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In the conclusion to the Greystone Secrets series, the Greystones and their doubles, the Gustanos, must team up to save the alternate world—before both worlds are lost. As book three of the Greystone Secrets series opens, the Greystone kids have their mother back from the evil alternate world, and so does their friend Natalie. But no one believes the danger is past. Then mys In the conclusion to the Greystone Secrets series, the Greystones and their doubles, the Gustanos, must team up to save the alternate world—before both worlds are lost. As book three of the Greystone Secrets series opens, the Greystone kids have their mother back from the evil alternate world, and so does their friend Natalie. But no one believes the danger is past. Then mysterious coins begin falling from unexpected places. They are inscribed with codes that look just like what the Greystones’ father was working on before he died. And with the right touch, those symbols transform into words: PLEASE LISTEN. And FIND US, SEE US, HELP US. . . . The coins are messengers, telling the Greystones and their allies that their friends in the alternate world are under attack—and that the cruel, mind-controlling forces are now invading the better world, too. After another spinning, sliding journey across worlds, the Greystone kids must solve mysteries that have haunted them since the beginning: what happened when the Gustanos were kidnapped, what created the alternate world, and how a group of mismatched kids can triumph once and for all against an evil force that seems to have total control.


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In the conclusion to the Greystone Secrets series, the Greystones and their doubles, the Gustanos, must team up to save the alternate world—before both worlds are lost. As book three of the Greystone Secrets series opens, the Greystone kids have their mother back from the evil alternate world, and so does their friend Natalie. But no one believes the danger is past. Then mys In the conclusion to the Greystone Secrets series, the Greystones and their doubles, the Gustanos, must team up to save the alternate world—before both worlds are lost. As book three of the Greystone Secrets series opens, the Greystone kids have their mother back from the evil alternate world, and so does their friend Natalie. But no one believes the danger is past. Then mysterious coins begin falling from unexpected places. They are inscribed with codes that look just like what the Greystones’ father was working on before he died. And with the right touch, those symbols transform into words: PLEASE LISTEN. And FIND US, SEE US, HELP US. . . . The coins are messengers, telling the Greystones and their allies that their friends in the alternate world are under attack—and that the cruel, mind-controlling forces are now invading the better world, too. After another spinning, sliding journey across worlds, the Greystone kids must solve mysteries that have haunted them since the beginning: what happened when the Gustanos were kidnapped, what created the alternate world, and how a group of mismatched kids can triumph once and for all against an evil force that seems to have total control.

30 review for The Messengers

  1. 4 out of 5

    V

    First, I need to point out that this is the conclusion to a trilogy and I have not read the first two books. Even so, Haddix's references to prior events caught me up in no time, and I was reading as fast as I could by the second chapter. It's that engrossing. I knew right off that T will want to read this series! The premise of Greystone Secrets is that of duplicate worlds – one (ours) is basically good and one is basically bad. Our protagonists originate in the bad world, but live in the good w First, I need to point out that this is the conclusion to a trilogy and I have not read the first two books. Even so, Haddix's references to prior events caught me up in no time, and I was reading as fast as I could by the second chapter. It's that engrossing. I knew right off that T will want to read this series! The premise of Greystone Secrets is that of duplicate worlds – one (ours) is basically good and one is basically bad. Our protagonists originate in the bad world, but live in the good world. These heroes are three siblings, Chess, Emma, and Finn. In The Messengers, they are being chased by people from the bad world as they try to figure out how to overthrow a corrupt government and thwart its use of mind control. They team up with friends old and new from both worlds to dismantle the mesmerizing TVs and convey the truth to citizens in the bad world. They do not have a smooth road, and the questions readers ask are echoed by the children themselves. Haddix has thoroughly developed the alternate reality and the characters – fans will recognize her style and talent. So captivating is her writing that I suffered from OMC* late into the night. I won't include spoilers, but I will say that fans of dystopia, mystery, and child-heroes will not be disappointed. I wish I had begun the series from book one, and I will look forward to doing so with T in the future. Part of what has drawn me to Haddix's writing over the years is her incisive critique of the role of government and technology. Haddix's works prompt readers to examine their own situations and question where lines are drawn. At what point have we allowed government, police, or big business too much power? When does a particular piece of technology go from being a beneficial tool to a dangerous weapon? The answers are not clear, nor should they be. Rather, Haddix prompts readers to judge for themselves and weigh the shades of grey in Greystone Secrets and other books alike. *One More Chapter Syndrome: the condition where a reader decides to read one more chapter before going to to bed, only to repeat the decision at the end of every chapter read Note: Per FTC guidelines, I hereby disclose partnership with The Children's Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I have read and enjoyed quite a few of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s books. The Messengers is the third book in her Greystone Secrets series. I have not read the first two books, which would have helped me better understand the plot. However, it did not stop me from enjoying The Messengers and I was able to figure out the plot. For pre-teen and teen readers I would recommend reading the books in order. In this series, Haddix has successfully created an alternate universe where the residents of one I have read and enjoyed quite a few of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s books. The Messengers is the third book in her Greystone Secrets series. I have not read the first two books, which would have helped me better understand the plot. However, it did not stop me from enjoying The Messengers and I was able to figure out the plot. For pre-teen and teen readers I would recommend reading the books in order. In this series, Haddix has successfully created an alternate universe where the residents of one world have doubles in the other world. There are ways to pass between the two worlds. Some doubles meet and become friends and work together to fight the evil. The kids realize that the most important thing is love - that is what helps them fight the evil that has made one of the worlds seem bad. Haddix is a very creative author and pre-teens and teens love her books. I’m sure The Messengers will be loved by that age group as well. Haddix’s books have made me think about how the government can become corrupt. The plot takes place in a fictional fantasy world so there is no connection to any specific government, but the plot is enough to make you think. The Messengers would make a great addition to a school library. It is appropriate for older elementary and up. This review was prepared in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers. This is my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ashley

