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Booklist: A Missing Masterpiece

The Moonlight Zoo, by Maudie Powell-Tuck (4-8).
What if animals that vanished were actually transported to a magical other realm? Fiction

Hither and Nigh, by Ellen Potter (8-12).
Nell stumbles into an alternate New York City in search of her missing younger brother and finds things aren’t as they seem in either world in this suspenseful fantasy. Fiction.

Mysterious Vanishings (Stranger Than Fiction), by Virginia Loh-Hagan (8-12).
The high interest topic of missing persons (and even whole groups) pairs with photographs and accessible text in this springboard to further research. Nonfiction.

The Vanquishers, by Kaylnn Bayron.
Strange things are happening in San Antonio, and when Malika’s friend goes missing she stumbles across modern-day vampires in this silly mystery. Fiction.

Weird Disappearances: Real Tales of Missing People, by Tom McCarthy.
A collection of five short stories, each about a famous person/people who vanished, along with historical context of the disappearance. Nonfiction.

Amari and the Night Brothers, by B.B. Alston. (9+).
Amari’s older brother vanishes shortly after landing a secretive job, but an ‘internship’ shows Amari there’s more to the story in this exciting Harry Potter update set at a magic school. Fiction

Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa, by Julian Randall. (10+).
Magical papers transport Pilar into a world where a boogeyman chases her but offers leads on Pilar’s missing relative, one of many who ‘disappeared’ during Trujillo’s dictatorship. Fiction.