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The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  2,148 ratings  ·  249 reviews
She spots the masked man in the dark, lonely parking lot ‒ but too late. Grabbed and drugged, Christina is kidnapped and held for ransom. When her family pays, she thinks her ordeal is over. But then she realizes that her family thinks she planned the kidnapping! How will Christina prove her innocence?
Mass Market Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 1st 2004 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published 1979)
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Jan 28, 2009 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery
I picked up this book because it had an award on the front. Saying that: I figured out what was going to happen about 1/4 of the way through the book- and then after 1/2 the way through I kept skipping ahead- so I just stopped reading it. I think the reason I couldn't quite get through it is because the author is a 70 something year old woman who is trying to sound like a teenager- she just doesn't capture the emotions, immaturity, insecurities, cares and vernacular of an actual teenager. She tr ...more
Jan 05, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, mystery
Teenager Christina Lattimore has just arrived home when a masked man steps out in front of her. She is then grabbed from behind and drugged. Christina wakes up in a locked basement. She doesn't know who would kidnap her, but when a masked man asks her to sign a ransom note addressed to her grandmother, she does as he demands. Within days, her family has paid the ransom and she is back home. But that isn't the end of her ordeal. The police believe she orchestrated the whole thing. Now Christina h ...more
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
*I'm trying to write something for every book I read this year so I'm going back and writing at least a sentence for each book I read**

This was stupid lol. I remember this being a favorite of mine way back in like the 7th grade so I thought I would reread it. reading tastes have certainly evolved...

This book was just extremely and just utterly stupid.
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Wilson Mather-Glass
Ms. Romaniuk
Reading/L.A. Book Review 5
16 November 2010

The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore:
When Proving your Innocence Isn’t as Easy as it Looks
It’s quite hard to admit that someone you know could be a criminal. Christina Lattimore, a teenage girl living in Houston, is put in this situation when she realizes that more than one person she’s known for her whole life could’ve been involved in an act that could put them a way for a good amount of time. This act involved kidnapp
3 Nikki B.
Mar 23, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Looking for the perfect mystery book? You don’t need to do any detective work to find out “The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore”by Joan Lowery Nixon is for you. First off, this book has a really good plot. Next, this book keeps you on your toes with all the suspense. The last reason this is the perfect mystery book is that it all connects.
To begin with, this book has a perfect plot. The plot makes sense and you can follow it easily, even when the story gets complicated. In this story, a girl
Steven Mcgill
Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The genre for the Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore is a Fiction/Mystery. The setting of the story is Houston, Texas. The characters who are in the story are Loretta, Zack, Cristabel, T.J. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. Lattimore, Della, and Rosella. The conflict is that Christina Lattimore gets kidnapped by zack and Loretta then they try to frame her for making it seem like a kidnapping so now she has to prove her innocence. I didn't really have any complications with the book, it was pretty clear about e ...more
Oct 28, 2017 rated it liked it
It's a YA book so I'm not going to be too critical of it. The premise of the book seemed interesting enough and it sounded suspenseful...and it was to a lesser extent than I had thought. I could figure it out long before it happened. The ending was a little disappointing and Christina more or less shrugged the entire event off. It's not a bad book at all. This author has written 130 YA books and is the only 4 time winner of the Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Young Adult Mystery. I believe the ma ...more
Sep 15, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: students who like suspensful stories
Shelves: book-club
If you like suspensful stories;then I would recommend the book The Kidnapping of Cristina Lattimore. The author Loan Lowery Nixon uses vary good word choises that makes the book more interesting. This book is about a teenager named Cristabel Lattimore, but goes by the name Cristina.Cristina is headed to college in Europe,but before she leaves she gets kidnapped.Will she ever see her parents again?
Sam Crain
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
In my opinion I did not enjoy this book because it was very slow and it took a long time to get into the action. I wouldn't recommend this to anyone who likes action, but if you are patient and like mystery than this would be a good book for you.
Jun 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is one of those books that completely surprised me negatively. -_-
Janie Johnson
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2018
I picked up this book some time ago and chose it for a quick read, (since it was a YA Mystery), but I was not all that thrilled with this story at all. I did think the storyline sounded very interesting. A girl gets kidnapped, then she is saved, but everyone thinks she had a hand it. To start off, I found it to be predictable and unrealistic. True, it did have a good pacing so it was a pretty quick read, but it was just all so improbable. I wont give those spoilers away to prove my point though. ...more
Lily Ketterhagen
Apr 13, 2018 rated it did not like it
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Heather Daub
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 stars.
Emi Guzman
Mar 09, 2014 rated it did not like it
I actually own this pathetic book all because I judged it by it's cover and picked it up from a book store without even reading a single page inside. My mother forced me to buy a book to read over the summer, but I ended up dealing with things more important than reading, so I finally decided to read it this weekend when I found it in my room. Big mistake. I never should have bought this or read this. The story is exactly what the title sounds like. "The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore." Chris ...more
Allison Hernandez
Nov 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing
*** spoiler alert***
"He puts the tray on the table there's a thin wedding band on his left hand ,and a large bandage on his middle finger.So his was the hand I bit. Good! I hope it went through to the bone! Do you want to know why you're here?he asked me"
The genre of my book is Fiction."Why me?". Is a question that Christina always asked herself. Once more Christina asking herself The same question when she wakes up in a cold, dark basement.

