93 pages 3 hours read

Margaret Peterson Haddix


Fiction | Novel | YA | Published in 2008

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Who Am I?

This question comes up throughout the book. From Chapter 1, Jonah experiences some minimal curiosity about where he came from and “who” he “really” is. He knows he was not born Jonah Skidmore, but the questions never bothered him much. He has a loving family and a good life, so he has no need to wonder. When Chip learns he was adopted, he is the first character to express the desire to know who he is. Unlike Jonah, the idea of being adopted angers and frightens Chip, and he is willing to do whatever it takes to find answers.

As the mystery of the notes starts to unfold, Jonah finds himself wondering more about where he came from. Chip’s burning curiosity acts as an emotional catalyst for Jonah. Jonah’s own curiosity piques at the meeting with James Reardon, who refuses to disclose information about where Jonah came from. Jonah is no longer contented with not knowing, even though he pretends not to care for several more chapters.

When Jonah, Chip, and Katherine meet with Angela, the idea of Jonah and Chip are from another time is introduced. Jonah can no longer ignore the question of where or when he came from.