Margaret Peterson Haddix

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at

Books by this Author

In Over Their Heads
The Complete Missing Collection
Children of Exile
Palace of Lies
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My Life in 8 Words

Author Appearances

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Author Revealed

Q. What are your most overused words or phrases?

A. Suddenly, just, even, and then

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Peace

Q. Which living person do you most admire?

A. Dr. Paul Farmer

Q. What’s your best quality?

A. Empathy

Author Voices

November 15, 2008

We have a neighbor my kids call “the Sim.” Many mornings while my kids stood at the bus stop, waiting to go to school, this particular woman would walk out of her house, stare at her yard, walk a few more steps, stare at her yard again, then go back into her house—her actions seemingly as random and pointless as a character in the Sims computer games.

My kids were in middle school then, so of course neither they nor their friends dared to ask, “Excuse me, ma’am. What are you doing? What are you thinking about when you stare like that—crabgrass? Dandelions? A long-lost love? A family tragedy? A body buried... see more

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