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The Strangers

(The Greystone Secrets #1)

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  3,714 ratings  ·  666 reviews
Told in alternating points of view from Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone, Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers is the beginning of a new page-turning adventure that examines assumptions about identity, family, and home, from the master of middle grade suspense.

What makes you you?

The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblin
ebook, 300 pages
Published April 2nd 2019 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Diana | Book of Secrets
3.5 Stars → I was intrigued by the premise of THE STRANGERS, and it had a strong start. After seeing a bizarre story on the news, the Greystone children's mother disappears, and Chess, Emma, and Finn are determined to bring her home. Their mom left behind only cryptic clues to her whereabouts, and it's going to take smarts and courage to find her. After the halfway point, the story took a strange turn that I wasn't expecting, like a genre change almost. It became slow and repetitive in parts, an ...more
Rachel Reads Ravenously
4 stars!

Margaret Peterson Haddix is an author that’s been around since I was a child. I remember one of my elementary school teachers reading her book Running Out of Time out loud to my class and loving it so much I begged my mom to go to the bookstore to buy it so I could read it again. Flash forward twenty years or so and I’m a children’s librarian now. When I saw she had this new book coming out I was intrigued by the cover (yes I read book based on covers, everyone does). I placed a hold o
Oct 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
My recommendation to anyone who wants to read this book is to go in almost completely blind. This book is like a puzzle. Trying to put the pieces together as you read this book is half the fun. I'll confess that my theory didn’t pan out but I did still enjoy it!

If you have read any other Haddix book you are going to enjoy this one. This book has mystery and intrigue in abundance. So much so that I had a hard time putting it down even when it too late in the night and later too early in the morni
Aug 20, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very clever and twisty mystery! Such an unusual premise, and yet Haddix carries it off . . . because of course she does! Very excited for the next one, to find out more!
Christi M
Dec 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The story begins when the children come home one day to find their mother a bit distraught. Something is clearly bothering her as she listens to the TV or radio where they are stating that three children have been kidnapped – three siblings from Arizona with identical first and middle names as well as ages/birth dates of each of the Greystone children. That night Chess overhears his mom talking to someone named “Joe” saying he “needed to fix it.” The next day when the kids get up to go to school ...more
Wendi Lee
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What happens when three kids read about the kidnapping of three other kids - all with their names and exact ages? The premise of the first volume in this middle grade series was promising, and although the middle lagged quite a bit, the ending was pretty spectacular.
Enjoyed this very much. I especially liked the suspenseful chapter endings and the layers that could be appreciated by an adult. Certain conversations and actions immediately had me thinking, “Ah! Been there.” Ms. Haddix included so much insight in her story. I definitely plan to read the sequel.
Books on Stereo
A fun, alternate universe story.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was ok
*Thank you so much Katherine Tegan Books at HarperCollins for providing me an eARC from Edelweiss in exchanged for an honest review.
*dnfed at 60%

1.75 / 5 stars

The Greystone children have always had a happy, close relationship with their mother. When a kidnapping occurs that hits too close to home, all things become chaotic for this family. The Greystone children are separated from their mother after she mysteriously goes away for work and they are left to hunt for answers.

I really tried to enj
Violet Sinclair
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of Margaret Peterson Haddix
DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of THE STRANGERS via Edelweiss Above the Treeline in exchange for an honest review

Let me just start by saying...WHAT THE HECK WAS THAT

I shouldn’t expect anything other than amazing plot twists from Margaret Peterson Haddix, but wow. This one was really

This story is basically about three kids - Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone - who come home from school one day, and overhear a news broadcast talking about three kids from Ar
Sam (she_who_reads_)
This was such a fun, enthralling read! Once I started, it was a true struggle to put it down- there was so much happening and I NEEDED to know how things were going to work out for these kids and their mum. The pacing was perfect- the plot moved at a rapid pace, whilst still allowing time for the reader to understand exactly what was happening (there is a science-fiction element that I think was explained well for younger readers). I loved the puzzles and clues the kids had to work out, and the ...more
Apr 09, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to start this by saying, I dont normally read middle grade books, but the plot of this sounded interesting and It was available to me immediately at the library to reserve before it was published. I did not at all expect to be so drawn in my the story. Its close to see how resemblances to A Wrinkle In Time have been made, and I would go a step further to say that it also has a big Stranger Things vibe going on too. Part of it is magical realism, though it's definitely rooted more in reali ...more
Beth Bryden-miller
Alternate universe the premise is intriguing but takes a while to get there. The ages of the kids makes it awkward for middle school. Would recommend as a purchase for higher elementary.
Nov 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is super cute and fun! I love middle grade mysteries, they have so much going on but in a clear, easy to understand way. The kids were adorable, especially Finn and the audio narrator did a fantastic job with the voices. The plot was fun and intriguing and I'm excited to read the second book.
Tiffany Miss.Fiction
I received a digital review copy of THE STRANGERS via Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review

