Written by : Patricia Reilly Giff
Presentation by: Mya Davis
The main character’s name is Sam. He is 11
years old, and he wants to find the truth
about where he belongs. He tries to get
Caroline to read it because he can’t read. He is
so afraid of the number 11.
• Sam Mackenzie - an 11 year old boy who
wants to find out if he is where he belongs.
• Mack Mackenzie - Sam’s so-called grandfather,
who Sam thinks is a liar.
• Caroline - an 11-year-old girl, who is friends
with Sam and is the key to the mystery that
Sam is trying to find out.
Sam wants to find out if the newspaper says
he went missing but he can’t read, so he begs
Caroline to read it.
This book is a book that you and your family
will enjoy. I recommend it to 4th - 6th grades.
I give this 4 out of 5 elevens.
About the Author
Patricia Reilly Giff
• Likes to make children’s books as well as
young adults books.
• She was born, raised, and still lives in
The excerpt of my book is when Sam is trying
to find his birthday presents in the basement.
He opens a box thinking it is his presents, but
it is filled with newspapers and one of them
has a picture of Sam as a little boy. At the top
of the picture, lies the word “Missing.”
Why I choose my excerpt?
I choose this part to be my excerpt because it
makes the story mysterious, exciting, and it
makes me want to find out what happens at
the end of the book.