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True Tales of Mysterious Disappearances

by Elizabeth MacLeod

Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards, Silver, California Reading Association Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Red Maple Non-fiction Honour Book, Ontario Library Association 2018 Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination

Gone—without a trace.

No one loves a mystery more than Elizabeth MacLeod, author of the award-winning Bones Never Lie and Royal Murder. In her newest book, she presents six compelling stories about some of the world’s most bewildering disappearances.

Readers will be captivated by such true tales as the Alcatraz prison break, where three dangerous convicts engineered a daring escape. Did they live to see freedom, or did they perish in the icy waters surrounding the prison? And will anyone ever know what happened to the captain and crew of the SS Mary Celeste? In 1872, it set out from New York for Genoa, Italy, but everyone on board disappeared for no apparent reason.

This irresistible combination of suspense and history also serves as an introduction to the advances in technology that may help discover what really happened in each unsolved mystery.

Filled with color photographs, sidebars, and maps, Vanished is the perfect book for kids who love mind-boggling mysteries.


“With her upbeat tone and curiosity, the author draws readers into each mystery.”
—Quill & Quire, 03/16

“A compelling read that makes for a solid purchase.”
—School Library Journal, 05/16

“The prolific and talented Elizabeth MacLeod will have no trouble drawing readers.”
—Hakai Magazine, 06/10/16

“Readers will be captivated.”
—Union City Library Blog, 01/09/17

“Amazing stories that will grip your attention cover to cover.”
—My Book Abyss, 03/24/19