Found (The Missing Book 1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Anyone who knows me has heard me sing the praises of Margaret Peterson Haddix. Her Shadow Children series has hooked many reluctant readers and turned them into voracious readers in my classroom. When I saw that she was beginning a new series, I was very excited. I just finished reading Found (The Missing) and I LOVED it. The plot is difficult to summarize without giving away too much, but I will try.

A plane that appears out of nowhere. Thirty-six babies mysteriously on the plane. No pilot, not crew, no adult passengers. Then, just as suddenly, the plane disappears.

Thirteen-year-old Jonah has always known that he was adopted, and he’s never thought it was any big deal. In fact, his parents spend more time thinking about it than he does (hence their bookshelves full of “adoption books). That all changes when he and his friend, Chip, also adopted, start receiving strange, anonymous letters. The first one says, “You are one of the missing.” The second one says, “Beware! They’re coming back to get you.”

Jonah, Chip, and Jonah’s sister, Katherine, are plunged into a mystery that involves the FBI, a possible baby- smuggling operation, that same airplane that appeared out of nowhere — and maybe even ghosts. The kids discover they are caught in a battle between two opposing sides that want very different things for Jonah and Chip’s lives.

This series promises to be just as good, if not better, than Shadow Children . The Missing is a pageturner with twists and turns you will never see coming. The next book isn’t due out until Spring 2009 and I am already dying to read it! Margaret Peterson Haddix is sure to draw in many more reluctant readers with this speculative fiction series. I can’t sing its praises enough!!


102 Responses

  1. Cool. I really like the stand alone Double Identity, too. I’m going to pick this up soon. Maybe I’ll save it for Mother Reader’s 48 Hour challenge though.

    Thanks for the rec.

    • I am only 11 I have read the book in my class I am in 5th grade I read the book because I read at the level Z I think it is a little bit confusing but very off my seat as if I was wanting to read more. It was a challenge to be focest but I did and I loved it I highly recemend it !

      • I can tell you are in the fifth grade you spelled focused wrong

      • I am in 5th grade and read this too, and I am not joking I love reading this and am kind of angry they haven’t release the last 3 books(revealed that there would now be 8 books in the series!!) yet.

  2. My kids LOVE Haddix. I will look for this for my classroom. Thanks for the review!

  3. I haven’t read anything by Haddix, but I’m adding this one to my TBR list. Thanks for the recommendation.

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  5. i hv this book

  6. I read this book in 4 hours. I just couldn’t stay away from it! I recommend this book

  7. I LOVE THIS BOOK! Read it. A greal
    page turner.

  8. FOUND WAS AWESOME BUT THE ending was kind of sad I CAN’T WAIT UNTIL BOOK 2

  9. This book is really good. I am 12 yrs. old and am doing a report on it. It took me 1 day to read it.

    got finished with it a few minutes ago
    is there a book 2?


  12. i just finished this book and i love it it took me a full 48 hours to finish because i couldnt get enough of iti i am so thrilled about the 1 coming out in spring of 2009 ide reccommend this to ppl who love suspenseful/sci-fi books

  13. This was an AMAZING book!!… but the ending sucked!! When is book 2 coming out? or is it already out? or will there be a book 2? If there isnt a book 2… I WILL DIE!!! this book is a must read!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  14. This book was really a page turner for me. and that shows on Haddix. I look forward to reading the series

  15. I just bought this book last night. I started reading it this morning at 8:00. It is 11:55 right now and I just finished it. It was one of the best books i have ever read. I can’t wait till book 2 comes out next spring.

  16. This is the best book that i have ever read! Haddix’s book’s are amazing and this is my favorite! I can’t stand waiting for the second book!

  17. I JUST CANNOT WAIT!!!!!!!!!!


    • why would you recommend this to adopted children?> why do adopted kids need to walk around thinking they were stolen and bought?

      • This book is a very good recommendation to children considering it is a thrilling page turner with action and suspence. It is not meant to steer children into the direction of thinking their adopted. It only seems like that if your make it seem like that. For example, The book ‘I will teach my dog 100 words, by Dr. Suess. It isnt meant for 5 year olds to read, then try to teach their own dog to talk. As a 12 year old girl, i truely think its absurd for someone to think their child would be stolen or bought. Its only a book made for a book-lover to enjoy!

