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Stolen Children

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Amy learned a lot in her babysitting course, but not what to do if two thugs show up, intent on kidnapping. Armed with misinformation and a weapon, the men take Amy and little Kendra 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 i...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published October 16th 2008 by Dutton Juvenile
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Camryn
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Denise
My fifth grade son recommended this book to me, and you have to know him to comprehend what a major milestone this is. Cade, you see, is what Donalyn Miller (teacher and author of the Book Whisperer) calls a dormant reader. He certainly passes all his reading "tests" but he is not a reader. He doesn't think reading is fun, and he wonders if there was some mix-up at the hospital, because his mother does nothing else but read.

So, you can imagine my excitement when he told me this was a good book,...more
Becca hunt
i love this book so far it is AWESOME
Shianne
This is a summary not a review...draft

Somebody:Amy, a teenage girl who just finished her babysitting course

Wanted:to get money for babysitting because she needed money for school items

But:two kidnappers show up and kidnap Amy and little Kendra because they know Kendra's parents are rich and will do anything for Kendra to get back home

So:Amy has to find a way to get herself and Kendra back home safely

Do they escape safely? You'll have to read it to find out!

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Amy is a teenage girl who jus...more
Fluxbrarian
Amy’s first babysitting job is taking care of Kendra, a well behaved 4-year-old from a wealthy family. When two thugs come to the house to kidnap Kendra for ransom, their plan doesn’t go as smoothly as they planned. Kendra’s nanny, who was in on the plan, is away on vacation, and Amy is determined to protect the little girl. Forced to kidnap the teenage girl as well, the two men take them to a remote cabin in the woods. The men send daily DVDs of the girls to their parents in an attempt to make...more
Ariana
The first time babysitting Kendra is the first time she will be kidnapped. Amy has all the knowledge she needs to babysit but doesn't know what to do if she gets kidnapped. Amy and Kendra try to escape but has to be very careful. Kendra at 3 is very heard to keep quiet and to make sure she doesn't cry when trying to escape. Amy has tried many many times to escape, but just hasn't had the right time or luck. So she gets in trouble when ever she gets caught and has a death threat. Kendra ahs a lit...more
Jo Sorrell
A fast and enjoyable read!
Fourteen-year-old Amy Nordlund desperately regrets that morning she spent with her father. Because of a stupid, completely avoidable mistake she made, her dad postpones leaving for work to lecture her on responsibilities. Not only do they have an argument, but it also turns out to be the last thing she says to him, as he dies in a car accident on his way to work.

Somehow, Amy and her mother wade through the grief and guilt, and try to go on with their lives. Amy is deter...more
Amy
Amy has just finished her babysitting training classes when she gets a call from a Mrs. Edgerton who is in desperate need of a babysitter for her daughter, Kendra. While in the Edgerton's home, both Amy and Kendra are kidnapped by Hugh and Smokey, who used to date the Edgerton's former nanny. They are taken to a remote cabin surrounded by woods and videotaped daily. The videos are then mailed to the Edgerton's in demand for a ransom. Amy knows early-on that her best way out of this situation is...more
Jean
An eighth grade girl and I both started to read copies of this book on Friday. She returned hers today and was thrilled to learn that she had finished it before me (If those darn kids would quit coming into the library and interrupting my reading...)At any rate, she loved the book and I was glad she took a break from her avid rereading of the (shudder) Twilight Series and enjoyed a book that was more age appropriate. I liked the book, but although it was billed as a thriller, I was never that wo...more
Rose Ann
My daughter has this on her list to read, and I thought it sounded a little overwhelming of a topic for 8-12 yr. olds, so I wanted to read it before her.

It was definetely a page turner, and well written. I don't know that it should be for 8-9 yr olds. I was relieved that there was no physical violence or inappropriate language or content, although I think this could be quite a scary topic for a child.
I loved how Amy used clues in the DVDs, and got frustrated with all the missed opportunities fro...more
Gabby
It was a good book, it just didn't seem that realistic. Yes, some parts seemed downright scary, but other plot pieces seemed as if they were forced in, like Danielle's part.
Jackson
"Stolen Children" by Peg Kehret is an action packed book that you won't want to put down. It is about a girl named Amy, who is a babysitter. Amy's father died one morning on his way to work and she feels like it is her fault. They were arguing about her forgetting to feed the neighbors dog. She promises to never let people down again, because if she hadn't forgotten they never would have had the argument and he wouldn't have been hit. She was babysitting one day for the Edgerton family. All was...more
Lara Suing
how did i pick this book?
One of my friends told me it was a good book, and i like reading about mystery and kidnapping, so i thought i would just read it.
Setting?
afternoon, in a house babysitting
Conflict?
internal conflict. cause when Kendra got kidnapped Amy tried to help her but in the end they both got kidnapped so then Amy has to try to come up with something to let their parents know what’s going on without the kidnappers knowing what she is talking about or what her actions have to do with...more
Cat's Review
Amy, a fourteen-year-old girl who has been irresponsible in the past, tries to make up for it by becoming more responsible in her daily actions. She walks a dog for free, takes a class on babysitting and finally takes her first babysitting job so that she could earn money for herself and take some of the financial load off her mother.

