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The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. (as told to his brother)

By Andrea Beach, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 10+

Thoughtful middle-grade mystery explores truth and honesty.

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This is an absorbing, thoughtful, and ultimately poignant story from veteran YA author David Levithan, who this time unusually writes for middle schoolers instead of older teens. The Mysterious Disappearance of Aidan S. will get tweens thinking about truth, honesty, fantasy, reality, listening, and believing thanks to narrator Lucas' believable voice. Nuances of all these issues are explored without dumbing anything down and without being overwrought. In the same way that A Wrinkle in Time is many young readers' first and most vivid encounter with scientific complexity, this book may be a vivid awakening to thinking about the complexities and subtleties of truth, the value of honesty, and how or whether to believe the unbelievable.

The plot is well structured and evenly paced, weaving attempts to uncover the mystery with attempts to get back to normal after a life-changing event. There are one or two lose threads, but the characters are easy to root for, and readers will enjoy the depiction of two brothers becoming closer as they start to mature. The ending is moving and satisfying, but leaves plenty of room for for different takes about the issues raised.

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