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New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix, the master of cliffhangers, delivers a pulse-pounding mystery perfect for fans of Jacqueline West and Kat Yeh, full of secrets, surprises, and the power of family. One minute they’re there: laughing and having fun at the house next door. The next minute, the teens are gone. Like magic. Marin can’t believe her eyes. Who are New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix, the master of cliffhangers, delivers a pulse-pounding mystery perfect for fans of Jacqueline West and Kat Yeh, full of secrets, surprises, and the power of family. One minute they’re there: laughing and having fun at the house next door. The next minute, the teens are gone. Like magic. Marin can’t believe her eyes. Who are they? Can anyone else see them? What makes them so happy? Marin is lonely in this new town of hers and eager to figure out more. Then she meets Charley, who reveals that he knows about them, too. He calls them the “Remarkables.” Charley warns her to stay away from the Remarkables—and him. Charley and Marin both have painful secrets they’re holding on to, but could solving the mystery of the Remarkables help them both? In addition to building an intriguing world filled with mystery, Haddix also grounds the story with real issues that many children face. Characters deal with the complexities of bullying, the guilt children experience when parents have addiction issues, and the uplifting power found in strong families of all shapes and sizes.


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New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix, the master of cliffhangers, delivers a pulse-pounding mystery perfect for fans of Jacqueline West and Kat Yeh, full of secrets, surprises, and the power of family. One minute they’re there: laughing and having fun at the house next door. The next minute, the teens are gone. Like magic. Marin can’t believe her eyes. Who are New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix, the master of cliffhangers, delivers a pulse-pounding mystery perfect for fans of Jacqueline West and Kat Yeh, full of secrets, surprises, and the power of family. One minute they’re there: laughing and having fun at the house next door. The next minute, the teens are gone. Like magic. Marin can’t believe her eyes. Who are they? Can anyone else see them? What makes them so happy? Marin is lonely in this new town of hers and eager to figure out more. Then she meets Charley, who reveals that he knows about them, too. He calls them the “Remarkables.” Charley warns her to stay away from the Remarkables—and him. Charley and Marin both have painful secrets they’re holding on to, but could solving the mystery of the Remarkables help them both? In addition to building an intriguing world filled with mystery, Haddix also grounds the story with real issues that many children face. Characters deal with the complexities of bullying, the guilt children experience when parents have addiction issues, and the uplifting power found in strong families of all shapes and sizes.

30 review for Remarkables

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    Margaret Peterson Haddix is just such a gifted middle grade author. She perfectly captures so much: the emotions, the difficulty of standing on the border between childhood and teenage-hood, the family dynamic, the change in friendship. But then, on top of that, she adds mysteries. Magic. Always a little bit spooky, a lot thought-provoking. And so, so good!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Dulaney

    I have been a fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix's works since reading "Running Out of Time" in the late '90s/early 2000s. Her sci-fi/fantasy is simply fabulous, having that perfect blend of future innovations and realism that really makes you believe that everything in the book could absolutely happen. And I was getting that same sense of realistic fiction coupled with fantasy time travel in The Remarkables and then, WHAM, all of a sudden, I was in tears as main characters Marin and Charley both c I have been a fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix's works since reading "Running Out of Time" in the late '90s/early 2000s. Her sci-fi/fantasy is simply fabulous, having that perfect blend of future innovations and realism that really makes you believe that everything in the book could absolutely happen. And I was getting that same sense of realistic fiction coupled with fantasy time travel in The Remarkables and then, WHAM, all of a sudden, I was in tears as main characters Marin and Charley both confront their very real fears and dreams and the fantasy element brings them the hope that those dreams really could come true. Summaries of the plot will abound so let me just discuss the excellent literary elements such as the strong characterization of Marin, the insecure but insightful and gentle female lead, and Charley, the deeply troubled 12 year old searching for redemption and healing for his parents and himself. The long-time ELA teacher in me sees potential lessons in theme, conflict/resolution, characterization and modeling for truly outstanding descriptive writing, especially in the area of creating clear settings. As always, I will excitedly promote this book with my 4th and 5th grade library patrons without any worry about objectionable content. Highly recommended for not only fans of Haddix's action-adventure and sci-fi novels, but for readers of sad-happy heart warmers such as those written by Lisa Graff, Cynthia Lord, Joan Bauer and Barbara O'Connor. Thanks for the digital ARC, Edelweiss.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Shaye Miller

