The Deceivers (Greystone Secrets, #2)
12 days since Mrs. Greystone and Ms. Morales disappeared. 372 attempts Emma Greystone has made to decode the letter her mother left. 56 lies Natalie Morales has told to try to cover their tracks. 4 children who are determined to bring back their mothers. 2 worlds . . .It all began when the Greystone kids—Chess, Emma, and Finn—learned about the other world.Everything is different there. It’s a mirror image, except things are wrong. Evil. Their mother tried to make things better, but she got stuck there along with Ms. Morales, their friend Natalie’s mom.But the four of them—brave Chess, smart Emma, kind Finn, and clever Natalie—won’t give up until they rescue their mothers.To do so, they will have to go back: into the other world, a place where truth is illegal.Going back into that world is scary, and Chess doesn’t feel so brave.Despite all her brains, Emma can’t seem to break the code.With everything spiraling out of control, Finn has to pretend he's okay.And Natalie is beginning to doubt whether her cleverness is something that’s good about her—especially when she spends all her time lying to the people she loves.

The Deceivers (Greystone Secrets, #2) Details

TitleThe Deceivers (Greystone Secrets, #2)
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 7th, 2020
PublisherKatherine Tegen Books
ISBN-139780062838421
Rating
GenreChildrens, Middle Grade, Mystery, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Fiction

The Deceivers (Greystone Secrets, #2) Review

  • Violet Sinclair
    January 1, 1970
    DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of THE DECEIVERS via Edelweiss Above the Treeline in exchange for an honest reviewWOWOWOWOWOWListen, I loved the first GREYSTONE SECRETS book, so naturally, I was very, very excited for this one.Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.I loved the Greystone kids in this one just as much as I did in the other one (Finns adorableness, Emmas brains, and Chesss awkwardness are just a few of their notable qualities) and I absolutely loved getting Natalies DISCLAIMER: I received a digital review copy of THE DECEIVERS via Edelweiss Above the Treeline in exchange for an honest reviewWOWOWOWOWOWListen, I loved the first GREYSTONE SECRETS book, so naturally, I was very, very excited for this one.Let me tell you, it did not disappoint.I loved the Greystone kids in this one just as much as I did in the other one (Finn’s adorableness, Emma’s brains, and Chess’s awkwardness are just a few of their notable qualities) and I absolutely loved getting Natalie’s perspective on things as well. Like the first, the plot twists were surprising and kept me engaged — which is important for a book that’s almost 500 pages.Overall, I think I enjoyed this one more than the first one and I can’t wait for book 3.Perfect for fans of Nickelodeon’s HUNTER STREET, Netflix’s STRANGER THINGS, and Jennifer Chambliss Bertman’s BOOK SCAVENGER series.Will I be purchasing this in April?Absolutely.
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  • Darla
    January 1, 1970
    "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." This second book in the Greystone Secrets series is well summed up by its title. The Greystone kids (Emma, Chess, and Finn) are desperate to crack their mom's code and save her from the other world where blue and orange symbolize the evil group think that emits its own odor of evil. They have made enough progress in their research to figure out how to use the levers to travel between worlds. Their friend Natalie joins them to "Oh, what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive." This second book in the Greystone Secrets series is well summed up by its title. The Greystone kids (Emma, Chess, and Finn) are desperate to crack their mom's code and save her from the other world where blue and orange symbolize the evil group think that emits its own odor of evil. They have made enough progress in their research to figure out how to use the levers to travel between worlds. Their friend Natalie joins them to help get her mother back as well. How will they know who to trust? Will Emma be able to read her mom's message in time? With alternating chapters from all four kids (including Natalie), we get follow them into the evil world as they work together to reunite with their mothers and save Joe, their helper from Book 1, at the same time. It will take teamwork, courage, and flexibility as their environment changes and time grows shorter. A solid addition to the series with promise for more to come.Thank you to Katherine Tegen Books and Edelweiss for a digital ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Aly
    January 1, 1970
    Cute read.I didn't like this quite as much as the first one, I think because the first had more mystery and now we know about the other world. I still love the kids, especially Finn who is too adorable for his own good, and I enjoyed seeing them solve puzzles to figure out how to save the moms. Chess is a good leader and his crush on Natalie is sweet. Emma is so smart and I was proud of her when she figured out things. We didn't experience much of the other world, just stayed inside other Cute read.I didn't like this quite as much as the first one, I think because the first had more mystery and now we know about the other world. I still love the kids, especially Finn who is too adorable for his own good, and I enjoyed seeing them solve puzzles to figure out how to save the moms. Chess is a good leader and his crush on Natalie is sweet. Emma is so smart and I was proud of her when she figured out things. We didn't experience much of the other world, just stayed inside other Natalie's house which made the story feel a bit slower. I did like meeting some of the other people and the rescue of the moms was fun. I'm looking forward to the third book to see what happens with the other world!
