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4.20  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,966 Ratings  ·  357 Reviews
Matt is missing. Bonnie's brother left his classroom to use thebathroom —and disappeared. A police dog traces his scent to the curb, where he apparently got into a vehicle. But why would Matt go anywhere with a stranger? Overwhelmed with fear, Bonnie discovers that her dog is gone, too. Was Pookie used as a lure for Matt? Bonnie makes one big mistake in her attempt to find ...more
Paperback, 224 pages
Published April 20th 2006 by Puffin Books (first published 2004)
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I was hooked the minute I started this book. I wanted to reach through the pages and shake all of these characters because they weren't doing what I wanted them to do lol. I had to finish it because I had to know what happened. This is definitely a good, quick read for anyone who likes mystery-type books.
Mar 09, 2009 83.CONFUSED rated it really liked it
Abduction is a book written by Peg Kehret. It's about a six year old boy who was abducted by his father who was never in his life. The boy's name was Matt. Matt was on his way to the bathroom five minutes before school was over. His father, who Matt has never met, was near the bathroom dressed as a worker for UPS. His father's name was Denny Thurman. Denny Thurman had stolen Matt and his family's dog and used the dog to trick Matt into his car. After denny got the job done, he left the dog, Poo ...more
Apr 25, 2009 Todd rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Todd by: sister
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Matt always wondered about his dad. And one day, his dad took him from his school and told him he would never see his mom or sister again because they died in a car accident. Matt regretted what he wished for, but he was sure this was his new life... until he saw his sister at a Mariner's game.

Goodreads readers ranked this book a 4.20 and I'd recommend it if you're into:

suspenseful story lines
baseball story line
Nick Fields
Oct 07, 2015 Nick Fields rated it really liked it
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Oct 16, 2014 Brandonportillo rated it it was amazing
Yasseen Al Mahdaoui
Apr 30, 2016 Yasseen Al Mahdaoui rated it really liked it
Very intense book, extremely interesting how it only takes five minutes for a kidnap to occur. However this is not a regular kidnap. Matt, a six year old boy is kidnapped by his own father, Denny Thurman after a divorce with his wife. An intelligent plan that has been thought of and visualized in Denny's hear several months before. Bonnie a teenage girl, Matt's sister is completely determined to get her brother back. Denny uses Matt's and Bonnie dog, to lure Matt in the car with him after lying ...more
Mar 01, 2016 Daniella rated it it was amazing
Matt is in kindergarten. He needed to use the bathroom but never knew anything bad would happen. All of a sudden he finds himself in a strangers car going to a unfamiliar place. Mat thinks the stranger is his dad that he never ever met before in his whole entire life. When the bell rings to get out of class , Bonnie, his sister goes to pick him up when she realizes he wasen't lost, but he was missing Through out the story Bonnie doesn't give up on her brother and does anything with her power to ...more
Allyssa Tidwell
Jul 07, 2012 Allyssa Tidwell rated it it was amazing
This is the only book that I ever stayed up all night to finish. It was so suspenseful I had to know what happened next. Loved it!
Fahd Nazir
Mar 28, 2014 Fahd Nazir rated it really liked it
Nobody picked this book. The title name seemed interesting so I decided to read it. The story is set in Seattle. Matt is in kindergarten and the story takes place during the school year. I can predict that is was spring time because the book mentioned going to a baseball game and baseball is usually towards the end of a school year. The main character, Matt is facing a external conflict. He has been kidnapped which is conflict but also has been told his sister and mother have been killed in a ca ...more
Oct 30, 2013 Emichaud2018 rated it really liked it
This book was about a little boy named Matt his sister Bonnie and his dad that Matt has never met named Denny. One day Matt is at school and got lured into his dads car. The dad took him home to Denny's house and Matt was really scared. There was a lot of people searching for him but his sister was working the hardest. Her mom told her to take a break and go to the Mariners game. When she went she found her brother but the dad threatened her with a gun so she had to go with them. After the game ...more
Dec 12, 2014 Sammie rated it it was amazing
Abduction is a very good book i read it super fast because it was hard to put down. Its about a kid who gets abducted by his dad that he has never met before. The dad stole him and his dog and later found out his sister at the baseball game, and abducted her. They kept giving hints to a lot of different people.
Nov 19, 2015 Colby rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: readers who like mysteries
Recommended to Colby by: nobody
A good plot, action, believable story, setting, characters, it has it all! Read about the amazing, astounding, hair-raising, action packed, and overall awesome story about Matt and Bonnie as Bonnie solves a mystery of Matt's disappearance to another dreadful moment.
May 06, 2016 Jannie rated it it was amazing
The book abduction was a good book it was suspenseful it made me want to keep reading! The part of the book that was most interesting was how he took the little boy from his school. He used the boy's dog to lure him to come with him because he knows how much he loves his dog. The ending of the book was a very good happy ending, the family was brought back together and justice was served. Although it's sad that the little boy had to meet his father the way he met him, was a terrible firs
Robbie Wetzel
Apr 26, 2016 Robbie Wetzel rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Connor Mcateer
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Lara Arencibia
Feb 28, 2016 Lara Arencibia rated it really liked it
Abduction, by Peg Kehret, is a thrilling realistic-fiction novel about child safety and trust. The title of the book is very grabbing, which immediately makes you want to read it, and the fast-moving plot guarantees that you will be hooked by the end of the first chapter.