    This title became available through my Overdrive library last week and it looked to have just enough spooky elements to work well for a pre-Halloween read. It was full of mystery and suspense and was just right for the upper middle grade audience. Marin is new to town. While exploring the woods behind her house, she sees some older teenagers who suddenly disappear into thin air. That's when Marin discovers that her new neighbor, Charley, has also been watching the teenagers. She learns that he c This title became available through my Overdrive library last week and it looked to have just enough spooky elements to work well for a pre-Halloween read. It was full of mystery and suspense and was just right for the upper middle grade audience. Marin is new to town. While exploring the woods behind her house, she sees some older teenagers who suddenly disappear into thin air. That's when Marin discovers that her new neighbor, Charley, has also been watching the teenagers. She learns that he calls them Remarkables and that he believes what they are seeing are images from the past. Charley intends to find a way in so that he can change the future. But Marin is not so sure that's the best idea. “...the present and the future are the only things you can do anything about. You can have a good future because the past is over. All you can do is learn from it.” There's a lot packed into this story ranging from friendship to bullies to depression to drug addiction to family relationships and some deep thoughts on time-travel and how it would change the future. It seemed a slightly more mature middle grade novel and will be especially great for a middle grader who appreciates the murky complications of relationship with both friends and family. For more children's literature, middle grade literature, and YA literature reviews, feel free to visit my personal blog at The Miller Memo!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer Hill

    Marin has just moved to Pennsylvania from Indiana. She has a baby brother, her dad is a teacher, and her mom just got a new job overseeing the nursing program at a college. As Marin explores the woods in her backyard, she sees some teenagers in the house behind hers. They seem to appear and disappear, weird. She encounters Charley, a neighbor, who is the same age as Marin. He sees the teenagers too. As they become friends, they solve the mystery surrounding they teenagers and the house. Wasn't s Marin has just moved to Pennsylvania from Indiana. She has a baby brother, her dad is a teacher, and her mom just got a new job overseeing the nursing program at a college. As Marin explores the woods in her backyard, she sees some teenagers in the house behind hers. They seem to appear and disappear, weird. She encounters Charley, a neighbor, who is the same age as Marin. He sees the teenagers too. As they become friends, they solve the mystery surrounding they teenagers and the house. Wasn't super impressed with this one, although I normally LOVE all of Haddix's work.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    I can always count on Margaret Peterson Haddix to draw me in and take me on an amazing journey, no matter how bad my book hangover. Very good book.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Ms. Yingling

