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Two girls have recently disappeared near the town where Stephanie lives. She is concerned but is sure that it could never happen to her. But then it does. Tied up and alone far from home, she manages to escape her captor and run for her life. But she is i
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Published October 1st 2009 by Orca Book Publishers
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Stephanie G She was walking home one after spending the day with Allison. She decides to take a short cut home through the woods. Half way in she was grabbed from…moreShe was walking home one after spending the day with Allison. She decides to take a short cut home through the woods. Half way in she was grabbed from behind and drugged.(less)
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Kristine Hansen
Sep 06, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hi-lo
Thrilling story, told in a format that makes it easy for any reader to get into, we have a story part survival, part suspense as a girl is taken and left in the woods to die. I liked the swift pace and felt like I was there. The only problem really was how obviously the plot was laid out - you knew what would happen before she got off the bus - and who would do it. Still it was a good book and one I would suggest to struggling readers as it keeps attention and makes you want to get to the end qu ...more
Jordyn Pierce
Feb 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The author, Norah McClintock, tells a story on how a young teenage girl, named Stephanie, is kidnapped and wakes up in an abandoned shack far in the woods. This story took me along her journey, making me never wanting to put it down. It is full of survival, mystery and emotion. It kept me on the edge of my seat guessing if she would find her way out of the woods and wonder who took her. She explains how a summer with her grandpa she learned survival skills that end up keeping her alive. She tell ...more
Mar 24, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this book on a recommendation from Goodreads, and I was immediately "taken" with the cover. I had to have it - so I immediately went to my local library website where I was delighted to find it on the shelves and available to check out. I had to wait two days before I could get to the library, and the anticipation mounted. Finally, I picked up the book where I discovered it was a very short novel. I opened it and got started. What I read was good. The narrator was smart and savvy with wo ...more
Alia Morris
Mar 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book....was amazing. It was incredible. It scared me at first, because I honestly don't like horror or mysterious books. This can actually happen in real life. Like, you wouldn't think it would be you, then BAM it is !! That's what scares me the most. This book actually helps with situations like this, when you don't know what to do. I think she worried a little too much in the book, but in other ways it felt like you were her. It felt like that was happening to you because you are so addic ...more
Shivani Bieber ♥
This was an AMAZING book. The plot line was extremely creepy, and unimaginable- I don't what I would do if that happened to me. Stephanie has so much experience with camping and hiking, so that was the reason she survived in the the woods fort so long. I f I was in her position, I would SURELY die within the first week, if not the first DAY itself. After reading this book, I have become so paranoid- I've even told my told my mom that I'm never walking anywhere alone again, no matter if it's in b ...more
Laura bayfield
Aug 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I chose to read Taken written by Norah McClintock because Rachel recommended it to me as she found it thrilling and exciting.

This book falls into the category of a novel of my own choice.

My favourite character in this novel is the brave main character Stephanie. I think she was my favourite character to read about not only because the book was based on her but because she showed a lot of courage. Stepahanie was put in a complete freak out situation and she managed to stay calm and get out alive
Oct 24, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 30, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, suspense
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Allegra S
Good introductory thriller for kids. It was predictable but the writing was solid and the pacing was good. I would read another one of her books.
Jul 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: teen
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I teeter between rating this book as a two or three star. I really enjoyed it up until the point where she was descovered and then, back home. From that point on, things felt rushed and forced, the ending trite. I did however, love the rest of the story, up to that point. The pace is fast, the format such that kept me frantically turning pages to see what happened next. I devoured the story in a few hours on a rainy afternoon. Just wish the author could have shown the same care with the ending a ...more
2.5 enjoyable but predictable. Worth a read as it is quite short and easy to get through.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4 stars bc I thought the flashbacks were kinda boring and would have liked to see more action.
Aug 15, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was an ok book. The ending seemed rushed. Could have been better.
Kim Rumrey
This was a good mystery without too many paths to follow, but still a nice little twist at the end. It has an engaging cover that I think a lot of kids would be drawn to. The fact that the main character is on her own to figure out how to escape should appeal to any independent minded reader. I would highly recommend this for a reluctant reader especially, but any teen reader would enjoy this story.
Michael Denzel
Mar 13, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When someone comes across the book “Taken” written by Norah McClintock, one might think that this book is solely about abduction. But as the book progresses, Stephanie, the girl who was kidnapped, must survive from escaping a kidnapper and the woods that surround her. However, she has developed many survival skills from spending time with her grandpa. This book deals with kidnappings and surviving in the woods, two reasons why this book was compelling to me. Another thing that intrigued m
May 16, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bücher aus der Sicht einer Entführten gibt es haufenweise. Da ich die Gedanken und Gefühle der jeweiligen Protagonisten jedoch bislang immer interessant fand, hat "Zwei Schritte hinter mir" sehr schnell mein Interesse geweckt.

Allerdings ist dies auch stellenweise recht schnell wieder verflogen. Das Buch an sich wird zwar zum Großteil spannend erzählt, aber leider treten vermehrt Wiederholungen auf, die mich im Laufe der Geschichte immer mehr genervt haben.
Es ist klar, dass eine Entführte Angst h
Kauryn Krier
Feb 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book stood out to me the minute I first heard about it. I really don’t like reading that much in general but if i find a good book like this one, I want to keep reading it to see what will happen next. The setting of this book is in a small town in Ontario. First it starts off in the city and then shifts into the woods as the action of the book kicks in. This book contains a huge conflict. A teenage girl named Stephanie was walking home one day and gets drugged and kidnapped. A serial kille ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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The disappearance of two girls from a small town has the community on high alert. When one of the girls is found dead, parents are issuing strict words of caution to all teens about traveling in groups and not staying out after dark. Those words of caution go unheeded when Stephanie, angry at her mother, decides to take a shortcut across an empty field.

