Monday, October 22, 2012

I'm No Einstein

Bethany here.

I just finished reading Caught, a book Mom has out from the library. It's the latest book in The Missing Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix. I know I'm going to love pretty much anything M. P. Haddix writes, and I was not let down by Caught

This series is really cool for someone as into sci-fi stuff as I am. The main character, Jonah, lives with his dad, mom, and 12-year-old sister Katherine. He was adopted when he was a baby, but otherwise he's your average 13-year-old boy. In book 1, Found, he finds out that he's actually one of 24? I think? famous children that have mysteriously gone missing throughout history. Time travelers from the future stole them, reverted them back to babies, and intended to sell them for big bucks to families in the future. (What parent wouldn't want to be able to introduce his son as a boy-king of England or his daughter as the first child born in the mysterious Roanoke colony?) This screwed up time so badly that the futuristic plane carrying the babies got stuck in the 21st century. The babies were adopted out to families, and the whole thing was covered up by the F.B.I. 

When Jonah is 13, time has recovered enough to allow time travelers back to the 21st century. The children are gathered together and told that each must go back and "fix" their time period. 

This book is about Jonah and Katherine's attempt to return Emily (aka Lieserl Einstein, illegitimate firstborn of Albert and Mileva Einstein) to history while also saving her from death by scarlet fever. This book accurately shows Einstein as the flawed yet brilliant man he was. It was another fast-moving, super interesting read!

I will leave you with this real quote that Jonah read in the last chapter as he was puzzling over the deep issues of time paradoxes and fate's role in fixing time: 
We are in the position of a little child
entering a huge library filled with books in
many languages. The child dimly suspects
a mysterious order in the arrangement of
the books, but doesn't know what it is.
That, it seems to me, is the attitude of even
the most intelligent human being toward
- Albert Einstein

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