MG Book Review: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Review by Sherry Ellis
Aside from the loss of their father and subsequent move, things were fairly normal for Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone. Then they learn of the kidnapping of three children in Arizona…all with the same first and middle names, birthdays, and ages. It’s a startling. When their mom suddenly leaves and has them stay with a neighbor, it gets downright crazy. What ensues next is a journey into a parallel universe to find their mom and save the other kidnapped children.
The Strangers is a highly suspenseful middle-grade novel full of complex codes, mystery, and adventure. The characters are well-developed and interesting. The interaction between them is realistic and often times humorous.  Short chapters keep the story moving along. Since it ends on a cliffhanger, there will certainly be more books in the series. The Strangers is a book that would appeal to middle-grade readers who enjoy sci-fi/fantasy and mystery stories.

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