The next thing Stephanie knows, she is waking up in a deserted wilderness cabin w
Emma Valieu
Aug 21, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: survival
Que faire quand, en rentrant chez soi, quelqu'un dont on ne voit pas le visage nous agrippe, nous drogue et nous emmène dans une vieille cabane perdue au fond des bois ? Surtout quand on est une jeune fille de dix-sept ans, ayant le même profil que d'autres victimes enlevées quelques jours plus tôt... et retrouvées mortes ?

C'est ainsi que débute Taken. On ne sait rien de Stéphanie, la narratrice, mais on apprend à la connaître au fur et à mesure qu'elle apprend à se connaître elle-même. Il ne s'
Karen Phelps
This book is about a girl named Stephanie and she would've never though that she would be taken by a serial killer after he took 2 girls that looks exactly like each other. One day when she had to walk home by herself a person came up behind her and drugged her to fall asleep but when she woke up she ended up in a cabin. Since the kidnapper wasn't she took useful objects for her journey but she was stranded in the woods having to worry about a kidnapper, pack of wolves or bears catching her and ...more
Sep 01, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2012, ebook
From what I understand ORCA specifically publishes books for reluctant readers -- stories with quick plotlines meant to be exciting and uncomplicated for those who might otherwise not enjoy reading.

So, needless to say -- I am not the target audience here.

I always have an aversion to these types of plotlines -- the ones where you can identify the culprit right away -- the ones where everything is just *too* convenient and the protagonist just overcomes every obstacle *way* too quickly and easily,
Katie Walsh
This book starts off quickly mentioning two teenage girls getting kidnapped and the main character, Stephanie, mentioning to her mom that she'll not become the next victim. We also find out the unhealthy relationship between Stephanie and her mom's boyfriend, Gregg. Stephanie gets kidnapped and luckily she spent her summer with her grandpa and uses the survival skills to survive and persevere in the wilderness. I disliked this book. One reason being that it was very predictable. From the beginni ...more
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: apr2013
Stephanie was walking home alone when suddenly she was kidnapped by someone. She woke up in a cabin in the middle of no where. With the survival skills Stephanie had learned from her grandfather, she tries to survive and get home with the tools she took from the cabin. As she tries to get home, she realizes that she shouldn't had treated some of the people around her poorly, because you don't really know how important something is to you before you lose it.

I picked this book because the title t
Steph, a fourteen-year-old girl, is kidnapped on her way home one evening and wakes up to discover herself tied up in a neglected cabin in the middle of the woods. The rest of the book centres around her escape and the wilderness training her grandpa imparted on her before his death.

Frankly I figured out the ending within the first few pages, not that I'm particularly clever, but just that I read a lot of from the mystery genre and the plot wasn't complicated.

My only real complaints about the bo
Sandra Stiles
Jul 14, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult, mystery
I was so thrilled to get my ARC of Norah McClintock’s book Taken. From the minute I he plot was well thought out and well written. The following is my review.

Stephanie and her mother have not gotten along since her father passed away and her mother started dating Gregg. Her father was a well educated and refined man in her eyes. Gregg, her mother’s new boyfriend is slovenly and a loser. It is obvious that he does things to make Stephanie irritated, except when her mother is around. He even remar
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Wren [t(he)y]
Aug 10, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: exciting, kidnapped, ya
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Girls have been going missing, and one of them was found dead. Stephanie is warned not to go out at night because she could fall victim to the criminal who is abducting these girls.

She doesn't listen.

After being abducted she awakens in an empty cabin. With no idea where she is or when her abductor will return, she needs to come up with a plan to save her life.

This book was short yet exciting. The reader is able to underst
Oct 17, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Title: TAKEN
Author: Norah Macclintock Publisher: Orca Book Publishers, 2009 # of pages:173

Stephanie been kidnapped and taken to an isolated place where she tries to escape and go back home.

As Stephanie is walking home after shopping with her best friend, she takes a shortcut home, lonely place with only trees. Stephanie felt hands covering her mouth and a needle going into her skin that makes her fall and sleep. She wakes up in the middle of nowhere with two options, escape or stay there.

When s
I enjoyed the book, it wasn't really one of my favorites but it wasn't bad. Its about a teenage girl that lost her father and hates her mom's current boyfriend and gets kidnapped. I feel like the story was some what predictable and confusing especially when the girl was walking in an opened field and all the sudden gets kidnapped by the same person that had kidnapped a girl in a different county it just didn't feel like reality. One up side to this book is that the imagery and the w
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Norah McClintock’s fascinating mysteries are hard to put down. Her Chloe & Levesque series, Mike & Riel series, and Robyn Hunter series, all published by Scholastic Canada, have been popular with readers in many countries. Norah has also written several crime novels for reluctant readers in the Orca Soundings series from Orca Book Publishers,

Norah is a five-time winner of the Crime Writer
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