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



by
David Levithan

Edition
Library edition with trade jacket added
Publisher
PenRanHo
Imprint
Knopf
ISBN
9781984848604
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Aidan disappeared for six days. Six agonizing days of searches and police and questions and constant vigils. Then, just as suddenly as he vanished, Aidan reappears. Where has he been? The story he tells is simply…impossible. But it's the story Aidan is sticking to.

His brother, Lucas, wants to believe him. But Lucas is aware of what other people, including their parents, are saying: that Aidan is making it all up to disguise the fact that he ran away.

When the kids in school hear Aidan's story, they taunt him. But still Aidan clings to his story. And as he becomes more of an outcast, Lucas becomes more and more concerned. Being on Aidan's side would mean believing in the impossible. But how can you believe in the impossible when everything and everybody is telling you not to?

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Details

Format

Print

Page Count

224

Trim Size

5 1/2 x 8 1/4

Dewey

F

AR

4.3: points 6

Lexile

660L

Genre

Fiction

Scholastic Reading Counts

0

JLG Release

May 2021

Book Genres

Magical Realism

Topics

Missing persons. Missing children. Brothers. Outcasts. Imaginary places. Family life. LGBTQ. 

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Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Lucas’s brother Aidan goes missing, which leads to the worried, sympathetic response one would expect from his community. Six nights later, Lucas finds Aidan in the attic, claiming that he’s been somewhere impossible—which generates a whole new set of responses from disbelievers: media attention, resentment from those who helped with the search, prying and even some amateur spy work by other kids. That Lucas, rather than Aidan himself, serves as narrator allows the novel to focus on the effect on his family of his disappearance and return. It also, relatably, brings in the viewpoint of the sibling of someone getting all the attention. Other than the one major piece of possible magic, YA author Levithan’s (Every Day, rev. 2/12; the Dash & Lily books) middle-grade debut is set squarely in the real world, with a voice accessible to realistic fiction fans. But it urges readers to consider a fantasy trope from a practical angle: if someone really went to, say, Narnia, what would happen when they got home? SHOSHANA FLAX

Praise & Reviews

Horn Book

Lucas’s brother Aidan goes missing, which leads to the worried, sympathetic response one would expect from his community. Six nights later, Lucas finds Aidan in the attic, claiming that he’s been somewhere impossible—which generates a whole new set of responses from disbelievers: media attention, resentment from those who helped with the search, prying and even some amateur spy work by other kids. That Lucas, rather than Aidan himself, serves as narrator allows the novel to focus on the effect on his family of his disappearance and return. It also, relatably, brings in the viewpoint of the sibling of someone getting all the attention. Other than the one major piece of possible magic, YA author Levithan’s (Every Day, rev. 2/12; the Dash & Lily books) middle-grade debut is set squarely in the real world, with a voice accessible to realistic fiction fans. But it urges readers to consider a fantasy trope from a practical angle: if someone really went to, say, Narnia, what would happen when they got home? SHOSHANA FLAX

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