Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers (The Greystone Secrets #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix,

Posted April 3, 2021 by jrsbookr in Middle grade / 0 Comments

by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers (The Greystone Secrets #1) by Margaret Peterson Haddix,Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers Published by HarperCollins on April 2, 2019
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic, Mysteries & Detective Stories
Pages: 416
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Format: Paperback
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* Winter 2018-2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick *
New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix takes readers on a thrilling adventure filled with mysteries and plot twists aplenty in this absorbing series about family and friendships. Perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember!
What makes you you?
The Greystone kids thought they knew. Chess has always been the protector over his younger siblings, Emma loves math, and Finn does what Finn does best—acting silly and being adored. They’ve been a happy family, just the three of them and their mom.
But everything changes when reports of three kidnapped children reach the Greystone kids, and they’re shocked by the startling similarities between themselves and these complete strangers. The other kids share their same first and middle names. They’re the same ages. They even have identical birthdays. Who, exactly, are these strangers?
Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a sudden work trip and leaves them in the care of Ms. Morales and her daughter, Natalie. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down.
Praise for The Strangers:
"A secret-stacked, thrilling series opener about perception, personal memories, and the idiosyncrasies that form individual identities." (Publishers Weekly, starred review)


Are you a lover of solving puzzles? My first book from Haddix and is a very intriguing one. For a middle-grade novel, I was thinking I figure out where things were going reasonably quickly as I am way over the age the book is written for. Let me tell you; I had no idea where it was going and was very invested in figuring it out. I enjoyed all the little information tidbits that are sprinkled throughout the story about codes, deciphering them, and putting that information into cracking a code. I even found out an interesting tidbit to share with my son, a Boy Scout, about Baden Powell. Haddix has designed this series to keep you interested and engaged with the plot and excited to see how things play out in the next book.


About Margaret Peterson Haddix

I grew up on a farm outside Washington Court House, Ohio. As a kid, I liked to read a lot, and was also involved in 4-H, various bands and choirs (I played flute and piano), church youth group, the school newspaper, and a quiz-bowl type team. I was pretty disastrous as an athlete, although I did run track one year in high school. After graduating from Miami University (of Ohio), I worked as a newspaper copy editor in Fort Wayne, Indiana; a newspaper reporter in Indianapolis; and a part-time community college instructor and freelance writer in Danville, Illinois, before my first book was published. I’ve moved around a lot as an adult, having also lived in Luxembourg (during a college semester abroad) and in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. Several years ago, I moved back to Ohio with my husband and kids; we now live in Columbus, Ohio. My husband trains investigative journalists, and my kids are in high school, so there’s always a lot going on around our house.

Rating Report
Overall: 5