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New York Times bestselling author David Levithan takes young readers on a twisting journey through truth, reality, and fantasy and belief.

Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply. . . impossible. But it'
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Hardcover, 224 pages
Published February 2nd 2021 by Knopf Books for Young Readers
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Tina
This is a Middle Grade book. I loved this book. The characters was so great, and I really loved the two brothers (Aidan and Lucas) characters. This book really shows the love brothers has for each other. It also shows how mean kids can be to other kids. I feel this book as a lot of important lessons for middle grade kids to learn into. This book was so well-written, and I think middle grade kids and adults will love this book. I was kindly provided an e-copy of this book by the publisher (Knopf ...more
Emma☀️
This was a fun read, however it did fall a bit short. I was under the impression that we were going to get Aidan’s story from his time at Aveinieu (a Narnia-like portal world), but that was sadly not the case. The book dealt with the aftermath of Aidan’s disappearance and how Lucas and his family dealt with it.

Family was an important theme throughout the novel. I loved the sibling relationship between Aidan and Lucas. They were so supportive of each other and it was lovely seeing them bond over
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Larry H
Feb 01, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, blog-tour
David Levithan's new book, The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother) , is a sweet, moving, mysterious story about telling the truth and a special relationship between brothers.

One night, 12-year-old Aidan disappeared. He and his younger brother Lucas both went to bed (they share a room), and when Lucas woke up the next morning, Aidan was gone. Everyone in their town searched everywhere, and no stone was left unturned. What could’ve happened to him?

Six days later, Lucas
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Sheena
Lucas' brother Aiden goes missing and the whole town joins in in helping to find him. They search everywhere, including the attic in the house. A week later, Lucas finds his brother in the same attic they already searched before. Aiden claims he went through the dresser and into another world. Of course, no one believes him and the town spirals out of control in claiming that they deserve to know the truth. Lucas isn't sure what he believes but is there to support Aiden. Reminiscent of Narnia, I ...more
birdie
Jan 31, 2021 rated it liked it
This was a very intriguing middle grade novel and though I definitely enjoyed my time reading it, it didn't really do anything for me. It did have a great vibe that had me wanting to keep reading more which just made it a really quick read.

Despite not having any strong feelings towards it, I'm very glad I picked it up because I now definitely want to read more by David Levithan! If anyone's looking for a light, magical-realism middle grade story, I'd definitely recommend this one!

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Schizanthus Nerd
Jan 24, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It was a game of hide and seek that got old after five minutes, alarming after an hour, and the scariest thing that had ever happened to any of us after that.
Aidan couldn’t be found.
Lucas’ older brother, Aidan, disappeared without a trace for six days. Now he’s returned home and the story he tells about the time he was missing seems too strange to be true.
Where were you?
Nobody’s going to believe me.
I’ll believe you.
I don’t think you can.
I loved the interactions between the brothers as the
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Trisha
Feb 03, 2021 rated it really liked it
I thought this was a great book about family and brothers. It shows the aftermath of Aidan disappearing in a way that is hard for his brother to believe. Although the story didn't get into where Aidan went too much, I can see another story coming along and giving us the rest of the info.

As it was, it was well written and I really liked the story between the family and the brothers.
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Marieke du Pré
Edit 2 Februari 2021
Does anyone know why people with no friends and barely any books on their list are cancelling this book? Over a 150 1 and 2 star ratings in just a few days. It’s such a sweet story!

This sweet MG story is about 11 yo Lucas and his 12 yo brother Aidan who disappears for six days and tells his family he has been in another world: Aveinieu. His parents don’t believe him; Lucas wants to, though. But isn’t Aidan’s story implausible? And does it matter if Aidan’s story is possible o
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Rebecca Crunden
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
If the book is good enough, you feel like everything is true.

I honestly, truly enjoyed this. It's a very good twist on kid goes off to fantasy world. This story focuses on the family he leaves behind, the brother who wants to know the truth of where he went. My heart broke for Aidan throughout this story and I do wish it had a slightly different ending, but overall I thought the take was interesting and Aidan and Lucas had a great brotherhood. It kind of reminds me of Last Bus to Everland.

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Kadi P
*Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.*

This was a fantastically written book and an interesting read. Just shy of touching, the whimsy was kept to a minimum which went well with the almost solemn tone of the book. The question in my mind throughout was not “is the protagonist’s reason for his disappearance true?” rather it was “how will everyone move on from this?”.

It was extremely interesting to see how the protagonist’s relations
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Ellie
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
It was very interesting and well written read. The book focus on the aftermath of Aidan's disappearance and to be honest I would also like to read story what happen to him when he was gone. Aiden claims he went through the dresser and into another world - it obviously remind me of Narnia. I really enjoyed siblings relationship showed in this book - Aidan and Lucas have a amazing brotherhood. Unfortunately the ending wasn't so great for me - it was very bittersweet and I wish it would end other w ...more
Jamie
Nov 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
This gave me such nostalgia for the books from my childhood. It’s beautifully, effortlessly written and honest. It has that timeless quality that all middle grade literature possesses.
Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
I had to stew on this one for a bit before rating it. Because I'm so back and forth on it, I think 3 stars is a fair rating. I'm between 2 and 3 so I guess it's a 2.5 rounded up.