The setting is a counterman in a hamburger place. The i
Jailine B.
Mar 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
It beggaining of the book I have to say it was slow but like in page 5 you can feel the tension between the the main character Christina(chris)and Zack. Zach is a guy who works at buger place. He marred and no kids. If you get the chance to read the frist hunder pages youll be glad that he dosent. Chris is a junor in high school and is best firends with lorna. One day after coming home to find tape on the door holding back the lock.Shes scared and calls and family memder whos up stairs. Latter t ...more
Mar 15, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: mystery
My overall impression of the book was that it was interesting but still unrealistic. The writing was a good balance between action and description that made it enjoyable to read. The plot was predictable at times, but was still entertaining and had an interesting spin on classic kidnapping stories.
The biggest issue I had was with the characters. The protagonist, Christina, was whiny, one dimensional, and very concerned with her reputation. Christina was immature and unrealistic and I think she r
Jessica Richins
Jun 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya-literature
Christina is the daughter of a wealthy pastor and the granddaughter of a CEO of an oil and gas company in Texas. She is kidnapped and held for ransom. Her kidnappers have a plan if things go wrong. Them make it look like Christina is involved and planned her own kidnapping. When she gets home from her ordeal no one believes that she was really kidnapped. So she decides to prove her own innocence.
I thought this book was ok. This was one of my author presentation books, and I had chosen this book
Nov 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
I really liked this book! I was at the book store one time, and I saw the title and cover and the section it was under, and it looked pretty alright. Then I read the back, and that's when it caught my attention, it looked like a good book to read so I bought it.

What I really liked about this book was that it has some mystery in it, and some problems to deal with. I can't really explain it in words, but it was a really good book! It must be really hard to prove yourself innocent when there is so
May 29, 2010 rated it really liked it
Fun, fast-paced mystery! The main character's voice was a little old-fashioned sometimes. She would say things like, "Why, Mother!" But it wasn't so annoying that it got in the way of the story. I would definitely read more of this author's books.
Mar 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was excellent. I can understand why many people disagree. This is a young adult mystery suspense but it was published in 1979. Many people, many young people would not enjoy this because it is young adult from a different era.