    E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Marin and her family move from Indiana to Pennsylvania for her mother's new job as a professor of nursing. Her father, a physical education teacher, is still looking for work, so he is the at home parent for Marin and her baby brother Owen. Marin had two good friends in Indiana, Ashlyn and Kenner, but had fallen out with them because of typical friend drama. She is concerned that she won't be able to find new friends in the new town, so is intrigued wh E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus Marin and her family move from Indiana to Pennsylvania for her mother's new job as a professor of nursing. Her father, a physical education teacher, is still looking for work, so he is the at home parent for Marin and her baby brother Owen. Marin had two good friends in Indiana, Ashlyn and Kenner, but had fallen out with them because of typical friend drama. She is concerned that she won't be able to find new friends in the new town, so is intrigued when she sees high school age students at a house in the woods... until they disappear! She meets her neighbor's grandson, Charley, who has also seen these people, whom he calls "remarkables". Charley and his two brothers are living with their grandmother because his parents are struggling with drug addiction. The father's problems are tied to an incident twenty years in the past that claimed the life of his friend. At a party, the father was cooking and took the batteries out of a smoke detector when it when off; later, a fire caused his friend's death. Marin starts to understand that the "remarkables" are Charley's dad and his friends before the accident occurs, and she tries to figure out how the two of them can change the past. As she navigates her summer in her new town, she starts to understand that changing the past could change good things as well. Strengths: Haddix certainly has a firm grasp of the magical realism/creepy supernatural niche, and crafts an interesting story about changing the past. My favorite part, however, was the strong family unit. They are shown dealing with ordinary problems like a sleepless infant, death of a friend, and job insecurity with strength and good humor. Just the topic of a tween having a baby sibling is a great, and underserved, one. I also liked the inclusion of going to church and Vacation Bible School. Although I figured out early on that church wasn't a good fit for me, I spent a LOT of time in middle school and high school attending church functions, and this also is underrepresented in middle grade literature. This seems like it will be a stand alone. Weaknesses: This would have been more effective as a realistic fiction story without the "remarkables". Their appearance is never well explained, and didn't make much sense. What I really think: I will purchase because Haddix is a local author and circulates well, but this wasn't my favorite. Part of that might be because I started reading thinking this was the sequel to The Strangers (Greystone Secrets #1), and it clearly wasn't!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Katie Reilley

    Thank you to the author & publisher for sharing a copy with our #bookexpedition group. The summer before Marin starts 6th grade, her family makes the move from IL to PA due to an amazing job offer for her mom. Leaving IL after a big fight with her two best friends and being the new kid, Marin is lonely and begins exploring the area, entering the woods behind her house and climbing a tree. She hears high schoolers coming home from school, and she begins observing them. As she’s watching, the Thank you to the author & publisher for sharing a copy with our #bookexpedition group. The summer before Marin starts 6th grade, her family makes the move from IL to PA due to an amazing job offer for her mom. Leaving IL after a big fight with her two best friends and being the new kid, Marin is lonely and begins exploring the area, entering the woods behind her house and climbing a tree. She hears high schoolers coming home from school, and she begins observing them. As she’s watching, the group of kids suddenly...disappears. Poof. Gone. She’s determined to figure out what she saw. She meets a neighbor, Charley, who reveals that he knows about them, too. Charley calls them “The Remarkables” and warms Marin to stay away from them. With themes of family, friendship, and letting go of the past to focus on the present and future, this middle grade story is full of surprises and plot twists. Recommend for grades 4 and up, and publishes on 9/24/19.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Saloni

    Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books for providing a copy of this book at BEA 2019! While an interesting concept, two major aspects of this book drove my 2-star review. 1. The book is approximately 300 pages long, and the plot didn't actually pick up until 200 pages in. A lot of the story was about her reuniting with some friends and adjusting to her new life in Pennsylvania. The actual plot of the book seemed as an aside. 2. I was not a fan of the dialogue. This book has some pass sinc Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books for providing a copy of this book at BEA 2019! While an interesting concept, two major aspects of this book drove my 2-star review. 1. The book is approximately 300 pages long, and the plot didn't actually pick up until 200 pages in. A lot of the story was about her reuniting with some friends and adjusting to her new life in Pennsylvania. The actual plot of the book seemed as an aside. 2. I was not a fan of the dialogue. This book has some pass since it is a children's book. But to me it read like a poor fanfiction rather than an actual novel. I absolutely love Margaret Peterson Haddix as an author. She has this incredible skill of incorporating intensity and action into children/ young adult books. Unfortunately, this book was probably one of her worse ones and fell a little flat for me.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Karlie

    "... are the only nice people in the world just nice because they haven't had any really bad things happen to them?" I love every book written by Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Remarkables is no exception. When Mirin and her family move to a new town, she's out exploring the woods in her backyard when she notices a group of teenagers from the neighborhood disappear in thin air, right in front of her eyes.  Like Haddix's other stories, this one is unique and engaging with a bit of life's serious "... are the only nice people in the world just nice because they haven't had any really bad things happen to them?" I love every book written by Margaret Peterson Haddix, and Remarkables is no exception. When Mirin and her family move to a new town, she's out exploring the woods in her backyard when she notices a group of teenagers from the neighborhood disappear in thin air, right in front of her eyes.  Like Haddix's other stories, this one is unique and engaging with a bit of life's seriousness thrown in. She really is great at channeling the middle grader while not telling the same old story that readers have been told time and time again. I believe kids will love this book just as much as they've loved her others.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Larry Plemmons

