by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Jonah has always known he is adopted. Naturally it has made a difference in his life, but it hasn’t been a big deal. However, when he receives anonymous letters warning him that he is “one of the missing” and that “They are coming to get you,” he is naturally scared. To make matters worse, his new friend Chip, who didn’t know he was adopted, has received the same mysterious letters. Now, Jonah, his sister, and Chip are franticly searching for answers and discovering secrets Jonah isn’t sure he wants to know.
Similar to Suzanne Collins, Margaret Peterson Haddix expertly jolts readers with a shot of adrenaline at the beginning of her books, hooking us into her adventures and keeping us entranced through ever increasing complications. From the very beginning of Found, when Jonah receives a mysterious, anonymous letter to the cliff-hanger ending, Haddix ramps up tension making the novel difficult to put down. Although this could lead to a very plot-driven novel, Haddix fleshes out Jonah especially well while also providing important insights into her other characters personalities. Haddix captures Jonah’s typical teen worries along with his heightening sense of dread and the completely atypical fears that the letters instill.
Reviewed by Melendra