Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Stolen (fiction)

This book scares me on so many levels, and there's not a vampire or ghost or werewolf or war anywhere in it. How could Gemma's parents cope with her disappearance? I just can't imagine their terror and desperation.

May 25 is National Missing Children's Day - it's heartbreaking that this recognition even has to exist. The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children has resources so you can learn how to keep yourself and the children you know safe.

I've visited the Outback, so I know how far away from everything and everyone Gemma finds herself, out in the Red Center of Australia...

Book info: Stolen: A Letter to my Captor / by Lucy Christopher. Chicken House, 2010. 304 pages. [author's website] [publisher website] [book trailer]

Recommendation: He watched Gemma for years – at the park, in her room – then he stole her, drugged her coffee, and took her away from her parents at the Bangkok airport. Now she’s in a desert, miles and miles from any town, continents away from her London high school, alone with him. Ty says that he’ll keep her there with him…forever.

What makes a man plan so intently, stockpiling food and supplies to last a decade, building a house in the depths of the Outback? How can get on the very same plane as Gemma or get a fake passport for her or smuggle her through airport security?

Will she be with Ty forever? How long will he leave her body to herself? Will she ever see her parents again? Under a sky filled with more stars than the cities can ever see, on the flatness of an empty land, Gemma’s questions fill her journal, going on and on like the red sands of the desert, as far as she can see…
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1 comment:

  1. Katy,

    You're right, this does sound like a good book. I can't imagine being kidnapped from my parents and taken to a strange place. Horrifying...but at the same time, I'd like to read it.


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