oct 26, 2008 Suzanna Awesomeness rated it 5 of 5 stars Recommends it for: The people at the library??
Recommended to Suzanna by: Anyone who likes science fiction.
Oh my gosh!!! Very good. About a girl who lives with her mother, who is really her mother but doesn't think she is, but you'll understand once you read the book. Her parents lived a city where everyone remembered everything such as what they ate for breakfast when they were 5 years and 128 days old, and on and on. She is kidnapped and must find about who her parents really are, and escape from the city where she is held captive. If i say anything more, i'll give it away. But, you just HAVE to re...more
Chris Eboch
Jan 10, 2010 Chris Eboch rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Chris by: chriseboch@blarg.net
This was a page turner, about a girl who learns she's not who she thought she was. At times it seems about to veer into fantasy or science fiction, but doesn't quite. It brings up some interesting ideas about memory, and how much it makes us who we are. I wasn't entirely satisfied with the later part of the book -- I wanted a bit more from the main character, who is certainly courageous and active, but also to some extent gets rescued. A final twist at the very end packs a punch, though.
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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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