    This book was absolutely unputdownable. This was a beautiful book and unlike most new books, it had morals and values. Many of these were under the surface. I loved the use of the need to share stories, work together, focus on beauty, and especially the focus on what’s really important in life. In a day when many are addicted to screens, the entire family needs this book! It was very enjoyable and the characters were multi-dimensional. I love that this is enjoyable for all ages. I love that I ca This book was absolutely unputdownable. This was a beautiful book and unlike most new books, it had morals and values. Many of these were under the surface. I loved the use of the need to share stories, work together, focus on beauty, and especially the focus on what’s really important in life. In a day when many are addicted to screens, the entire family needs this book! It was very enjoyable and the characters were multi-dimensional. I love that this is enjoyable for all ages. I love that I can share this series with my children and we can have good discussions about it. The whole series is wonderful but this book is certainly my favorite. It’s complex enough to be enjoyed several readings over and I know I will glean something new each time. If you’re looking for an enjoyable series to read along side or aloud with kids (or even on your own), this one is the one to read.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Chloe Mae

    Oh. My. Gosh. That was crazy! I can’t believe that the series is over! There were so many twist and turns in 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑀𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑠-I loved it! It was really cool that Margaret Peterson Haddix brought back Lana from 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐷𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠 and introduced new characters as well (Kona and Kafi). The thing with the doubles at the end was so interesting! I had been wondering from the start of the series if people would be able to see their doubles from the other world and I got my answer! The ending wrapped up very n Oh. My. Gosh. That was crazy! I can’t believe that the series is over! There were so many twist and turns in 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑀𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑠-I loved it! It was really cool that Margaret Peterson Haddix brought back Lana from 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝐷𝑒𝑐𝑒𝑖𝑣𝑒𝑟𝑠 and introduced new characters as well (Kona and Kafi). The thing with the doubles at the end was so interesting! I had been wondering from the start of the series if people would be able to see their doubles from the other world and I got my answer! The ending wrapped up very nicely. I still had some questions but the last chapter felt like the end of a series. The only complaint I had was that Natalie was not really in 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑀𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑠, only because she is one of my favorite characters. 𝑇ℎ𝑒 𝑀𝑒𝑠𝑠𝑒𝑛𝑔𝑒𝑟𝑠 and all of the Greystone Secrets books were so good and I can’t wait for Margaret Peterson Haddix’s next book!

