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The Famous Stanley Kidnapping Case (Stanley Family #2)

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  339 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
Kidnappers in Italy have their hands full when the captive American children advise them on running a better kidnapping and on proper nutrition.
Paperback, 212 pages
Published November 1985 by Yearling (first published 1979)
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Anna Baker
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is one of the best books ever! A true classic! It's laugh out loud funny. It helps you appreciate life as it is. It helps you grow. I love this book.
Jun 30, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kids-stuff, adventure
Well, I wasn't too big of a fan of this book when I first read it, but I've kept rereading it occasionally over the years to see if I missed something. I don't think I ever have.

This first sequel to The Headless Cupid take place about a year after events of that book. David's stepmother Molly has been left a sizable amount of money from a great-uncle, but there's a catch. The money must be spent in Italy. So after some arrangements are made the Stanley family are set to spend a year in Italy! Fu
Nov 13, 2010 rated it liked it
The first thing I have to get out of the way is that this book has a serious problem with getting started. It takes over 100 pages for the plot to really kick in, as nearly half the book is spent on preparation and setup. We're told that, due to a death in the family and inheritance, the kids will be spending a year in Italy. A few chapters later, they're in Italy, and the story becomes "A Tour of Italy and Uninteresting Characters", most of whom lose their importance once the titular kidnapping ...more
Lisa the Librarian
Jun 12, 2009 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: mystery and adventure fans
The Headless Cupid was one of my favorite books as a child. I still like it, so I was surprised when I ran across this while doign inventory of the library that I had never read it before.

I liked it, but not quite as well as Headless Cupid. It was fun to read more about the Stanley family.

Considering the title there is no real surprise that the story involves a kidnapping. The story takes a while to build up to the kidnapping, but doesn't really drag in doing so. I was a bit disappointed that t
Apr 01, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: y-a
I adored Snyder's The Egypt Game and have admired many of her other young adult novels, and was very delighted to stumble on one I hadn't read.

So I gobbled it up. It has the requisites which make, for me, a great y/a: a bunch of children, an excellent setting, and some drama.

That it didn't wholly work for me is maybe a function of my aging cynical mind and heart? Or perhaps that I just couldn't quite get in sync with the young narrator. But I do want to try others of the Stanley series and see
Jun 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
The Stanley family is off to Italy thanks to an inheritance left by Molly's uncle (which is just mildly implausible) and because of Amanda's bragging about her rich father, they get kidnapped (which is more implausible). Fortunately, however, the Stanleys are terribly fun to read about with genius six-year-old Janie, and the four-year-old twins, neat-freak "Tesser" and possibly supernatural Blair. They are ingenious and courageous in a scary situation, which young folks will enjoy reading about, ...more
Jan 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
In Italy for a year, the Stanley children are acclimatizing nicely in their new surroundings. Then the unthinkable happens: kidnappers try to nab their stepsister Amanda, thinking her rich father will part with a million dollars to get her back. The kidnappers don't bargain on ALL the Stanley kids coming along. This is an entertaining and exciting story from start to finish. Part of the series about the Stanleys.
Ryne Steinacker
Jan 30, 2017 rated it liked it
I think this book probably gets 3.5 stars overall. It was generally a very fun read, and I enjoyed reading it. However, the character of Jane annoyed me a little (even though she's also entertainingly precocious) and Esther apparently only cared about cleaning and food, which was a bit concerning. It was certainly a fun read overall, though.
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: pre-2011
Weaving very far afield from the previous book's genre, there are still scares to be had, but this time in the form of mundane kidnappers. The characters stay the same, in the face of an Italian adventure, and are the real treasure here.
Oct 14, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult-n-z
Ugh. I am so behind on my reviews. This is pretty good when compared to The Headless Cupid and definitely better than Blair's Nightmare. The humor is still there although some of the kids' personality is lacking. Family dynamics continue to be good and the hi-jinks are still well written.
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The recipient of three Newbery Honor Book awards for "The Egypt Game," "The Headless Cupid," and "The Witches of Worm," Zilpha Keatley Snyder began writing books for children in 1964 when her first book, "A Season of Ponies," was published. Over the course of the career she completed 43 books, mostly for children aged 9 to 13, but also including two books for young adults, four picture books for y ...more
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Stanley Family (4 books)
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  • Blair's Nightmare (Stanley Family, #3)
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