Middle Grade Book Review: The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Hiya everyone, it’s Sarah!

I received this as an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I should have added this review forever ago, especially because I truly enjoyed this book.


Siblings Chess, Emma and Finn live with their mother in a normal neighborhood with normal lives. While younger siblings Emma and Finn are both smart and adorable in their own ways, Chess takes his role as man of the house seriously. When the siblings notice that across the country three other siblings, with eerie similarities, go missing they begin to ask questions about what they always accepted to be true. Things become even more worrisome when their mother disappears, leaving them with a babysitter and her bratty daughter. All of these tween and kids are going to need to work together to solve the mystery of the missing children and their missing mother.


Haddix can rock a realistic fiction book twinged with fantasy/scifi. Her books are fascinating and draw me in. I feel that this first book is going to look very different than any follow ups based on what happened in this book. I loved the puzzle solving journey and felt that the fantastical elements were unique and interesting. Haddix fans and new readers will allow love this new book and series.



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