  5. 5 out of 5

    Jan farnworth

    The third and final book in the Greystone Trilogy did not disappoint. I think out of the three books; it is the most creative. The last book is set up for the showdown between the good world and the evil world. Or is either world evil or good? This book takes the concept of dopple gangers and multiple worlds to a whole new level. It keeps what I love about this series codes, mystery, and determination to the core of the story. The unique concept of using coins to talk to another world was mind-b The third and final book in the Greystone Trilogy did not disappoint. I think out of the three books; it is the most creative. The last book is set up for the showdown between the good world and the evil world. Or is either world evil or good? This book takes the concept of dopple gangers and multiple worlds to a whole new level. It keeps what I love about this series codes, mystery, and determination to the core of the story. The unique concept of using coins to talk to another world was mind-blowing for a middle-grade novel. I thoroughly enjoyed all of the twists, turns, and clue finding that unfolding in each of these books. This series has everything I love in a mystery novel but doesn't;t include a considerable amount of violence and death. If you have middle-grade readers who love playing detective and like unique concepts in their stories, this is the perfect series for them.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Morgan

    Very good, and I feel like especially relevant. Seek truth. Make your own choices. Don’t blindly believe what your leaders say. Don’t live in fear and despair. And love others. Help them. Because nothing combats fear and lies like love and truth. I didn’t really like how Natalie was barely in this one, but that’s really the only thing. Endings aren’t typically Haddix’s strength, but she’s definitely getting better at them. Fascinating series and I hate having to say goodbye to Chess, Emma, Finn, Very good, and I feel like especially relevant. Seek truth. Make your own choices. Don’t blindly believe what your leaders say. Don’t live in fear and despair. And love others. Help them. Because nothing combats fear and lies like love and truth. I didn’t really like how Natalie was barely in this one, but that’s really the only thing. Endings aren’t typically Haddix’s strength, but she’s definitely getting better at them. Fascinating series and I hate having to say goodbye to Chess, Emma, Finn, and Natalie.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Dill

    The conclusion to the Greystone mysteries was just okay. I didn’t like the direction the plot took in this final book and really wanted resolution with the main characters of the story, instead many new characters were introduced and there wasn’t a sense of resolution with the characters we came to know and love.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Stephanie Stoll

    Greystone Secrets is an imaginative middle grade series. The Messengers concludes the series with loads of action, tension, and excitement for the Greystone kids and their friends and families. An enjoyable read appropriate for most readers 10+ (or could be enjoyed as a family read aloud for ages 8+)!

  9. 4 out of 5

    Jodi

    I see this is the final book in the Greystone Secrets series, so really it's a trilogy, but I also think Haddix ended this book so there is always the possibility to do more. These books are great for kids who like a mystery story with a little bit of a sci-fi element. Super for kids age 9-12. I see this is the final book in the Greystone Secrets series, so really it's a trilogy, but I also think Haddix ended this book so there is always the possibility to do more. These books are great for kids who like a mystery story with a little bit of a sci-fi element. Super for kids age 9-12.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    The final installment of The Greystone Secrets, The Messengers, follows a group of children as they fight against lies and corruption with hope and unity. I read this book with my 7yo. She enjoyed the whole series. The writing is perfect for the target demographic.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Fabiola Colmenares

    Great books! All three!!! Amazing series! Started reading the first one due to Howard County battle of the books and could not stop reading all of them! Great story! Tons of great messages! Loved every detail and the characters. Very well written! Thank you!!!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Kira

    Wow. The ending... I always thought ‘Why are their only two alternate worlds, shouldn’t there be more?’ and my thoughts have been answered :)

  13. 5 out of 5

    Max

    4/5 stars: a good book, flew right through it. Felt a bit over-simplified, but at least everything finally made sense :)

  14. 4 out of 5

    Lisa D

    Love this series! What an awesome adventure by an amazing writer!

  15. 5 out of 5

    Christina

    Always amazed by how close to home her books are. I love the goodness in them also ❤ ✊🏽

  16. 5 out of 5

    Scarlett

    Great ending to a wonderful story, however it took a little too long to get there. I am afraid the unnecessary amount of detail would lose some of my middle school readers.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Yapha

    The conclusion to the Greystone Secrets trilogy. A must read for fans of the series. For grades 4 & up.

  18. 4 out of 5

    PottWab Regional Library

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Irene Voo

    Best book ever Omg awesome! This is the perfect book! Idk what else to write it’s just so perfect! 4 more words required???

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    I loved this book. Just as amazing as the other two.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kathleen M Rouse

  22. 4 out of 5

    Staci Rudd

  23. 4 out of 5

    Dave Finkel

  24. 5 out of 5

    Renee

  25. 5 out of 5

    Zoë Reilly-Ansons

  26. 5 out of 5

    Lira

  27. 5 out of 5

    Charity Perez

  28. 5 out of 5

    Deanice Trytten

  29. 4 out of 5

    sarah goodman

  30. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Tyler

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