Disappearance, The Share this with a friend

by Gillian Chan

Best Books for Kids & Teens, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Eric Hoffer Award Arthur Ellis Awards for Excellence in Canadian Crime Writing finalist Hamilton Literary Award nomination

A fast-paced, gritty mystery with a supernatural twist.

Jacob Mueller and Mike McCallum couldn’t be more different. After mystifying doctors, who finally decide that he is an elective mute, Jacob ends up in a juvenile group home, isolated, withdrawn, and bullied. Mike, also in the group home, is scarred physically and emotionally after the murder of his younger brother. He uses his horrific appearance, imposing size, sharp intelligence, and a calculated brutality to keep everyone at bay—until he encounters Jacob. Mike is fascinated by Jacob, particularly the way in which he seems able to shut out the world around him. This fascination becomes tinged with a mixture of awe and horror when Jacob starts to talk, and appears to have knowledge of Mike’s past, particularly of his dead brother. Mike takes it upon himself to solve the puzzle that is Jacob Mueller, and when he comes to the impossible conclusion that Jacob is from another time, he makes it his mission to return him home.


“A fast, compelling read.”
—Kirkus Reviews, 07/02/17

“A solid genre-blurring addition that doesn’t shy away from realistic violence and language.”
—School Library Journal, 09/01/17

“A fast-paced, creepy mystery with a realistic setting . . . . Reluctant highly capable readers will be enticed, as will fans of R. L. Stine, Ripley’s Believe It or Not, and ghost stories.”
—VOYA, 10/17

“[An] extraordinary plot twist . . . [which] is unexpected and unique and wholly convincing.”
—CanLit for Little Canadians, 10/06/17

“For readers looking for a twisted supernatural mystery with engaging characters, The Disappearance is an excellent choice.”
—Canadian Review of Materials, 12/01/17

“Will appeal to all middle-school-aged students.”
—Canadian Children’s Book News, Summer/18

“The characters are excellent and drafted carefully and fleshed out completely.”
—My Book Abyss, 11/19/18