Books by Margaret Peterson Haddix

PALACE OF LIES by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: April 7, 2015

"A welcome return to the Just Ella universe. (Fantasy. 12-18)"
Haddix continues the series that began with the alternate "Cinderella" Just Ella (1999) with a story about a different princess.Read full book review >
REVEALED by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Sept. 2, 2014

"This long and intricate conclusion should satisfy fans, but it's not likely to win new ones. (Paranormal suspense. 8-12)"
This apparently final installment of the Missing series plunges Jonah into a quandary: The villains Gary and Hodge have begun their master plan to steal all the children from history and sell them in the future, with the help of Charles Lindbergh. Read full book review >
FULL RIDE by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Nov. 12, 2013

"With the myriad sources of stress and the remarkable suspense senior year can provide, it's too bad Becca's journey ends up feeling rather contrived and a bit trite. (Fiction. 11-18)"
High school senior Becca's father is an infamous criminal, now in prison—a secret she's gone to great lengths to hide. Read full book review >
RISKED  by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Sept. 3, 2013

"Plenty of fun and great for history teachers as well. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
The time-traveling middle schoolers are back for a trip to rescue Anastasia and Alexis Romanov from their 1918 murderers. Read full book review >
GAME CHANGER by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Oct. 16, 2012

"Haddix's insightful tale is a compelling blend of sports, action and mystery. (Fantasy. 12-14)"
An elite athlete, KT is on the fast track to softball stardom when her world is turned upside down. Read full book review >
THE ALWAYS WAR by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Nov. 15, 2011

"If hoping to grab a heartfelt connection, readers may feel sidelined, but plot turns will certainly keep them entranced. (Dystopia. 10-14)"
For the past 75 years, Tessa's nation has been at war—a war that has no end in sight. Read full book review >
TORN  by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Aug. 23, 2011

"Another action-filled and suspenseful historical thriller. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
The fourth installment of this enjoyable time-travel series for preteens takes readers to a lesser-known historical event than those in the earlier books: the mutiny on Henry Hudson's ship, the Discovery, in 1611. Read full book review >
SABOTAGED by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Aug. 24, 2010

"Best of the series so far. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Book three of the Missing series finds heroes 13-year-old Jonah and his sister Katherine traveling through time to rescue Virginia Dare of the Roanoke colony. Read full book review >
CLAIM TO FAME by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Nov. 10, 2009

"An intriguing and often exciting diversion for young readers. (Science fiction. 10-14)"
Sixteen-year-old Lindsay was a child star on a popular TV sitcom, but now, in this character study with a sci-fi twist, she hides in her house, terrified to go outside. Read full book review >
SENT by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Aug. 25, 2009

"Valuable fun for tweens. (Science fiction. 8-12)"
Historical time travel for the middle-school crowd continues in this second installment of Haddix's latest series, The Missing. Read full book review >
PALACE OF MIRRORS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Sept. 30, 2008

"Plenty of fun here from a superior author. (Fantasy. 10-14)"
In this semi-sequel to 1999's Just Ella, which imagined what happens after Cinderella moves to the Prince's palace, readers meet another Cinderella-like character, this one raised to believe that she is the true princess of the realm at war with Ella's kingdom. Read full book review >
FOUND by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: April 22, 2008

"Somewhat slow in this installment, but intriguing enough nonetheless to keep kids reading what promises to be an exciting trip through history. (Fiction. 10-14)"
Fans of Haddix's Shadow Children books will want to jump on this time-travel adventure, which kicks off yet another series. Read full book review >
UPRISING by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Sept. 25, 2007

"Author's note and list of works consulted give a fair summary of the Triangle fire and the condition of laborers, immigrants and life in the tenements. (Historical fiction. 12+)"
Three young women from different backgrounds experience the New York City Triangle Shirtwaist strike and fire of 1911. Read full book review >
DEXTER THE TOUGH by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Jan. 23, 2007

"Dexter, a sympathetic and believable character, may help others come to grips with their own demons. (Fiction. 7-10)"
Dexter's first assignment at his new school is to write an essay, and he describes beating up another boy before class. Read full book review >
DOUBLE IDENTITY by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Oct. 1, 2005

