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Revealed by Margaret Peterson Haddix (2 stars)

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This series has been very up and down for me. I love the premise: famous children in history taken by time traveling kidnappers get stranded in our present and have to time travel to fix time itself. The first two books were great. The third was all setup and a little boring. The fourth! Wow! And the fifth broke everything we knew (in a good way). Then the sixth was a return to business as usual, and a little bit of a letdown. Revealed, the seventh book, is a lot of setup, but it also upends what we knew.


Revealed by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Series: The Missing
Genres: MG, Sci-fi, Historical
Published on September 2, 2014
Published by Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Final Rating: 2 stars
Synopsis:
After a mysterious cameo from Charles Lindbergh, it’s up to Jonah to save his town in the seventh book of the New York Times bestselling The Missing series, which Kirkus Reviews calls “plenty of fun and great for history teachers as well.

It’s morning as usual at the Skidmore household—until Charles Lindbergh, the famous historical pilot, appears in their living room. Jonah can hardly believe his eyes—and then Lindbergh grabs Katherine and vanishes again. And that’s not all. Chip, Andrea, and all the other children from the plane have disappeared too. And worst of all, Jonah’s parents and all the other adults in his town have de-aged into children.

Jonah is the only one left, and the only one who can save everyone. With the help of de-aged JB and Angela, he has to collect the clues. And they lead directly back to Gary and Hodge, and a terrible plot that could mean the end of everything Jonah has ever loved. Can Jonah put the pieces together before time runs out?

Review:
The first half of Revealed was kind of boring. I understand why the setup is necessary, and the time theory/paradoxes are fun brain twisters, but there is zero action and it's too slow. It would be more difficult to write, but I would have preferred starting the book where the real action begins with background information or flashbacks woven throughout.

I think the weakest part of this story is that Jonah is alone for so much of it. Even if you don't love Katherine's constant feminist commentary, having another person present can keep the pace and conflict going even when the plot slows. The other problem was that, though Charles Lindbergh plays a big role in the story, we don't directly see much of him or what he does, unlike the adult-in-the-know in Book 5. Being absent from some of the main action and then told about it later was annoying. I know Jonah is the main character, but the book would have been more exciting if we followed Lindbergh around instead.

The way the story wraps up is a little too strange/convenient, even for a time travel series about missing kids from history. I'm both really curious and really worried about how this will play out in the next books.

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    1. Yeah, the cover isn't bad, though I'm still partial to the Scholastic covers they used to have.

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  2. Blah. Not adding to my reading list. The synopsis sounds confusing enough.

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    1. This was definitely not one of the better books of the series. I wasn't confused, but I did wonder at certain points whether the intended middle grade audience might be...

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