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

November 1st, 2019 by

the-strangers-greystrone-secrets-margaret-peterson-haddixI have a confession to make: Despite the approximately gazillion reviews that Kidsmomo readers have submitted for Among the Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix, I’ve never read that book. Obviously, many of you love it, but I never picked it up because I wanted to avoid getting sucked into the whole seven-book series.

Well, the joke’s on me! Now I realize it wouldn’t have been too bad to get into that series, since all the books are already out. Instead, here I am waiting impatiently for the next installment in Margaret Peterson Haddix’s new series, The Greystone Secrets. Why oh why did I read the first book, The Strangers, a full half-year before the second book comes out? Whyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy??????!!!!!!

I was pulled into The Strangers immediately, as the main characters encounter a strange mystery. Three siblings (Chess, Emma, and Finn Greystone) learn about the kidnapping of three other siblings who have their same names and birthdates. Sure, those other kids live in a totally different state, but how can that be a coincidence? And why is their mom acting so weird, even though she claims there’s no connection with their family? Where is she really going when she leaves town abruptly after hearing about the kidnapping? She says it’s a business trip, but is she telling the truth?

I don’t want to ruin any of the suspense, so I won’t go into detail about what happens next. But as you’d expect, the three Greystone kids find themselves drawn into an adventure that none of them asked for — but which they must pursue to be sure that their family is safe. Let’s just say it involves secret codes, surprising identities, several twists, and a lot of danger.

If you like stories with mystery and suspense, I highly recommend The Strangers. I literally could not put the book down — even when I was hanging out with friends on vacation! On the first night of our trip, while everyone else chatted in the living room, I sat in the corner to finish reading this book. I just had to find out what would happen next! Now if only I didn’t have to wait six months to see what happens in Book #2: The Deceivers, coming out in April 2020… Why why why????????

Do YOU have another suspenseful mystery/adventure that you’d suggest I read in the meantime? Leave a comment below with your recommendation!

— Karen

After finishing The Strangers, did Karen jump into the conversation with her friends? No. Karen immediately proceeded to look up interviews with the author to learn more about the inspiration for this book. So the lesson here is that Karen is not a fun friend to travel with. Or if you’re going on vacation with her, give her a less interesting book to read.

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Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

December 9th, 2017 by

Among_the_Hidden_Margaret-Peterson-HaddixSubmitted by Megan, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Among the hidden is one of the best books ever.There is many suspenseful moments.That you just must keep reading. The main character is Luke Garner. He is a third child and is not ment to be alive. Then he sees a face and Luke’s life gets changed for ever. You must read it now!

Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

December 8th, 2017 by

Among_the_Hidden_Margaret-Peterson-HaddixSubmitted by Owen, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is an awesome book that you NEED to put on your bucket list! This book is about a boy named Luke who is illegal because the government made a law that third children should not exist because of overpopulation. I am thinking about reading the second book of this series because it’s so GOOD!

Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

December 8th, 2017 by

Among_the_Hidden_Margaret-Peterson-HaddixSubmitted by Brett, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Among the Hidden is the best book ever. It is about this boy named Luke, and there is a law against children like him, which are third children. Third children are not allowed because of the Population law. Have fun with it 👍🏻

Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

December 8th, 2017 by

Among_the_Hidden_Margaret-Peterson-HaddixSubmitted by Katie, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

I finished Among The Hidden and it was awesome. Luke is a boy who is a third child and in this book third children are illegal. Luke has to hide from the Population Police.

Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

December 8th, 2017 by

Among_the_Hidden_Margaret-Peterson-HaddixSubmitted by Makenna, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★½

This book has a lot of different suspenseful scenes. So if you like tense and books that leave you hanging off a cliff then read Among the Hidden.

Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

December 8th, 2017 by

Among_the_Hidden_Margaret-Peterson-HaddixSubmitted by Aden, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

The Book Among The Hidden is a book about Luke Garner. A boy who is a third child. The government doesn’t allow third children.

Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

December 8th, 2017 by

Among_the_Hidden_Margaret-Peterson-HaddixSubmitted by Adrienne, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

This is an amazing book,you should definitely read it. If you like a lot of action then this is the perfect book for you. I loved it and I’m sure you will to. 👍🏻
(It is very suspenseful)

Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

December 8th, 2017 by

Among_the_Hidden_Margaret-Peterson-HaddixSubmitted by Dale, Age 11 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Among The Hidden was a good book of the future of the United States of American.

Among The Hidden by Margaret Peterson Haddix

December 8th, 2017 by

Among_the_Hidden_Margaret-Peterson-HaddixSubmitted by Daniel, Age 12 from New York

Rating: ★★★★★

Luke garner is a illegal third child and he has to hide inside of his house. One day Luke found a way to see the outside world without being seen by people and he saw child’s face so he sneaks over and meets Jen another third child who happens to be planning a rally at DC .then she leaves for the rally without Luke because Luke didn’t want to go find out what happens next. In among the hidden.

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