"Bethany's discovery of her own identity makes for a mystery well worth solving. (Science fiction. 10-12)"
Bethany's life has always been safe and protected; her parents comfort her, spoil her and spend frequent quality time with her. Read full book review >
THE HOUSE ON THE GULF by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Sept. 1, 2004

"A subtle and rich page-turner. (Fiction 8-12)"
Bran's house-sitting job seems like a dream, but the Marquises have also allowed him to bring along his mother and sister. Read full book review >
SAY WHAT? by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Feb. 1, 2004

"Humorous situations, familiar parent-speak applied at the funniest times, and a hilarious war of words add up to a pleasant family story for readers who are just ready for chapter books. (Fiction. 6-8)"
Something's not right at the Robinson house. Read full book review >
ESCAPE FROM MEMORY by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Sept. 1, 2003

"Well worth it. (Science fiction. 12-16)"
A thrill ride ensues when an all-American teen discovers her mysterious origins. Read full book review >
BECAUSE OF ANYA by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Nov. 1, 2002

"An afterword furnishes additional information, plus addresses and Web sites. (Fiction. 10-12)"
A mousy fourth grader demonstrates both courage and compassion in this undisguised consciousness-raiser. Read full book review >
TAKEOFFS AND LANDINGS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Sept. 1, 2001

"Don't read this for the plot; read it for the sensitive explorations of character and emotion in a family under stress. (Fiction. 12-15)"
Pretty, popular Lori, 14, feels that just about all she has in common with her fat, slow, older brother Chuck is their mother, their father having died eight years ago. Read full book review >
AMONG THE IMPOSTORS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: June 1, 2001

"In the end, Haddix leaves readers longing for more about Luke Garner. (Fiction. 9-13)"
The unsettling, futuristic totalitarian society created in Among the Hidden (1998) continues in this equally compelling sequel. Read full book review >
AMONG THE BETRAYED by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: June 1, 2001

"Along with Nina and Luke (who makes a cameo appearance from the other titles), the reader may be justified in asking, just how much longer before the Revolution? (Fiction. 9-14)"
Billed as a companion to Among the Hidden (1998), this addition to Haddix's burgeoning series about an Orwellian future in which third children are hunted down and killed follows the moral dilemma of a peripheral character from Among the Impostors (2001). Read full book review >
TURNABOUT by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"A fascinating concept engrossingly told. (Fiction. 11-16)"
In this intriguing, thought-provoking, and certainly original novel, Amelia Lenore Hazelwood is 100 years old and living in a nursing home where the only thing she has to look forward to is death. Read full book review >
JUST ELLA by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Sept. 1, 1999

"This cleverly done book would make a good read-aloud for younger children, an addition to units on myth and fairy tales at the middle-school level, and will also entertain high school students—and lead them to Haddix's other, more contemporary works. (Fiction. 10-16)"
In the wake of Gail Carson Levine's Ella Enchanted (1997) and such recent movies as Ever After, Haddix (Among the Hidden, 1998, etc.) has her own ideas about whether Cinderella really lived happily ever after. Read full book review >
AMONG THE HIDDEN by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Sept. 1, 1998

"The seizing of farmlands, untenable food regulations, and other scenarios that have come to fruition in these pages will give readers a new appreciation for their own world after a visit to Luke's. (Fiction. 9-13)"
In a chilling and intelligent novel, Haddix (Leaving Fishers, 1997, etc.) envisions a near future where a totalitarian US limits families to only two children. Read full book review >
LEAVING FISHERS by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Nov. 1, 1997

From the author of Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphey (1996), a chilling portrait of an insecure teenager gradually relinquishing her autonomy to a religious cult after she moves from a small Ohio town to a large, impersonal Indianapolis suburb. Read full book review >
DON'T YOU DARE READ THIS, MRS. DUNPHREY by Margaret Peterson Haddix
Released: Sept. 1, 1996

"The cream that rises to the top in this teen problem novel is Tish herself, a strong character with independence and grit. (Fiction. 12+)"
Haddix (Running Out of Time, 1995, not reviewed) surrounds Tish, 15, with overwhelming problems: an abusive father, a dysfunctional mother who designates her caretaker of a younger brother and then abandons them, marginal friends, a slimy employer, money troubles, and stealing. Read full book review >