Is it irony that this was one of the reasons that I enjoyed it so much? Having been a teenager in the 1990's I did grow up without the modern technologies that we take for granted today. Also having been a teen in the 1990's, I read many young adult novels right
Shaylee Shedenhelm
Christina Lattimore’s life was not going as well as she planned. Her whole class was about to go on a junior class trip, besides her. That is all Christina could think about. Lorna, Christina's best friend, was trying to find ways for her to raise enough money to go on the trip, they normally always just went to a hamburger place in town. Christina thought that she could use the money her grandmother had been saving for her education but her grandmother didn’t approve, even though she had a lot ...more
Dec 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Friends and Family that are older than 13
I really enjoyed this book and the way it was laid out. I liked how it got to the point quickly. I picked it up hoping I would enjoy it, and it would be a page-turner. It was because the first few pages got me hooked. I liked the main character, Christina, since she did not act too scared like others would she had a more confident personality. While she was in the basement she was scared, but she tried not to show it very much. I liked how she tried to escape, and how she used her head when it c ...more
Grace Jardine
May 29, 2017 rated it liked it
Christina Lattimore is a high school student that has a life that most dream of. She comes from a tight wealthy family but still feels as if they don’t understand her nor do they try to. Her life is turned upside down when she is suddenly kidnapped and forced away from her life for days. The scheme that the perpetrators prepared is nearly foolproof and she becomes her own detective when she has more to prove than expected.
The genre is suspense/mystery but is more a novel for teens or young adult
Kaylee Rodriguez
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
If you're interested in a suspenseful and mystery solving story, I recommend this book to you. Christina Lattimore lives a fairly regular life and she has a plain routine of eating at a small dinner with her polar opposite of a best friend Lorna. That all changes once she gets into an argument with her grandmother, which then spirals into her kidnapping. Once rescued, she's pushed into the spotlight and everyone believes that the kidnapping was her doing. Even her family turns their backs on her ...more
Jul 05, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is horribly written to earn an award or to be written by a respected author. It sounds like a sixth grader wrote a story with a good, UNDEVELOPED plot. There needs to be more plot development, character development, and big changes in how it's written. They wrote with no suspense, giving away nearly everything. There was also no details and no descriptions at all. It just felt like a girl stuck in a room and that was it. The writing style was of Neil Gaiman's, Coraline, the story goes ...more
Mikayleigh Stigelman
Apr 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore is definitely a 5 star book. It sounds suspenseful on the outside, but on the inside, I found myself wanting to know what happens at the end of the book. I think the idea of the story was a winner. Christina Lattimore is likable main character, and the reader follows as she spends chapters two through eight indignant and helpless. Christina is attacked in her driveway and wakes up in a cold, dark cellar. Suddenly she's fighting for her life against a couple ...more
Courtney Ilgenfritz
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Kidnapping of Christina Lattimore is about a girl with a wealthy family, who doesn't give her the money to go on a trip to France due to religious beliefs. She ends up getting kidnapped and the kidnappers make her family pay a ransom to set her free. Her family suspects that she schemed the whole thing to get the money to go on the trip, so she spends the rest of the book proving her innocence. The book seems interesting at first, but the story line and ending becomes too predictable. It sou ...more
Pernia Hassan
Jul 19, 2018 rated it liked it
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Oct 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
Shelves: mystery, caucasian-mc
I lost brain cells after the 500th "Oh, Kelly".
I hated the MC. The story itself was unbelievable. Not holy whoa this is amazing unbelievable, but really? I don't think that's how that works. Though, that may be because this was written in 1979 and 2018 police processes work very differently. Or maybe Texas was highly lax while I'm from NY. I don't know.
I spent the majority of this book rolling my eyes either at how things panned out or the stupid melodrama of Christina Lattimore and the stupid
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Author of more than one hundred books, Joan Lowery Nixon is the only writer to have won four Edgar Allan Poe Awards for Juvenile Mysteries (and been nominated several other times) from the Mystery Writers of America. Creating contemporary teenage characters who have both a personal problem and a mystery to solve, Nixon captured the attention of legions of teenage readers since the publication of h ...more
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