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The Vanishings
Book SeriesThe Kids
Preceded Bynone
Followed BySecond Chance

"The Vanishings" is the first book in the children's series "Left Behind: The Kids", written by Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins. Tyndale House Publishing first published it in 1998. It was later released in the compilation volume, Taken (Left Behind: The Kids).

Publisher's Summary

In one shocking moment millions around the globe disappear. Those left behind face an uncertain future – especially four kids who now find themselves alone.

As the kids search for help and answers, they are told the truth behind the disappearances. But are they ready to believe it?

In this new series based on the best-selling book Left Behind, Jerry B. Jenkins and Tim LaHaye present the Rapture and Tribulation through the eyes of four young friends – Judd, Vicki, Lionel, and Ryan. As the world falls in around them, they band together to find faith and fight the evil forces that threaten their lives.



  • First appearance of Judd Thompson Jr.
  • First appearance of Vicki Byrne.
  • First appearance of Ryan Daley.
  • First appearance of Shelly. She is the only non-original Young Tribulation Force member to appear in this book.
  • Judd was the only original member of The Young Tribulation Force to not wake up in his home on the morning after the disappearances.
  • The conversation Lionel has with Cameron "Buck" Williams via telephone also is shown in Left Behind.