Found: A Mick­ey Boli­tar Novel

Har­lan Coben
  • Review
By – June 15, 2015

In Found, the pro­tag­o­nist con­tin­ues an action-packed jour­ney start­ed in the two pre­vi­ous nov­els of the series. The sto­ry begins with a shock­ing scene — Mickey’s jour­ney to find his father’s killer. The teenag­er is faced with numer­ous tests includ­ing a chal­leng­ing social sit­u­a­tion where he has to suc­ceed in a bas­ket­ball team where he is the only sopho­more among old­er stu­dents who have been togeth­er for years. Mick­ey is liv­ing with an uncle while his moth­er is in drug rehab and his father is pre­sumed dead. Besides school work, he is involved in a net­work to help chil­dren at risk. His Jew­ish iden­ti­ty is not cen­tral to the plot but an Auschwitz sur­vivor who saved chil­dren dur­ing the Holo­caust is an impor­tant side char­ac­ter. At times peo­ple who seem to be ene­mies change to allies and allies might flip to sin­is­ter vil­lains. The impor­tant themes in the book are being loy­al to friends, defend­ing jus­tice and stand­ing firm for what is right. 

Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 12 and up.

Discussion Questions