Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Book Review: Girl, Stolen

Girl, Stolen
April Henry
Young Adult Mystery (Grades 8 - 12)

Sixteen-year-old Cheyenne Wilder is asleep in the back of the car while her stepmom is in the pharmacy. Cheyenne is sick with pneumonia and needs powerful antibiotics to heal. When the car door opens, Cheyenne knows immediately that something is wrong. She can tell that the person climbing into the driver's seat is not her stepmother by the sounds they make and the way they smell. She doesn't need to see them to know that they don't belong there. In fact, she couldn't see them if she wanted to. Cheyenne is blind.

Cheyenne's kidnapper Griffin is just a teenager himself and is horrified to find that he's much more than just a car thief when he finds her in the backseat. Griffin plans on letting Cheyenne go, but when his father finds out that she is the daughter of a powerful and wealthy businessman, Cheyenne becomes a valuable commodity. April Henry takes this kidnapping story to the next level by using Cheyenne's blindness to add a level of suspense. Being held captive by dangerous men is frightening enough with all of one's senses, but Cheyenne must be incredibly brave and resourceful to survive without her sight.

Girl, Stolen is full of non-stop action, twists, and suspense, and its short length and fast pace makes it a perfect choice for reluctant readers. Fans of mystery and suspense will really enjoy this one. For more interesting and fast paced mysteries, check out Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher or Gone by Michael Grant.

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