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Torn

(The Missing #4)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating details ·  8,139 ratings  ·  444 reviews
Still reeling from their experiences in Roanoke in 1600, Jonah and Katherine arrive in 1611 only moments before a mutiny on Henry Hudson’s ship in the icy waters of James Bay. But things are messed up: they’ve lost the real John Hudson, and they find what seems to be the fabled Northwest Passage—even though they are pretty sure that that route doesn’t actually exist. Will ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 23rd 2011 by Simon Schuster Books for Young Readers
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Nerd-Light-Books
Aug 02, 2011 rated it liked it
After a tip from the author on her facebook page, I put my name in, and I got an advanced copy of this book! I was SO excited! I really love this series.

SPOILER ALERT! This book is part of a series. If you have not read Found, Sent and Sabotaged, read on at your own risk!

Jonah and Katherine have been hurled through time yet again, and they have no idea where or when they are at first. They soon discover that they are on Henry Hudson’s ship, Discovery, and a mutiny is afoot. Jonah must disguise
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david y biblioflick


I read this immediately after the confusing previous book, Sabotaged. And this good is not that good nor so bad but still good ((view spoiler))["br"]>["br"]>
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Sabrina
Mar 27, 2012 rated it liked it


"There's another one" was the first thing that came to my mind when I stumbled upon this book at my library! It has been a long time since I have read a book by Haddix, primarily because her last installment in the series was ... disappointing. Nevertheless, I grabbed the copy and rushed home to finish the novel within a couple of hours. I had hoped that Ms. Haddix would blow me away as she did with her other novels such as Double Identity.

I was not blown away. More like a tiny little wind that
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Melenia
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this series.
Elizabeth Dragina
Feb 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
That happened.....

And nobody mind me while I freak out over here because my mind is so full of plot twists and misconceptions. *buries head in hands*

*moans* I am so confused, and anxious.

Also random information.... I REALLY HATE SECOND!!! HE IS MESSING UP MY MENTAL FACILITIES!!!
Julie Suzanne
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ms-library, sci-fi
A Social Studies teacher and I read the first 3 books in this sci-fi/historical fiction blended series YEARS ago, and after the third book, we were content to discontinue the series. However, my student-lead book club chose the first book in the series, Found, for their monthly read. I was relieved that I had already read it and would not have to scramble to add it to my to-read pile. Win-win! However, 4 of my 6 students finished the book in record time, came into to library at lunch, passing pe ...more
Eliot Morrison
Oct 11, 2016 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. I highly recommend Torn because there are many twists and turns throughout the story that are unexpected. Each chapter the book pulls you deeper into the story and you don't want to stop reading. Jonah and his sister Katherine go back in time, following the story of explorer Henry Hudson and his son, John. The book details a very dangerous voyage to find the Northwest Passage, and many things happen that you would never expect. The book will have your heart pumping ...more
Miss Clark
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Linda Munro
Oct 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really should stop reading more than one book at a time, but I just can't help myself.

I am reading the Missing series with my ten-year-old grandson, it's our own private book club and these books not only offer a science fiction fantasy to the reader's repertoire, it also offers some interesting historical aspects which we have been able to discuss. These books are an awesome means to get children interested in history!

In this book the reader travels back to the year 1611 and accompanies th
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John Stroup
In their other adventures, Jonah, Katherine and the missing kid have tracers, the ghostly outline of what's supposed to happen, to help steer them in the right direction.
Jonah and Katherine have no contact with J.B. or Second, no clue as to what to do, no idea if their actions are helping or hurting time.
Jonah and Katherine quickly find themselves in 1611, stuck on a sailing vessel off the icy coast of Canada, captained by the explorer Henry Hudson.
And when Second requires their help, Jonah and
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✨AYL 010 ➢ The Professional Disaster ➢
3.5
Note: all spellings in quotes are from original phrase.

"𝓢𝓸𝓶𝓮𝓽𝓱𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓿𝓮𝓻𝔂 𝓼𝓽𝓻𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮 𝓪𝓷𝓭 𝓭𝓪𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓻𝓸𝓾𝓼𝓮 𝓲𝓼 𝓱𝓪𝓹𝓹𝔂𝓷𝓲𝓷𝓰 𝓸𝓷 𝓽𝓱𝓮 𝓓𝓲𝓼𝓬𝓸𝓿𝓮𝓻𝓲𝓮..."

I wanted to round up. I really did. But the second half (view spoiler) crawled by on crutches. The first half was actually pretty good except for the first few pages which were BORING and were above my low expectations, but THEN we were plunged into this series's trademark headache-y, I-d
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Melanie
Feb 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Great book! Got too descriptive/repetitive/boring at a few parts, though. Can't wait for the rest of the series! ...more
Caden Westover
Oct 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
After continuing there story with Andrea and meeting second he is sent away to somewhere near what they thought at the time the northwest passage (which isint a thing) and were trying to find it while time was spiraling to an end.
MATT ABHOLD
Jan 06, 2016 rated it liked it
Personal Response: The book Torn is the fourth book by Haddix and it was pretty interesting. The author based this story off of Henry Hudson’s ship, and Jonah has to disguise himself as John Hudson; Henry Hudson’s son. This book is decent because the story line keeps changing, but the things that Jonah and Katherine have to do are very repetitive.