This book follows two brothers: Aidan and Lucas. Aidan disappeared and was missing for 6 days before he resurfaced again in his family's attic. His family, the police, and the neighborhood that were searching him clearly had questions about where he was so Aidan told them. The problem is that his story was so fantastica
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KTReads
Jan 26, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: anticipated-2021
3.5
I really enjoyed this fun mystery story which I think is perfect for fans of Malamander by Thomas Taylor! This book follows our main character Lucas who when his brother goes missing for 6 days tries to find out what happened. I really loved the brotherly relationships in this story as well as the complicated family relationships. I also loved the atmosphere and creativity that was woven into this novel. The only issue I had with it was I was never completely gripped or connected to the story
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Faeeja Humaira Meem
Thanks to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

It was such an unexpectedly exceptional read! The novel is a gem balancing realism with fantasy woven throughout masterfully, blending in themes of family bonding, love, and even moral quandaries such as distrust and honesty. The plot is simple and as the blurb suggests: Twelve-year-old Aidan vanishes in the middle of the night, only to reappear six days later in his own attic. His family and the
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Amy
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Many thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for providing me with a DRC of this title for review. All opinions are my own.

I have not read any Levithan (that I can remember at least) so I wasn't sure what to expect when I started this one. I liked the premise (a boy goes missing for 6 days, shows up unexpectedly, and no one believes the story he tells about where he was/why he as gone) and I had high hopes.

I was not disappointed. :)

This was one of those magical, unexpected middle grade books that
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Keisha | A Book Like You
Feb 10, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: middle-grade
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Rylanne Burdette
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Aidan has been missing for days. There is no sign of him anywhere in the house, and everyone in town has been searching for him. One evening, his brother, Lucas, finds him in the attic but doesn't know how he got there. Aidan tells his story, but nobody believes him. Lucas tries to figure out what happened to Aidan, and the truth of where he went may just be out of this world.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. is the first David Levithan book I have ever picked up, and I absolutely loved i
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~Madison
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing
OH. MY. GOD.
This is one of the best things ive ever read.
I finished it and squealed, its THAT good.
Toya (the reading chemist)
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it
Such a cute story. And yes to queer characters for middle graders!
Ms. Yingling
Dec 02, 2020 rated it liked it
ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

Lucas's brother Aidan disappeared for six days. During that time, the entire town helped look, and the boys' parents (and Lucas) were understandably very upset. Then, just as suddenly, Aidan shows up in the family's attic, a bit dirty and still in his pajamas, but fine. Of course, the police question him and his family repeatedly, and only one story is clear: Aidan traveled into a magical alternate reality, Aveinieu, and only left because it wasn't safe for him to
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Yvonne (It's All About Books)

Finished reading: January 19th 2021


"Sometimes we ask questions because we hope the answers will tell us why we asked the questions in the first place."

*** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Text Publishing in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! ***

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Tiash .
"True or not, every story has something it wants you to remember. True or not, every story has something it wants you to believe."

David Levithan is one of those authors I easily gravitate toward and that's the sole reason why Picked it up. No offence but middle grade books bore me real hard. But then few exception happens and It's one of those rare case! I could feel the story, mainly because I've a sibling just one and a half year elder than me and we more or less was like Aidan and Lucas in ou
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Rupal Rao
Feb 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2021, netgalley
The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. by David Levithan, is a short pleasant read, it's a Middle grade book but I absolutely enjoyed it! .
Family was an important theme throughout the novel. The relationship between the two brothers, Aidan and Lucas was admirable. They were so supportive of each other and it was lovely seeing them bond over the course of the novel. This book showed many other things, how mean kids at school can be, how fast rumors fly, and how at the end even your friends mig
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Lynn
Feb 15, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It has been a long time since I found a book so compelling that I read straight through it. As a remedy for covid-reading-focus issues David's first book for middle grade readers is the ideal remedy!

The voice of Lucas, the younger brother and narrator was simply terrific - a thoughtful observer of events and interactions around him, it is spot on, believable and compelling. Lucas's story is the device that raises the issues, spots the inconsistencies and the assesses the reactions. Lucas reports
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Galy
I recieved this ebook from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! All opinions are my own.

I was so excited to read another David Levithan book! The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. is a middle grade book with a fantasy touch. It was interesting!

One day Aidan disappeared. He disappeared for six days. His family and everyone in town were searching for him. But then Aidan reappeared. He told a story that no one believed, except maybe his brother Lucas. People s
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Rylanne Burdette
Aidan has been missing for days. There is no sign of him anywhere in the house, and everyone in town has been searching for him. One evening, his brother, Lucas, finds him in the attic but doesn't know how he got there. Aidan tells his story, but nobody believes him. Lucas tries to figure out what happened to Aidan, and the truth of where he went may just be out of this world.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. is the first David Levithan book I have ever picked up, and I absolutely loved i
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Valeria Fernandez
Jan 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to Netgalley for the free arc in exchange for an honest review

This is one of those stories that's so beautiful and important you still think about years later.

When Aidan goes missing, his parents and brother -as well as the entire town- look for him all over the place. When Aidan comes back, six days later, and they ask him about his whereabouts, he says he was in a magical world. His parents are skeptical, but his little brother is there for him, to help him deal with the fallout of hi
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Juan Antonio
Jan 20, 2021 rated it really liked it
*** ARC provided through NetGalley***

Wow that was quite an experience.

This books doesn’t tells us the story about the disappearance of Aiden like the book title might suggest, rather is the story after he came back and all of the consequences it had his departure. We see all of this through Lucas, Aiden’s brother. And how he is struggling in weather he should believe his brothers stories.

First of all I want to say I love the LGBTQ+ inclusion the book had, specially for a middle grade. Making t
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Lisa Nocita
Nov 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
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2.5 stars
In a letter to readers Levithan says that this novel, his first for middle grade readers, is an amalgamation of many books and authors that have influenced his literary life. “That’s what I hope I’ve done here, taking a lot of stories I love, mixing them into a mystery, and giving them bac
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