    An excellent coming of age story for young and old alike! Well worth your time and expense!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Violet Sinclair

    DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of REMARKABLES via Edelweiss Above the Treeline in exchange for an honest review WOAH I’ve been a fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix since I was about ten-years-old, and contrary to popular belief, I think her newer books are just as good as her older books. REMARKABLES may not have been as good as CHILDREN OF EXILE, SHADOW CHILDREN, or THE GREYSTONE SECRETS, but I definitely think it’s just as good as GAME CHANGER and TH DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of REMARKABLES via Edelweiss Above the Treeline in exchange for an honest review WOAH I’ve been a fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix since I was about ten-years-old, and contrary to popular belief, I think her newer books are just as good as her older books. REMARKABLES may not have been as good as CHILDREN OF EXILE, SHADOW CHILDREN, or THE GREYSTONE SECRETS, but I definitely think it’s just as good as GAME CHANGER and THE HOUSE ON THE GULF. My only complaint would be the fact that Haddix decided to throw in all kinds of crazy plot twists within the last four chapters and while they got kind of explained, I was still left wanting just a little more explanation. Overall though, very good. Would recommend for fans of Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS. Will I be purchasing in September? Yes.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Deeann

    I am absolutely thrilled that I won an advanced reader copy of this book! Not only am I fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix but so is my adult daughter! I just finished this book and thought it was fabulous! The interesting thing is that I was the same age as Marin when my family moved to a new town and I also had a new sibling that was just a few months older than Owen, which changed my status in the family from being the only to being one of two! Without giving away any spoilers my introduction to I am absolutely thrilled that I won an advanced reader copy of this book! Not only am I fan of Margaret Peterson Haddix but so is my adult daughter! I just finished this book and thought it was fabulous! The interesting thing is that I was the same age as Marin when my family moved to a new town and I also had a new sibling that was just a few months older than Owen, which changed my status in the family from being the only to being one of two! Without giving away any spoilers my introduction to my new neighborhood and sixth grade was far less mysterious and exciting than Marin's! This book was a joy to read and is definitely a great addition to any library! Thanks Harper Childrens!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Platt

    This is a good mystery for level 4-6. The author included difficult subjects good for discussion such as chemical dependency, personality differences, diverse family dynamics. I'm so glad she wasn't afraid to add these important realistic themes. I'm giving 4 stars only because as an adult, it didn't sweep me; 4 stars however is very good. There's a twist too, you think it's time travel, but.... It's realistic fiction with a touch of fantasy.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Ruth E. R.

