Tuesday, April 16, 2019

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

Told in alternating points of view from Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone, Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers is the beginning of a new page-turning adventure that examines assumptions about identity, family, and home, from the master of middle-grade

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—who share the same first and middle names, ages, and exact birth dates as the Greystone kids—reach the Greystone family. This bizarre coincidence makes them wonder: Who exactly are these strangers? Before Chess, Emma, and Finn can question their mom about it, she takes off on a mysterious work trip. But puzzling clues left behind lead to complex codes, hidden rooms, and a dangerous secret that will turn their world upside down.

Hardcover, 416 pages
Published April 2nd 2019
by Katherine Tegen Books
*** 1/2

The Greystone Secrets is a new series by author Margaret Peterson Haddix geared towards the middle grade age.

It’s not a little book, coming at 416 pages (for the hardcover edition). Imagine one day waking up to these crazy coincidences regarding the kidnapping of 3 siblings with the same names, birthdays and even looking like you. Then everything in your life is turned upside down. That’s what happens to Chess, Emma and Finn.

Told from the pov’s of these siblings, they dig for clues as they try to understand what is happening. While at times it tagged a little towards the end this was still a fun story, unique premise setting the ground work for future books in this series.

I'm lovin' the cover, which is what drew me to this book.

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