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It all started when Chess, Emma and Finn Greystone found out about those kidnapped kids from Arizona. Because they weren’t just any kids. They were kids who shared the Greystone’s exact birth dates. Kids who, strangely, were also named Rochester, Emma and Finn. Kids whose mom looked like she could be their mom’s twin sister. And once their mom read about these mystery kids, things began spiraling out of control, leaving the three young Greystones confused and scared. Mom began acting unusual, saying and doing things that didn’t make sense. Then she had hastily left them in the care of a woman they had never even met, and taken off on a “business trip.” It didn’t take Chess, Emma and Finn long to realize that what was supposed to be an important last minute business trip might actually be something entirely different, maybe even something extremely dangerous. And their mom most likely would never be returning unless they had the courage to find and save her.
Get a glimpse into the minds of fun-loving second grader Finn, problem-solving fourth grader Emma, and overprotective big brother Chess as they team up with an unlikely friend to solve the mystery of what happened to their mom. Embark on a trip to another version of the world where an evil regime controls inhabitants through their sense of smell. Race against time with Chess, Emma and Finn as they attempt to rescue their mom from certain death at the hands of a judge, who looks exactly like their new babysitter, and her cult-like navy-and-orange clad soldiers from another dimension.
I was drawn into this story right from the start, and the suspenseful, action-packed plot made me never want to put the book down. After I finished I knew I immediately had to get my hands on book two, which I am currently reading now! This first book in Margaret Peterson Haddix’s Greystone Secrets series will not disappoint her fans, or any fans of mystery and science fiction for that matter. I would recommend this book to readers in fourth grade up through middle school. It is currently available in print, ebook and audio formats.
Reviewed by Megan M on Jan 19, 2021
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