  19. I loved this book I suggest it to everyone to read. Especially read it if you are adopted like I am this is a really good book.

  20. this book rocks!

  21. this book made me want to read

  22. i love this book so mutch i want it to be a movie

  23. that is a great book.
    The ending is scary!
    LOVED IT πŸ™‚
    LOVED IT πŸ™‚

  24. Im gonna see the author soon at my school and shes gonna sign my book. it will be so cool!

  25. OH MY GOD! this book was amazing i started reading it yesterday at school but i only got half way through it because my teahcer told me to put it away, but today during school i was two chapters away from being finished but then that same teacher told me she was going to take it away but i yelled at her and told her she wasnt alowed to take it and i got 2 weeks worth of detention which sucks but i got to keep my book which i finished when i got home so YAY!!! πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€ πŸ˜€

    it’s that awsome
    and yes it was DEFANTILY worth it!

  26. whats the next book in the seres?

  27. The next book is called THE MISSING BOOK 2 SENT



  30. I’m not finished reading it, but so far its exciting!

  31. i am not done reading it…but so far i think it may be the best book right next to “A Child Called It”.

  32. Hey I loved reading this book. It was so good. I am 12 and I still liked it a lot. I can’t wait till the next 1!

  33. yeah

  34. im 12 and i loved found! i hated the ending though i wish it went on…i am dieing for the 2nd book to come out i wana read it soo bad…

  35. will there be a found book 2 because i dont see one and i really liked the found book and if there already is a book 2 of it please let me know thanks

  36. ya i really want to find out about book two

  37. really good book!! cant wat 4 #2 ending kinda confusing

  38. I mean I read the book in nine hours

  39. OMG lol ok im thirteen, but in 8th grade not seventh so its a tad bit diff, but still i absolutley loved this book! read it in about 3 hours, and seriously, next to the twilight series and the secrets of the imortal nicholas flamel, im loving this! i cannot wait for SENT to come out! ugh the susspense is KIIIIILLLINGG me!!!!


  41. I bought it from a book fair at school and read it already andits awsome total page turner

  42. this book was ausome first thing i did when i finished was go on my comp and try to find to find the second book.

  43. best book ever.

  44. Please go read this book, I am doing a report on it as well but I absolutely loved it. I can recommend the arm of the starfish by l’engle to those who liked this. It featured a teen in a sticky situation and was every bit as good as this book. read both NOW! You will be thrilled, I personally know it. Do yourself a favor.

    Another great read I have found was the revenge of the forty seven samurai, better for those who like historical fiction. Happy Reading!

    GO READ ‘EM KNOW I could not create words to praise these books. I will never forget how great they are.

  45. i love the book!

  46. dear Margaret peterson,
    i absoutley love the book the missing book 1

  47. I just finished reading it its the best best best book ever thats unusiwle for me!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  48. hey!! im reading this book rite now and it is realllyyyy good!!! i cant wait for this new series to take off like her chadow children series!!! those were really good 2!!!

  49. not as good as the shadow children series, but not bad

  50. I CANNOT wait for the next book to come out
    It was awesome

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  52. This is the best book ever. I’m on chapter 23 I heard the ending is sad 😦 But Its the best book ever
    I need to get the second book
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  53. omg this is such an amazing book but when i got to the end it just came to a dead end a complete stop i want to know if there is another book coming soon i really want to know what happens to jonah, chip and kathrine

  54. A really good page turner! cant wait till book2 comes!

  55. The book was awesome!!!!!!!!!!

  56. I loved it. The ending was my favorite part. I reccommeded it to my friends!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  57. This is the best book ever! I also love Margaaret Peterson Haddix’s Shadow Children series! She is my favorite author and I have read all her books!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  58. i thought this book was really really good can’t wait to read the next book πŸ˜€

  59. I love this book it rocks your socks off I can’t wait for the next one!!<3

  60. Omg i love this book im only on chapter 2 so far but its so exciting because u never know whats gonna happen…I found this book in my school library.Im in Fith grade and my mom though this would be a good book for me because i get in truble alot so she though it would keep me out of truble and it has :} LOVE IT

  61. Found is a great book. I finished it a while a go , but the end is a thriller. I reccamend it for all ages.

  62. the book is BORING


    My favroite ever im not even a big reader but until my brother got me to finally say yes to reading this book i was hooked cant wait to get book 2 (SENT) very exited. i saw the cover of it on this website its like a castle and everything i dont really care much for castles but you get my point. Get it you will love the book give it a chance.


