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Margaret's mother takes her and her little sister Sophie out to an old abandoned mansion, and puts a for sale sign outside it, refusing to explain anything about it. Gradually the mystery of her family unravels....

Title : How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found
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ISBN : 9780064410274
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Number of Pages : 288 Pages
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How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found Reviews

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-06-06 12:57

    I really loved the suspense and excitement in this book. It's an excellent mystery novel for young adults, with memorable characters and an original plot as it all unfolds.

  • Tweedledum
    2019-05-31 16:49

    You know how it is when you stumble across a book you've never heard of by an author you've never heard of and you start to read and can't put the book down....?Well this is one of those books. Sophie and Margaret are two lonely sisters living a strange half life with a severely depressed mother who most of the time hardly notices their existence. One day she springs to life, briefly, and takes them off to a mysterious house which she does not allow them to enter, but in the grounds of which she deposits a For Sale sign. But Margaret is pretty sure the house is not empty. And the boy next door knows something too. But their mother takes them back home with no explanations and returns to her torpor. Thus begins a most curious, exciting and dramatic tale, with a satisfying ending. This story is probably aimed at lower teens but I read it with great pleasure and the story will stay with me for a long time.

  • _inbetween_
    2019-05-20 18:48

    A good book. Once again it seems children's/YA novels are the only ones with genuine plot, excitement and feeling. At first I liked the depression of the mother, much like in Gale's FF, and the lunch on the loo, much like me, and then it was really exciting and not obvious, and the ending didn't give them something fantastic for their losses but healed in another, very small way.

  • Lvna
    2019-05-24 15:49

    ¡Menuda pasada de libro! Me encontré con él de pasada en una de mis visitas a la biblioteca de la facultad, me llamó la atención la portada y la sinopsis tampoco estaba mal. No es que me esperase mucho de un libro recomendado para niñxs a partir de 12 años pero...¡qué equivocada estaba!Digamos que el libro contiene dos historias que al final se acaban entrelazando...o una historia contada desde dos puntos de vista: el de Margaret y el de Boyd, personajes parecidos y muy diferentes al mismo tiempo. La primera busca dar respuesta a por qué una misteriosa casa aparecida de la nada guarda relación con su familia de la noche a la mañana; el segundo, vive absorto en un mundo de cómics cuyo personaje principal es Ratt, un hombre rata. Justamente una de las cosas que me resultaron llamativas al hojearlo fue la aparición de viñetas en algunos de los capítulos, lo que le da cierto dinamismo a la lectura. De ésta tengo que decir que, aunque con 22 años se hace un poco difícil conectar completamente con los personajes principales, está tan bien contada y tiene tantos elementos de misterio e incluso de terror, que al final la acabas disfrutando mucho. Hay un detalle que seguro que a cualquier lector o amante de los libros adorará, y es la biblioteca tan especial de la que se habla. ¿Os imagináis un sitio en el que cualquier persona pueda dejar a disposición de los demás lo que escriba sin tener que ser un escritor/a reconocido/a? Bueno, en este libro alguien tiene la genial idea de crear un sitio así ;)Quizás una personita de 12 años disfrute leyendo una historia de misterio, pero alguien más mayor puede ver el trasfondo que tiene.

  • Daniel Sellers
    2019-06-07 14:32

    How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found by Sara Nickerson is about a 12-year-old girl named Margaret trying to solve a family mystery. This book is full of suspense and is easy to pick up, but it is not at the high school reading level. The plot is too unrealistic and childish and the characters are too young for me to really appreciate the book. With a half-man half-rat writing comic books based on his own real life experiences, including ghosts as characters, the plot and characters would appeal more to a younger age. There are not enough characters either, at least ones that the reader really gets to know. Margaret and Boyd are the two main characters, and each chapter switches between their points of view, but other than them, the reader only gets to know two other characters: Margaret’s mom and younger sister. Another issue with the characters is that once Margaret runs away to the island to solve her father’s death mystery, there are no updates on her sister and mother who were going through difficult times before she left. This causes the reader to lose interest in Margaret and focus more on inventing a new story for Margaret’s family. All in all, How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found might be a decent book for a short reading period since it is easy for the reader to pick up from where he or she left off, but it is not a good choice for anyone who wants to read for a longer period of time or wants something meaningful from a book.

