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The Deceivers
Greystone Secrets Series, Book 2
The second book in the Greystone Secrets series from the master of plot twists, Margaret Peterson Haddix—perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember! Until their mother vanished,...
The second book in the Greystone Secrets series from the master of plot twists, Margaret Peterson Haddix—perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember! Until their mother vanished,...
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  • The second book in the Greystone Secrets series from the master of plot twists, Margaret Peterson Haddix—perfect for fans of A Wrinkle in Time and The City of Ember!

    Until their mother vanished, the Greystone kids—Chess, Emma, and Finn—knew nothing about the other world.

    Everything is different there. It's a mirror image, except things are wrong. Evil. Their mother tried to fix it, but she and an ally got trapped there along with Ms. Morales, their friend Natalie's mom.

    Now the four kids—brave Chess, smart Emma, kind Finn, and savvy Natalie—are determined to rescue everyone.

    To do so, they have to go back: into the other world, where even telling the truth can be illegal.

    But in such a terrifying place, Chess doubts he can ever be brave enough. Despite all her brains, Emma can't seem to break the code. With everything spiraling out of control, Finn has to pretend he's okay.

    And for Natalie, the lies of the other world include some she wishes were actually true. What if she's gotten so used to lying she no longer knows what to believe?

    The second book in the Greystone Secrets series, The Deceivers, by bestselling author Margaret Peterson Haddix, continues the twisty and suspenseful story of the Greystone kids and examines the power of the truth—or a lie—to alter lives, society, and even an entire reality.

    Praise for Greystone Secrets #1: The Strangers

    *Winter 2018-2019 Kids' Indie Next List Pick*

    "A secret-stacked, thrilling series opener." —Publishers Weekly, starred review

    "An engrossing mystery with a cliff-hanger ending to raise the stakes and delight fans new and old." —Booklist

    "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

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.


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  • Kirkus

    February 15, 2020
    Four kids rush to rescue their families from the clutches of a tyrannical government in an alternate dimension. In series opener The Strangers (2019), siblings Finn, Emma, and Chess escaped the parallel world into which their mother disappeared, but they still failed to reunite their family. During their desperate flight from danger, the Greystone siblings' friend Natalie Mayhew lost her mother there, too. Their only path between worlds, a lever stuck to the wall of the Greystones' basement, broke. Now all four kids must work together to reopen the tunnel to a dangerous dystopia and decipher the secret code that Kate Greystone left for her children to solve. 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. Natalie struggles with her relationship with her parents, who are divorced in one world and married in the other. The third-person perspective shifts chapter by chapter among the characters; the Greystone kids present white, and Natalie is biracial, with a Mexican mom and white dad. At times, the setting is logistically disorienting, such as the maze of secret passages and the multilevel glass-roofed event space somehow hidden behind a curtain in the basement of Natalie's house in the alternate world. A perilous, high-action plot--with a cliffhanger. (Science fiction. 8-12)

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  • Booklist

    January 1, 2020
    Grades 5-8 It's time to dust off your memory of Greystone Secrets: The Strangers (2019) because this sequel picks up right where it left off. Though Haddix peppers in enough reminders to jog most readers' memories, those new to the series should definitely start at the beginning. The three Greystone siblings (Chess, Emma, and Finn) and their friend Natalie are desperately trying to crack the code that will help them save their mothers from the hostile parallel world where they are imprisoned. A breakthrough lands the kids in Other-Natalie's house?the parallel world mirrors much of the protagonists' world, including the people living in it?on the eve of a large political soiree, leaving them little time to stage a rescue and figure out whom in this world they can trust. 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.(Reprinted with permission of Booklist, copyright 2020, American Library Association.)

  • School Library Journal

    April 24, 2020

    Gr 4-7-In the sequel to The Strangers, Haddix reintroduces 12-year-old Chess (Rochester), 10-year-old Emma, eight-year-old Finn, and their neighbor and partner-in-crime, 13-year-old Natalie. This mystery and science fiction adventure features sleuthing reminiscent of Lemony Snicket's "A Series of Unfortunate Events." Packed with the resourceful ingenuity of kids cracking codes and traveling to other worlds to save their beloved mothers, this installment picks up where the Greystone children's mom is found but still trapped in the other world, an evil world mirroring their own, with Natalie's mom. Haddix weaves a dystopian tale about government control, prison reform, fair trials, scapegoats, and the importance of believing people are innocent before proven guilty. Each chapter is told from a different point of view. It is definitely a prerequisite to read book one. The narrative brings up more questions than it solves. How did the people in the other world become bad? Why don't the kids wonder if they themselves are the impostors of the other world, and not the other way around? Why all the surveillance? VERDICT This adventurous sequel paves the way for a trilogy where the families save both worlds.-Laura Dooley-Taylor, Lake Zurich Middle School North, IL

    Copyright 2020 School Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

  • Amie Kaufman, author of the Elementals 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."
  • Publishers Weekly (starred review) PRAISE FOR BOOK 1, THE STRANGERS: "A satisfying third-person narrative that portrays the complex anxieties and internal lives of close, caring family members grappling with a single set of extraordinary circumstances—separately and together. A secret-stacked, thrilling series opener about perception, personal memories, and the idiosyncrasies that form individual identities."
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books "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."
  • Kirkus Reviews "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."
  • John David Anderson, author of Posted and Ms. Bixby’s Last Day "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."
  • Lisa McMann, author of the Unwanteds Quests series "A highly suspenseful, delightfully clever thriller with a tinge of creepiness. Give yourself a few hours to calm down after you finish this gem!"
  • School Library Journal "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. "
  • Kirkus Reviews "Maintains suspense from the beginning to the cliffhanger ending. A high-stakes adventure full of teamwork with a multifaceted mystery and complex themes."
  • Shannon Messenger, author of the Keeper of the Lost Cities series "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."
  • Jennifer Nielsen, author of The Traitor’s Game and The Ascendance Trilogy "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."

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