  64. Heyy, do any of u know if the second book is out yet? Alot of ppl say it’s not coming out till spring 2009 but it is spring 2009 and i dont know if it’s out yet.. i rlly ant to get th next book!!!!!!!

  65. A wonderful mystery book!!!!!
    Best book i have ever read!!!
    thank you for writing it!!!!!!!!!!

  66. i just started this book but i love it.after i finishthis one im getting sent.this is the first bok ive read by margaret peterson

  67. i read the book. it turns out tachyon is something that travels at the speed of light. chip and jhonah, as you guessed, were on the planse.

  68. i loved this book i read it for one of my classes for school and me not reading very many book s and cant get into them i finally found a book i absoultly loved and cant wait for the second one to come out

  69. I too loved this one. I can’t keep it on the shelves with my middle school kids.

  70. I loved this book. It was one of the best books I have ever read. My cousin is also a fan. I read the last 100 pages in an hour. It was superior!

  71. I love this book, it was one of my sunshine state books (15 wonderful books picked out each year to help kids have a goal in reading, in Florida) and just fell in love with it. Got caught in the first chapter, now I really want the second one.



  74. i love love love love love found. i get so attched to ther book. i hate it when i leave it at school. it is way to good. read it if you haven’t. trust me its a good book.

  75. i love love love love love love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! the book found it is such a good book i cant put it downi dont like it when i leave it at school i get soooooo mad if you havent read it trust me its a really good book and you should read it too and youlol love it

  76. I’m reading it right this second I have to chapters left!
    Such a good book love it!!
    πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  77. I just love the missing series and all those cliffhanger endings Im hungry for more

  78. If you loved this book, Found, you should read the second book, Sent! I finished Found in 2 hours and sent in 1! Both are definately a page turner!

  79. Book 3-sabotaged book4-caught 5-kept 6-stolen threes another one, just dnt rmember. Great series. Will have 7 books.

  80. I loved the fist book, Found so I had to read the second book, Sent! These are now one of my favorite books! I can’t wait untill July so I can get the third book, Sabotaged! πŸ™‚

  81. this book sucks ass

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  83. I love this book!!
    I’m a 8th grader!
    and at first I never heard about the book.
    Then one day my reading teacher took us to the library and told us to check out a book.
    I didn’t know what to check out and then my friend Flor told me to read it and told me I would love it. After I was done it the book I called her and told her how I just fell in love with it and to here up reading the 2nd book ( because she was reading it) and she just started laughig! =] I can’t wait to read the second book! =]

  84. In the middle of reading this book. As soon as I started it, I could barely put it down. Judging from where I’m up to right now, the book is well written and forceful. I’ve actually found myself scares and emotional. But a really good read, I recommend it to a young reader, of about 14, who likes murder, mysteries and a bit of horror

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  87. I must admit that though I am “a little too old for Haddix”, I have a soft spot for her and her books. I have been reading her books for years now and they have enthralled me ever since I picked up one of her books. I finished the four books quickly in a thrilling, captivating trance. I am now yearning for the fifth book in the series and I hope that it is out soon. Another mesmerizing tale by Margaret Peterson Haddix.

  88. Hi, my name is Noah I am 12 years old and in the 6th grade I am reading Found (The Missing Book 1). I love the series so much I’m asking for the whole thing for my birthday. Thank you Margret Peterson Haddix for writing this book (series)

  89. it was really good im in 5th grade and my teach asked me a hundred times if it was godd one of my teachers is reading the book now

  90. I read the book again my report is on this book and my teachers said cant wait for my report and either. This book is awsome

  91. Aw, this was a really nice post. Taking the time and actual
    effort to make a very good article… but what can I say… I procrastinate a whole lot and don’t seem to get nearly anything done.

  92. I am reading it now and its very confusing but I am finally getting into it!

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