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Escape from Memory

3.82 of 5 stars 3.82  ·  rating details  ·  2,821 ratings  ·  191 reviews
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
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
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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
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
Shazza Maddog
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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
This was my third Haddix book. I had enjoyed the tenth 39 Clues book, so I figured this one would be good as well. I was wrong.
For me, the character is the biggest part of the story. I mean, Alice in Wonderland doesn't have too much of a plot, but we love it anyway because of Alice and Carroll's other characters. I did not, however, love this story's characters. All of them seemed to be kind of flat and cliche. I couldn't stand how unrelatable and predictable the characters were.
I was already
I chose this book because my friend recommended it. This book is about a girl named Kira who was hypnotized by her friends and woke up with a memory of fleeing a war-torn country with her mother. Her mother disappears and a woman, Aunt Memory, takes Kira to Crythe, a place that doesn't really exist and is destined to find her mother. My favorite quote is "I am your Aunt Memory." I chose this quote because this "Aunt Memory appeared out of nowhere, which is creepy, yet strange, and is to help Kir ...more
Lacey Louwagie
This was my first MPH book, and it was sort of a strange experience.

I think I would have devoured it had I read it when I was in the target age group. As an adult, I found the fast-pace to be a little exhausting, because I kept wanting MORE. The society depicted here, in which memory is of the utmost importance, is really fascinating, and I would have liked for the book to delve more deeply into it. A few moments felt really unbelievable to me, such as (view spoiler)
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!
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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
Whitney Johnson
Kira was at a typical slumber party, but she got hypnotized! She wakes up and remembers a strange place. Later in the week someone comes to Kira's house and takes her away to a place called Crythe. Her Aunt Memory leads Kira through Crythe, Kira starting wondering why am I here and for how long will I be here. Kira's best friend, Lynne put herself in Kira's suitcase while noticing a stranger was taking her friend being taken away. Aunt Memory then turns evil and threatens the girls with their li ...more
Very interesting book, as are all of the Margaret Haddix books that I've read. Fast-paced and keeps you on your toes.
Never ending and suspenseful!
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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
Rachel Gomez
Escape from Memory is a fantastic book to read! You want to keep reading because most chapters end in a cliff-hanger. Then, you have to keep reading to find out what happens next. Kira, the main character, will find out the secrets of her life that you just have to know. Kira is a worried but brave girl. This book has a lot of action and has you sitting on the edge of your seat. I definitely recommend you read this science fiction book, Escape from Memory, by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
Taylor Mckinley
Escape from memory is a very interesting book that has a gairly unique conflict. It didnt take me long to finish the book, and I did enjoy reading it, though all of the rising action seemed a little dry and confusing. Once you get into the climax, however, it does become a lot harder to put down. in short, I did enjoy reading this book, but it takes a bit to get through and has only a small amount of extreme tension in it.
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?
Kira is just a normal girl who moved from California to a small town in Ohio when she was very young--or so she thought, until she was hypnotized by friends at a sleepover and very different memories come to the surface. Little does she know that asking her mother about them will trigger a series of events and nothing will ever be the same again. Fun book to read, but I felt I wanted more.
This was another on-the-edge-of-your-seat books by Margaret Peterson Haddix. There was not one dull moment in this book. Kira discovers that her life is not all it seems after being hypnotized at a slumber party. She remembers things she shouldn't and speaks a strange language. One day after questioning her mom about it, her mom disappears and a strange woman named Aunt Memory shows up to take Kira away. I could not put this down until I finished it. I think any teen who loves mysteries would en ...more
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
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.
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
Andy Plonka
I like Haddix's YA novels because she introduces some slightly more complex problems than one usually encounters in said genre and she asks her readers to think a bit rather than hammering home the same message numerous times.
Gretchen Fatouros
I really enjoy when this author writes books like this. Keeps you guessing along the way. Fun read. Probably more for teens, but I enjoyed it, too. Probably not her best, but enjoyable...
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
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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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