Her first babysitting job is for three-year-old Kendra Edgerton, the daughter of a rich couple. Kendra’s nanny recently took a vacation and a babysitter was quickl...more
Anne Hawn Smith
This is a book for early teens. Amy, age 14, takes a babysitting job and she the child she is babysitting for are kidnapped. The kidnappers are pretty inept, but Amy uses her head to do what she can to get rescued. The kidnappers take videos to send to the family in order to show that the girls are alive. Amy attempts to give clues in the videos but the clues take a lot of interpreting. Amy has to manage to give clues as to where they are without the kidnappers knowing. She uses her head to plan...more
Sunho Oh
Amy learned a lot in her babysitting lessons. One day Mrs. Ednor called and told her that she wanted Amy to babysit Kendra. And then Mrs.Ednor went to the hospital and thet were playing until two guys named Hugh and Smokey kidnapped them. Mrs. Ednor was sad when Kendra and Amy was gone. Hugh adn Smokey was asking where his Anut was. Amy thought of an idea what would be attrative for them.
Amanda
3 stars

I read this for my local book club for the month of October since we randomly picked a book off the Banned Books List.

1. What 14 year old questions and mouths a man with a gun to their head?

2. Who wants a balanced diet while they're being kidnapped?

3. Kendra is an extremely annoying three year old.
Kay
Jun 24, 2012 Kay rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: school
Mystery
While Amy babysits Kendra, they are both kidnapped. Amy hides clues in the videos that her friend recognizes from Amy's last story she wrote.
Klara
This is my favorite book of all time. It is so good and it is exactly what I like to read. I would read this over and over again!!!
Bidwe001
Jan 13, 2012 Bidwe001 marked it as to-read
Well i am about to read it... but my friend said it was the best book she had ever read! Sooo excited to read it:)
Makenna
This book was Amazing! minus the whole kidnapping thing :) it was full of suspence! i couldnt put it down!
Ryann Yamaura
Sep 28, 2012 Ryann Yamaura marked it as to-read
sorry i accidentaly put this on currently reading its supposed to be on want to read
Brittany
This book got me into reading.
lizzy-boo  perfecto
this book is so cool. i love this book
Allison
Fun quick read. Peg Kehret's 14 year-old narrator seemed to behave a little young for her age, but this story of a babysitter and the toddler she's babysitting getting kidnapped at gunpoint is a great action-crime book for anyone looking for a bloodless, tame, but definitely tense book. Good for fans of Hatchet or Caroline B Cooney books. Funnily enough, the reason I picked this up was because it's written by Kehret, who is a Bluestem nominee for Small Steps: The Year I Got Polio. She's got quit...more
Peace Ibe
I've always been fond of mystery books and scary books so i really enjoyed this book. As mysterious and scary as this book was, it had great lessons, in my opinion. One lesson was that their is no point in holding grudges. You should always let people know how much you care about them and love them because they won't always be in your life. Everyone time comes, the problem is, no one can tell when that time will come. In the book, "Stolen Children" by Peg Kehret, a girl named Amy Nordlund learne...more
Mariah Mccashland
CRASH!
What was that? Amy hurried up the stairs to check on the toddler she was babysitting that was supposed to be napping. She wasn't. When Amy got there sweet little Kendra was nowhere to be found. There was only one explination, kidnappers.

In Stolen Children by Peg Kehret the two criminals, Hugh and Smokey, decide take the Edgerton's little girl and ask for a ransom. They didn't plan on having to kidnap a 14 year old babysitter along with her. This book is fast-pacd and a pretty quick read,...more
Angela
Amy learns the hard way that most babysitting courses lack one essential lesson: how to react when two kidnappers steal away the baby. Sweet and spoiled Kendra and her sitter, Amy, are both abducted by two crooks and driven away to an isolated cabin in the woods. The situation seems hopeless after Amy attempts to run away with a three-year-old in tow, and as expected, is caught. However, the teenage girl possessed the intelligence that allows her to send subtle clues through the ransom videos th...more
Mauricio V
14 year old Amy just finished her babysiting class and gets a call from a lady who wants her to babysit her 5 year old daughter Kendra. Well Amy says yes and babysits her, everything was going well until 2 men show up and take Kendra without Amy noticeing untill she figured out that Kendra was kidnapped than Amy got kidnapped too. The girls are taken to a cabin in the woods/mountains. They make videos of them kidnapped and tell the girls parents what to do,Amy hides clues in all of the videos,bu...more
Bianca Gilligan
Stolen Children, by Peg Kehret I thought was a great book. You would think a teenager that took a babysitting class would be taking an only job, only untill two thugs walk in and kidnapp you and the child your with.
In this book, Amy was babysitting Kendra when the two guys came to Kendra's house. At first Amy thought it was her fault, she left the door unlocked, but then when she saw the van in the drive way she knew. But then they cane back for her and it was too late for her to get help. The...more
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Peg Kehret writes middle grade fiction and nonfiction. She's won dozens of state children's choice awards, where kids vote for their favorite book.

When she was twelve, Peg was paralyzed with polio. Most of her protagonists are the age she was then.

A volunteer with animal rescue groups, three of Peg's books are co-authored by Pete the Cat."
More about Peg Kehret...
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