Wake Up Missing


  • Age Range: 10 and up
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury; 1 edition (September 10, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802723144
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802723147
  • Junior Library Guild Selection

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. It’s known as the best in the world, but 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, or risk losing themselves forever.

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“Messner (Hide and Seek) delivers an exciting middle-grade thriller inspired by cutting-edge science and historical events, drawing on the Manhattan Project and Tuskegee experiments to weave something new and interesting.”

~Publishers Weekly

“Kate Messner’s new novel, Wake Up Missing, has all the qualities you want in a thriller: deceit, science taken to the extreme, and characters that you root for – especially when it looks like there is no hope. Messner has taken two very prominent issues ripped from the headlines, and combined them into a fast paced cranial feast as she explores concussions and gene therapy.”

~Katie Britton, WAMC Radio – Listen to Kate’s interview on WAMC here

“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