The story is set in a little town in the United States, and focuses around one particular family, the Sholters. When the youngest of the family, Matt, is kidnapped, nobody knows who did it. Little do they know though, that Matt'
R 7Hollingsworth
Nov 23, 2015 R 7Hollingsworth rated it it was ok

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23 November 2015
Peg Kehret conveys Bonnie Sholter as a persistent worker by showing her as someone who never could take a break or stop to think about anything besides finding her brother. In middle of the book, Bonnie is asked by her friend’s mom if she wants to go help look for her brother Matt with a search party or go home. When Bonnie says, “Join them, I’ll do anything I can to help find Matt,” (p.78) the reader sees that she isn’t concer
Matteo O
Nov 12, 2015 Matteo O rated it liked it
“Abduction” is an acceptable book written by Peg Kehret, author of other popular stories like “Stolen Children”. The story is great for medium level readers. It wasn't a real “Page flipper” for me, but I would completely understand how this might be a great story for some readers. The story follows a young boy who is mysteriously taken from school along with his dog, his parents must enlist the help of the whole town to save him from whoever took him away. I personally enjoyed the aspect of our ...more
Daniella Muniz
Feb 19, 2015 Daniella Muniz rated it really liked it
Shelves: eh-books
This book was very good,but I won't rate it five stars.The plot was interesting,but I just didn't like it that much.The story was about a girl named Bonnie,who's brother was kidnapped.I won't tell anymore spoilers.It was highly suspenseful,but I don't really like bonnie.
Whitney Johnson
Nov 17, 2014 Whitney Johnson rated it it was amazing
Abduction by Peg Kehret is one of the best books so far, that I've read .Kindergarten student ,Matt, is taking a quick trip to the bathroom, but never returned back. Who grabbed the kindergartener without being noticed and the family dog ,Pookie ? His sister, Bonnie ,try's to find Matt and Pookie, even if she is risking her own life .Will she save them and herself without getting in to trouble ,read this book to find out these questions.
Dylan M
Oct 30, 2014 Dylan M is currently reading it
Nobody recommended it to me. I just picked it up and started reading it. It turned out to be a great book that I read. The setting is based in Seattle, Washington. It is based mostly at Matt's school, a restaurant, The home of the Seattle Mariners Safe co Field, and mostly all story, Denny's truck. Matt is facing both internal and external because he has to think about a way to get out of the hands of Denny and get help. He first does not know what is going on until it is too late for help. He h ...more
Driss Haddadi
Oct 24, 2014 Driss Haddadi rated it it was amazing
September 26, 2014

In the story "Abduction", many things happen in the beginning. There's two things that happened in the first part. First, Bonnie had terrible dreams about her dad. She dreams that she'd be an orphan and she also dreamed about her dad which died in a car accident. Second, there was a big conflict between Denny and Matt. Denny forgot in purpose Matt's dog in the parking lot near highway 520. So these two reasons show that this is a great book.

Peg Kehret is a great author that wro
Mar 09, 2015 Michelle rated it really liked it
Abduction! is a fast-paced story. The writing felt a little bit choppy in the beginning, but gained a proper tone partway through. I was on pins and needles for the last half of the story!
E Daniels
Feb 23, 2016 E Daniels rated it it was amazing
Shelves: wjhs, ya, horror, suspenseful
"Abduction" is one of the best books I've ever read! Can you picture your life getting any worse? I'm sure we all can, but can you picture losing your brother or son? In this book a little boy, named Matt, got abducted. His abductor planned out everything very carefully. Matt's sister, Bonnie, tries to do everything she can to try to find her little brother, but sometimes things don't always work as planned. I definitely rate this book 5 stars because it's really engaging and you can't stop read ...more
Jun 23, 2015 MissLoveReadingBooks rated it really liked it
I liked this book.
It was fast paced. It took me 2 days to read it, I couldn't put it down.
I liked Boonie and Matt, they were very strong characters and stay brave until the end.
Denny was a very selfish dad, all he cares about was money and his next win from betting.
Matt was better off with out him.
The sad part about this book was everyone who could have helped Bonnie and Matt, who tried to tell them they were in danger, choose not to get involved. That happens in this day and age, if someone se
May 23, 2009 Diana rated it really liked it
kidnapping is not a good choice.
wo this book is so exciting
Zanin Suljic
Dec 18, 2013 Zanin Suljic rated it it was amazing
Abduction is mystery crime that will get you on the end of your seat. It is a story about a divorced woman that has 2 children. She has a daughter that is in fifth grade named Bonnie. She also has a son named Matt that is in kindergarten. One day at school, Matt goes missing. Bonnie checks with his teacher and principal and they have no idea. When the mother finds out, she is devastated. She is motivated to find out where her son went. The kidnapper is Matt's biological father that hasn't seen h ...more
Krista Stevens
Definitely a 3-. This author (see also Runaway Twin) builds on fears. In this novel, the fear of strangers comes home, almost literally, when Matt is abducted by his father, someone he doesn't even remember. The author's annoyance at a long list of people who could help, but didn't for various reasons, seemed out of character with the book. It comes across very didactic and black and white. No deep meanings. No golden lines. Very little figurative language. I am surprised by its popularity.
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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."
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