Found by Margaret Peterson Haddix

found1Found is the first book in a new series by Margaret Peterson Haddix called The Missing. I first read about this one on Becky’s blog and knew right away that I had to have it. Very interesting new addition to the catalog of young adult literature with a huge cliffhanger that had me wanting the next book in the series now!

The book opens at an airport. A plane has suddenly arrived in it’s dock that mystifies everyone. There’s no knowledge of the plane by the air traffic crew, no one can track it, and it’s showing up in a dock where no plane belongs. To top off the mystery, there’s no pilot to the plane and the passengers consist of 36 babies. Creepy start, huh?

Fast forward thirteen years and we meet Jonah, a young boy of 13 who was adopted as a child with loving parents and a somewhat annoying sister. While playing basketball one day with his friend Chip he discovers a letter that’s addressed to him in a plain white envelope. The letter reads: “You are one of the missing”. At first they believe it to be a prank, but things suddenly turn odd when his friend Chip receives the same letter and finds out much to his dismay that he too is adopted by parents not so loving and caring as Jonah’s.

More letters arrive at the house with more ominous and frightening messages and it becomes clear that something has to be done, some investigating needs to start happening. What they find out leads them on a path that is truly unbelievable and becomes more and more bizarre.

Honestly, I was disappointed by some of the book, but the ending more than made up for what I thought it lacked. My biggest complaint was not the story itself. I thought that the plot and the characters were both excellent, though maybe the characters could’ve been fleshed out a bit more. What bothered me was the writing. I understand that this is a young adult book, but considering the theme and what I’d believe the target audience should be, I found the writing a bit juvenile at times and things sometimes fit together too perfectly…or maybe there were too many things that just fell into place a bit too well. But I feel like she really stepped it up with the last few chapters. Her writing seemed to get better, the plot sped up even more, and it left me dying to know more. So I have really high hopes for the next book in the series!

Don’t forget to check out my wishlist giveaway post!! Deadline to enter is Saturday December 6th!

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It's Time For A Giveaway!

I’ve been in the holiday mood already this year after doing a bit of Christmas shopping. Christmas is tied with Halloween for my favorite time of the year. I love the feelings of charity and giving during this season, so what better way to celebrate than to have another giveaway! I wanted to do something different this time though, so I thought long and hard and didn’t really come up with anything too creative, but it’s fun. You get to choose whatever book you want from MY Amazon wishlist. I figured, some of those poor books have been sitting on the wishlist for years and are just dying to get bought, so I’ll buy one for you! And with something like 180 books on 8 pages of wishlist, everyone should be able to find something. So here’s the rules:

1. Go visit my Amazon wishlist and let me know in the comments which book (or item really as I think there are a couple of CDs and such) you’d like to win.

2. The item has to be $30 or under. Sorry, I just can’t afford to buy Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 for anyone right now ūüė¶

3. The item has to be in stock or a pre-release if you want to wait. No items that are out of stock or from Amazon sellers. I want to make sure that you get a quality item and I can’t guarantee that with the “used and new” listings.¬†

4. As is the case with all of my giveaway’s (unless I’m restricted by a publisher) the giveaway is open to the whole world! So everyone can join in.

5. Please feel free to share this with everyone on your blog!

Have fun browsing and good luck! I’ll draw the winner next Saturday, December 6th!

It’s Time For A Giveaway!

I’ve been in the holiday mood already this year after doing a bit of Christmas shopping. Christmas is tied with Halloween for my favorite time of the year. I love the feelings of charity and giving during this season, so what better way to celebrate than to have another giveaway! I wanted to do something different this time though, so I thought long and hard and didn’t really come up with anything too creative, but it’s fun. You get to choose whatever book you want from MY Amazon wishlist. I figured, some of those poor books have been sitting on the wishlist for years and are just dying to get bought, so I’ll buy one for you! And with something like 180 books on 8 pages of wishlist, everyone should be able to find something. So here’s the rules:

1. Go visit my Amazon wishlist and let me know in the comments which book (or item really as I think there are a couple of CDs and such) you’d like to win.

