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True Tales of Mysterious Disappearances

Interest Age: 9–12
Grade: 4–7
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: SL.6.1,1a,1c,1d,3,4,5,6

Reading Level: Lexile 1120L
Hardcover : 9781554518180, 192 pages, March 2016 , 9.25" x 7.5"
Paperback : 9781554518173, 188 pages, March 2016 , 9.25" x 7.5"


Gone—without a trace.

No one loves a mystery more than Elizabeth MacLeod, author of the award-winning Bones Never Lie and Royal Murder. In her newest book, she presents six compelling stories about some of the world’s most bewildering disappearances.

Readers will be captivated by such true tales as the Alcatraz prison break, where three dangerous convicts engineered a daring escape. Did they live to see freedom, or did they perish in the icy waters surrounding the prison? And will anyone ever know what happened to the captain and crew of the SS Mary Celeste? In 1872, it set out from New York for Genoa, Italy, but everyone on board disappeared for no apparent reason.

This irresistible combination of suspense and history also serves as an introduction to the advances in technology that may help discover what really happened in each unsolved mystery.

Filled with color photographs, sidebars, and maps, Vanished is the perfect book for kids who love mind-boggling mysteries.


  • Joint winner, Red Maple Non-fiction Honour Book 2017
  • Joint winner, Best Books for Kids & Teens, starred selection, Canadian Children’s Book Centre 2016
  • Nominated, Rocky Mountain Book Award nomination 2017
  • Runner-up, Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book Awards, Silver, California Reading Association 2016


“Amazing stories that will grip your attention cover to cover.” 

- My Book Abyss, 03/24/19

“With her upbeat tone and curiosity, the author draws readers into each mystery.”

- Quill & Quire, 03/16

“A compelling read that makes for a solid purchase.”

- School Library Journal, 05/16

“The prolific and talented Elizabeth MacLeod will have no trouble drawing readers.”

- Hakai Magazine, 06/10/16

“The prolific and talented Elizabeth MacLeod will have no trouble drawing readers.”

- Hakai Magazine, 06/10/16

“Readers will be captivated.”

- Union City Library Blog, 01/09/17