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Margaret Peterson Haddix was born in Washington Court House, Ohio on April 9, 1964. She received bachelor's degrees in English/journalism, English/creative writing, and history from Miami University in 1986. Before becoming an author, she was a copy editor for The Journal-Gazette, a newspaper reporter for The Indianapolis News, an instructor at Danville Area Community College, and a freelance writer. Her first book, Running Out of Time, was published in 1995. She has written more than 30 books including Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, Just Ella, Turnabout, The Girl with 500 Middle Names, Because of Anya, and Into the Gauntlet. She also writes the Shadow Children series and the Missing series. She has won the International Reading Association Children's Book Award and several state Readers' Choice Awards. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Among the Hidden 5,128 copies, 211 reviews
Found (The Missing, Book 1) 3,014 copies, 148 reviews
Just Ella 2,496 copies, 62 reviews
Among the Impostors (Shadow Children) 2,450 copies, 46 reviews
Running Out of Time 2,287 copies, 58 reviews
Among the Betrayed 2,088 copies, 44 reviews
Among the Barons 1,885 copies, 35 reviews
Among the Brave (Shadow Children) 1,693 copies, 31 reviews
Among the Enemy 1,606 copies, 24 reviews
Among the Free (Shadow Children) 1,572 copies, 21 reviews
Sent (The Missing, Book 2) 1,495 copies, 38 reviews
Double Identity 1,374 copies, 44 reviews
Sabotaged (The Missing, Book 3) 1,050 copies, 23 reviews
Turnabout 829 copies, 24 reviews
Torn (The Missing, Book 4) 767 copies, 13 reviews
Palace of Mirrors 765 copies, 20 reviews
Uprising 704 copies, 55 reviews
Dexter the Tough 649 copies, 8 reviews
Caught (The Missing) 595 copies, 7 reviews
The House on the Gulf 511 copies, 14 reviews
The Girl With 500 Middle Names 405 copies, 8 reviews
Escape from Memory 373 copies, 7 reviews
The Always War 331 copies, 6 reviews
The Strangers 307 copies, 8 reviews
Risked (The Missing) 299 copies, 3 reviews
Because of Anya 275 copies, 6 reviews
Leaving Fishers 267 copies, 5 reviews
Say What? 264 copies, 11 reviews
Revealed (The Missing) 207 copies, 3 reviews
Takeoffs and Landings 196 copies, 5 reviews
Claim to Fame 172 copies, 10 reviews
Redeemed (The Missing) 148 copies, 4 reviews
Under Their Skin 145 copies, 8 reviews
Game Changer 136 copies, 6 reviews
Full Ride 123 copies, 5 reviews
Children of Exile 118 copies, 3 reviews
The Summer of Broken Things 90 copies, 6 reviews
Remarkables 75 copies, 2 reviews
The Deceivers 66 copies
Sought 20 copies
The Missing Collection 16 copies, 1 review
The School for Whatnots 13 copies, 1 review
Shelf Life: Stories by the Book (Contributor) 268 copies, 4 reviews
Guys Read: Thriller (Contributor) 267 copies, 4 reviews
Destination Unexpected: Short Stories (Contributor) 68 copies, 2 reviews
On The Edge: Stories At The Brink (Contributor) 51 copies
I Believe in Water: Twelve Brushes with Religion (Contributor) 47 copies, 1 review
39 Clues (10 Volumes Set) 40 copies, 1 review

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Margaret Peterson Haddix (born April 9, 1964) is an American writer known best for the two children's series, Shadow Children (1998–2006) and The Missing (2008–2015). She also wrote the tenth volume in The 39 Clues, published by Scholastic.

Haddix grew up on a farm about halfway between two small towns: Washington Court House, Ohio, and Sabina, Ohio. Her family was predominantly farmers and she grew up in a family of voracious readers. Some of her favorite books growing up included E.L. Konigsburg books, Harriet the Spy, Anne of Green Gables, Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Anne Frank, Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm, and The Little Princess.

She graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio with degrees in English/journalism, English/Creative writing, and History. While in college, Haddix worked a series of jobs. She was an assistant cook at a 4-H camp, but almost every other job has been related to writing. During college, she worked on the school newspaper and had summer internships at newspapers in Urbana, Ohio; Charlotte, North Carolina; and Indianapolis, Indiana.

Haddix chose to pursue fiction writing after her husband, Doug, became a news reporter, because she did not want to be his employee. Her previous work as a reporter inspired her to write fiction. After documenting a wide variety of topics, she wanted to create her own plots and characters. Haddix experienced a long period of having her writing rejected by publishers before her first two books were accepted in 1995 and 1996. Her first book was Running Out of Time, published when Haddix was pregnant with her second child, and her first child was one and a half years old. Her second book, Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, followed shortly after. The Summer of Broken Things, written in 2018, is Haddix’s most recently published stand-alone book.

Haddix has written more than 30 books for children and teenagers, including Running Out of Time, Don't You Dare Read This, Mrs. Dunphrey, Leaving Fishers, Just Ella, Turnabout, Takeoffs and Landings, The Girl with 500 Middle Names, Because of Anya, Escape from Memory, Say What?, The House on the Gulf, Double Identity, Dexter the Tough, Uprising, Palace of Mirrors, Claim to Fame, The Always War, Game Changer, the Shadow Children series, and the Missing series. She also wrote Into the Gauntlet, book 10 in The 39 Clues series. Her books have made New York Times Best Seller lists and American Library Association (ALA) annual book lists and they have won the International Reading Association's Children's Book Award and more than a dozen state reader's choice awards.

The New York Times’ best-selling author currently lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband, Doug, and their two children, Meredith and Connor.

Haddix has received the International Reading Association Children's Book Award, Champions league, some ALA listings on Best Books for Young Adults and Quick Picks for Reluctant Young Adult Readers, The National Kids Award, and readers' choice lists in more than 29 states.
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