We follow the story of the siblings Chess, Emma and Finn. One day, after coming home from school, they discover from TV that some children with their exact same names and birthdate were kidnapped in Arizona. The day after, their mom leaves for a business trip and leave them with the stranger Mrs. Morales and her daughter Natalie but soon, they will find out that their mom is not coming back and a huge
Book Hunter
This is the story of three siblings who are separated from their mother after she mysteriously vanishes and they are left to hunt for answers. I really liked the first half of the book, but the last half I struggled with due to the story becoming a little unrealistic for me. I was expecting mystery, but it was more science fiction based than anything else. The plot was a little weak, with not much happening, and at 400 pages it was too long and repetitive. Lastly, this book ends on a cliffhanger ...more
Kelly Moore
I think this idea is fantastic, but the characters are so wooden and goody-goody that it's kind of boring, even with such an interesting premise.
Yolanda Smith
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished-in-2020
Absolutely delightful and captivating. Eagerly awaiting my library hold for book two. Can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to enjoy this series.
Jenni Frencham
Aug 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Haddix, Margaret Peterson. The Strangers. Katherine Tegen Books, 2019.

Chess, Emma, and Finn come home from school to find their mother staring at her laptop, where there is a news recording of three children in Arizona who have been kidnapped. Three children who have the exact same first and middle names as they do and who share their birthdays. The next day their mother has to leave town for work, and the trio stumble into a mystery that has them looking for clues, breaking secret codes, and tr
Melanie Dulaney
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Margaret Peterson Haddix is one of the 3 most read authors in my 5th grade library after removing the graphic novels and never-ending Jeff Kinney books. She, Mary Downing Hahn, and Peg Kehret never fail to excite my students with their edge-of-your-seat action/adventure novels. I expect that this newest Haddix series, Greystone Secrets, will have as long a waiting list as her Shadow Children and Missing series always do. Summaries of book 1, “The Strangers” abound and I will not repeat those her ...more
Jul 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to the publisher and Edelweiss for this DRC! I can say, without a doubt, that this new series will be an incredible hit! Filled with suspense and twists you don't always see coming, I couldn't put this one down. I loved how it is written in the three different voices of the children. This allows the reader a deeper understanding of the family relationships as well as each character's strengths and flaws. I don't want to write much about the plot for fear of ruining the suspense. Suffice i ...more
It was ok. I was hoping/expecting more mystery, but it was more Science fiction based than anything else. It was just fine. The characters are cute. But nothing too memorable or distinguishable.
Meredith Mara
Aug 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Phenomenal mystery adventure read. One of my new fave middle-grade series!
Jordan Henrichs
Oct 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Strangers reminds me of Haddix's Among the Hidden series, mixed with elements of The Hunger Games and Stranger Things. The first half of this book is a wild ride. Chapters are told from alternating perspectives of the three Greystone children, and they come and go quickly, most ending with cliffhangers, each picking up where the last one left off and revealing just a little bit more of the story. The third person narrative, alternating from Greystone kid to Greystone kid was a cool idea but ...more
Sep 26, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, for-the-girls
Blah, this is a 'low' two-star rating. It wasn't so bad that I didn't finish, but this was a disappointment. First, this book was entirely too long for it's weak plot. A set of siblings hear in the news that another set of 3 siblings, with their exact same names & birthdays have gone missing. After which, their mother starts acting shady & disappears on a 'business trip.' It's no surprise that this story is leading to an 'alternate universe' plot twist. The reader must endure endless internal an ...more
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 ⭐️
This one started off really good and suspenseful for me then it just went on too long. The surprise was a bit too sci-fi for me when I was expecting a mystery. The constant alternating points of view also annoyed me a bit and wasn’t that necessary. It made many chapters 2 pages long, making it a total of 61 chapters. Many kids might enjoy having shorter chapters but I found them staccato and didn’t allow me to enjoy each character as long as I’d like. It also ends on a cliffhanger leading
Dec 27, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, 2019
I enjoyed it but I honestly expected more.
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I grew to love Margaret Peterson Haddix's novels in elementary school reading Among the Hidden and the other Shadow Children books andRunning Out of Time. I see those two books still heavily influencing her plots, but The Strangers still was its own book. This triple perspective middle grade was a fun read with strong characters and a creative storyline. I felt she balanced the three points of view very well, each character's journey throughout the story was helpful to them solving the case whil ...more
Jul 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: yes, a-good-time
Almost gave this book 3/3.5 stars because I was just Not Vibing with Natalie:
-victim blaming (in this case women who get cheated on), which is not cute ever
-acting like her mom helping said women out in their divorces is a bad thing, when it literally is not
-being weird about her mom taking care of other kids
-yelling verbal abuse at her mom, who really did not deserve it (dude she was so nasty I felt bad and I wasn’t even the target. She definitely crossed the line of “acceptable mother-daughter
Great but I kind of hoped it would have turned out be something different...
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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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