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Vanished: When Lightning Strikes / Code Name Cassandra (1-800-Where-R-You #1 & 2)

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A gift…or a curse?

Jessica Mastriani has never liked attention. All she wants is to make it to high school graduation like any ordinary girl. But when Jess is struck by lightning, she becomes anything but ordinary: suddenly she has the ability to locate missing children.

Now Jess is getting noticed in all the wrong ways and by all the wrong people. The media is obsessed wi

Paperback, 560 pages
Published September 7th 2010 by Simon Pulse
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Karen Keyte
Meg Cabot rocks, there's no doubt about that. This early series, originally published under her Jenny Carroll pen name, is an absolute blast. Do yourself a favor and get books 3, 4 and 5, too. Once you've read the first two, you'll want to keep on going.

I've decided that it really doesn't matter what Meg Cabot writes about, she's such a talented author that I'm pretty much guaranteed to like any of her books. Meg Cabot novels have solid, fast-paced plots, wonderful characte
Kristen My Bookish Fairy Tale
Vanished was a great story. Sassy Jessica Mastriani is a girl who doesn't like to be bothered much. She likes it even less when you say something horrible about her friends or family. This is why Jessica spends a lot of her free time in detention. Needless does Jessica know that serving detention is going to be the least of her worries.

I really really enjoyed Vanished. Meg Cabot is absolutely hilarious. I loved Jess. She is a great snarky and sarcastic character who you can't help but think that
Angelia Fransisca Rusli
I'm so lucky to find this two-in-one book because it is super hard to find any part of this book nowadays.
Plus, two books in one?

When Lightning Strikes

Jess Mastriani was struck by lightning. So, she's dead? No. Coma? No. She's perfectly healthy. Until she dreamt of the exact location of missing children and called 1-800-where-r-you. And... voila! The missing children are back! But is she doing the right thing? What if some of the children didn't want to be find?

Written in typically Meg Cabot'
I was not really sure what I was expecting in this book when I first read it. It turns out the author, Meg Cabot, is extremely talented. This book got me thinking pretty well. In short, I liked it.

Jessica Mastriani was your average sixteen year old girl... until she got hit by lightning. Did she die? Was she injured? No. She seemed fine. That is, until she discovered she came find missing people dead or alive. In the second book, she had already discovered that not everyone wants to be found. So
One of my FAV series when I was younger by a very talented author.
The book I chose to read over spring break was called When Lightning Strikes, by Meg Cabot. The protagonist of the book is a young teenage girl named Jessica Mastriani. Jessica was struck by lightning on her way home from detention and got psychics powers. These powers gave her the ability to locate missing children. She looks at pictures of missing children on a milk carton in the evening. Then, when she wakes up she knows the exact location of the missing.
Jessica Mastriani is not your typical
Both books were good, but they weren't amazing. First, there were a lot of grammar errors, like words that weren't spelled right. It was quite frequent, that it bothered me a lot. Second, there were some parts of the book that I found were stressful. That is why I come to the conclusion that this is not a book that I would enjoy reading a second time. I will however say that after reading the book, it makes me want to read the second one. I will most likely buy it later. The second Vanished bind ...more
This was one of the better books that i have read. It had every thing, lone, adventure and more. I would say this is a great book. And i would suggest you to read it. It is supper good.

(1)In this book Jess gets hit by lightning and finds the ability to find missing kids. Though sometimes the kids do not want to be found. She accidentally finds a kid that was taken from an abusive parent. So when she takes him from his mom, he is back to his abusive dad. So then she rescues him from his dad and
I almost gave up on this book but I'm glad I stuck with it!

Jessica's inner dialogue was tiresome at first. I didn't find anything she said to be believable and there was just way too many pop culture references for my taste towards the beginning (I hate it when a book ages itself). But she grew on me, so much so that I really love her now. She's sarcastic, witty, mature, and underneath that effort to not appear that she cares, she has a heart of gold. I really enjoyed her character growth and ho
Jennifer Rayment

The Good Stuff

* Absolutely positively delightful heroine. I would totally adopt this girl in a heart beat
* Hilarious dialogue
* quirky and different plot
* Parents of Jess are realistic and only slightly clueless. I really don't like the Mom though
* The storyline is so absorbing and fun you will not want to put it down and even-though the book looks huge, you will have it read in no time at all
* Loved the realistic and honest relationships between Jess and her family and friends
* The scenes
Allison Urban
Meg Cabot's "Vanished" series are some of my favorites! I've read the first four, and refuse to read the fifth, because I don't want Jess' story to end. Jess Mastriani is an amazing character. I love her sarcastic personality. I am all for Rob & Jessica's relationship. I wish we could skip ahead 10 years and see a wedding and lots of little Jess/Rob babies running around (;

This book is so good. I've laughed and cried. Jessica has come by so many life or death situations, and she's come thro
This book ( or should I say books) was really amazing and I had to give it five stars, well the second one wasn't my favorite but it was still great.

The great things about this book
1) I can really relate to it. And it's so true, it really felt like someone was really telling their life story, if we lived in a world where we would find missing children with the power of our minds.
With powers
2) great detail, I loved how it really described everything, I felt so connected to Jess.
3) rob.