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  • Samantha
    January 1, 1970
    An outstanding follow-up to The Strangers in The Greystone series. I enjoyed the first book, but still felt like I needed something more from it. And this book (the second in the series), really delivered. The clever premise that sets the stage for this series continued to evolve in this book, and the story becomes more complex and more satisfying. The bulk of this book takes place in the Other world, and that helped the plot tremendously. Theres plenty of action and some riddle/puzzle elements An outstanding follow-up to The Strangers in The Greystone series. I enjoyed the first book, but still felt like I needed something more from it. And this book (the second in the series), really delivered. The clever premise that sets the stage for this series continued to evolve in this book, and the story becomes more complex and more satisfying. The bulk of this book takes place in the Other world, and that helped the plot tremendously. There’s plenty of action and some riddle/puzzle elements that can be enjoyed by any age group of readers.Lots of clever twists and turns, smart enough for adults but gentle enough for middle readers, and a complex enough plot to keep this series (hopefully!) going for a long time. *I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review.*
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  • Melanie Dulaney
    January 1, 1970
    This second installment of Greystones Secrets ended strong and with a clear segue into the next book, but did not hold my attention throughout like its predecessor did. The four adolescent main characters remain strong and their voices distinct as their desperate attempt to rescue the missing moms are reported from the perspectives of all of them, but the heaviness of constantly thwarted plans made the middle section drag more than I expected. Many readers in the target audience of grades 5-8 This second installment of Greystone’s Secrets ended strong and with a clear segue into the next book, but did not hold my attention throughout like its predecessor did. The four adolescent main characters remain strong and their voices distinct as their desperate attempt to rescue the missing moms are reported from the perspectives of all of them, but the heaviness of constantly thwarted plans made the middle section drag more than I expected. Many readers in the target audience of grades 5-8 may find themselves a bit confused about who is who and which world some belong in. This uncertainty may be a part of Haddix’s plan to surprise readers and keep them guessing, but I fear that some of my library patrons may put this one down before they get to the exciting climax and a resolution that ties up some of the loose strings. Nevertheless, I will absolutely be purchasing The Deceivers for my 4th and 5th grade libraries and will actively promote it among my fans of Haddix, Kehret, Riordan and other writers of action/adventure and sci-fi. Like her other middle grades works, Haddix steers clear of all profanity, overly descriptive violence, and sexual content of any kind. Thanks for the early look, Edelweiss!
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  • J. D.
    January 1, 1970
    Summary: After saving the good world's versions of themselves, the Greystone kids and Natalie are forced to leave their mothers behind when they flee the bad world. They soon return in hope's of rescuing their mothers only to get trapped in the bad world with no way back. Unsure who to trust, they meet new allies and learn some dark secrets about the bad world along the way. Will they be able to save their parents and leave the bad world behind forever? Or will they only get themselves more Summary: After saving the good world's versions of themselves, the Greystone kids and Natalie are forced to leave their mothers behind when they flee the bad world. They soon return in hope's of rescuing their mothers only to get trapped in the bad world with no way back. Unsure who to trust, they meet new allies and learn some dark secrets about the bad world along the way. Will they be able to save their parents and leave the bad world behind forever? Or will they only get themselves more entangled so they have to return yet again?Personal opinion:Despite being a middle grade book, I loved The Deceivers just as much as The Strangers!It is filled with puzzle like secrets and codes that leave you guessing what will happen until the very end. Not to mention the stakes and tension are much higher than the first book. The ending was wrapped up nicely while paving the way for a third book that I am already excited to get my hands on.
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  • Alyson Kent
    January 1, 1970
    Engrossing and even faster paced than the first. There were several times I caught myself holding my breath as the intensity ramped up. Looking forward to the next installment!Thank you, Edelweiss, for the ARC.
