Wake Up Missing (coming Sept. ’13)

The doorbell rang yesterday while I was Skyping with readers in Dublin, Ohio…and when the session ended, I found a package in the door. Inside?  The first advance reader copies for WAKE UP MISSING, my Fall ’13 science thriller with Walker/Bloomsbury. I’ll be signing ARCs at IRA in San Antonio next month, and I am SO excited about this book!  Here’s the cover…

Here’s what it’s about…

Meet Quentin, a middle school football star from Chicago…
Sarah, an Upstate New York girls’ hockey team stand-out…
Ben, a horse lover from the Pacific Northwest…
And Cat, an artistic bird watcher from California.

The four have nothing in common except for the head injuries that land them in an elite brain-science center in the Florida Everglades. I-CAN is known as the best in the world. But it’s state-of-the-art in its technology and its secrets. As days pass, the kids begin to suspect that they are subjects in an experiment that goes far beyond treating concussions….and threatens their very identities. They’ll have to overcome their injuries – and their differences – to escape through the swamp, or risk losing themselves forever.

And here’s what some amazing early readers had to say…

In WAKE UP MISSING, Kate Messner combines a fascinating concept with page-turning suspense. Cat Grayson just wants to get rid of her constant headaches — but what if the cure makes her a totally different person? Reading this book is like a wild roller-coaster ride through the Florida swamps.       

~Margaret Peterson Haddix, author of THE MISSING and the Shadow Children series.

Wowza! WAKE UP MISSING is a winner. I read it in a single sitting. As the secrets were revealed and the suspense mounted, I found myself turning pages at an ever increasing pace. I had to find out what happened next! 


WAKE UP MISSING scared the pants off me. Loved it! Mystery, intrigue, danger, and creepy futuristic science set in today’s world? Yes, please!

~Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of WAKE and THE UNWANTEDS

WAKE UP MISSING is a compelling mystery full of paranoia and suspenseful twists and turns, with villains as menacing as Everglades alligators lurking beneath the surface of the water, and heroes confronting danger with bravery and heart.

~Matthew J. Kirby, author of THE CLOCKWORK THREE and ICEFALL

From mad scientists to one-eyed alligators, the adventures in WAKE UP MISSING had me on the edge of my seat — I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough!

~Carrie Ryan, author of the New York Times bestseller INFINITY RING BOOK 2: DIVIDE AND CONQUER

WAKE UP MISSING uniquely blends the fast-paced kid adventures of Carl Hiassen, an attuned awareness of nature’s awe, and a lovely largesse of heart and humanity… As usual, Kate provides us with a group of smart, self-reliant kids you can’t help but cheer for.

~Jane Knight, Bear Pond Books, Montpelier, VT

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  1. Colby Sharp
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 9:15 am | Permalink

    This looks amazing. I hope I get a chance to pick up a copy at IRA:)

  2. Eileen Feldsott
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 9:18 am | Permalink

    Wow – this sounds fantastic, Kate. Can\’t wait to read it!

  3. Posted March 22, 2013 at 9:35 am | Permalink

    Wow! Looks like another fabulous book, Kate!

    • Posted March 23, 2013 at 8:21 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Katherine! Are you going to be at IRA next month? Pretty sure I’ll be signing ARCs there.

  4. Posted March 22, 2013 at 9:38 am | Permalink

    Looks and sounds amazing! Congrats, Kate!

  5. Posted March 22, 2013 at 9:43 am | Permalink

    MY Cat, an artistic birdwatcher from Massachusetts who loves Kate Messner books, cannot wait for this one!

  6. Posted March 22, 2013 at 9:45 am | Permalink

    Wow! This one is definitely going on my reading list!

    • Posted March 23, 2013 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Anna! It was a fascinating book to research.

  7. Deborah Kovacs
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 10:08 am | Permalink

    THAT LOOKS AWESOME! (sorry for yelling, but it really does!)

  8. Andrea Payan
    Posted March 22, 2013 at 10:11 am | Permalink

    Ooh! I can’t wait to read this one! Looks like another gem.

    • Posted March 23, 2013 at 8:20 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Andrea! I’m excited about this one!

  9. Posted March 22, 2013 at 4:34 pm | Permalink

    WOW! This looks great! Can’t wait!

    • Posted March 23, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Franki! Will you be at IRA? They’ll have ARCs there.

  10. Posted March 22, 2013 at 6:11 pm | Permalink

    The cover looks terrific, & the plot sounds even better. Congrats!

    • Posted March 23, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Linda! I really do love the way this cover turned out.

  11. Joan
    Posted March 23, 2013 at 6:03 am | Permalink

    This looks SO fabulous, Kate! I can’t wait to read it!!

    • Posted March 23, 2013 at 8:19 am | Permalink

      Thanks, Joan! I think you were actually sitting at my kitchen table when I was brainstorming this one (with the three-column idea charts!)

  12. Kristen Kilpatrick
    Posted March 24, 2013 at 4:19 pm | Permalink

    Congrats! Just added Wake Up Missing to my TBR for Sept. looks fabulous.

  13. Posted March 25, 2013 at 10:04 am | Permalink

    I will not be able to be at IRA, but I have read all of the other arcs. May I have this one, too?

  14. Posted March 28, 2013 at 5:52 am | Permalink

    Wow! Sounds amazing! Wish I was going to San Antonio 🙁 Another book for the TBR pile.

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