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The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore

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She spots the masked man in the dark, lonely parking lot--but too late. Grabbed and drugged, Christina is kidnapped and held for ransom. When her family pays, she thinks her ordeal is over. But then she realizes that her family thinks she planned the kidnapping! How will Christina prove her innocence?
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1979)
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Jan 28, 2009 Mallory rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I picked up this book because it had an award on the front. Saying that: I figured out what was going to happen about 1/4 of the way through the book- and then after 1/2 the way through I kept skipping ahead- so I just stopped reading it. I think the reason I couldn't quite get through it is because the author is a 70 something year old woman who is trying to sound like a teenager- she just doesn't capture the emotions, immaturity, insecurities, cares and vernacular of an actual teenager. She tr ...more
Steven Mcgill
Feb 27, 2015 Steven Mcgill rated it it was amazing
The genre for the Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore is a Fiction/Mystery. The setting of the story is Houston, Texas. The characters who are in the story are Loretta, Zack, Cristabel, T.J. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Lattimore, Della, and Rosella. The conflict is that Christina Lattimore gets kidnapped by zack and Loretta then they try to frame her for making it seem like a kidnapping so now she has to prove her innocence. I didn't really have any complications with the book, it was pretty clear about e ...more
Nov 15, 2010 Wilson rated it really liked it
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16 November 2010

The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore:
When Proving your Innocence Isn’t as Easy as it Looks
It’s quite hard to admit that someone you know could be a criminal. Christina Lattimore, a teenage girl living in Houston, is put in this situation when she realizes that more than one person she’s known for her whole life could’ve been involved in an act that could put them a way for a good amount of time. This act involved kidnapp
Nov 21, 2011 Jasmine rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! I was at the book store one time, and I saw the title and cover and the section it was under, and it looked pretty alright. Then I read the back, and that's when it caught my attention, it looked like a good book to read so I bought it.

What I really liked about this book was that it has some mystery in it, and some problems to deal with. I can't really explain it in words, but it was a really good book! It must be really hard to prove yourself innocent when there is so
Sep 15, 2008 Cristian rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: students who like suspensful stories
Shelves: book-club
If you like suspensful stories;then I would recommend the book The Kidnapping of Cristina Lattimore. The author Loan Lowery Nixon uses vary good word choises that makes the book more interesting. This book is about a teenager named Cristabel Lattimore, but goes by the name Cristina.Cristina is headed to college in Europe,but before she leaves she gets kidnapped.Will she ever see her parents again?
Allison Hernandez
Nov 30, 2015 Allison Hernandez rated it it was amazing
*** spoiler alert***
"He puts the tray on the table there's a thin wedding band on his left hand ,and a large bandage on his middle finger.So his was the hand I bit. Good! I hope it went through to the bone! Do you want to know why you're here?he asked me"
The genre of my book is Fiction."Why me?". Is a question that Christina always asked herself. Once more Christina asking herself The same question when she wakes up in a cold, dark basement.

The setting is a counterman in a hamburger place. The i
Emi Guzman
Mar 09, 2014 Emi Guzman rated it did not like it
I actually own this pathetic book all because I judged it by it's cover and picked it up from a book store without even reading a single page inside. My mother forced me to buy a book to read over the summer, but I ended up dealing with things more important than reading, so I finally decided to read it this weekend when I found it in my room. Big mistake. I never should have bought this or read this. The story is exactly what the title sounds like. "The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore." Chris ...more
Jailine B.
Mar 08, 2011 Jailine B. rated it it was amazing
It beggaining of the book I have to say it was slow but like in page 5 you can feel the tension between the the main character Christina(chris)and Zack. Zach is a guy who works at buger place. He marred and no kids. If you get the chance to read the frist hunder pages youll be glad that he dosent. Chris is a junor in high school and is best firends with lorna. One day after coming home to find tape on the door holding back the lock.Shes scared and calls and family memder whos up stairs. Latter t ...more
3 Nikki B.
Apr 12, 2009 3 Nikki B. rated it it was amazing
Looking for the perfect mystery book? You don’t need to do any detective work to find out “The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore”by Joan Lowery Nixon is for you. First off, this book has a really good plot. Next, this book keeps you on your toes with all the suspense. The last reason this is the perfect mystery book is that it all connects.
To begin with, this book has a perfect plot. The plot makes sense and you can follow it easily, even when the story gets complicated. In this story, a girl
Aug 15, 2014 Dana rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
My overall impression of the book was that it was interesting but still unrealistic. The writing was a good balance between action and description that made it enjoyable to read. The plot was predictable at times, but was still entertaining and had an interesting spin on classic kidnapping stories.
The biggest issue I had was with the characters. The protagonist, Christina, was whiny, one dimensional, and very concerned with her reputation. Christina was immature and unrealistic and I think she r
Jessica Richins
Jun 04, 2010 Jessica Richins rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-literature
Christina is the daughter of a wealthy pastor and the granddaughter of a CEO of an oil and gas company in Texas. She is kidnapped and held for ransom. Her kidnappers have a plan if things go wrong. Them make it look like Christina is involved and planned her own kidnapping. When she gets home from her ordeal no one believes that she was really kidnapped. So she decides to prove her own innocence.
I thought this book was ok. This was one of my author presentation books, and I had chosen this book
Cameron Craig-Williams
The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore by Joan Lowery Nixon is a mystery novel about a girl who gets kidnapped and held for ransom. Ransom means to be held prisoner unless paid for. Christina's family paid the kidnapper the money. But her family think she planned the masked man to kidnap her. The novel was a good mystery but not for a person like me. The novel was OK, personally I didn't like it but I would recommend to anyone who likes mysteries.