  • Laurie Hnatiuk
    January 1, 1970
    Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Katherine Tegen Books for an ARC digital copy of this book.When we last left the Greystone Kids (Chess, Emma and Finn) and babysitter Natalie all four had miraculously escaped from a evil parallel world, but unfortunately their mother and Natalie's mother were left behind, so if you had not read the first in the series, key points are reviewed when needed in the book. Like the first book in the series, The Strangers, each chapter is told from the point of view of the Thank you to Edelweiss+ and Katherine Tegen Books for an ARC digital copy of this book.When we last left the Greystone Kids (Chess, Emma and Finn) and babysitter Natalie all four had miraculously escaped from a evil parallel world, but unfortunately their mother and Natalie's mother were left behind, so if you had not read the first in the series, key points are reviewed when needed in the book. Like the first book in the series, The Strangers, each chapter is told from the point of view of the four children; Chess the nervous and cautious eldest, Emma the brilliant puzzle solver, Finn the optimistic youngest and Natalie the confident teenager. In the second book, the four going back to save their mothers. The Greystone's mom has left a series of clues that if they can decipher will help them in the parallel world to get their moms back. This time we spend more time in that evil parallel world and discover that Natalie's parents in that world, are a major part of the problem with their thirst for power stopping at nothing if someone get in their way. Lots of action, twists and turns we get to know a little more about Natalie and Other Natalie in this sequel making this an enjoyable and captivating read. Haddix knows how to move a story along and create characters that we can relate to and know. And yes once again, it is clear that the Greystone Kids and Natalie have more work to do so another book is set up to come. Recommended for classrooms and libraries for fans of action and puzzles. Now I just have to patiently wait for the next book in this action packed original series.
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  • Ellen Stumbo
    January 1, 1970
    I am loving this series! I stumbled upon the first one by luck as it was one of the few audiobooks my library had digitally and I wanted something to listen to with my girls (who are 12, 13, and 14). Then we had to wait for the second book to be released and got it as soon as we could! This second book is hard to put down. Every chapter ends with what feels like a mini cliffhanger, we explore the parallel world/dimension even more and we meet new characters. The Greystone siblings and Natalie I am loving this series! I stumbled upon the first one by “luck” as it was one of the few audiobooks my library had digitally and I wanted something to listen to with my girls (who are 12, 13, and 14). Then we had to wait for the second book to be released and got it as soon as we could! This second book is hard to put down. Every chapter ends with what feels like a mini cliffhanger, we explore the parallel world/dimension even more and we meet new characters. The Greystone siblings and Natalie are on a quest to save their mothers, will they be successful? Who are the good guys, the ones they can trust, and who are the bad guys? The main characters are stereotyped: the super cute and lovable eight-year-old who can charm just about anyone, the brilliant ten-year-old who can solve any code and is all about science and numbers, the responsible, dependable, protective twelve-year-old who will do anything for his siblings, and their friend, the computer savvy thirteen-year-old who is super confident, popular, and has an attitude... sometimes. But these characters work well for a middle grade fantasy/mystery novel.And the quest they are on is a quest I wanted to join in as a reader. If your kids enjoy mystery and adventure, the Greystone series is a must!
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  • Jennifer Hill
    January 1, 1970
    In the second book in the series, Emma, Finn, and Chess are living with Natalie and her dad. Natalie's mom and Mrs. Greystone were left trapped in the other world. The kids are working on trying to decode Mrs. Greystone's secret message, but are not having much luck. They think they have figured something out though and get back to the house and find the level along with signs it has been moved. This makes them worried. They decide it is not safe to use it in their house so they sneak off to In the second book in the series, Emma, Finn, and Chess are living with Natalie and her dad. Natalie's mom and Mrs. Greystone were left trapped in the other world. The kids are working on trying to decode Mrs. Greystone's secret message, but are not having much luck. They think they have figured something out though and get back to the house and find the level along with signs it has been moved. This makes them worried. They decide it is not safe to use it in their house so they sneak off to Natalie's house to try to go back through that way. They make it back through and find lots of clues, Natalie's grandma is still alive, the red headed lady who helped them is in Other-Natalie's house as a cleaner and a big party is going to happen. Lots of twists and turns and the ending leaves room for a third book. Yay!
