Tomorrow, May 25th is designated as International Missing Children’s Day.  Launched as a joint venture between the International Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the United States’ Center for Missing and Exploited Children in 1983, this day is for remembering missing and abducted children and celebrating those that have been recovered. The NCMEC has asked that you #RockOneSock to help raise awareness for missing kids.



We’re commemorating National Missing Children’s Day by having compiled a reading list of mostly YA books dealing with kidnapping and missing children that spans from the dystopia to contemporary genres.


Aftermath by Clara Kensie

Aftermath by Clara Kensie

After 4 years, a kidnapping survivor must deal with the consequences to her family after years apart.

Emmy & Oliver by Robin Benway

Emmy and Oliver by Robin Benway

Oliver returns to town after being kidnapped by his father 10 years ago. Will their best friendship stand after all this time and dealing with the side effects of Oliver’s father’s crime?

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehrig

Last Seen Leaving by Caleb Roehig

January is missing. Stories aren’t adding up. Part coming of age/part mystery, this story will keep you flipping pages until the very end.

After the Woods by Kim Savage

After the Woods by Kim Savage

Would you fight off your best friend’s kidnapper? What happens to you, your friendship, your town afterwards?


The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti

Hawthorn, Hawthorn, Hawthorn. She inserts herself into a missing persons case and creates all sorts of trouble for herself.

Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill

Here Lies Daniel Tate by Cristin Terrill

A missing child. A con artist. Which is which?

The Outs by ES Wesley

The Outs by E. S. Wesley

More dystopia than kidnapping book, our main character is driven by blackouts to kidnap a little girl.

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Pointe by Brandy Colbert

Donovan has returned from 4 years after being abducted, but his best friend Theo may hold the key to unlocking secrets.

Female of the Species

The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

The saying goes that the female of the species is more deadly than the male and in this book, Alex, who gets revenge on the supposed kidnapper/killer of her older sister, Anna, may be the deadliest of them all.

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Susie Salmon was a kidnapping victim that was not found alive. This story tells the story of her devastated family.

Room by Emma Donoghue

Room by Emma Donaghue

Jack was born in Room–his entire world–but to his Ma, this room is a prison. She devises an escape plan and opens up Jack’s world. But can they survive the outside?


Upcoming 2018 release:  Boomerang by Helene Dunbar


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Also, ff you have any books to add to this list, please comment below.