MS Review – The Messengers – Fantasy


Greystone Secrets 3: The Messengers

Written by Margaret Peterson Haddix

Ages 8-12 | 416 Pages

Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books | ISBN-13 : 978-0062838438

Publisher’s Synopsis: As book three of the Greystone Secrets series opens, the Greystone kids have their mother back from the evil alternate world, and so does their friend Natalie. But no one believes the danger is past.

Then mysterious coins begin falling from unexpected places. They are inscribed with codes that look just like what the Greystones’ father was working on before he died. And with the right touch, those symbols transform into words: PLEASE LISTEN. And FIND US, SEE US, HELP US. . . .

The coins are messengers, telling the Greystones and their allies that their friends in the alternate world are under attack—and that the cruel, mind-controlling forces are now invading the better world, too.

After another spinning, sliding journey across worlds, the Greystone kids must solve mysteries that have haunted them since the beginning: what happened when the Gustanos were kidnapped, what created the alternate world, and how a group of mismatched kids can triumph once and for all against an evil force that seems to have total control.



Haddix, Margaret Peterson. The Messengers. Illustrated by Anne Lambelet. New York: Katherine Tegen Books, 2021.

I have read and enjoyed quite a few of Margaret Peterson Haddix’s books. The Messengers is the third book in her Greystone Secrets series. I have not read the first two books, which would have helped me better understand the plot. However, it did not stop me from enjoying The Messengers and I was able to figure out the plot. For pre-teen and teen readers I would recommend reading the books in order. 

In this series, Haddix has successfully created an alternate universe where the residents of one world have doubles in the other world. There are ways to pass between the two worlds. Some doubles meet and become friends and work together to fight the evil. The kids realize that the most important thing is love – that is what helps them fight the evil that has made one of the worlds seem bad. Haddix is a very creative author and pre-teens and teens love her books. I’m sure The Messengers will be loved by that age group as well. 

Haddix’s books have made me think about how the government can become corrupt. The plot takes place in a fictional fantasy world so there is no connection to any specific government, but the plot is enough to make you think. 

The Messengers would make a great addition to a school library. It is appropriate for older elementary and up.

This review was prepared in partnership with The Children’s Book Review and HarperCollins Publishers. This is my honest review.


Margaret Peterson Haddix grew up on a farm in Ohio. As a kid, she knew two girls who had the exact same first, middle, and last names and shared the same birthday—only one year apart—and she always thought that was bizarre.

As an adult, Haddix worked as a newspaper reporter and copy editor in Indiana before her first book, Running Out of Time, was published. She has since written more than forty books for kids and teens, including the Greystone Secrets series, the Shadow Children series, the Missing series, the Children of Exile series, and lots of stand-alones. Haddix and her husband, Doug, now live in Columbus, Ohio, where they raised their two kids.You can learn more about her at


Enter for a chance to win a set of the Greystone Secrets series, including Greystone Secrets 3: The Messengers.

One (1) grand prize winner receives:

  • A paperback copy of Greystone Secrets 1: The Strangers
  • A paperback copy of Greystone Secrets 2: The Deceivers
  • A hardcover copy of Greystone Secrets 3: The Messengers

The giveaway begins April 6, 2021, at 12:01 A.M. MT, and ends April 22, 2021, at 11:59 P.M. MT.

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