  • Taylor Oda
    2019-06-15 12:51

    The book that I read for this project was How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found. I chose this book because of the suspense and uncertainty of its description. The story opens with three characters-- Sophie, Margaret, and their mother, Lizzie.The plot begins with the girls driving to a big mansion. When they get there, Margaret realizes that this mansion holds a mystery. She secretly sneaks into the building and finds an old letter addressed to her mom from her deceased dad. Inside it holds the clues she needs to find out about what happened to her dad and how to solve a hidden riddle.This package leads her to the doorstep of an unpopular boy named Boyd, who loves reading comic books. Together, they solve the mystery of Margaret's dad, Boyd's comic books, and the old mansion. I enjoyed this book a lot, but there were some things I wasn't too fond of. I liked how the book was narrated by Mr. Librarian and how he sporadically put side notes into the story.As I read on, one thing that I disliked was how the book was for a younger audience. I think the target audience for this book is around the ages of 10 to 13. As a 15-year-old, I thought it was a little childish; but I still enjoyed the mystery and suspense factors.Overall, I thought this was a good book and would recommend it to others.

  • Alicia
    2019-06-15 14:51

    I picked up this book as a throwback to elementary school to see if it would hold up 10+ years later, and I was surprised and delighted to find that it was just as good as, if not better, than before. You can tell that it's geared towards younger audiences and it's a fast read (2.5 hours) but an entertaining one. Even remembering some of the twists and reveals from before, the plot moves quickly and with enough suspense that it kept my attention to have me reading it cover to cover in one sitting.Nickerson manages to convey the story of a 12 year old girl trying to figure out where she fits in in her family in a way that is both dark and lighthearted at the same time, dealing with topics like her mother's depression and the mystery of her deceased father. All in all, a book that holds up no matter how old you are when you read it.

  • Micaela
    2019-05-20 18:56

    I loved this book! It was scary, funny, and a great mystery! The begging isn't so great but then when you keep reading, you won't want to stop! It's completly unpridictible and has a great story-line. It wasn't to scary but it was. This booked hooked me the whole time, I wish the other made a seiries of these books!

  • Ben
    2019-06-02 18:29

    This one surprised me. I picked it up on Kate's suggestion and it hooked me. A strong mystery with good central and supporting characters. Booktalk below.How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, by Sara Nickerson.Sunday’s are always the same in Margaret’s family. Her mom calls them ‘family unwind days.’ Mom takes a nap on the couch, Sophie – Margaret’s 7 year-old sister – works on THE HARDEST JIGSAW EVER MADE (you have to say it like that because it’s all capitalized), and Margaret folds her laundry. That’s about it. Oh, they heat up a pizza. That’s why this Sunday is so unusual. Their mom takes Margaret and Sophie on a ferry ride, but she won’t say where they’re going, or why. They end up at a spooky mansion on a strangely familiar island, and along the way Margaret’s mom buys one of those black and red signs that say “For Sale By Owner.”When they finally arrive, Margaret wants to know what’s going on, but her mother only tells her to go find a shovel. Figures. Margaret goes around the back of the house to look. In a big walled-in patio, surrounded by old National Geographics, Margaret strains for a peek inside the strange house. Suddenly, she crashes through a crate on the floor. Inside, she comes across a clue. A big one. A package sent to her mother, and returned unopened, over 4 years ago. Just after Margaret’s father died in a drowning accident. In the package are a comic book, an old key, and a champion swimming medal with her dad’s name engraved on it. How could her father have drowned if he was a champion swimmer? She just has to find out. And so – the following week – trusting a mere 7 year-old to cover for her in front of mom, she takes the ferry back to the island alone. She needs to get into the mansion and find answers. What does a comic book about a half-rat half-man have to do with her family? Maybe finding out about her dad isn’t going to be quite as simple as she thought. How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found, by Sara Nickerson.

