Monday, December 27, 2010


by Margaret Peterson Haddix
The Missing, book two

Jonah, Katherine, Chip, and another boy, Alex, have no preparation before they are sent back to 1483 at the Tower of London, with the promise that they can return to the present if they can repair history. They quickly discover that Chip and Alex’s true identities are the 13-year-old King Edward V and his 10-year-old brother, Richard, Duke of York. But before Chip can enjoy being the king of England, they discover that they are virtually prisoners—and that their uncle wants them dead. How can the kids repair time and return home when according to history, Chip and Alex were murdered? (description taken from

Haddix does another great job melding historical fact with fantasy in this time-travel mystery thriller. Full of danger, confusion, and interesting revelations, this will be a sure hit with middle grade readers.

I was a history major in college, but even I learned some new theories about the disappearances of King Edward V and his younger brother, Prince Richard, from the Tower of London. Haddix also sprinkles in information about life in the fifteenth century into the plotline seamlessly.

More information is revealed about JB and the time travelers trying to save history, but plenty of secrets are still unresolved. I am very curious to see what time period Jonah and his sister Katherine will travel to next!


  1. Cannot wait to read this! I read the first one and really enjoyed it. Great review.

  2. Thanks! I've got book three now and I can't wait to get to it. :)

  3. *squee!!* That's one of my FAVORITE historical mysteries! Now, I really, really can't wait to read it! :)