2. The item has to be $30 or under. Sorry, I just can’t afford to buy Absolute Sandman Vol. 2 for anyone right now ūüė¶

3. The item has to be in stock or a pre-release if you want to wait. No items that are out of stock or from Amazon sellers. I want to make sure that you get a quality item and I can’t guarantee that with the “used and new” listings.¬†

4. As is the case with all of my giveaway’s (unless I’m restricted by a publisher) the giveaway is open to the whole world! So everyone can join in.

5. Please feel free to share this with everyone on your blog!

Have fun browsing and good luck! I’ll draw the winner next Saturday, December 6th!

Happy Turkey Day!

Just a quick note to wish every one of you a very happy Thanksgiving tomorrow! I have plenty to be thankful for this year, all of you and this wonderful book blogging community included. Hope everyone enjoys their turkey tomorrow and enjoys the leftovers even more ūüôā

Thanks Everyone! Here's A Present!

I wanted to thank everyone for the get well wishes yesterday and today. The migraine is gone today and the stomach virus is pretty much gone…just feeling really tired and worn out now. Julie at FSB was kind enough to pass along an excerpt from Ender in Exile for me to post on my blog, so here’s my thank you to you all for wishing me well! Enjoy!

 

Ender in Exile : Chapter 1

To: jpwiggin@gso.nc.pub, twiggin@uncg.edu 
From: hgraff%educadmin@ifcom.gov 
Subj: When Andrew Returns Home 

Dear John Paul and Theresa Wiggin, 

You understand that during the recent attempt by the Warsaw Pact to take over the International Fleet, our sole concern at EducAdmin was the safety of the children. Now we are finally able to begin working out the logistics of sending the children home. 

We assure you that Andrew will be provided with continuous surveillance and an active bodyguard throughout his transfer from the I.F. to American government control. We are still negotiating the degree to which the I.F. will continue to provide protection after the transfer. 

Every effort is being made by EducAdmin to assure that Andrew will be able to return to the most normal childhood possible. However, I wish your advice about whether he should be retained here in isolation until the conclusion of the inquiries into EducAdmin actions during the late campaign. It is quite likely that testimony will be offered that depicts Andrew and his actions in damaging ways, in order to attack EducAdmin through him (and the other children). Here at IFCom we can keep him from hearing the worst of it; on Earth, no such protection will be possible and it is likelier that he will be called to “testify.”

Hyrum Graff

Theresa Wiggin was sitting up in bed, holding her printout of Graff’s letter. “‘Called to “testify.”‘ Which means putting him on exhibit as — what, a hero? More likely a monster, since we already have various senators decrying the exploitation of children.”¬†

“That’ll teach him to save the human race,” said her husband, John Paul.¬†

“This is not a time for flippancy.”¬†

“Theresa, be reasonable,” said John Paul. “I want Ender home as much as you do.”¬†

“No you don’t,” said Theresa fiercely. “You don’t ache with the need for him every day.” Even as she said it she knew she was being unfair to him, and she covered her eyes and shook her head.¬†

To his credit, he understood and didn’t argue with her about what he did and did not feel. “You can never have the years they’ve taken, Theresa. He’s not the boy we knew.”¬†

“Then we’ll get to know the boy he is. Here. In our home.”¬†

“Surrounded by guards.”¬†

That’s¬†the part I refuse to accept. Who would want to hurt him?”¬†

John Paul set down the book he was no longer pretending to read. “Theresa, you’re the smartest person I know.”¬†

“He’s a child!”¬†

“He won a war against incredibly superior forces.”¬†

“He fired off¬†one¬†weapon. Which he did not design or deploy.”¬†

“He got that weapon into firing range.”¬†

“The formics are gone! He’s a hero, he’s not in danger.”¬†

“All right, Theresa, he’s a hero. How is he going to go to middle school? What eighth-grade teacher is ready for him? What school dance is he going to be ready for?”¬†

“It will take time. But here, with his family — ”¬†

“Yes, we’re such a warm, welcoming group of people, a love nest into which he’ll fit so easily.”¬†

“We¬†do¬†love each other!”¬†

“Theresa, Colonel Graff is only trying to warn us that Ender isn’t¬†just¬†our son.”¬†