Plot: Jonah and Katherine are sent from 1600 to 1611 to The Discovery, Henry Hudson’s ship. They are put in the middle of a mutiny, but nobody notice
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Dreamergirl
Sure, after reading "Sent" I thought this series was going to be good, after all no one in the genre writes better than Margaret Haddix, but this book was so nothing like the writing I remembered from "Sent". Not in a bad way...it was far better! The characters that I thought I knew were introduced to me again in a totally different outlook and I had to remind myself a few times that it was only a book that I was reading. The history was also much more exciting and captivating than in "Sent" and ...more
Robert Karbowiak
Nov 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Torn, the predecessor of the book Caught, by Margaret Peterson Haddix is one of the authors best works. I have read the entire series, and have loved this book the most. Haddix, by my opinion, is one of the greatest authors alive today. Her works today are very probably regarded as beautiful works of modern art. Haddix takes a different approach than many of the authors we know today. The literary element "deux ex machine" is regarded as one of the worst, because it is shown as a plot twist, in ...more
Neil R. Coulter
Nov 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Another good entry in Margaret Peterson Haddix's Missing series. Haddix is a great storyteller, and one of the things I like most about this series is her skill in introducing new twists in a natural, organic way. Each book in this series has upped the stakes just a little bit, by introducing new characters, conspiracies, or challenges for Jonah and Katherine. In a lot of stories, this constant upping of the game feels artificial, but Haddix is good at constructing series in which each new chall ...more
Cameron
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Torn
by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Torn, by Margaret Peterson Haddix is a historical fiction novel that is full of action, and adventure. Jonas and Katherine teens from present day travel back in time to help Henry Hudson find the middle passage. Jonah and Katherine find conflict aboard Henry Hudson ship, while they are trying to fix time there is a mutiny aboard and something strange is happening below deck... Will Jonah and Katherine be able to save time, and themselves?

I thought this was a great
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Theresa
Oct 05, 2011 rated it liked it
I didn't like this one as much as Haddix's first three in this series. It confused me a little. But we're getting it from Junior Library Guild in the media center, so I thought I'd read it over break. It was alright. I like the author a lot. I think my biggest complaint is that it skipped around and I felt really confused. The setting wasn't my favorite either. I liked the time periods and historical fiction topics better from books 2 and 3 (Sent and Sabotaged). We'll keep it though. It was inte ...more
Becca
Sep 26, 2011 rated it liked it
I was so close to abandoning this series after the last book, Sabatoged, due to the fact that I felt it was an example of an author grasping at straws to continue with a storyline that maybe was working anymore. But it does still work. And Haddix proves that with this fourth installment. The old sense of adventure is back, as well as the interesting history without the odd sensation of jumping around from meaningless point to meaningless point (much like timesickness, I would guess).
Alanna P
Jun 03, 2012 rated it really liked it
History and identifying with authentic teenage emotions? A well-blended view of what might happen when pre-teens are the last hope to save time. I enjoyed the way that the characters were built and developed and their timelines were carefully constructed. Again, a nod for the well-researched history that made it come alive without distorting the facts beyond recognition.
Adel
May 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Jonah, Chip, JB, and Katherine wanted to go back in time to play Henry Hudson's part but they had to try and travel in the right time and survive without getting caught so they went back in time, played his part then they finally return back to the 21st century. ...more
Eoin
Aug 14, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This is definitely my favorite book in the series. It had a level of suspense that the other books did not have which made it much more enjoyable.
Shaeley Santiago
Aug 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Jonah & Katherine follow along on Henry Hudson's search for the Northwest Passage as they work to fulfill their end of the deal with Second to save Andrea, Brendan, & Antonio. ...more
Luke Spanos
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I love the series but this book seemed worn out and exhausting to read
Emily
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As a fourth grade teacher, I find this novel to be indescribably important. As soon as I finished reading it, I immediately started writing a Donors Choose project to try to get a class set (link here: https://www.donorschoose.org/project/...)

Ms. Haddix has a remarkable way of drawing readers in to this incredible tale of exploration through two beautifully crafted characters in the form of adolescent time travelers. Her art of writing made me believe, even as an adult, that I was right there wi
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Curran
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Jonah and Katherine go on yet another trip through time, back to the 1600’s, to Roanoke City, with Dare the Dog and Andrea/Virginia Dare.

Torn is book #4 in “The Missing” series. It is a science fiction book, that will keep you on the edge of your seat, due to the unexpected twists and turns throughout the story.

Jonah is an adopted boy from the past, who doesn’t know his true identity. Katherine is Jonah’s younger sister. Their mission is to return children who were taken from time periods and
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Meg McGregor
Jan 13, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: time-travel
This story, has been my favorite, so far!

Jonah and Katherine have to fix the year of 1611; otherwise, time outself will stop and everything will be destroyed!

No pressure, right?

Jonah does a lot of growing up in this story! And he comes to realize that his world, in the present day, makes him grateful and happy!

"You look happier," JB observed.

"Why not? Jonah said. "I don't have scurvy. I don't have frostbite. I'm not in the middle of a mutiny. Nobody's threatening me with a knife or a gun or a sw
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Evey
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
The book was a spectacular combination of a complicated web of time travel which Haddix spins so wonderfully and a confused world of a teenage boy. I have a theory that JB, knowing what Jonah likes and (in my imagination) looks like an older version of Jonah, so that lead on to the thought, is JB Jonah but from the future? In the end of the book, JB claims to have known where Jonah was going from what Jonah was doing and said to him “ have fun... while you still can.” Of course this could all be ...more
Anya Zhang
Jun 07, 2020 rated it it was ok
I don't know how I feel about this book, I mean, I really like Margaret Peterson Haddix and I like Among the Hidden, it's just this book doesn't stand out. I feel like everything is the book is very shallow, and doesn't have depth to it. This also might be the first time I've read books in a series back-to-back, but I don't have the fifth book or the first book. Also, I feel like this book was disconnected and it kept breaking off into so many paths. It got to the point where I still don't know ...more
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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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The Missing (8 books)
  • Found (The Missing, #1)
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  • Sabotaged (The Missing, #3)
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