|Strangers (Greystone Secrets)|
Author: Haddix, Margaret Peterson
Told from separate viewpoints, Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone, ages twelve, ten, and eight, investigate why their mother went missing and uncover their ties to an alternate world.
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|Accelerated Reader Information:|
Interest Level: MG
Reading Level: 5.10
Points: 11.0 Quiz: 501254
|Reading Counts Information:|
Interest Level: 6-8
Reading Level: 4.50
Points: 19.0 Quiz: 76734
Kirkus Reviews (02/15/19)
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books (00/04/19)
Full Text Reviews:
Booklist - 02/01/2019 With this book, best-selling Haddix launches a new middle-grade series that blends adventure and sf elements into an engrossing mystery. Something strange is going on in the Greystone household. Chess (12), Emma (10), and Finn (8) come home from school one day to find their mother in despair over a news story about a bizarre kidnapping—bizarre because the three children who were taken share the names, ages, and birthdays of the Greystone kids. Then Mrs. Greystone is called suddenly out of town, leaving her kids in the care of a stranger, with nothing but questions and a coded letter. Convinced their mother’s in danger, the kids and Natalie (their new caretaker's daughter) set out to crack the code and save Mrs. Greystone. Third-person narratives switch among the Greystone kids, giving readers an intimate sense of their personalities and close sibling bond. The kidnapping alone could have made a compelling mystery, but Haddix throws in secret rooms, alternate realities, and a cliff-hanger ending to raise the stakes and delight fans new and old. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: The buzz is high for this new series, which the publisher is betting will bring Haddix “to a new generation of reader.” - Copyright 2019 Booklist.