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  • Jayce Senter
    January 1, 1970
    Originally posted here at In the Senter of it AllAmazing! Just as good as the first one which I didnt know was possible! Margaret Peterson Haddix has done it again! This is the sequel to The StrangersGenre: Science Fiction/MysteryGrade appropriate: 4 and upRATING BREAKDOWN: Overall: 5/5-- So good. New twists and turns. Very satisfying.Creativity: 5/5-- The use of multiverse is pretty common these days but I love Margaret Peterson Haddix's take on it!Characters: 5/5-- Haddix has a way of really Originally posted here at In the Senter of it AllAmazing! Just as good as the first one which I didn’t know was possible! Margaret Peterson Haddix has done it again! This is the sequel to The StrangersGenre: Science Fiction/MysteryGrade appropriate: 4 and upRATING BREAKDOWN: Overall: 5/5-- So good. New twists and turns. Very satisfying.Creativity: 5/5-- The use of multiverse is pretty common these days but I love Margaret Peterson Haddix's take on it!Characters: 5/5-- Haddix has a way of really making her characters likable even if they are flawed.Engrossing: 5/5-- I read it immediately after it arrived.Writing: 5/5Appeal to kids: 5/5-- Perfect for fans of Haddix or other Sci-Fi.Appropriate length to tell the story: 5/5CONTENT: Language: noneSexuality: noneViolence: mild--There was a gunshot and someone is injured. The bad guys employ kidnapping and "extermination" to deal with their enemies. It is not graphic.Drugs/Alcohol: none
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  • Trisha Perry
    January 1, 1970
    This the second book of the series starts with the Greystone kids and Natalie trying desperately to find a way to bring their mothers home. Their mothers happen to be trapped in another world one in which the truth can be deadly. This is a suspense filled book with lots of twist and turn so don't get lost down a rabbit hole or you just might miss the action of which there is plenty. I hope the kids can hang on as well and get their mothers back in this book of two worlds, and never knowing who This the second book of the series starts with the Greystone kids and Natalie trying desperately to find a way to bring their mothers home. Their mothers happen to be trapped in another world one in which the truth can be deadly. This is a suspense filled book with lots of twist and turn so don't get lost down a rabbit hole or you just might miss the action of which there is plenty. I hope the kids can hang on as well and get their mothers back in this book of two worlds, and never knowing who you can trust. I hung on and loved every second of this book and can not wait to see what Margaret Peterson Haddix has in store for the kids in the next book.
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  • Toni
    January 1, 1970
    The second in this series continues the plot twists. The Greystones and their friend, Natalie return to the alternate world to try to save three adults that they left behind. There is a lot of time where they are hiding and waiting. No one knows who they can trust.I had an advanced readers copy of this. It will be released in April. Then I have to wait another year for the next one- though I am comfortable waiting since it does not leave the reader on a huge cliffhanger.
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  • Yapha
    January 1, 1970
    I was on the edge of my seat and stressed out through this entire book and it was AWESOME!! This is a must read, but you have got to read The Strangers first. Highly recommended for grades 4 and up! eARC provided by publisher via Edelweiss
  • Jennie
    January 1, 1970
    I think in some ways the second book was even better than the first, still plenty of mystery and clues to follow but now you better understand the world built prior. Another well written story, excellent characters and a plot that kept the pages turning. I was worried about where this book would go, but very pleased with results. Looking forward to book 3 next year!
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  • Larry Plemmons
    January 1, 1970
    A very strange story, and to make matters worse for me, the second in the series. The book is well written with very good characters, an unusual world scheme, a plot somewhat difficult to follow, and I just could not get excited about reading. I am by no means saying this is a bad book, just not interesting for me.
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  • Lisa D
    January 1, 1970
    Loved it! What a great series! Cant wait for the next book ! Really well written! Love the characters! What a great book! Loved it! What a great series! Can’t wait for the next book ! Really well written! Love the characters! What a great book!
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  • Laura
    January 1, 1970
    A decent second book in the series, with the four children trying to find their mothers while keeping Natalie's father in the dark. We learn more about this Other Earth filled with doubles of our Earth's people, especially the politics and the rulers. There are so many possibilities for Book 3 that I hesitate to speculate about the direction.eARC provided by publisher.
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  • Elizabeth
    January 1, 1970
    My 13 yr old son absolutely loves this series!
  • Shivantika
    January 1, 1970
    *4.5
  • Mary
    January 1, 1970
    I received an e-arc via Edelweiss Above the Treeline.As good, or better than the first! So much adventure! So much suspense! So many clues to figure out!
  • Ms. Yingling
    January 1, 1970
    E ARC Provided by Edelweiss Plus
  • Natasia
    January 1, 1970
    I did prefer the first one, but this was a good follow up! I have recommended the first in the series to a few kids/families and would recommend it for kids that are into mysteries and sci fi
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