Review of The Strangers

August 15, 2019 Book Reviews 3

Review of The Strangers

I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

The Strangers by Margaret Peterson Haddix, Anne Lambelet
Genres: Middle Grade, Adventure, Mystery
Published by Katherine Tegen Books on April 2, 2019
Pages: 300
Format: eARC
Source: Edelweiss

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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 suspense.
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.

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Here is what I thought

The Strangers was a fast paced mystery adventure about three kids who are finding out there is a lot about their family they don’t know.

When three kids are kidnapped with the same names as Finn, Emily and Chess, and have the same birth dates, they quickly find out something is not right. Especially when their mother starts acting weird and all of a sudden she tells them they are going to be staying with someone she knows and then she disappears.

The three can’t leave things along as they know something is not right and so they go to their house looking for clues and find a lot more than clues as they try and figure things out. They find out some things they were not suppose to find out yet that has to do with their mother which makes them look into things and find out there are more than one dimension and the other one is very dangerous.

It’s told in the POV of all three children which I think works pretty good for this story because each are very different and their thought process for everything are different. Chess is the oldest and feels very protective of his siblings but he is also a bit clumsy and shy. Emily loves math and if she can’t fit things into a mathematical equation it doesn’t make sense for her. This also comes in handy with coded clues. Finn is the youngest and kind of silly, and gets mad when he thinks his siblings are trying to sugar coat things because he is small and they don’t think he can handle it. He comes up with some good ideas at times and starts to feel very grown-up and should be told everything.

I really enjoyed this story and once things get started I couldn’t help but want to know what is going on. What I thought was probably happening wasn’t it and so I was very surprised. It doesn’t end with a huge cliffhanger but it does leave you wanting to know what the kids are going to have to do next.

I think young readers will enjoy this and would highly recommend it. I know I am now wanting to try more from this author!

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