The novel, The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore,
Shashank Eeda
Nov 03, 2014 Shashank Eeda rated it it was amazing
Its Friday after school, Christina and her friends go to the same place they do every week. Everything started changing that day, she was in a lonely parking lot and spotted a masked man, but she was too late to escape. She was captured and and was put in dingy basement.

This book was fairly interesting, and I love the way the author used the writing techniques. The way the author wrote the book inspired me to keep on reading and find out what happens. He used type of techniques where you basica
Charlie Thomson
Jun 10, 2014 Charlie Thomson rated it it was amazing
A very enticing book. Five stars. The book starts off with right into the action, the way I like it. Drama everywhere with Christina's family not allowing her to go on the trip, to the creepy man at the restaurant. The kidnapper was kind of obvious, because so many hints were given. Even after the police came to find her the story didn't end there, who knew the grandmother would blame her own granddaughter? Christina wouldn't accept this she knew no one would look at her the right way until she ...more
Mar 12, 2015 KarlyP rated it really liked it
Christina Lattimore has a life that many people dream of. She lives in a big house with a wealthy family, and her grandma is paying her collage tuition. Her life is changed when she returns home late only to find a man standing at her door. She is kidnapped and forced to live in a basement with no lights and a cot for a bed. Days later Christina is brought upstairs to take a bath and watch television, while the kidnapper is behind her with her with a gun. Only moments later do the police arrive ...more
Jun 04, 2010 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Fun, fast-paced mystery! The main character's voice was a little old-fashioned sometimes. She would say things like, "Why, Mother!" But it wasn't so annoying that it got in the way of the story. I would definitely read more of this author's books.
Madison Shea
Nov 16, 2015 Madison Shea rated it really liked it
Christina goes to an all girls school. The school is going to a country but her parents wont let her go. When she gets home she goes to unlock the door but realizes the door is already unlocked. She knows the door is always locked but when she takes a closer look she sees a tape on the door preventing her to lock the door. Late that night she goes to her best-friends house and tells her all about it. Christina gets home and gets an unexpected visitor that kidnaps her. The kidnapper gets the rans ...more
Jun 04, 2012 Salymar rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that completely surprised me negatively. -_-
Caitlyn Acerbo
There he was. Dressed in all black watching her. The man lunged out and put a hand over Christina's mouth. Next thing she knew, she was sitting in a basement with nothing but a cot. She gets forced to sign a ransom letter but when the cops find her... Everything is wrong! Why are they treating her like a subject? Everyone thinks that Christina faked the whole kidnapping so she could get her grandmother's money. Will Christina be able to prove her innocence or will she be charged guilty?
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This thrilling novel is about a young girl who lives in an over-protective family and wants to go to France. After persuading her family in every way she could think of, she decides to visit her grandmother to see if she could use her trust fund to see whether or not she would be able to use that money to take her class trip to France. With no success, Christina turns to reach her house feeling not at all accomplished. All of a sudden, she is drugged and whisked away to an imprisoned place where
Jan 02, 2009 82_little_red rated it liked it
After being kidnapped, Christina has to stay in a basement all alone. The two kidnappers are doing the work, but Christina thinks there is a third person. All the kiddnappers want is money from her grandma and makes her signed a letter. After the cops find Christina, and arrested the kiddnappers, Christina thinks this is all over and the kiddnapers go to jail. But that’s not the case since her family thinks she planned the kidnapping all a long. There is no evidence of her being kidnapped, and ...more
Jay Jason
Apr 16, 2012 Jay Jason rated it liked it
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The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore looked like a great book from the back cover. A mystery where everyone's a suspect always is good food for the brain. I was just about to check it out from the library when I saw that it had been selected as a Reading Olympics book for 2012. All hope I had for this book disappeared in a puff of smoke. Through past experiences with Reading Olympics books, I have concluded that all RO books MUST have painful, excr
