Caught: The Missing, Book 5
Thirteen-year-old Jonah Skidmore is impatiently waiting for science class to end so he can go to lunch. He’s feeling like time must surely have come to a standstill when he realizes that time has indeed literally stopped! Everyone and everything is frozen in place, including his teacher’s dropped eraser hanging in midair and three Canada geese suspended midflight! Jonah quickly teams up with his younger sister, Katherine, their buddy, Chip, and Angela, the lady who helped them figure things out when the entire time travel chaos began earlier in the series. Fortunarely, since they have all traveled through time before, they weren’t affected by the time freeze. Angela also has an Elucidator, the time traveling device given to her by their guide, JB, in case of emergencies. A time freeze definitely seems to fall into that category!
"The talented Margaret Peterson Haddix delivers another winning adventure through time!...With almost infinite possibilities on subject matter, fans can hope to read many more exciting time quests with Jonah and Katherine and maybe even learn a bit along the way!"
Unfortunately, they can’t get a clear connection to JB to find out what caused time to freeze. The last thing they’d heard from him is that any time travel is too dangerous at the moment due to the recent glitches. However, a collision of the four time travelers tripping into each other yanks Jonah and Katherine back in time to 1903. There they discover two problems brewing. The first is part of the historical kidnapping ring that points to Albert Einstein, his wife, Mileva, and their relatively anonymous daughter, Lieserl. The second dilemma is that Einstein has happened to stumble upon the time split in 1611 that Jonah and Katherine had been involved with, and is distracting Einstein from what he is supposed to be working on in 1903.
Jonah and Katherine scramble to fix the problem undetected, but run into even more difficulties when the observant Mileva Einstein discovers them and their Elucidator. In fact, she grabs the Elucidator and holds it hostage, forcing the siblings to reveal secret information to help save her daughter. Without any help from JB to guide them, the siblings must work with Mileva and make decisions the best they can. They can only hope this glitch, which has potentially disastrous effects on the timeline, won’t blow up out of control!
The talented Margaret Peterson Haddix delivers another winning adventure through time! She draws the reader in with the air of mystery that surrounds this historical kidnapping and with the unexplained halt in Jonah’s present time period. JB and Chip play smaller roles in this book, and fans may miss them a bit while tailing Jonah and Katherine through their adventures. However, Haddix takes a major interest in the very intelligent, albeit unknown, wife of Einstein. She also brings up intriguing ideas about choice verses fate when a very surprising twist pops up at the end of the story. With almost infinite possibilities on subject matter, fans can hope to read many more exciting time quests with Jonah and Katherine and maybe even learn a bit along the way!
Reviewed by Chris Shanley-Dillman on September 28, 2012