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Children Of The Future

4.09  ·  Rating details ·  68 ratings  ·  62 reviews
This is an alternate cover edition of ASIN B01J702RM2.

Where are the missing children?

A small yellow school bus pulls up in front of the little red brick schoolhouse. Telly, the bus driver, discovers all of the children are missing -- all except one very frightened Billy who has hidden in a cabinet. Where is everyone? Telly and Billy are determined to find the answers.

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Kindle Edition, 118 pages
Published July 27th 2016
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Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
The story follows one week like no other in a small town, where a 25 kids and 3 teachers inexplicably disappear. Alien kidnapping? Government conspiracy? Magic? The protagonists, bus driver Telly and young student Billy, follow clues—but will they be in time to solve the mystery before any one gets hurt?
From the title, I suspected the missing students had been sent into the future, but the real answer might be even more shocking. The author does a nice job of tying clues from the earlier chapte
Phillip Stephens
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: diversion
Paranormal mystery? Or simply ordinary?
Think of Children of the Future as X-Files Lite. Author Jane Suen presents readers with a mystery—the children and teachers in Rocky Flats’ rural school disappear without a trace. Her hero, Telly, frantically tracks them down with the help of Billy, the school’s lone survivor.

Throw in footprints that stop suddenly in a clearing, a remote warehouse filled with black SUVs, citizens convinced the students were abducted by aliens and readers begin to wonder if
Feb 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Children Of The Future by Jane Suen

5 Stars

I have read all of this authors books and she never ceases to amaze me. Through most of the book you sit scratching your head asking where in the world is she going with this story, savoring every word along the way. This was a quick read, full of content. Not sure how she does it but she can in just a few pages build the best characters and her storylines are always out of this world.

With so much going on in the world today this story was spot on, well
Cassondra Windwalker
Mar 31, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Oct 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A fast, compelling mystery. Where are the children? When students vanish without many clues the theories and questions start out reasonable and grow fanatical as the days pass without answers. And why was Billy left?

You get a real sense that Telly the bus driver who discovered them missing is getting more and more wound up. Something rather shocking happens with him and the end is really thought provoking. Did it mean what I thought? I don’t know. Maybe. It could have.

If you are a fan of Twiligh
Mar 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The mystery of a small class of students and teachers disappearing at the end of a school day is downright frightening to even think about. The author teases just enough that you feel things are going to get better but soon, you are just as involved and worried as the poor people in the little town of Rocky Flats. Even as things seem to be ending and normal days starting again there is another slight twist that might give a chill when you read the last page (it did me). Overall a page turner I e ...more
Kim Shofner
Mar 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Living in a small town I gotta say this book kinda freaked me out. The bus drivers do know this much about the other community members. This books bus driver goes above and beyond for his towns people. One student hid and didn't get taken too. He goes with Telly to search. Me personally... I think Billy's mom should have demanded he come home immediately. But the search continues. I thought this book showed how awesome small towns are. Everyone comes together to help. I was happy with how this b ...more
Maria E.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Telly, a school bus driver in a small town, arrives at school to pick up the children on his route, but there are no children anywhere. It's already past 2:30 so where are the children? And the teachers? He goes inside and he finds the halls and classrooms eerily quiet and eerily empty. Suddenly he hears a noise, looks inside a cabinet, and finds one solitary boy, Billy, who hid in a cabinet without anyone seeing him. When questioned, Billy had no idea what had happened, he had heard some noise ...more
Haley Lossing

I received a copy of this book for free in exchange for an honest review. I would recommend it for young adult and up. A unique storyline.
Cindy Maciarz
Mar 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Good read

Found this to be a very good book. I really enjoyed reading it. The main character is a great guy. Wonderful lesson.
Feb 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Great suspicion in a small town!

This book had well developed characters and a great story line! When the children go missing you just want to keep reading and reading to figure out what happens to them. The end is a big surprise and is worth the read!
Kevin McAllion
Feb 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nothing sends panic spreading through a small town more than missing children. Dark thoughts are instantly conjured as powerless parents and everyone else in the community start to fear the worse for the poor boy or girl who has disappeared. It’s an all too common occurrence but this excellent novella turns the concept on its head. It’s not just one child who goes missing from the sleepy town of Rocky Flats but an entire class, with the exception of a wee boy called Billy who managed to hide him ...more
Debra Ledford
Feb 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Interesting story with an surprise ending. Appropriate for its recommended age group.
Leland Lydecker
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
‘Children of the Future’ is a gentle, one-of-a-kind mystery with far more going on than first meets the eye.

It’s an ordinary day in an ordinary week for school bus driver Terrance “Telly” O’Brian, until he stumbles upon the mysterious disappearance of every teacher and all but one student from his small town’s school. With the help of the one child left behind, Telly sets out to solve the mystery.

Jane Suen skillfully guides the reader through the twist and turns of this brilliant young adult my
Debra Goldstein
Feb 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
An excellent debut novel with twists and turns that lead to a delightful climax and a somewhat startling, but well-conceived ending. This book is on the cusp based upon balancing typical first book moments vs. the development of a unique idea. I'm looking forward to reading more books by Jane Suen because I can tell from this one that each one will demonstrate her growth as a writer
Nancy Spitznagle
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Excellent read!