    I came across this great new book at a Charlotte library after I had locked myself out of a car and was waiting to be rescued. After checking out my crochet pattern books, I found I had stranded myself for a while, so I wandered back in to the lower floor (which happened to be the juvenile department) and headed for the H stacks. I'm a major Margaret Peterson Haddix fan after being introduced to her years ago by a friend who's a Children's Librarian. Haddix is always a good choice if I came across this great new book at a Charlotte library after I had locked myself out of a car and was waiting to be rescued. After checking out my crochet pattern books, I found I had stranded myself for a while, so I wandered back in to the lower floor (which happened to be the juvenile department) and headed for the H stacks. I'm a major Margaret Peterson Haddix fan after being introduced to her years ago by a friend who's a Children's Librarian. Haddix is always a good choice if you're looking for a quick read or a suspense that will be reliably clean and thought-provoking. She brings up realistic problems and conflicts for her characters, whether they are preteens or teens, that young people reading her books could identify with, and sometimes, but not always, adds thrilling supernatural events into their lives! The major themes of the book are friendship and family dynamics. The plot revolves around an 11-year-old girl who just moved into a new town a few states away, where she discovers a mystery. There are discussions about transitioning from childhood to young adulthood, as well as theories about time travel. The characters are so lifelike and believable that I found the resolutions of the various conflicts to be almost therapeutic. I also appreciated the positive portrayal of a dad. Males typically are not major positive characters and usually are in the background, indifferent to kids, and often stereotypically immoral, even in kids' books (like in One For the Murphys). There are a lot of good men out there who genuinely care about kids and dream of having their own families to be involved in. There is no doubt in my mind that Haddix writes from an authentic faith in Christ, because she brings ordinary Christian kids into her stories who are like real kids you'd meet at church. Though lots of U. S. American kids of all colors attend church every week, you almost never find church or church figures mentioned in intermediate fiction published in the past few decades, even if it's about a nice family like the Penderwicks. Haddix doesn't need to have a special publisher or to spend chapters preaching at the reader to bring up this topic in her stories. It happens "organically," as they say. Regardless of whether you include a sermon or Bible verse, hope and positivity are valuable to all young readers, and you'll find that here, when you may not be expecting it.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Darla

    I downloaded this book on Edelweiss thinking it was going to be the second book in the Greystones Secrets series. What I found instead was a remarkable standalone novel with a time travel mystery. Marin is eleven and has been recently transplanted from Illionois to Pennsylvania. She climbs a tree in the woods that begin in her backyard and discovers a group of teens who seem to appear and vanish like magic. She soon runs into neighbor boy Charley in the woods and they begin referring to these en I downloaded this book on Edelweiss thinking it was going to be the second book in the Greystones Secrets series. What I found instead was a remarkable standalone novel with a time travel mystery. Marin is eleven and has been recently transplanted from Illionois to Pennsylvania. She climbs a tree in the woods that begin in her backyard and discovers a group of teens who seem to appear and vanish like magic. She soon runs into neighbor boy Charley in the woods and they begin referring to these enigmatic teenagers as the Remarkables. In the midst of the mystery we live life with Marin as she recovers from bullying at her old school, helps care for her baby brother and attends church with her family. In fact, on their first Sunday in their new home Marin's sleep-starved mother declares she needs to attend church rather than get more sleep. Marin and her family also consider having her attend VBS, a regular summer activity for many of the kids I know. Charley's life is markedly different. He and his twin little brothers live with their grandmother while their parents try to shake of drug addiction. Both Marin and Charley believe the Remarkables are in their lives so that a past mistake made by Charley's dad can be made right. Charley is certain he has seen his dad among the Remarkables. If they are able to enter the time stream with these people from the past, how will they fix the problem? What will such a change in the past do to the future? Why don't all the kids they have seen have the same names as the group of friends that are in articles written about that past catastrophe? Meanwhile, Marin struggles with past relationships in Illinois where she felt bullied and friendless. Will she know how to make friends at her new school? This grace-filled and surprising book deftly deals with so many real-life situations while still providing an intriguing mystery and tugging at the heartstrings. A big thank you to Katherine Tegen books and Edelweiss for providing a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sherry Ellis

    When ten-year-old Marin moves from Illinois to Pennsylvania, she's sad. Friends are left behind, damaged friendships remain broken, and there is uncertainty with what the future holds. As she explores her new home, she discovers a house behind hers. A house that seems to be the center of activity where the teenagers are happy. But then the teenagers disappear. Are they ghosts from a tragedy that occurred twenty years in the past, or are they a glimpse into the future? Marin and her new friend, C When ten-year-old Marin moves from Illinois to Pennsylvania, she's sad. Friends are left behind, damaged friendships remain broken, and there is uncertainty with what the future holds. As she explores her new home, she discovers a house behind hers. A house that seems to be the center of activity where the teenagers are happy. But then the teenagers disappear. Are they ghosts from a tragedy that occurred twenty years in the past, or are they a glimpse into the future? Marin and her new friend, Charley aim to find out. Remarkables is a complex story of hope. The main plot is the discovery of who the Remarkables are, but there are many other issues involved – the challenges of moving, dealing with bullies, friend relationships, and struggling with addictions in a family. Even though these topics are dark, ultimately, the story offers hope that things can and will get better. The story is well-written and intriguing with topics that are relate-able to many middle-grade readers.  

