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Publisher's Summary

Amy learned a lot in her babysitting course - but not what to do if two thugs show up, intent on kidnapping.

When Amy agreed to babysit little Kendra Edgerton, she had no idea she was stepping into a kidnapping plot. Armed with misinformation and a weapon, the two men force the girls out of the house and take them to a remote cabin in the woods. There they make videos of the girls and mail them to Kendra’s wealthy parents in an effort to get ransom money. After several of her escape attempts fail, Amy is forced to make one last, desperate move, sending clues to the police through the videos. But time is working against her.

In Stolen Children, award-winner Peg Kehret crafts a suspenseful thriller with a spunky, resourceful heroine.

©2010 Peg Kehret (P)2013 AudioGO

Critic Reviews

" Stolen Children features an interesting story and a strong female character." ( School Library Journal)
"Plot-driven and consistently paced, this quick read has ample suspense and drama." ( Booklist)
"The story is fast-paced, plot-driven, and involving, with comic relief provided by the captors’ fumbling machinations and little Kendra’s behavior. A sure hit for the intended audience." ( Kirkus Reviews)

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Love this book!

This book has been loved by my students for years so I finally caved in. I LOVED IT!!! It's a great story showing how you can overcome hurdles even when you're stuck. I love Amy!

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great book, kind of short

I read this book when I was young and havent been able to get the story out of my head, after some googling I finally found it and was able to listen to it through Audible. Pretty good book but I would say it is definitely for young readers.

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Loved it!

My kids and I decided to read this title, as it was a recommended read for their class. Sometimes the narrator's voice cracked and she speaks a but slow, but we thoroughly enjoyed it!

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What a wonderful surprise!

First time reading this book. Always loved Nancy Drew and this one kept me entranced from start to finish!

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enjoyable

very enjoyable. keep me wanting to listen for more on plot. narrative was very good.

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Great heroine, feel-good for pre- and teens

For such a short book this heroine is well-developed-- she is smart, clever, quick-thinking, sensible, and brave.

The background characters are as well-developed as we need them to, as we are focused on the main story, setting, and characters. I would have loved this as an elementary and jr high reader, and I've enjoyed it a lot as a 52 yr old.

Some things I really liked are things that are NOT in this book:
--there was no reaching to make her smart *because* she is a girl
--though the expected 3 yr old behaviour of the child kidnapped with her is muted in order for the story to progress, she is not set in the background as if she isn't important to the story
--ideas for how to be responsible are presented but not shoved down the reader's throat
--the adults are willing to try to be in tune with the heroine's way of thinking; this is the kind of book that would have made me feel like I mattered when I little girl, that I had things to offer to adults, who were not the heroes of the story.

The narrator was not awful and I really liked her voicing of the 3 yr old. It was adorable. But she was a miss for most everyone else for me. The voicing was not the main problem, but the highlights she put and missed that misread what I felt the author's intention was for some of the sentences.

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Elementary school beginning writing class?

Well, it was free……. (WARNING, spoiler alert, if that’s possible)
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1) Reader not very good at doing male voices, and makes them all sound like idiots or really dumb comic characters.
2) Not that criminals are bright in the first place, but these were written as complete morons.
3) No real plan for their caper, nor whether their accomplices are actually helping them.
4)Then they discuss EVERYTHING in front of their hostages.

Maybe this book was written for a VERY young audience.

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Good story

The story is good. I really enjoyed it. Would’ve given it more stars but the narrator was awful

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Love it

I love this book It gives you so many different feelings unlike the other people that have rated this I am a nice ten year old and loves to read other people are rude. This book is a teaching lesson for kids

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didnt let me play the book and i really like how the summary was like. I wanted to listen to it.