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(The Missing #4)

3.99  ·  Rating details ·  7,444 Ratings  ·  421 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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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
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))
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
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I am really enjoying this series.
Julie Suzanne
Mar 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi, ms-library
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
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
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.
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 notices
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 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 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
Jason Andersen
May 27, 2014 rated it liked it
Jonah and Katherine are stuck aboard Henry Hudson's ship trying to save the others who are all stuck in the year 1600 and can't get out.
Jonah must fix history by acting as John Hudson because the real John was taken from history. It's very dangerous, as Jonah is hit with a club, tied up in a mutiny, and put in the stocks. Jonah and an invisible Katherine must be careful as they try to put history back the way it was.
I like how the author kept coming back to the main subject. Even though in thi
Oct 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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
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.
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.
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.
Luke Spanos
Aug 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
I love the series but this book seemed worn out and exhausting to read
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:

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
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
Louie F
May 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
This seiries just keeps getting better. This book has actually tough me a thing or two about boats and sailing, even though I'll probably never use this knowledge. I'm still a little disappointed about how the book is written. I mean there isn't really a climax part of the book, it kind of has the same amount of exitement the whole book. when they found out who second was disguised as was probably the climax of the book I guess. I'm really enjoying this series so far and I really hope it gets ev ...more
Denise Spicer
Nov 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Book Four in the series. Now it is the year 1611 and Jonah and Katherine have been sent to help fix some of the problems with time caused by Second Chance. J.B. is stuck in 1600 with Andrea, Brendan and Antonio. Jonah and his sister find themselves on board Henry Hudson’s boat Discovery. Katherine must stay invisible and Jonah is disguised as Henry’s son John Hudson. There is a mutiny and once again Jonah and Katherine must figure out how to help their friends. P. 235 Second would say he’s tryin ...more
Jan 27, 2018 rated it liked it
It was okay. I was glad when it ended, but I’m going to read the next one, so I guess I liked it enough. What’s interesting about this series is that each book is a different adventure, each one after the other, so not just a continuation of the previous book, despite the fact that the books all have a “home base” time and the same main characters. So if you don’t like one, you can read the next one and you may just like that one better than the next.
I really liked the historical facts at the e
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this book Jonah and Katherine are sent to a boat in the early 1600's. This boat happens to be Henry Hudson's boat. Jonah is disguised as Henry Hudson's son and has to save time from a ripple. They go on and find hidden notes placed around the boat. They then lead Henry Hudson on a tiny boat after they got kicked off and have to match time with its original, and save time.

I Liked this book because it was full of action, and it never made me want to stop reading. Every Chapter hooks me in to th
Sep 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is the fourth book in the missing series. It tells the tale of when Jonah and his sister Kathrine suddenly get sent to 1611, where Henry Hudson and his crew are trying to find the northwest passage. Jonah pretends to be his son John Hudson, and that leads to major consequences. You will love this series, I recommend that you read the first three books and then this book you will love! The first three books are Found, Sent, and Sabotaged.
Sep 27, 2018 rated it liked it
I didn't really enjoy this one. It took me longer than the others because of how much I was bored during it. It was different though, so I'll give it that. They also stopped the Second thing in this book, for a reason I still don't understand. But the end was fine. It gives a sense that they feel it's all over, but then they show it's not. The ending was good, but it couldn't bring me to like the book. But 3 stars for the ending.
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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)
  • Sent (The Missing, #2)
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