  • Susan
    2019-06-14 18:33

    I really love this novel. It's at once a comic book, a family drama, a mystery, a bildungsroman, and much more than that still. Nickerson is a lovely writer. There are some great moments of clarity and truth in here. My favorite is when Margaret is describing the incident when she briefly doesn't recognize her sister in their apartment elevator, but these great moments are sprinkled throughout. I also love the idea of the island's library of unpublished manuscripts, and the way the librarian kept writing "editor's notes" that take you out of Margaret's head and allow you to watch the other things going on in an almost voyeuristic manner. My only complaint is the constant shifts between Margaret's first person POV and third person of the boy's. I can understand the reasons, as Margaret is the heroine, and having her first person is vital, while having his would make him her equal which I do not believe he is as a character in the story. However, the first and third person POV just don't jibe well with each other in this narrative.Grade: A

  • skein
    2019-06-10 12:32

    Four stars - for a YA book. Or: this is what I would have thought. Because I like books about conspiracies, and hidden truths, and Fate (capital F), and water-water-cold-and-deep. Oh, the so many layers and the tricks of memory and mind. But it gives the sense of trusting, finding family, fighting towards truth, & what you're going to sacrifice, what you won't ... This is written and illustrated (in a comic-style) by women - hurray! - and all the elements combine. It works. It opens up possibilities and worlds-among-worlds, as books ought to do, as so few do outside the YA realm (goddamn it all). -- Bought, on a whim, from Goodwill. Fate?

  • Charlotte
    2019-05-31 17:35

    Brought this on vacation with me. I liked the title. As I started it it really didn't seem promising. But it was actually pretty good! Definitely below my reading level but rather interesting and well written. Quick and simple. If a little silly. I also really really liked the library in the book. Only stocking non published books. What an interesting idea!

  • Courtney
    2019-05-30 12:48

    YAS! I read this book as a child and couldn't remember the name of it. It was a great book, one that has left certain memories burned into my mind. Loved the structure and can't wait to order it again to read.

  • Rachel
    2019-06-07 12:42

    A great book for older kids (9 and up). A story about taking chances, finding answers, trusting in others and yourself.

  • Allison
    2019-05-24 15:39

    "There's that moment, right before you blow out the candles on your birthday cake, that moment you have a fleeting sense of something not so happy and not so birthday. Maybe it comes from understanding the order of things, because I know Sophie doesn't feel it yet. When I was her age, I didn't feel it, either. But once you understand the order of things, you know that when the presents are opened, you'll never again be able to wonder what they might be. And when the candles are blown out, it's time to eat the cake. And when the cake is eaten, there's nothing left but to say thank you and send everyone home. I still like cake and I still like presents. It's just that now, there's one little moment of sadness right before I blow out the candles - that one little moment where I peek into the future and say good-bye to another birthday, even before it's over." This book has been on my to-read list forever, and to be honest, I can't remember why I added it. It might have been because the author is from Washington or because I stumbled on it while looking for a different book and thought it sounded interesting. This is a middle grade read, but it never talks down to the reader and even tackles some important issues - divorce, death and depression of a parent. In this book, Margaret's mother sleeps all the time after the death of her husband - a death that Margaret and her sister, Sophie, know barely anything about. This book took me on an interesting adventure that I wasn't expecting, and I couldn't predict much of it either. I especially like the revelation at the very end of the book on who the narrator was. I was definitely recommend this book to those interested in middle grade.

