Best Torn (The Missing, #4) Author Margaret Peterson Haddix –

A Social Studies teacher and I read the first 3 books in this sci fi historical fiction blended series YEARS ago, and after the third book, we were content to discontinue the series However, my student lead book club chose the first book in the series, Found, for their monthly read I was relieved that I had already read it and would not have to scramble to add it to my to read pile Win win However, 4 of my 6 students finished the book in record time, came into to library at lunch, passing periods, after school etc to speculate, rave, and wonder They were HOOKED They then started tearing through the series, and I made the mistake of telling them that I read it with the Social Studies teacher years ago, and even though they don t know him, they tracked him down to talk about the books Before you know it, they re on book 4 in less than a month and the SS teacher and I are BACK IN Unfortunately for me but wonderful for my students, there are now 8 books in this series I think I m stuck reading them all Anyway, this was a quick read compared to almost the entire series of Lunar Chronicles that I ve been devouring for two weeks, and it was only an OKAY experience I mean, it gives the reader a headache with all this time travel crap I really hate dealing with time travel paradox it s not for me , but I was compelled to finish it, although it may have been out of a sense of duty rather than the plot In short, the book was a solid 2 experience, but I m going to have to finish the series and learn a bit about some history along with the headaches Haddix s Missing Series is an absolute treasure to 7th graders who are into Dr Who and are good readers. Still Reeling From Their Experiences In Roanoke In , Jonah And Katherine Arrive In Only Moments Before A Mutiny On Henry Hudson S Ship In The Icy Waters Of James Bay But Things Are Messed Up They Ve Lost The Real John Hudson, And They Find What Seems To Be The Fabled Northwest Passage Even Though They Are Pretty Sure That That Route Doesn T Actually Exist Will This New Version Of History Replace The Real Past Is This The End Of Time As We Know It With At Stake Than Ever Before, Jonah And Katherine Struggle To Unravel The Mysteries Of And The Hudson Passagebefore Everything They Know Is Lost That happened..And nobody mind me while I freak out over here because my mind is so full of plot twists and misconceptions buries head in hands moans I am so confused, and anxious Also random information I REALLY HATE SECOND HE IS MESSING UP MY MENTAL FACILITIES 2.5 starsFor being the fourth book in the series, I don t feel like the story is terribly emotionally resonant nor cohesive Partly b c the time travel is not very well researched and the rules continue to change But Jonah and Katherine are thoroughly modern, with an outlook that fails to carry weight or depth Which in turn makes them forgettable.I have Caught, book 5, on hand, so I ll be reading that next, but I am not really excited about it, so if nothing changes with that one, I cannot see my enthusiasm for this series increasing and that means a parting of ways. I enjoyed this book very much I highly recommend Torn because there are many twists and turns throughout the story that are unexpected Each chapter the book pulls you deeper into the story and you don t want to stop reading Jonah and his sister Katherine go back in time, following the story of explorer Henry Hudson and his son, John The book details a very dangerous voyage to find the Northwest Passage, and many things happen that you would never expect The book will have your heart pumping Like all books in the The Missing series, Torn has historical references that I find very interesting However, because Torn is part of a series, if you haven t read the other books, some things mentioned can be quite confusing My favorite character in the book by far was Jonah Jonah cared not only about himself but others as well Jonah always wanted to make sure his sister Katherine was safe I admire the fact that Jonah would go out of his way to help others in their time of need. I really should stop reading than one book at a time, but I just can t help myself I am reading the Missing series with my ten year old grandson, it s our own private book club and these books not only offer a science fiction fantasy to the reader s repertoire, it also offers some interesting historical aspects which we have been able to discuss These books are an awesome means to get children interested in history In this book the reader travels back to the year 1611 and accompanies the crew who sail with Henry Hudson Of course it offers a look at history which has been torn, involving two separate story lines Interesting aspect, plot story line This is an awesome series for kids In their other 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.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.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 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.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.Unfortunately, the siblings don t have John Hudson with them this time he just happens to have gone missing again.Henry s son, John, is one of the missing kids of time.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.Captain Henry Hudson is searching for a passage to the Orient, but the crew is near starvation and talking mutiny.Jonah and Katherine struggle to figure out what choices to make.So Jonah slips on a disguise and pretends to be the cabin boy, John.Their Elucidator, a time traveler s communication and other apps tool, seems to be malfunctioning.Thirteen year old Jonah longs for a normal life again.But helping return the kids to when and where they belong, and restoring history along the way, is dangerous work.Unfortunately, a wrong choice could set time unraveling, destroying everything and everyone. There s another one was the first thing that came to my mind when I stumbled upon this book at my library It has been a long time since I have read a book by Haddix, primarily because her last installment in the series was disappointing Nevertheless, I grabbed the copy and rushed home to finish the novel within a couple of hours I had hoped that Ms Haddix would blow me away as she did with her other novels such as Double Identity.I was not blown away More like a tiny little wind that had only enough power to make a pinwheel spin I am not saying it was a terrible book, it was good It just wasn t as good as it could have been Maybe I had too high expectations or perhaps I was in a fowl mood but for whatever reason, I found Torn to be boring and dull After the disappoinment from the last novel, I was in strong hopes that this fourth installment would capture my interest but it didn t.Honestly, it seems that with the increase in novels, there is a decrease in interest Then again, this novel is directed towards elementary and middle school children so perhaps my being in high school influenced my opinion on such book But I do not think it should matter because I did enjoy the first of her series.On the other side, my age did not help me understand some of the time travel smarty pants things I enjoyed that scientific part of the novel but I mainly nodded my head and pretended to understand when honestly, I had no clue what the paragraph meant It s probably just me, I did feel stupid that day.Enough of all that negativity This book did earn 3 out of 5 stars Why Because despite my disappoint, the historical facts and the plot line were not bad The character development of Jonah and Katherine was better, you can notice the book becoming mature And the suspense is all still there even if the majority of the humor is robbed.Jonah and Katherine are once again going through time and somehow end up on Henry Hudson s ship, Destiny and things are in chaos Jonah is apparently John Hudson s son and Katherine, get this, can become invisible I remember that special power, it still makes me smile at the ingenious of it This time, she really is invisible though As always, the pair go through various obstacles and challenges, all in an attempt to fix history and essentialy time With the paradoxes and all that other science things, time is threatened of being destroyed unless Jonah and Katherine can save it I learned a lot because of this book, which is a mega plus I do love history but I have never once heard of Henry Hudson I m Canadian so that might be a factor as to why I have not learned about him Well, as in all of the Missing series, Haddix cleverly incorporates history into fiction to make the novel both educational and fun image error I am really enjoying this series.