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yapha

    Can you ever go wrong with a book by Margaret Peterson Haddix? I don't think so! Marin and her family have just moved to a small town in Pennsylvania after a particularly rough 5th grade year. Her mom has a new job, her dad is looking for work and taking care of her brand new baby brother, and Marin is worried about making friends after what happened last year. When she spots the group of teenagers coming home from school, she is enthralled by what looks like their perfect and easy friendship. S Can you ever go wrong with a book by Margaret Peterson Haddix? I don't think so! Marin and her family have just moved to a small town in Pennsylvania after a particularly rough 5th grade year. Her mom has a new job, her dad is looking for work and taking care of her brand new baby brother, and Marin is worried about making friends after what happened last year. When she spots the group of teenagers coming home from school, she is enthralled by what looks like their perfect and easy friendship. She stays hidden in the woods, watching them until they disappear instantly, as if by magic. Trying to solve the mystery of the teenagers takes Marin on a trip through town history and through her own fears about friendship as well. Highly recommended for grades 4 & up. eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss

  18. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa (Sweetkokoro)

    I was so bored listening to this story. I think the only reason I got through it was because I was cleaning my house. All the family interactions with the main character where so cringy and just kind of unbelievable, they were so overly happy. I’m a big fan of dad jokes and such but this particular dad just irritated me so much. Anything pertaining to the Remarkables didn’t really take flight until the last 2hours of a 7 hour audiobook. Majority of the story deals with 2, 10 year olds, family an I was so bored listening to this story. I think the only reason I got through it was because I was cleaning my house. All the family interactions with the main character where so cringy and just kind of unbelievable, they were so overly happy. I’m a big fan of dad jokes and such but this particular dad just irritated me so much. Anything pertaining to the Remarkables didn’t really take flight until the last 2hours of a 7 hour audiobook. Majority of the story deals with 2, 10 year olds, family and friends problems. And then the Remarkables is never actually explained. You discover who they are but it’s never explained how they came into being and that was literally the whole reason why I picked the book up. I was left feeling very unsatisfied and bored.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Verona

    I recommend this for 5th and 6th graders. It is about a girl, Marin, who moves to a new town the summer before 6th grade. She has a secret that she kept from her parents about her relationship with 2 girls in her old town. Her parents think they are her best friends but she is relieved to be away from them. She sees a group of teens in the house behind hers and they seem so happy but then they disappear. This is the mystery that occupies most of the story. Who are these teens, how are they conne I recommend this for 5th and 6th graders. It is about a girl, Marin, who moves to a new town the summer before 6th grade. She has a secret that she kept from her parents about her relationship with 2 girls in her old town. Her parents think they are her best friends but she is relieved to be away from them. She sees a group of teens in the house behind hers and they seem so happy but then they disappear. This is the mystery that occupies most of the story. Who are these teens, how are they connected to Charley, her unhappy and elusive next door neighbor who is also her age? This book does a good job addressing the issues of handling change and difficult peer and family relationships. The disappearing teenagers throw in a mix of mystery and science fiction that keeps the story going.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Jkeeler

    I love all of @haddixbooks so I was really excited to see The Remarkables. This middle grade Margaret Peterson Haddix book did not disappoint! Marin is an 11 year old girl who has to move from Illinois to Pennsylvania the summer before 6th grade. She’s lonely and worried about friends when she sees a group of high school kids just vanish in thin air. She meets Charley, the boy next door who lives with his grandma, and discovers that he has seen them too! As we unravel the mystery with them there I love all of @haddixbooks so I was really excited to see The Remarkables. This middle grade Margaret Peterson Haddix book did not disappoint! Marin is an 11 year old girl who has to move from Illinois to Pennsylvania the summer before 6th grade. She’s lonely and worried about friends when she sees a group of high school kids just vanish in thin air. She meets Charley, the boy next door who lives with his grandma, and discovers that he has seen them too! As we unravel the mystery with them there are also subplots of friendship, bullying, guilt, forgiveness and family relationships. Loved it!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Rumeur

