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Torn (The Missing) by [Haddix, Margaret Peterson]
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"Haddix...keeps the story suspenseful and tight...Best of all, the story feels like real history, with believable characters and plausible events. It will likely spark interest in young readers...Another action-filled and suspenseful historical thriller."--Kirkus Reviews

"Hudson’s ill-fated explorations provide an excellent opportunity for readers to learn about sailing ships, survival, and mutiny. Plenty of action and an extended author’s note sustain this fourth entry in the Missing series."— Booklist, September 1, 2011

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Jonah and Katherine embark on a chilling journey to discover the Northwest Passage in this new installment of the New York Times bestselling series that brings history to life.

Teenager John Hudson vanished from history in 1611: While searching for the Northwest Passage, mutineers cast him and his explorer father adrift in the icy waters of James Bay. When Jonah and Katherine meet John in the past, moments before the mutiny is to occur, they think it will be easy to rescue him from history. But the unexpected appearance of a man who claims to know a secret route to the Northwest Passage complicates matters. He seems serious about leading the ship further west, but Jonah and Katherine grow more and more suspicious—and more and more frustrated that they can’t quite remember the actual history or Canadian geography. And when their former enemies, Gary and Hodge, show up, apparently having escaped from time prison, Jonah and Katherine understand that a lot more is at stake than just one boy’s life….

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4116 KB
  • Print Length: 354 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers; Reprint edition (Aug. 23 2011)
  • Sold by: Simon & Schuster Canada, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004G8QTTS
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #110,582 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews on (beta) HASH(0xa378a39c) out of 5 stars 69 reviews
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa384f1c8) out of 5 stars M.P. Haddix Has Done It Again! Aug. 24 2011
By J. Hopkins - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
And by "done it again", I mean "created another great history/mystery time travel tale".

The fourth installment in The Missing series, Torn by Margaret Peterson Haddix, follows Jonah and Katherine as they travel back in time to the year 1611. The missing child that they must return to history in order to correct time? John Hudson, son of the famous (famously crazy, that is) Henry Hudson. The only problem: JB, Jonah and Katherine's time travel...supervisor, you could say, is unable to find the 21st century boy who is actually John Hudson to send him back to the past. A truly missing child!

But, of course, there are more problems than just a missing (missing) historical figure. Jonah must pretend to be John, mask, wigs, clothing, and all, in hopes of setting history straight. However, after an hour or so aboard the Discovery, Henry Hudson's ship, all time is thrown out of balance. Tracers, ghost-like figures that show what is supposed to happen in history, go missing, Jonah and Katherine lose all connections with JB, and an evil Mr. Prickett threatens the safety of the ship's crew, most significantly Jonah.

Taking matters into their own hands, Jonah (still disguised as John Hudson) and Katherine (who is invisible thanks to the time traveling device, the Elucidator) try to make sense of the odd mishaps in time that keep occurring and attempt to save history and rescue their friends who are still stuck in the year 1600.

Captivating and well-paced, Torn provides a set of loveable characters and rich historical settings to create an enjoyable read. Fans of the previous books in the Missing series will not be disappointed.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa382a2b8) out of 5 stars Maddix uses cunning and creativity to bring the past alive Aug. 31 2011
By KidsReads - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Thirteen-year-old Jonah longs for a normal life again. Ever since he found out that he's part of a group of kidnapped babies snatched out of time, life has taken an adventurous turn. But helping return the kids to when and where they belong, and restoring history along the way, is dangerous work. Especially when the devious Second interferes while attempting to change history. And when Second requires their help, Jonah and his sister, Katherine, don't have much choice but to comply, if they want to see J.B. and their friends again, who are stranded in the year 1600. Jonah and Katherine quickly find themselves in 1611, stuck on a sailing vessel off the icy coast of Canada, captained by the explorer Henry Hudson. And then it gets complicated.

Captain Henry Hudson is searching for a passage to the Orient, but the crew is near starvation and talking mutiny. Henry's son, John, is one of the missing kids of time. In their other restoration adventures, Jonah, Katherine and the missing kid have tracers, the ghostly outline of what's supposed to happen, to help steer them in the right direction. Unfortunately, the siblings don't have John Hudson with them this time; he just happens to have gone missing again. So Jonah slips on a disguise and pretends to be the cabin boy, John. And then it gets even more complicated.

Their Elucidator, a time traveler's communication and other apps tool, seems to be malfunctioning. Jonah and Katherine have no contact with J.B. or Second, no clue as to what to do, no idea if their actions are helping or hurting time. A mutiny breaks out on board, and the captain and a handful of sailors, including Jonah pretending to be John, are forced into a rowboat and left in the icy ocean to perish. Jonah and Katherine struggle to figure out what choices to make. Unfortunately, a wrong choice could set time unraveling, destroying everything and everyone.

Once again, Jonah and Katherine set off on another quest in time, but it's a different year and a new heart-pounding adventure that await them. Jonah has a soft side in which he really cares about others, yet he is also brave and willing to do whatever it takes to make things right. He has a bit of a mystery about him, and I can't wait to find out which missing kid in time he really is, even though he himself is in no hurry to learn his identity. Katherine is spunky and bold, with lots of spirit. She is more than willing to help out Jonah, even though she isn't part of the missing kids, associated only through her family adopting Jonah.

Margaret Peterson Haddix handles the paradoxes of time with cunning and creativity. And her talents really shine in bringing the past alive. She writes about the harsh conditions and desperate struggles of her characters to survive. She really does find true-life missing children of history to write about; no one knows what actually happened to John Hudson. She follows her story with an Author's Note to explain more of the history, of what's true and what's fiction in her tale, and different theories as to what may have happened to the boatload of castaways. This part of the book sings with her love of history and shares her personality with the readers.

My attention and curiosity are hooked. Where and when will Jonah and Katherine end up next? Book Five can't get here fast enough!

--- Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa382a30c) out of 5 stars The adventure continues! Sept. 27 2011
By herdingcats - Published on
Format: Hardcover
This is the 4th book in The Missing series. It follows 13 year old Jonah and his sister Katherine as they travel back in time to 1611 to repair problems there due to Second, a rogue time traveler.
They land on Henry Hudson's ship looking for the northwest passage, and since John Hudson is missing, Jonah fills in for him, complete with a handy Elucidator provided disguise. Despite the sabotage, mutiny, and murder on the high seas, Jonah and Katherine manage once again to save the day - and all of time, from Second's nefarious plans.
The accuracy of the historical research helps to lend a realistic twist to this time traveling adventure.
I enjoyed it and highly recommend it
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By parker nikko - Published on
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
awesome book was one of the best in the series I can not wait to read the next book in series
HASH(0xa37a3648) out of 5 stars Just Gets better and better Feb. 5 2012
By Amazon Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Torn is so far the best in this Time-Travel series, that could almost pass for Historical Fiction. JB, Katherine and Jonah are back, and this time, there is no help coming. No scene was too drawn out, and Secind is just the right mixture of arrogance, evilness, and slight looniness to not make him too anoying, even as the antangonist of the story. JB shows up more, and it is clear which he values more, Time or lives, and he is my favorite character. We also see a bit of Jonah's home life a little ore ever since the time travel started (since found) and while the main plot is obviously finding out who he realy is, saving time, stopping second, and and the relationship starting between Andrea and Jonah, i realy want to see his parets find out what exactly is going on, or maybe a school mate. Overall, haddix is an excellent author, someone i can always rely on to give me a good few hours. Whitter out.