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Ransom by Lois Duncan
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Mar 05, 2012

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One fine day the life of five students takes a turn for the worst. They have been kidnapped by three individuals who hold the students against their will while trying to make the parents pay a ransom to get them back. Several things go wrong that the captors never anticipated. They were trying for eight students but only five of the eight rode the school bus that day. Two of the students were brothers so the ransom would be more difficult to pull together for that family. One family was military and the father was out on duty and could not be reached. One loner who has lived with an uncle since his parents died years ago. The kids know they must take things into their own hands when they realize their parents are not going to be able to do what the captors want. Lives are changed, distrust turns to love, brothers are torn apart and an unwanted becomes important to someone unexpected. This story is fast past, full of twist and turns and suspense.

As a student this book would keep me very interested. There are many things students could relate to with the characters presented. Every clique seems to be represented in this story so no matter what type of person you are you will find your character and you will prevail.

As a teacher this book is great to teach because of the character issues it deals with. It also helps individuals realize that although some individuals live in the same neighborhood their lives can be so completely different. I would want students to use this for a mini lesson or prompt for writing. First they could make up a ransom note for something they love (favorite item like gameboy,xbox, iPod or phone). Then they would try to construct ideas on how they could come up with the money in a short amount of time to get the item back.
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