  • Mileena
    2019-06-03 12:37

    How to Disappear Completely and Never be Found4/5 stars Ok. So when I was in high school I got this for free from the school library when they were getting rid of books. I then was supposed to buddy read this with my friend but it didn't work out. Fast forward 4 years and I was trying to figure out if I should still keep this or not, or if I'd ever get around to it. So for October this year, since it's spooky I decided to pick it up. I am glad I did.The Plot:Was erie and felt like a more intricate R.L. Stine novel. Creepy abandoned mansion, a family death and the mystery behind that, comic books, and rats? It was so layered and although it's middle grade it doesn't dumb down or tone down it's content to belittle it's younger audience.The Characters:I loved them all man.Margaret-I thought she felt very relatable in how she was closed off to others and really cared for her since page one. But she was at times frustrating. If I were her I would've read the comic before dismissing it as useless. And she was totally rude to one of the first friends she made. Like it's fine if you don't believe in the same things but there was no reason to treat him the way she did.Boyd-Was a sweetheart, I loved him. I too am friendless and obsessed with comics. Sophie-Was so pure and really embodied what it is to be the younger sister.Lizzie-I wanted to feel bad for her, but I just couldn't stand her.Ratt-He was such a fascinating character and he's creative and I just loved his backstory.Overall:If you are looking for a fun mystery/thriller middle grade with fun comic artwork to pick up, this was fantastic.

  • Ryne
    2019-05-27 14:32

    An amazing title, and a great premise. I have to say I was not a huge fan of the "Ratt" comics, for some reason. The book made the coincidences seem like "Fate" without being too contrived. I was also a little disappointed by the ending, but it was still a fun read.

  • Emily Skye
    2019-05-16 18:37


  • Rachel Dalton
    2019-06-02 17:33

    For a book meant for people who are much younger than I am, this book was pretty great!I went home for Christmas, and usually, when I do that, I try to read some of my childhood books to see if I'd be willing to give them away. For the record, I rarely am (willing, that is). I had good taste, even as a kid. Anyway, I decided to re-read this one when I wasn't catching up with friends and family (hence why it took me so long to finish - catching up with people was pretty much all I did for a week and a half).Anyway, even though this book is set at like, a middle school reading level, I was surprised by how perceptive, dark, and clever it was. The characters were really fleshed out, the plot wasn't cl cliche or predictable, and the characters, along with the events that they went though, were able to evoke emotion in the reader. The writing wasn't bad, either. It was simple, so a 12 year old could read and appreciate it, but it wasn't awful writing at all. I love YA books, and this book is a prime example of why. When you grow up, you lose the curiosity and wonder that you had as a child. By having a teenager or young adult as your narrator/protagonist, you get a chance to see the events through the eyes of a child, before the reality of the "real world" sets in. As a kid, your emotions are all so big and so pure. This is something that also gets more complicated as you get older. The characters in this book were all genuine, yet also complex. They are kids, but can comprehend the "adult" things that weigh on them in their lives. There is something so touching about a combination like that. Though I am now mid-way through my twenties, there is still something so magical about YA books, and I have no doubt that I will return to them over and over again throughout my life.

  • Viviana
    2019-06-02 11:48

    How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found is about a girl who's name is Margaret who goes to a house with her mother and sister when she founds out that she owns that house but when she peeks inside the house she sees an package that was for her mom but she never opened it. She takes the package and opens it and she sees a comic book about a superhero named Ratt , a swimming medal that was her father (her father died when she was 8) , and a key. This book has two people how tell the book the second story it’s a boy named Boyd who loves the Ratt comics but he has never been able to find the first book ( which Margaret has the first one). Margaret needs to find out more about her father and the house that they were at. So Margaret goes and meets Boyd and they set out to find out what happen to Margaret fathers and who is riding the Ratt comics and how is living in the house.How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found by Sara Nickerson is a fascinating book. When I first started reading it I just couldn't put the book down. I finished the book in two days. I don't have any negatives about the book. It has the good amount of details everything is just perfect in the book. The plot is amazing she needs to find what really happen to her father. And Boyd needs to find out who is writing the Ratt comics and where is the first comic book. I suggest you read this book cause your going to love it like I did.

