November 15, 2015
This week I had every intention of telling you that I had taken a break from middle grades fiction, and that I had needed some time with adults. It is true. I did need some time in a book with adults. I bought and read a book from a favorite series of mine, with adult characters with whom I enjoy spending time. But I finished that book. Friday night I picked up a book that has been sitting on my shelf since December - Caught which is part of The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix.
I started The Missing series last winter after finishing Ms. Haddix’s wonderful series The Shadow Children. This time I wasn’t as entranced. The series begins with a wonderful mystery - a plane disappears, then reappears, and is filled with nothing but babies. No one knows where it came from, or who the babies are. Fast forward 13 years, and the children who were on that flight begin to get mysterious letters. “They are coming for you,” is the message -- but who are they and why are they coming? But then the author threw in time travel, and the paradox of traveling back in time to correct past crimes without harming history, and at that point I was less excited. The first couple of books involved periods of history that were not familiar to me, and they were hard to get through.
Caught, on the other hand, was not hard to get through. In fact, I couldn’t put it down, and finished it before lunch on Saturday. You have heard of Albert Einstein, of course, but did you know that he had a secret daughter who disappeared? Or did she….
I enjoyed Caught so much that I immediately picked up the next book in the series, Risked. I’m almost through with that, so stay tuned…..
P.S. Please don’t call these books “the Haddix” books. I don’t know why the covers have the author’s name so prominently displayed, but Haddix is her name, not the series.