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Escape from Memory

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  3,205 Ratings  ·  224 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
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Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 1st 2005 by Simon Pulse (first published January 1st 2001)
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Violet
Jan 13, 2009 rated it really liked it
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Jalyn Ely
Feb 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: reviewed
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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Shazza Maddog
Sep 25, 2011 rated it it was amazing
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Lyn
Jun 05, 2012 rated it liked it
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
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Eukaryote
Jul 24, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: children-s, just-no
Urgh.

What happened with this book? Margaret Peterson Haddix was one of my favorite authors as a tween, second only to JK Rowling. Normally, her books are really good. I picked up this book out of curiosity, flipped to a random page, and found that this book had a connection to Chernobyl. That got me really excited, because the thought of this being connected to Chernobyl and written by one of my favorite authors was a sure win. This book, however, was just...

First off, I never got into it. The
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Tanya Foulk
Oct 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
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
A.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
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
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Madison
Jan 31, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Shelli
Aug 13, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: older-kids-teen
This book was just o.k. for me. While normally I enjoy reading M.P. Haddix, this one was choppy, overly rushed, and lacked character development. Felt more like a first attempt at writing from an inexperience budding author.
 10-12 Jaycie
Oct 24, 2010 rated it it was ok
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!
Ruth
Jul 20, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
Very interesting book, as are all of the Margaret Haddix books that I've read. Fast-paced and keeps you on your toes.
Abigail
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Never ending and suspenseful!
Jessica
Jun 18, 2018 rated it liked it
It has an interesting premise, but I found myself a little bored at times. Definitely not her best work, but I'm glad I read it. It puts things in perspective, whether building and storing memories is more important than living. Like all things, I think there is a balance. This book does have a thread of mystery running through it that kept me guessing until the end.
Annie
May 29, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: summer-2010
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
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Evan Stursma
Mar 11, 2016 rated it liked it
The book I read is a fiction book by Margaret Peterson Haddix. The theme of this book is people can be fake.
In the beginning of the story, it starts out with Kira being at a party with her friends and they try to hypnotize her and it works, she talks about how her and her mom ran from somewhere, and she talks in a different language and all of her friends are confused. It then continues and Kira comes home from her friends house and she sees her Aunt, who goes by the name of Memory and she tel
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Caroline
Nov 04, 2013 rated it liked it
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Willow W
Sep 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Escape From Memory is full of mystery and adventure. It starts out telling about kira and her friends. This story is all about Kira wondering where she came from after she was playing with hypnotism. She remembers a war torn country, cobble stone streets, and her mother or who ever she was. Strange things were about to happen to fourteen year old Kira

Kira is a fourteen year old who has lighter skin then her friends. Her hair is dark and cut as her friends. Her eyes are dark and ever so slightly
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Becca
Dec 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
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Azalea
Dec 04, 2014 rated it did not like it
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
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Kiara Parks
Oct 10, 2017 rated it liked it
In this book Escape from memory, it was so unpredictable. I think this book was great because I enjoyed it, but- I wanted to hear more like an second book because it kind of left me hanging a little. Kira was a great character, but she was kind of to gullible which means she believes almost every single thing. That kind of relates to the characteristics that I have kind of..But the thing that was so crazy was that her "mother" may not be her actually mother and that her "mother" may be her aunt ...more
Addyson Huneke
Dec 07, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book...was not what I was expecting. It was certainly interesting, and certain aspects of it reminded me of a character from the Ilyon Chronicles. Another noteworthy thing: I finally got my library card! Yay! I had to wait a while, but the wait is finally over, and I can start getting new books again.

Writing: 5/5
It was well-done. It immersed you into the head of the main character and portrayed her and her thoughts well. Descriptions weren't lacking, and the grammar and spelling was good as
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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?
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Sevananazari
May 20, 2014 rated it liked it
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
Amber
Mar 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Kathy Oaster
Dec 03, 2017 rated it liked it
This books is good for middle or high schools students. Nothing inappropriate, but more relateable for an older reader.

Kira leads the life of a typical teenager - school, tests, friends, sleepovers. This typical teenager, however, has a secret family history. A part of this history is revealed when her friends play a game of hypnotizing her. While under hypnosis, Kira speaks words in an unknown language. Kira confronts her mother, but she is secretive and will not explain anything to Kira.

Kira
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Mya
Aug 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Escape from memory is a really good book and I won't say much because I'm afraid to give out spoilers, did that a couple times, just got so into writing the review and got kinda carried away but moving on- to those fans of Margret Peterson Haddix's others books will surely like this book but one thing, I want a sequel. I want to see what happened after. After the... there I am getting carried away again with spoilers. I'll just say that the ending isn't happily ever after and I want to see what ...more
Emily
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
this book was vary mysterious. When she finds out that her mom is missing and this stranger comes in to her house and clams that she is her '' Aunt memory'' and that the only way to save her mom is of she goes with that women. Now she has a chose, to go with this person or to go to her friends house like it said on the paper that she found. This book has a lot of false clues and stuff like that. '' like when she finds out that this person who clams that she is her aunt memory is relay just an ev ...more
Robin Korb
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
As I read this book, I found myself intrigued by the elaborate details of this novel's backstory. The twists and turns kept me turning the pages, not just to see what came next, but to see how Kira, the main character, would save not only her friend but the mother who raised her. The linking of technology to memories and the ability to captures the lost memories of the entire population of a city, not to mention a family Kira does not recall, makes this a riveting read.
Sadie Vargas
Nov 23, 2010 is currently reading it
Shelves: second-quarter
I like this book very much i am currently reading it and i cant stop.
This book is about a girl whose mother is very silent and seems to dose off a little bit. No acuallly AlOT when her freinds hypnotize her she seems to spill secretes she doesnt even know herself. In astonishment her friends ask her more and more questions that she cant answer. Or can she?
Kelsey
May 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I finished this book last year for a school project. It is very interesting and it's a great book; exspecially for girls who like Margaret Haddix. She is one of my favorite authors and I am reading and already have read alot of her books. I give this a 5 star rating. You never exspect what happens at the end, well at least I didn't!
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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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