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Greystone Secrets #3: The Messengers Hardcover – April 6, 2021
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In the dazzling conclusion to the Greystone Secrets series from New York Times bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix, the Greystones and their doubles, the Gustanos, must team up to save the alternate world—before both worlds are lost. All secrets are revealed in this page-turning, suspenseful story that shows the importance of teamwork, telling your story, and taking action when it matters most.
As book three of the Greystone Secrets series opens, the Greystone kids have their mother back from the evil alternate world, and so does their friend Natalie. But no one believes the danger is past.
Then mysterious coins begin falling from unexpected places. They are inscribed with codes that look just like what the Greystones’ father was working on before he died. And with the right touch, those symbols transform into words: PLEASE LISTEN. And FIND US, SEE US, HELP US. . . .
The coins are messengers, telling the Greystones and their allies that their friends in the alternate world are under attack—and that the cruel, mind-controlling forces are now invading the better world, too.
After another spinning, sliding journey across worlds, the Greystone kids must solve mysteries that have haunted them since the beginning: what happened when the Gustanos were kidnapped, what created the alternate world, and how a group of mismatched kids can triumph once and for all against an evil force that seems to have total control.
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“Maintains suspense from the beginning to the cliffhanger ending. A high-stakes adventure full of teamwork with a multifaceted mystery and complex themes.” -- Kirkus Reviews
“Haddix returns with another mystery/adventure/science-fiction hybrid filled with twists, turns, and political undertones in the nefarious intentions of the alternate world. This first installment ends expectedly with a cliffhanger that is sure to leave readers wanting more.” -- Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
“Bestselling Haddix launches a new middle-grade series that blends adventure and sf elements into an engrossing mystery. The kidnapping alone could have made a compelling mystery, but Haddix throws in secret rooms, alternate realities, and a cliff-hanger ending to raise the stakes and delight fans new and old.” -- Booklist
“Masterfully plotted and filled with so many jaw-dropping twists and turns, you’ll be racing toward the end—and begging for the next book. Put simply: this is Margaret Peterson Haddix at her absolute best.” -- Shannon Messenger, author of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series
“With more twists than a spiral staircase, The Strangers kept me up way past my bedtime! This thrilling, page-turning adventure will keep you reading, and keep you guessing. Full of codes and clues, love and logic, this book will make you a part of the Greystone family.” -- Amie Kaufman, author of the Elementals series
“A hair-raising, mind-twisting adventure full of intrigue, humor, and charm. The spunky, quirky Greystones are easy to cheer for and relate to, and I can’t wait to see what happens next.” -- John David Anderson, author of Posted and Ms. Bixby’s Last Day
“Readers will come for the mystery, stay for the suspense, and linger in the Greystone kids’ world long after the final page. The Strangrs will take readers on an amazing ride they will not soon forget.” -- Jennifer Nielsen, author of The Traitor’s Game and The Ascendance Trilogy
“A highly suspenseful, delightfully clever thriller with a tinge of creepiness. Give yourself a few hours to calm down after you finish this gem!” -- Lisa McMann, author of the Unwanteds Quests series
PRAISE FOR BOOK 2, THE DECEIVERS: "Readers will have a ball scurrying through the secret passageways as the tense caper unfolds, but Haddix also gives plenty of page time to the kids’ inner musings. Thus readers are ensured a rich mystery-adventure that will activate their brains and sense of empathy."
"This sequel never slows in pace, thrusting the characters into new, treacherous mysteries. In this sequel, Haddix explores themes of honesty and love as the children compare their experiences to those in the alternate universe. A perilous, high-action plot—with a cliffhanger." -- Kirkus Reviews
"This mystery and science fiction adventure features sleuthing reminiscent of Lemony Snicket’s 'A Series of Unfortunate Events.' Haddix weaves a dystopian tale about government control, prison reform, fair trials, scapegoats, and the importance of believing people are innocent before proven guilty. " -- School Library Journal
About the Author
Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm in Ohio. As a kid, she knew two girls who had the exact same first, middle, and last names and shared the same birthday—only one year apart—and she always thought that was bizarre.
As an adult, Haddix worked as a newspaper reporter and copy editor in Indiana before her first book, Running Out of Time, was published. She has since written more than forty books for kids and teens, including the Greystone Secrets series, the Shadow Children series, the Missing series, the Children of Exile series, and lots of stand-alones. Haddix and her husband, Doug, now live in Columbus, Ohio, where they raised their two kids. You can learn more about her at www.haddixbooks.com.
- Publisher : Katherine Tegen Books (April 6, 2021)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 416 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0062838431
- ISBN-13 : 978-0062838438
- Reading age : 8 - 12 years
- Grade level : 3 - 7
- Item Weight : 1.05 pounds
- Dimensions : 5.5 x 1.29 x 8.25 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #13,989 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The premise of Greystone Secrets is that of duplicate worlds – one (ours) is basically good and one is basically bad. Our protagonists originate in the bad world, but live in the good world. These heroes are three siblings, Chess, Emma, and Finn. In The Messengers, they are being chased by people from the bad world as they try to figure out how to overthrow a corrupt government and thwart its use of mind control. They team up with friends old and new from both worlds to dismantle the mesmerizing TVs and convey the truth to citizens in the bad world. They do not have a smooth road, and the questions readers ask are echoed by the children themselves. Haddix has thoroughly developed the alternate reality and the characters – fans will recognize her style and talent. So captivating is her writing that I suffered from OMC* late into the night. I won't include spoilers, but I will say that fans of dystopia, mystery, and child-heroes will not be disappointed. I wish I had begun the series from book one, and I will look forward to doing so with T in the future.
Part of what has drawn me to Haddix's writing over the years is her incisive critique of the role of government and technology. Haddix's works prompt readers to examine their own situations and question where lines are drawn. At what point have we allowed government, police, or big business too much power? When does a particular piece of technology go from being a beneficial tool to a dangerous weapon? The answers are not clear, nor should they be. Rather, Haddix prompts readers to judge for themselves and weigh the shades of grey in Greystone Secrets and other books alike.
*One More Chapter Syndrome: the condition where a reader decides to read one more chapter before going to to bed, only to repeat the decision at the end of every chapter read
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