  • Rebecca
    2019-06-07 11:45

    Margaret's life is an unenviable one. She always eats lunch in the bathroom, has no friends, and at home her mother sleepwalks through life and provides the bare minimum for Margaret and her little sister Sophie. Their dad drowned four years ago, and their mother will never speak about it. Then one day they do something out of the routine--they take a ferry to a nearby island, drive to a horror-movie worthy tumbledown mansion, and put up a for sale sign.Meanwhile, Boyd, who lives next door to the mansion, also has an unenviable life, filled with bullies and macrobiotic food. His only solace is the ever-growing stack of homemade comics he borrows from the local "library," all about the often terrifying adventures of Ratt, who is part man and part rat.Soon, the lives of Margaret, Boyd, and Ratt--is he real?--will collide.I started out liking this one a lot--I liked the inclusion of the comics, even though they look just like the terrible illustrations in my series of 1950s girls' boarding school books. The author set up the mystery well, and created memorable characters. I wasn't so keen on it when it began wandering into creepier territory--a cross between horror and Twilight Zone, with some Roald Dahl mixed in. It also ran on kind of long, and I thought Tina Louise was a throwaway character--I think she was just a plot device. But I think many kids would like this.

  • Tina Hoggatt
    2019-06-12 13:47

    This is the story of Margaret, a girl with an imagination fueled by fear of the unknown, living with a beloved little sister, Sophie, and their mother who is in the grip of depression several years after the drowning death of the girls' father. School is not a haven; Margaret eats her lunch in the bathroom every day to avoid bullying and has no friends. When their mother takes the girls on a trip to an island, where she puts a for sale sign on a ramshackle old mansion a mystery takes hold, set off by a mysterious package containing a swimming medal of their dead father and a hand-drawn comic book, sent to her mother and returned unopened to the mansion. The comic book adventures of Ratt, a boy who turned into a rat, have become the obsession of Boyd, an island boy her age who lives next door to the mansion. Their stories come together, along with a new found friend of Margaret's, Tina Louise, who inspires Margaret to take chances and meet her challenges head on. The scary, fast paced second half of the book draws the reader to keep turning pages. Published in 2002, the inclusion of illustrations from the Ratt comic books was an early adaptation of the return to more fully illustrated middle grade and young adult books. A great read full of emotionally real characters and edge of your seat action for the middle grade reader.

  • Justin Juarez
    2019-06-09 18:50

    One day Margaret's father mysteriously died in a drowning in a drowning incident and four years later her mother still never talks about it. Margaret's mother doesn't really talk much actually. Then Margaret's mother buys a mansion that is abandoned and takes Margaret and her little sister Sophie to the abandoned mansion. Margaret wants to solve the puzzle that her family is. Margaret finds a clue by finding a hand written comic book. Margaret goes back to the abandoned mansion alone and with the help of her neighbor Boyd. He is a lonely boy who is obsessed with comic books. Margaret discovers that the truth is stranger than fiction by who is telling the story. I thought that the book was good. I would give this book a good review. I would give it a good review because I thought that the book was mysterious and had you on your toes. I also liked how the book showed some parts of the comic book. The was the first book I read that had parts of the comic book in the book. When I was reading the book I couldn't put it down. This book is unpridictable and has a great plot. If there were a series to this book I would read the other books. I would recommend this book to my friends and especially the ones who like mysterious books.

  • jennifer
    2019-06-04 13:41

    Twelve year-old Margaret and her seven year-old sister live on the Washington coast with their indifferent mother, their father having drown several years before. Life is dull as Mom wakes up from her naps only to go to work and do laundry. So a sudden trip to a nearby island to see a broken down house makes Margaret suspicious and sets her, along with new friend, Tina Louise, to solving the mystery of why the family owns a house she never knew about, why is it filled with so much junk, and how a reclusive comic book author knows so much about her dad.This story is sad at first, with the mother's parenting being affected by depression, and Margaret filling in much of the mothering for her little sister, but the story becomes about Margaret's determination and courage. She meets Tina Louise, a girl whose mother is a therapist and who gives Margaret such encouragement to start her adventure that Margaret hears the other girl's voice offering advice throughout, like the Cheshire Cat. Included in the story are pages of of the comic book that a local boy, Boyd, collects about his hero, Ratt, which tend to predict the future and relay the past and an editor who occasionally butts in to clarify a few points.

