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Ransom Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1984


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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Laurel Leaf; Reprint edition (Aug. 1 1984)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440972922
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440972921
  • Product Dimensions: 12.2 x 1.2 x 17.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 18 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #576,565 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Five were missing--a terrifying ride into a nightmare!

In the beginning it's just another bus ride home from school. But the driver is a stranger . . .

About the Author

Lois Duncan is the author of numerous bestselling books for young people and adults. Her novels have won her high acclaim, and many have been chosen as ALA Best Books for Young Adults. She lives in North Carolina.

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By A Customer on Nov. 6 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Review by Brian
One day five students from a rich neighborhood, Marianne, Glenn, Bruce, Dex, and Jesse, notice that they have a different bus driver. He seems normal and they don't think much of their bus driver. He tells the students that he has to pick up a friend that lives close by, the kids think that it is sort of weird that he is using the bus to pick up his friend but they don't seem to really mind very much. It ends up that his friend and him drive past the neighborhood and tell them they are planning to kidnap them for ransom. They take the kids to a deserted town, and they are held in a cabin in the mountains for a ransom of 15,000 dollars each.
The thing I liked in this book is the suspenseful moments. The story shows the characters emotions very well. I like the way the author arranges the events and the way they unfold. I think the best thing he does is describe the characters life's at home and what their parents are doing before the kidnapping and during the kidnapping. I think it was a very good decision that he chose to include the parent's lives and how they are dealing with the situation. I only thing I wish the author would have done was to make the ending more descriptive and gone farther into the story. P>I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a suspenseful and kind of an adventure like book. There aren't many hard words in this book so it can be read by most age groups. I think this is a great book if you like to read mystery stories.
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By A Customer on Nov. 2 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
A Review by Brad
School just got out for five very unlucky students. All five of the student's hade the chance to get a ride home from a friend or a parent; but they all chose to ride the stinky bus. These students all lived on the same street. As the bus approached the last stop; the kids noticed he was not slowing down. "It was odd this time because we had a substitute who could care less." said Dex. But the bus just whizzed on by. All of the students thought that he was asleep or joking around but the bus driver knew what he had in mind.
This is one of the better books that I have read. I really liked how it keeps you on the edge of your seat on not knowing what will happen. This book makes you feel as if you are one of the characters. I really liked how Lois portrayed the students. Some very weak but very smart. Others were very strong but dumb as a nail. They sound just like students at our school. It was hard to follow but this didn't lower the score at all.
I would recommend this book to older readers who love cliffhanging suspense, or if you are in dire love of Lois Duncan. I loved this book so much I would read it again and again.
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In the book Ransom, by Lois Duncan, five teenagers are kidnapped from a bus leaving their school. In a small town called Valley Gardens, these five students are riding a normal school bus from class to class. At the last stop, only five students remain on the bus. One boy realizes that it is a substitute driver and they start to take a wrong turn. The five students then realize that they are going the wrong way. The bus driver tells them that they are just going to pick up his friend. When the friend gets on the bus, one of the boys see that this strange man has a gun. The man then tells the kids that they are being held for a ransom of 10,000 dollars each! They kidnappers take the five students to an outhouse in the nothern part of Albuquerque, New Mexico. After a week passes by the five students feel as if they are going to die up there. One night, to the kids suprise,... [the last person they thought would come to their rescue, shows up.] They are all returned to their homes safely, without anyone paying the ransom. I would recommend this book to young adult readers who like suspense filled stories. Lois Duncan jumps from scene to scene without telling the reader so it makes it very suspenseful and scary. The book is a very good young adults book and once you pick it up you cant put it down.
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The first Lois Duncan book I ever read. And the book that got me hooked with her suspenseful novels.
When I read this book I thought it was the most awesome book, well mystery novel anyway, that I had ever read.
Then when I read more of her books, it wasn't that awesome anymore.
Alas, all books end with a happy ending in some way, yes? That's how this book sorta came out. It was a great book but there were some so and so's about it.
Yeah, great kidnapping, the school bus. Now that was real good. Makes you think twice about going to and from school with that school bus driver you have every single day.
Then this story wasn't only a thriller, it was also a sort of love story in a way. That interfered with the plot.
The lying about the car was good, cause when you found out what really happened, you want to know more, if some of the facts you read were true or not.
But the plot of the story lacked suspense. It had the bad points and good points but was suspenseless. It was as if it was all thrown in with great details but without the suspenseful details. Mysterious yet non-thrilling.
But if you love Lois Duncan novels, you'll love this one! Read it, you won't be disappointed!
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