I would definitely recommend this book to any middle grade and older reader!
It had a great storyline that just flowed really well. The main characters were fairly well fleshed out, and although I had predicted the ending; it was still very apropos and thought provoking.
Janet Scott
Sep 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Good story, bad ending

This is about a small town school and one day all the children, except one who hid in a cabinet, disappear. The search begins to find the town's children. Eventually, the reason for the disappearance is explained, but the ending is abrupt. It's an ok read.
Dec 13, 2016 rated it it was ok

Milk toast is the first thing that came to mind while reading this book. The only thing interesting about the story was the ending. The characters are blah. The story telling is blah.
Oh and it's "except" not "expect".
James Marquis
Dec 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
A well written debut novel. The author uses details well to help the reader imagine what's going on. I also found the main character easy to care about.
Children Of The Future by Jane Suen was an okay read that had promise but for me fell short on the delivery.

I will start with, that wasn't my first book by Jane Suen, so going into this thriller I had high hopes, because I very much enjoyed the other books I've read. But sadly, though I did like it, I wasn't in love with it. The overall concept is really good. The disappearing children, the mysterious new shiny town that, just seems to appear a few miles away, and of course, the ending. If anyt
Christian Finley
Feb 18, 2018 rated it did not like it scared my child.

I hate giving low reviews, but I have to give my honest opinion on this one.

I could not find anything on the Amazon page indicating to what age group this book is intended, but I can say for sure that it is not intended for kids. When I first read the description, I thought it might be a horror or sci-fi, but somebody else told me that it was in fact a middle grade novel. I strongly have to disagree with this assessment, for reasons I give further down, and I think the
Mar 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Three and a Half Stars.

Children of the Future by Jane Suen, is a YA mystery with a bit of a paranormal feel to it. The book is a short story and was very easy to read.
The story is set in a small, country town called Rocky Flats. We follow as the school bus driver, Telly arrives one afternoon to pick up the children for their homeward journey. But, when no children arrive, he sets off to investigate and finds the school empty. All the students and teachers have disappeared. All except one child,
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
I have become a fan of Jane Suen, as her stories always keep you guessing and reading on. Children of the Future was not my favorite of hers, but I still enjoyed it. Seeing its her debut novel, I can attest her writing has evolved immensely since then, and I recommend others to try her other novels as well. I didn't realize it was geared towards young adults or tweens, but that makes sense. It wasn't quite as suspense filled as I would have expected, given the circumstances. But for a child nove ...more
Mar 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Children Of The Future by Jane Suen is a mystery story told from the perspective of a school bus driver, Telly, who arrives one afternoon to find all but one of the pupils at his school have disappeared. The story follows him and the rest of the community as they attempt to find the missing pupils and teachers.

One thing that really struck me about this book was the level of detail. From the start, we are given lots of information about Telly’s everyday life. This helps to tether the story in rea
Laura Furuta
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Children Of The Future
By: Jane Suen
5 out of 5 stars

The story Children Of The Future by Jane Suen is a book that I found imaginative and interesting. It is what I would call a short story or novella. It had quite a way of grabbing my attention and holding it from the first chapter to the last. I enjoyed reading about the character of Telly. He is the town bus driver who one afternoon finds all of the children, with the exception of one, missing. Telly enjoys driving the children to and from schoo
Bobbi Wagner
Feb 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Children of the Future by Jane Suen is a Young-Adult book. This is not my first book by this author but it ranks at the top of her books for me. I know what I am getting when I pick up one of her books. She takes me on a journey that is mysterious and different then I am use to. This book is about a group of children that come up missing. The school bus driver, Telly, is the one who discovers that the children are missing. While searching the school, he comes across one little boy, Billy. Will t ...more
Sep 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Readers who make it through this book will be rewarded with a clever, almost chilling twist at the end.
At just over 100 pages, Children of the Future is a fairly quick read. Telly, a school bus driver, who also works a number of odd jobs on the side, shows up one afternoon to pick up the children and finds the school deserted, except for Billy, one scared child who hid in a cupboard and cannot adequately explain what happened to everyone else. Together, they alert the townspeople, set up a comma
C.A. King
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 30daychallenge
Rating this one has been giving me some trouble, so I decided to break it down into three categories to show how I came about my final 4/5 stars.

Concept 4.5/5
I love the idea of taking one of a parent's worst nightmares and turning it into a story. In this case a small town's children are missing. All that is except one. It is a well thought out plot, with good twists and a thought provoking message at the end.

Creativity 5/5
Suen takes a small town and gives it an x-files feel. I especially like t
Grant Leishman
May 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2017
Children of the Future by Jane Suen is a pleasant, little read that is most suitable for readers at senior elementary level or middle-school.
The story follows a school bus driver, Telly and his young friend Billy, who discover that all the children and teachers of their small elementary school have disappeared. When Billy heard the commotion, he hid in a cupboard and was saved from the fate of the others.
Who took the children? Where did they go? and What will happen to them? Telly and Billy se
E.M. Cooper
Aug 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Telly is an ordinary man working in the small tight knit rural community of Rocky Flats, who drives the local elementary school bus. One afternoon, he arrives to collect his young charges only to discover one small boy hiding in a cupboard while all the other students and teachers have disappeared. A strong element of mystery and intrigue develops and escalates. Through Telly’s eyes, the reader is left to guess whether the school is now a crime scene or the site of a supernatural event.

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Jane Suen is an award-winning author who writes mysteries, sci-fi thrillers, contemporary fiction, and short stories.

Since her debut children’s mystery, Children of the Future, she's wrapped up her thriller series, Alterations Trilogy. Look for a June 2019 release of her new mystery suspense, Murder Creek.

Jane is a transplant to the South who has taken a liking to grits, iced tea, and snow cones