  • HolliRonquillo
    2019-05-26 13:38

    This is one of those times when I find a random book, and instead of why I've never heard of it, I'm very pleasantly surprised. I loved the story, and by the last few chapters, I had to stay up late to find out what would happen. Which means I really enjoyed it.

  • Sarah
    2019-05-25 12:39

    Reminiscent of some of the fare by Willo Davis Roberts, this upper elementary age novel has enough suspense and mystery to hold attention spans. Nickerson's writing style flows well and her characters are likable, easy to relate to, and believable. Personally, I could have done without the comic strip elements but I have never been a fan of anything the least bit fantasy-oriented. For most kids, I'm betting this would be a major plus. Most of the action takes place on an unnamed Northwest island which left me, as a native of the area, trying to figure out exactly which island the setting was patterned after. (Camano? Orcas? Whidbey?) I'm well aware it was intentionally fictional but, still I like to know these things. Anyways, back to the book: Overall, decent plot twists, engaging story, ordinary and therefore realistic characters combine for a good pick for young readers. Though much of the book is narrated from a twelve-year-old girl's point of view I do think this is a good bet for boys. As a classroom read aloud I would recommend using a projector so students are able to see the comic series.

  • Patrick
    2019-06-06 18:34

    This was such a unique book. I really enjoyed the central mystery which is well-teased by the interesting cover. I switched from one expectation about the house to another as I learned the origin of the title--an eighties book on how fake your own death and assume a new identity in a pre-internet era--and the reality was mix of my two idea with some really creatively weird additions. I think a lot of young teens would like this. The book generates some genuine tension as the main characters investigate the mystery of the mansion and their family's past. It does have a couple of plot stretches near the finale, but they're harmless in the context of how this story turns out and the audience for which it's intended. When the narrator/author of the editor's notes is finally revealed, I found it a little curious at least.Anyway, the book is a good choice for a quick, very unique read.

  • Raven
    2019-06-12 12:52

    This is another one of those amazing books from my childhood, I obviously loved creepy scary books. More than that, I loved that this book dealt with the real world problems that children face. This is definitely a common theme in the books that I loved as a child. I read books that dealt with the supernatural, fantasy worlds, real life problems and I read a lot of classics and mystery novels. I loved suspense, horror and thrillers. I still love all kinds of stories, but with all the books and stories I have heard and read, not every story sticks in my head with much detail. This is one of the exceptions to that fact. This book has been in my head for years and I was so happy to find it again. I really love this book very much. The horror, suspense and the friendship and family values throughout the book really make it even more wonderful.

  • Amy
    2019-06-14 12:49

    Margaret's life is plain and she basically takes the role of mother in their family. She was left fatherless when you dad drowned. He was an expert swimmer, which is why it was such a mystery why he drowned. When Lizzy, Margaret's mother, suddenly takes her and her sister Sophie to a house far away from their home, Margaret becomes suspicious an begins digging. She leaves to go investigate the house and her little sister covers for her. When she arrives in the town and starts down Waterfront road it's dark and Margaret doesn't know what to do. That night she "runs" into a boy, his name is Boyd. He too wants to learn about the mysterious mansion which happens to belong to her. Over the course of the story you begin to think that Margaret and Boyd have fallen in love. But you'll have to see if they are, in-fact, "in love".

  • Cassandra
    2019-05-16 14:39

    This book just got at a crazy intense book. So far my favorite character is Margaret because she is not afraid to go on a ferry and go in a creepy house because of a mystery. She has meet a boy who is obsessed with the house just like her. This book is also a little bit creepy. One question I have is why does Sophie agree with Margaret plan? Also who is Mr.Ratt?This book is also a little weird because I dont really understand how Mr. Ratt can control hundreds of rats to follow him. I admire him because he got threw his childhood fears. I have one question for him why does he want to hurt Margaret and Boyde? I think this book took a while to get to the heart of the story because i'm on page 167 out of 281 and i'm still in the dark.