Torn (Haddix novel)

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Author Margaret Peterson Haddix
Country United States
Language English
Series The Missing (novel series)
Genre Young adult Science fiction novel
Publication date
23 August 2011
Media type Print (Hardback & Paperback)
Preceded by Sabotaged (novel)
Followed by Caught (novel)

Torn is the fourth book in The Missing series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. It was released on 23 August 2011.

Plot Summary[edit]

Jonah and Katherine, two time-traveling siblings who live in the twenty-first century land on the decks of the Discovery, moments before a mutiny on Henry Hudson's ship. Struggling to survive in the icy waters of James Bay, JB, a time-traveler from the future and also a friend of Jonah and Katherine, reveals that John Hudson, one of the kids stolen from history and Henry Hudson's son, is missing, and Jonah will have to play his part. Second, a traitor from Sabotaged, has disguised himself as Abacuck Prickett (first mate and advisor to Henry Hudson). He has promised Jonah and Katherine that if they fix 1611, they can save JB, Brendan, Antonio, and Andrea from 1600. Jonah and Katherine must survive the 17th century boat, with unlikely "help" from two sailors, Wydowse and Staffe. But later when they find out that Second was disguised as Abacuck Prickett, Katherine accuses him of murdering or poisoning Wydowse. Jonah and Katherine escape the boat after a docking, and manage to get into the Damaged Time of 1605. They help their friends, with Jonah rescuing everyone from the fire of 1605 (and that JB almost dies) that supposedly kills Brendan, Antonio, and their artwork. It then turns out that Second sent John Hudson to 1605. John Hudson, who is called Dalton Sullivan, was already in 1605, living in England. JB then concludes Second unraveled time from 1605 to 1611, and is sealing off his new version of time, which in other and simpler terms is his own and new alternate universe. JB returns them to the 21st century. Jonah then tells JB the future looks bright. JB tells him they are suspending time traveling for a while, because they have to learn more about how much Second messed up time and his new version of time. When the book ends a few kids ask Jonah to play a game with them and JB tells Jonah to go on and have fun. JB turns around, but Jonah hears the second part of what he said 'Have fun... While you still can...'


Torn has received generally positive reviews. It currently has an average of 4.3 out of 5 stars on


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