Feb 15, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing
This book was 100 times better than excellent (I don't even think there is a word to describe this book it was that good.) I love the suspense and mystery in this book. The author did a good job of writing the book, making the story very believable and leading you to believe things that weren't really true. To elaborate... it was believable due to the way the story was written. It made sense Christina would try to plan her own kidnapping so she could get ransom money from her grandma and then go ...more
Molly B.
Oct 21, 2013 Molly B. rated it really liked it
The cover of this book got me interested because it just looked really creepy, I read the back, it was a good thing I did because I really got into it. This is about a girl name Christina Lattimore who got kidnapped, but she knows who kidnapped her. The police soon found out where she was. No one was really sure if Christina actually was kidnapped, they think that she faked it so that she could get money from her grandma. Christina soon decided that there must be someone else who thought up of k ...more
Apr 10, 2008 Sydney rated it really liked it
Christina is not your average high school girl. She attends an all-girl school and is very proper. Her class is attending a trip to France and she wants to attend. Her parents object and after asking every member of her family, is turned down each time. After going out with her friend Lorna, she is kidnapped and put in someone's basement. She is then arrested and charged with arranging her own kidnapping. She is horrified. Everyone believes she wanted the ransom money for her trip to France. Her ...more
Dec 04, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it
In the book "The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore" by Joan Lowery Nixon, the main character Christina is kidnapped for ransom. In this suspenseful story about a teenagers kidnapping, you learn about Christina's life and what is most important to her. Christina matures throughout the story and engages the reader by relating to topics that occur to teenagers in real life. Through first person you know Christina's personal thoughts and you can understand her better as a character. When reading thi
Chrissy DeMarco
Oct 25, 2014 Chrissy DeMarco rated it really liked it
The book “The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore” by Joan Lowery Nixon is a mystery novel with a lot of well portrayed suspense. The main character Christina comes from a wealthy family and goes to a high class private school with the most elite of Texas. The other main character Zach is a not so wealthy, not so nice man who owns a hamburger restaurant in the city. The way that the two characters balance each other out makes the book interesting and keeps the reader on their toes.

In the beginni
Jessica Kohn
Dec 03, 2013 Jessica Kohn rated it it was amazing
The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore is an outstanding book and I would easily recommend it to someone. It has an interesting twist to it, in the middle and end. You'll be very shocked to how it ends. This book makes you never want to put it down!
The book starts off with Christina waiting for her friend to arrive at a hamburger restaurant after school like they do every Friday. A strange lady approached but didn't say anything. Christina went home, found things were strange and took off for h
Andrew Seeman
Dec 04, 2013 Andrew Seeman rated it really liked it
The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore, by Joan Lowery Nixon, is about a high school girl, named Christina, who is kidnapped. She is then blamed for a crime she didn’t commit and has to prove her innocence. The kidnappers plan was so flawless that when the police caught them, it appeared Christina was guilty. Christina is a dynamic character who changes throughout the story. The author uses direct character development when Christina thinks about how different she was before the kidnapping then ...more
Simone Gorgievski
Dec 04, 2013 Simone Gorgievski rated it really liked it
"The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore" by Joan Lowery Nixon, is a thrilling novel filled with mystery, drama and suspense. The main character Christina Lattimore, a high school student from Texas, seems to have it all. She lives in the best part of town, goes to private school, and her best friend Lorna who's always there for here. As the story begins the most important thing to Christina is going on the school French trip. After Zack and Loretta kidnap Christina, her priorities change to survi ...more
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...more
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