Margaret Peterson Haddix

Margaret Peterson Haddix is the author of many critically and popularly acclaimed YA and middle grade novels, including The Missing series and the Shadow Children series. A graduate of Miami University (of Ohio), she worked for several years as a reporter for The Indianapolis News. She also taught at the Danville (Illinois) Area Community College. She lives with her family in Columbus, Ohio. Visit her at HaddixBooks.com.

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Margaret Peterson Haddix
Q. If you could be anywhere in the world right now, where would you choose to be?

A. Depending on my mood, either 1. Home or 2. Someplace I've never been before

Q. What do you regret most?

A. 1. Hurting other people; 2. Making a fool of myself; 3. Doing things that both hurt others and make me look like a fool

Q. How would you describe perfect happiness?

A. Peace

Q. What’s your fantasy profession?

A. Writing! Lucky me!

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November 15, 2008

We have a neighbor my kids call “the Sim.” Many mornings while my kids stood at the bus stop, waiting to go to school, this particular woman would walk out of her house, stare at her yard, walk a few more steps, stare at her yard again, then go back into her house—her actions seemingly as random and pointless as a character in the Sims computer games.

My kids were in middle school then, so of course neither they nor their friends dared to ask, “Excuse me, ma’am. What are you doing? What are you thinking about when you stare like that—crabgrass? Dandelions? A long-lost love? A family tragedy? A body buried... see more

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