“He’s nobody¬†else’s¬†son.”¬†

“You¬†know¬†who wants to kill our son.”¬†

“No, I don’t.”¬†

“Every government that thinks of American military power as an obstacle to their plans.”¬†

“But Ender isn’t going to¬†be¬†in the military, he’s going to be — ”¬†

“This week he won’t be in the American military. Maybe. He won a war at the age of twelve, Theresa. What makes you think he won’t be drafted by our benevolent and democratic government the moment he gets back to Earth? Or put into protective custody? Maybe they’ll let us go with him and maybe they won’t.”¬†

Theresa let the tears flow down her cheeks. “So you’re saying that when he left here we lost him forever.”¬†

“I’m saying that when your child goes off to war, you will never get him back. Not as he was, not the same boy. Changed, if he comes back at all. So let me ask you. Do you want him to go where he’s in the greatest danger, or to stay where he’s relatively safe?”¬†

“You think Graff is trying to get us to tell him to keep Ender with him out there in space.”¬†

“I think Graff cares what happens to Ender, and he’s letting us know — without actually saying it, because every letter he sends can be used against him in court — that Ender is in terrible danger. Not ten minutes after Ender’s victory, the Russians made their brutal play for control of the I.F. Their soldiers killed thousands of fleet officers before the I.F was able to force their surrender. What would they have done if they had won? Brought Ender home and put on a big parade for him?”¬†

Theresa knew all of this. She had known it, viscerally at least, from the moment she read Graff’s letter. No, she had known it even before, had known it with a sick dread as soon as she heard that the Formic War was over. He would not be coming home.¬†

The above is an excerpt from the book Ender in Exile
by Orson Scott Card
Published by Tor Books;  Nov 2008;$25.95US/$28.95CAN; 978-0-7653-0496-4
Copyright © 2008 Orson Scott Card

Author Bio
Orson Scott Card 
is the internationally bestselling author of¬†Ender’s Game. ¬†He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Thanks Everyone! Here’s A Present!

I wanted to thank everyone for the get well wishes yesterday and today. The migraine is gone today and the stomach virus is pretty much gone…just feeling really tired and worn out now. Julie at FSB was kind enough to pass along an excerpt from Ender in Exile for me to post on my blog, so here’s my thank you to you all for wishing me well! Enjoy!

 

Ender in Exile : Chapter 1

To: jpwiggin@gso.nc.pub, twiggin@uncg.edu 
From: hgraff%educadmin@ifcom.gov 
Subj: When Andrew Returns Home 

Dear John Paul and Theresa Wiggin, 

You understand that during the recent attempt by the Warsaw Pact to take over the International Fleet, our sole concern at EducAdmin was the safety of the children. Now we are finally able to begin working out the logistics of sending the children home. 

We assure you that Andrew will be provided with continuous surveillance and an active bodyguard throughout his transfer from the I.F. to American government control. We are still negotiating the degree to which the I.F. will continue to provide protection after the transfer. 

Every effort is being made by EducAdmin to assure that Andrew will be able to return to the most normal childhood possible. However, I wish your advice about whether he should be retained here in isolation until the conclusion of the inquiries into EducAdmin actions during the late campaign. It is quite likely that testimony will be offered that depicts Andrew and his actions in damaging ways, in order to attack EducAdmin through him (and the other children). Here at IFCom we can keep him from hearing the worst of it; on Earth, no such protection will be possible and it is likelier that he will be called to “testify.”

Hyrum Graff

Theresa Wiggin was sitting up in bed, holding her printout of Graff’s letter. “‘Called to “testify.”‘ Which means putting him on exhibit as — what, a hero? More likely a monster, since we already have various senators decrying the exploitation of children.”¬†

“That’ll teach him to save the human race,” said her husband, John Paul.¬†

“This is not a time for flippancy.”¬†

“Theresa, be reasonable,” said John Paul. “I want Ender home as much as you do.”¬†

“No you don’t,” said Theresa fiercely. “You don’t ache with the need for him every day.” Even as she said it she knew she was being unfair to him, and she covered her eyes and shook her head.¬†

