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Stolen Children by Peg Kehret
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May 21, 11

really liked it
bookshelves: children-fiction, courage, criminals, kidnapping, thriller, babysitting
Read in May, 2011

Talk about sit-on-the-edge-of-your-seat, heart-pumping action in this offering from Peg Kehret...Stolen Children is the harrowing story of 14-year-old Amy Nordlund's first babysitting job. After completing her babysitting course and getting high recommendations from her instructor, Amy is introduced to Mr. and Mrs. Edgerton and their 3 year-old daughter, Kendra. The Edgertons are well off and live in a beautiful house with all the perks that go along with wealth. They do, however, clearly love and dote on their sweet natured little girl.

When Kendra's nanny takes an unexpected vacation, Mrs. Edgerton is in need of a babysitter who can care for the girl while she visits her ailing mother in the hospital. Amy is more than willing and ready to make some money. While Kendra is down for a nap, Amy doses by the pool and wakes up in the midst of Kendra's kidnapping. Two men, Smokey and Hugh have planned this with the help of the Edgerton's nanny, Darielle. Amy is caught in the middle and is kidnapped as well.

Smokey and Hugh's plan is to videotape little Kendra and ask for a ransom. What they don't realize, though, is that Amy has enough wherewithal and cool-headedness, not to mention intelligence, to plant clues in the video recordings. Her calm actions and timely tips to the police aid in their rescue.

Although I knew this one would turn out alright in the end (after all, it is a kids' book), my eyes couldn't read the words fast enough...I was on the edge of my seat through the whole ordeal.

This book has been challenged twice in a Pennsylvania school...see Peg Kehret's blog.



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