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Taking Terri Mueller

3.63  ·  Rating details ·  297 ratings  ·  23 reviews
For as long as I can remember, It's just been Daddy and me. I can't remember my mother. I was told she died in an accident when I was four, and that's all I know about her. I don't understand why there isn't even a picture of her. The other thing I don't understand is why we're always moving -- different towns -- with no explanations. I know something is wrong. It begins w ...more
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Published November 1st 1981 by HarperTrophy
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Manik Sukoco
Dec 24, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a terrific read with many suspenseful moments within. It's about a young girl (Terri) who has always lived with her father and thinks her mother is not alive. However, they are always moving from one place to another. This makes Terri very suspicious about who her father really is. She believes that her father kidnapped her from her mother and is just not telling her where she is. Norma Fox Mazer writes the story well enough so that readers will actually be able to put themselves i ...more
Nov 08, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: re-read
**[technically, there are some slight spoilers here, but nothing that you can't determine from the book's title & blurb]**
This book has taken on different levels of meaning for me as I've grown. When I first read this as a kid, I was primarily taken with the page-turner plot of Terri trying to figure out what her father was hiding from her. Later I identified with Terri and was awed by her maturity in handling such a situation. Now I feel so much for Terri's mother and am saddened by all tha
Jul 31, 2015 rated it liked it
I can't speak to the technical literary merits of this book, as it's been almost thirty years since I read it. But, I will tell you this-I am in the midst of writing my first short story for submission, obviously about my own childhood and its accompanying grief, and just spent the last forty-five minutes looking for the title of this book, and this is why: After I read this book, I had a good six months to a year of an active fantasy life, believing that maybe this is what had happened to me an ...more
Sarah Crawford
Jan 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This is a story about a young girl living with her father after the death of her mother in a car accident when Terri was four years old. She's devoted to her father; they move often.

The reason for the frequent moving becomes clear when Terri finds out that her mother did not die in any car accident. Actually, Terri was abducted by her father when he and her mother were getting a divorce. The book deals with her slowly learning about that and then wanting to make contact with her mother even thou
Hannah Hanzlik
Sep 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
Taking Terri Mueller was a wonderful mystery book about how a 13 year old girl Terri that lived with her dad(Phil) as long as she could remember, and how Phil told her that when she was around four, that they went through a divorce and that her mother died in a car accident. Terri always thought about what she looked like and if she, in anyway acted like her. Then when Phil's sister Vivian wants to come down to visit for a couple days, she hears them talking in the other room about how she shoul ...more
May 17, 2013 rated it liked it
This book was given to me by a friend, and I wasn't too impressed with it. The main character, Terri Mueller, lives with her dad, and they move around all over the country. She lives her whole life unknowingly on the run, believing her mother died in a car accident when she was three years old. One day she finds out her mother may be alive, and she spends her time trying to get in contact with her mom. I would recommend this book to younger kids, because I found it a little too easy to read and ...more
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Feb 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read this some time ago. I had seen it at our high school library but didn't get to read it then. I was so intrigued though.

I recall how well it brought you in and made the situation a reality. Many times we think everything is black or white but it isn't that way more often than not. There's so many grey areas.

So be this child realizing what had been done. You love your father dearly but want to know your mother. What do you do?

The great turmoil that comes is not far fetched by any mea
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: ya
I picked this up at my local second-hand bookstore because I'd heard it named as a classic of YA. Reading it as an adult it fell a bit flat; maybe if I'd read it as a teen I'd have felt differently. I thought the first half of the book, where Teri is trying to figure out what her father is hiding from her, was much stronger than the second half, after she's found out. One thing I found hugely distracting was the weird (to me) POV shifts that started somewhere around the middle of the book. Sudde ...more
Jul 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
I picked up this book expecting it to be an emotional read that would likely have me in tears. Maybe as a teenager it might have but now as an adult, I didn't get the emotional depth out if it I had anticipated. It started off wonderfully but sort of fizzled out towards the latter half, just as I was becoming connected to Terri and rooting for her to "find out the secret her dad was hiding". It was predictable in its outcome but for her sake. I'm glad. To me, the most disappointing aspect us how ...more
Mike O'connor
Apr 11, 2013 rated it it was ok
I liked "Taking Terri Mueller" only for it's somewhat interesting plot. Other than that, it was told in a very predictable and bland way, which really ruined what could have been a very interesting plot and great book.

I didn't like how predictable this book was. It was always obvious what was going to happen next, and that didn't bode well for a book who's plot seemed to depend on some sort of shock factor. It wasn't very relatable, either, as the characters were boring and didn't have much pers
Lovely Ponce
Nov 17, 2009 rated it liked it
I think this is a nice book. I might think that the author is trying to send a message to those readers that what happen to Terri could happen to some other kids and I presonally don't think its a great thing for a parent to kidnapped his/her own child. But this is really great because it could open students mind to be careful in life. I even have a cousin that wasn't thinking enough and almost ruined her life for one mistake she made. Ohhh!On the last past of the story Terri decides to go back ...more
Oooh, I loved this book as a teen. Why was Terri always having to move around? Why didn't she remember her mother? It took me forever to figure it out. I was just reminded of this title when I saw it's being re-released by Lizzie Skurnick books, whose mission I totally admire but who had yet to hit one of my personal nostalgia titles.
Feb 01, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery, teen
Terri can only remember life with her father. He told her her mother died in a car crash when she was 4. Terri begins to question why they have moved so often, never see relatives, or have any old pictures. She learns that her father kidnapped her when she was a baby. Terri struggles to figure out her life and what the right thing to do is.
Ms. Jackson
May 15, 2012 rated it it was ok
A little dated, but a fairly good read. It would be interesting to see the same story updated to today's technology. Terri was kidnapped by her father when she was five, but she does not know that.
Jul 01, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya
I know I read this as a kid, but I didn't remember much of it - only Terri's friend's "bunny fur jacket" (which I think means faux fur?) and (view spoiler)
Feb 08, 2008 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult
2.5 stars
Jennifer Whalen
Sep 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great book, the ending seemed to quick
Nov 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Read when I was in middle school. Really liked the abduction stories. So far removed from my normal kid life. Very easy to get vested in the story.
The ending of this book was so stupid!
Oct 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
I definitely loved this book in the way that you love a teen novel written thirty years ago. But I did love it. It's so simple and emotional. Hats off to the late, great Norma Fox Mazer.
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Norma Fox Mazer was an American author and teacher, best known for her books for children and young adults.

She was born in New York City but grew up in Glens Falls, New York, with parents Michael and Jean Garlan Fox. Mazer graduated from Glens Falls High School, then went to Antioch College, where she met Harry Mazer, whom she married in 1950; they have four children, one of whom, Anne Mazer, is a