To his credit, he understood and didn’t argue with her about what he did and did not feel. “You can never have the years they’ve taken, Theresa. He’s not the boy we knew.”¬†

“Then we’ll get to know the boy he is. Here. In our home.”¬†

“Surrounded by guards.”¬†

That’s¬†the part I refuse to accept. Who would want to hurt him?”¬†

John Paul set down the book he was no longer pretending to read. “Theresa, you’re the smartest person I know.”¬†

“He’s a child!”¬†

“He won a war against incredibly superior forces.”¬†

“He fired off¬†one¬†weapon. Which he did not design or deploy.”¬†

“He got that weapon into firing range.”¬†

“The formics are gone! He’s a hero, he’s not in danger.”¬†

“All right, Theresa, he’s a hero. How is he going to go to middle school? What eighth-grade teacher is ready for him? What school dance is he going to be ready for?”¬†

“It will take time. But here, with his family — ”¬†

“Yes, we’re such a warm, welcoming group of people, a love nest into which he’ll fit so easily.”¬†

“We¬†do¬†love each other!”¬†

“Theresa, Colonel Graff is only trying to warn us that Ender isn’t¬†just¬†our son.”¬†

“He’s nobody¬†else’s¬†son.”¬†

“You¬†know¬†who wants to kill our son.”¬†

“No, I don’t.”¬†

“Every government that thinks of American military power as an obstacle to their plans.”¬†

“But Ender isn’t going to¬†be¬†in the military, he’s going to be — ”¬†

“This week he won’t be in the American military. Maybe. He won a war at the age of twelve, Theresa. What makes you think he won’t be drafted by our benevolent and democratic government the moment he gets back to Earth? Or put into protective custody? Maybe they’ll let us go with him and maybe they won’t.”¬†

Theresa let the tears flow down her cheeks. “So you’re saying that when he left here we lost him forever.”¬†

“I’m saying that when your child goes off to war, you will never get him back. Not as he was, not the same boy. Changed, if he comes back at all. So let me ask you. Do you want him to go where he’s in the greatest danger, or to stay where he’s relatively safe?”¬†

“You think Graff is trying to get us to tell him to keep Ender with him out there in space.”¬†

“I think Graff cares what happens to Ender, and he’s letting us know — without actually saying it, because every letter he sends can be used against him in court — that Ender is in terrible danger. Not ten minutes after Ender’s victory, the Russians made their brutal play for control of the I.F. Their soldiers killed thousands of fleet officers before the I.F was able to force their surrender. What would they have done if they had won? Brought Ender home and put on a big parade for him?”¬†

Theresa knew all of this. She had known it, viscerally at least, from the moment she read Graff’s letter. No, she had known it even before, had known it with a sick dread as soon as she heard that the Formic War was over. He would not be coming home.¬†

The above is an excerpt from the book Ender in Exile
by Orson Scott Card
Published by Tor Books;  Nov 2008;$25.95US/$28.95CAN; 978-0-7653-0496-4
Copyright © 2008 Orson Scott Card

Author Bio
Orson Scott Card 
is the internationally bestselling author of¬†Ender’s Game. ¬†He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Sick Again…

I woke up last night with a horrible stomach virus and it seems like it just wants to suck every ounce of energy out of me. Luckily I had off today, so I didn’t have to suffer through work with this. Top it all off with the migraine from hell. I think I took too much headache medicine because now I’m just exhausted. Oh well…Lord knows I don’t need anymore sleep! I slept until 4 o’clock in the afternoon today! That’s a new record. My body just didn’t want to get out of bed.

So I spent the day sick in bed playing on pogo which is my brand new addiction. I could waste hours on that website and never get bored. Anyone else play on there? Plans for the rest of the night include finishing (hopefully) Found by Margaret Haddix and watching the second half of the Saints/Green Bay game. Hopefully the second half is as good as the first! I know Carl must be happy if he still has Moore and Brees on his fantasy team. They’re both having a hell of a night!! Alright everyone, sorry I’ve been a stranger for the past couple of days…just been sick. But I did make up for missing my post yesterday by doing a Mailbox Monday post today! g’night.