    Nice wholesome mystery for middle school age kids. My own experiences were either Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys.....which kept me reading but started early on adult mysteries. Wish I’d have had so many choices when I was that age Well written & suspenseful & I think many middle school readers will really enjoy this book I won an ARC of this book in Goodreads giveaway & in return I’ve written an honest review. Like to thank the author & publisher .... Hsrper Collins Nice wholesome mystery for middle school age kids. My own experiences were either Nancy Drew or The Hardy Boys.....which kept me reading but started early on adult mysteries. Wish I’d have had so many choices when I was that age Well written & suspenseful & I think many middle school readers will really enjoy this book I won an ARC of this book in Goodreads giveaway & in return I’ve written an honest review. Like to thank the author & publisher .... Hsrper Collins Teen. Many thanx & much appreciated #GoodreadsGiveaway #HarperCollinsPublisher

  22. 5 out of 5

    Dai Guerra

    This was such a nice middle school read and I thought the lessons taught were great for that age. The relationship that Marin has with her parents is nicely contrasted with the relationship that Charley has with his own family. I like how his relationship with his family reminds Marin of how she feels about her friends and how Charley says "I don't think you know what its like to care about people who do bad things all the time. No matter what." That sentence wraps up Charley's feelings about hi This was such a nice middle school read and I thought the lessons taught were great for that age. The relationship that Marin has with her parents is nicely contrasted with the relationship that Charley has with his own family. I like how his relationship with his family reminds Marin of how she feels about her friends and how Charley says "I don't think you know what its like to care about people who do bad things all the time. No matter what." That sentence wraps up Charley's feelings about his life really well and it was a moment I had to pause at.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    Who are the Remarkables, these teenagers who seem to disappear when you get too close to their yard? Marin, new to the neighborhood and friendless, is happy to have a mystery to solve. This doesn't appear to be the start of a series, so all the questions are answered by the end of the book - and Marin has found not only her place in her new town but resolved old issues with her two BFFs from "back home". It's a great book for those starting a new level in school or those who have moved over the Who are the Remarkables, these teenagers who seem to disappear when you get too close to their yard? Marin, new to the neighborhood and friendless, is happy to have a mystery to solve. This doesn't appear to be the start of a series, so all the questions are answered by the end of the book - and Marin has found not only her place in her new town but resolved old issues with her two BFFs from "back home". It's a great book for those starting a new level in school or those who have moved over the summer. eARC provided by publisher.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Cassie Thomas

    I loved finally getting to some of the mysteries throughout the book and getting answers. I found that I was really enjoying the unknown which is not something of the norm. This is a much toned down sci-fi book for MPH, but I still loved the magical realism placed throughout. I think students will relate to what Marin and Charley both feel on many levels, and Ashlyn and Kenner as well. I can't wait to share with students. *Thanks to MPH for an advanced copy!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Lizzy

    Character driven middle grade realistic fiction about being the new kid, changes in family and friends, and different family representations. The mystery is enough to be compelling and keep the pages turning but added more to focus on characters emotional arc.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Laurie

    Another great story from Margaret Peterson Haddix. Navigating middle school is hard enough but when you're holding onto secrets, it can seem impossible. Fortunately, Marin and Charley find each other and a group of Remarkables to help them see the possibilities their futures hold.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Flyingzebras

    Margaret Peterson Haddix does it again. Always a satisfying read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Dee Dee G

    Nice surprise ending.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Daniel

    Based on the blurb, I started this one without expecting the time travel aspect. Haddix did that to me with the Missing books too...

  30. 5 out of 5

    Shauna Yusko

    Good for upper Elem Haddix fans, or readers looking for reality with just a hint of supernatural or time travel.

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