Greystone Secrets #2: The Deceivers Published by HarperCollins on April 7, 2020
Genres: Young Adult, Action & Adventure, General, Fantasy & Magic, Mysteries & Detective Stories
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The second book in the Greystone Secrets series from the master of plot twists, Margaret Peterson Haddix—perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember!
Until their mother vanished, the Greystone kids—Chess, Emma, and Finn—knew nothing about the other world.
Everything is different there. It’s a mirror image, except things are wrong. Evil. Their mother tried to fix it, but she and an ally got trapped there along with Ms. Morales, their friend Natalie’s mom.
Now the four kids—brave Chess, smart Emma, kind Finn, and savvy Natalie—are determined to rescue everyone.
To do so, they have to go back: into the other world, where even telling the truth can be illegal.
But in such a terrifying place, Chess doubts he can ever be brave enough. Despite all her brains, Emma can’t seem to break the code. With everything spiraling out of control, Finn has to pretend he’s okay.
And for Natalie, the lies of the other world include some she wishes were actually true. What if she’s gotten so used to lying she no longer knows what to believe?
The second book in the Greystone Secrets series, The Deceivers, by bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix, continues the twisty and suspenseful story of the Greystone kids and examines the power of the truth—or a lie—to alter lives, society, and even an entire reality.
Praise for Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers
*Winter 2018-2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick*
“A secret-stacked, thrilling series opener.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“An engrossing mystery with a cliff-hanger ending to raise the stakes and delight fans new and old.” —Booklist
“Maintains suspense from the beginning to the cliffhanger ending. A high-stakes adventure full of teamwork with a multifaceted mystery and complex themes.” —Kirkus Reviews
Middle-grade stories hold a special place in my heart cause they tend to focus more on what each character experiences, the emotions are rawer, and the ability to see yourself living out the adventure is fantastic. In this second installment, we spend a lot more time in the other world trying to rescue the moms who were left behind in the first book. We run into different Natalie, who spends a lot of time trying to compare her life of divorced parents to a life where her parents are together, and her grandmother is still alive. The amount of solving puzzles and piecing together the clues of what happening between two worlds is just as mind-boggling as the first book. I admit that I sometimes lost track of which character we were following in each chapter as the story gets more and more involved in figuring out how to travel between the two worlds. Overall this is a tremendous middle-grade mystery series.