And there
I was very lucky to get this two in one book. I haven't read anything by Meg Cabot before. I'm seriously questioning why that is after reading this. I didn't know I would like it so much. I picked it up only because I am (was) plodding through another book that... I really don't like. Jess is a very likable heroine. She is struck by lightening one day walking home from school with her best friend Ruth. After that, she knows where missing kids are when she wakes up in the morning. Jess has a real ...more
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As this is written as if told by a teenage girl, it makes it more enjoyable.
Book one.
Jess is hit by lightning, but tries to keep the effects secret. Hard to do when it gave you the power to find missing people and you ring in the addresses to the Missing People hotline...they tend to notice these things. Unfortunately it can hinder your attempts at saying out of the spotlight and your mum's attempt at being a normal family.
Book two.
Jess knows the Feds are still watching her, which is why Rosem
i loved this series, and i am so happy that it's being re-released.

meg cabot is hilarious, and this series combines thriller tension with normal teen angst in a very uncomplicated way. this jess actually reminds me of jessica darling from sloppy firsts - which is another series that i liked a lot despite myself.

i mean, sure. there's the part where jess talks about wearing short skirts and can't stop thinking about a certain grit . . . but it really didn't bother me. she's 16 and it makes sense
cant wait to get my hands on the 3rd book!
ஐ Briansgirl (Book Sale Queen)ஐ
Reissue of the first two books in her 1-800-Where-R-You series: When Lightning Strikes and Code Name Cassandra. Personally I think "Vanished" is a misleading title. The main character can find missing children after being struck by lightening.
Audrey Lynn Taylor
I used to love this series

having good memories with the paper backs, I decided to match the collection I already had. the problem is, Mrs. cabot seems to be only able to write teenage girls in one way. every book seems to be a version of Jess, and each book she writes has problems of their own. the most prominent being the consistent gay bashing. from the lesbo joke to the "God that's so gay" usual spiel, rereading the first two books hurt my heart a little. I used to love these books so much. J
Bea Angeles
This book is pretty good.
It would be really cool if you have the power Jessica has.
My Review from Kitabu (

I’ve been kind of in a reading funk lately. Nothing has really appealed to me. So, what do I reach for when nothing else will do? That’s right. Meg Cabot.

One of Meg’s older series is the 1-800-Where-R-You series (which, was actually originally published under the name Jenny Carroll, silly authors and their pseudonyms). It has recently been released as Vanished- which features the first two books in the series in one volume. It has b
When I picked this weighty tome up from our office lending library, I didn't expect it to be quite this fast a read ... or as entertaining!

Jessica Mastriani is struck by lightning on the way home after school, and wakes up the next day able to find missing children once she sees their photograph.

This turns out to be both a blessing and a curse, as we see through the two books combined in this omnibus edition. Some kids don't want to be found ... and the Dept. of Defense wants her to use her powe
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“Thunder is good, thunder is impressive; but it is lightning that does all the work”--Mark Twain. Vanished is written by Meg Cabot, this novel's genre is fantasy. The main character of the novel, Jessica Mastriani, was just a normal girl but everything changed when lightning struck her. Meg Cabot is a fantastic writer and she wrote many other novels for instan
Vanished is a new bind up of the first two books in a paranormal series by Meg Cabot.

Jess Mastriani is a sixteen year old girl with issues. It just so happens that her issues are somewhat more complicated than most teens. When Lightning Strikes sees Jessica’s rather geeky existence take a turn for the paranormal when, you guessed it, she gets struck by lightning on her way home. Suddenly Jess has the strangest ability she can find missing people. She goes to bed the night of the lightning strike
My gosh! I forgot how funny and hilarious Meg Cabot writes. I don’t know why I left this book unread for more than a year, when it’s such a page-turner. I didn’t realize I was about to finish it until I took a break and bookmarked it.

This book covered the first two books of the infamous 1-800-where-R-U series. Jess Mastriani’s your average 16-year old girl. Except that she got struck by lightning and got this great super powers- knowing where missing kids are. Really. It’s this unusual super po
Esther Bernstein
Meg Cabot has such a great writing style. Like Jess, it's sassy and kick-ass, smart and funny, sarcastic and biting. Time flew when I was reading Vanished, because one thing after another happens and the pages seem to just turn themselves - the pacing is amazing, easing into the story a bit and then just taking off!! The funny things is that even when ridiculous things that don't seem very plausible happen, everything still feels so real.

I love Jess. With
This book series is AMAZING! seriously one of the best i've ever read! I checked it out because I absolutely love anything by Meg Cabot and it looked new (although it is just the 1 (800) WHERE ARE YOU series republished as Vanished) and I couldn't put it down. It's tied for my favorite series with Meg Cabot's other series The Princess Diares, which is impressive as I've read that series since the third grade.
Jess Mastriani is a sixteen year old girl living in Southern Indiana with an average l
Kristin Miranda
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Laura Martinelli
Ah, omnibus editions.

When Lightning Strikes: Unlike the first Mediator book, this doesn’t really grab me into the series at first. Which is a let-down seeing that a lot of the book focuses on how Jess gets her power in the first place.

The problem is the pacing of the plot—the whole book takes place within a week, two weeks tops. Jess hasn’t explored the limits of what she can do after three phone calls, although she doesn’t seem particularly disturbed by the fact that she knows where people are
Allison Bailey
I just now read these books because I was afraid that they would be scary. I know, I'm a wimp, but I seriously have to be careful about thrillers because they scare the dickens out of me. Needless to say, I found these books to be adventurous and exciting, but not really scary, so that was good!

Basically, Jess is struck by lightning on her way home from school one day, and it gives her the ability to locate missing people. If she sees a picture of a missing child, the next day she wakes up knowi
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1-800-Where-R-You (5 books)
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