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Girl, Missing

Author:  Sophie McKenzie

Lauren has always known she was adopted but when a little research turns up the possibility that she was snatched from an American family as a baby, suddenly Lauren's life seems like a sham. How can she find her biological parents? And are her adoptive parents really responsible for kidnapping her? She manages to wangle a trip across the Atlantic where she runs away to try and find the truth. But the circumstances of her disappearance are murky and Lauren's kidnappers are still at large and willing to do anything to keep her silent…

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Apr 30,2014

The narrative Girl Missing published in 2006 by Sophie Mc Kenzie, is about a teenage girl named Lauren. Lauren has always known she was adopted but after some research turns the possibility that she was kidnapped from an American family as a baby, her life feels fake! Lauren runs away from her family to find out the truth, but as she goes along it takes her into more and more danger. And she discovers that the people who abducted her are going to do anything to keep her from telling anyone.

In the blurb it says: "Suddenly her life feels like a sham, why no one will answer her questions? Did her adopted parents kidnap her?" I believe that this quote is very powerful and hooks you in to read the book.

The story setting is in England and then moved to America when Lauren wants to find out more about her past.

The genre of the book is a twist of romance loads of thrill, mystery and a tiny bit of comedy.

I chose this book because the front cover was very intense and was very eye catching and the wording of the blurb made me want to read the book.

My favorite character is Jam, Lauren’s best friend.  He is very supportive and persistent, he always does what is best for Lauren no matter what.

The main message of this book is to always stand up for yourself and never give up, but also make sure you’re not hurting the people around you.

I would recommend this book to anyone over 12, especially girls. It is a book that I will defiantly read again. Girl missing was also the winner of the Red House Book Award for older readers, as well as the Bolton Book Award

I rate this book 9/10, it was one of the first books that I couldn’t putdown, although some parts are a bit unrealistic it has a nice fast past story line it also has brilliant books in the series called sister, missing and missing girl.

Nov 26,2013

This book was the best book I have read in a while. I found every chapter very intense and always wondering what was going to happen next. It was an interesting and very creative story-line, but very realistic at the same time. I would defiantly recomend this book and would even read it again.

Nov 18,2013

Have you ever wondered who your parents are and where you are really from? You know you’re adopted but you don’t know anything about your past. Your adoptive parents aren’t prepared to tell you anything so what are you going to do? How far will you go to find out the truth? 

It’s the start of a new school year and Lauren’s only homework is to write about herself, but her life isn’t the easiest thing to write about. Lauren knows she is adopted but she wants to know about her past. Lauren’s adoptive parents haven’t explained anything, so she begins looking online for herself when she stumbles across something huge.

When you find out something really important, that you’re not really sure about, you need to find out the truth. Lauren embarks on a once in a lifetime journey to try and track down her birth parents. Is it much bigger than she thinks? Are there dangerous people involved? Will they hurt the people you love? 

I really enjoyed this book and would highly recommend it. Girl Missing is one of those books that you can’t put down and just have to keep turning the pages. I would rate this book 10 out 10 and I believe that Sophie McKenzie is a very talented author.

Oct 21,2011

Lauren Matthews was adopted when she was 3 years old and has recently been having strange dreams about what she thinks her birthmother looks like. Lauren becomes very eager to find out who her real mother is and leaves the country without her mother knowing. Once her mother finds out she is furious, but Lauren won’t stop and is going to try everything she can to know if the women in her dreams really exists.

One of the themes in this book is never give up even when things get difficult. For example about half way through the story Lauren has run out of money and has been left alone in the cold. She soon decides that she can’t give up that easily and finds her friend Jam.

Someone should read this book if they like a good adventure story. It is definitely a good read for the teen age group.

I rate this book a 5/5.

Oct 15,2011

Gets straight into it

Really really great book

Jun 30,2011

Girl, Missing is a decent book featuring Lauren. She's always known she was adopted, but when she tries to dig up details of her past she suddenly becomes suspicious. Something isn't right in her past, and to find her true family she has to go all the way to America and try to solve the mystery there. Tricking her adopted family and then sneaking away from them once on the other side of the Atlantic seems easy enough, but there's so much that can go wrong that she hadn't thought of. And then there's the problem of the people who took her away in the first place, who are still active and still dangerous ...

Suitable for 11+ and for people who enjoy mystery, adventure and finding your true place in the world.


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