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All-of-a-Kind Family Uptown by Sydney Taylor
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Chitty Chitty Bang Bang by Ian Flemming
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Crispin: The Cross of Lead by Avi
Daisy Says Coo by Jane Simmons
Dance Hall of the Dead by Tony Hillerman
The Dispossessed by Ursula K. LeGuin
Doggies by Sandra Boynton
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine
Fast Profits in Hard Times by Jordan E. Goodman
First Editions by James Stoddard
Five Little Ducks by Dan Yaccarino
Five Thrillers by Robert Reed
The Fountain of Neptune by Kate Wilhelm
The 400-Million-Year Itch by Steven Utley
Grace's Letter to Lincoln by Peter and Connie Roop
Gregory III by Marc Hempel
The Gulls of the Edmund Fitzgerald by Tres Seymour
The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene
The House on the Strand by Daphne du Maurier
How Do You Go the Bathroom in Space by William R. Pogue
Immortal Snake by Rachel Pollack
In an Instant by Lee and Bob Woodruff
It's Spring by Samantha Berger and Pamela Chanko
Jenny Archer to the Rescue by Ellen Conford
Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus by Barbara Park
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Lion's Own Story by Crockett Johnson
London Orbital by Iain Sinclair
My Ántonia by Willa Cather
The Nocturnal Adventure of Dr. O and Mr. D by Tim Sullivan
Oh Boy, Boston! by Patricia Reilly Giff
The Other Log of Phileas Fogg by Philip José Farmer
Rebecca's Locket by S. L. Gilbow
Render Unto Caesar by Kevin N. Haw
Reunion by Robert Reed
Snakes by Adrienne Mason
Tales of Oliver Pig by Jean Van Leeuwen and Arnold Lobel
Test-Drive Your Dream Job by Brian Kurth
There's No Such Place as Far Away by Richard Bach
A Traveller in Time by Alison Uttley
The Unspeakable by Charles L. Calia
The Willowdale Handcar by Edward Gorey
Who Stole the Wizard of Oz? by Avi
Z for Zachariah by Robert C. O'Brien


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Comments for Kidnapped

KidnappedKidnapped: 04/12/08

I first read Kidnapped when I was in junior high school. I remember tearing through it in the course of a few hours. That first read was twenty years ago. Since then I've been meaning to reread it. I chose to do so last week when I was suffering from the flu. Take the fact that I was feverish, tired and not quite myself when considering my review.

When I first read the novel I was completely taken in with David Balfour's adventures, from meeting his despicable uncle, to being kidnapped and sent to sea, to the shipwreck and his adventures with Alan Breck Stewart and the "Red Fox." I wasn't concerned with the historical aspects of the novel (the Jacobites, Stewart, Campbell and so forth).

The second time around, I've learned more history and I found the improbable stringing together of events distracting rather than entertaining. Maybe it was the fever or maybe my tastes of changed, but this time the story only held my attention through the shipwreck.

Read the reviews by Alan, So Many Book Reviews.

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Comment #1: Sunday, April, 13, 2008 at 15:41:55

Linda Moeller

I love new books. This is different than what I normally read."



Comment #2: Sunday, April, 13, 2008 at 12:53:11

pussreboots

Kidnapped was first published in 1886. It isn't exactly a new book. Your local library might have a copy of it."