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Ransom [Mass Market Paperback]

Lois Duncan
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Aug. 1 1984
The lives of five captives hang in the balance while their families gather the ransom.

Two brothers, their family frantic to find their sons. A loner whose uncle doesn’t even know he’s missing. An Army brat whose family will never be able to raise enough money. And a cheerleader who can’t count on her stepdad, but knows her father will come through.

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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tight, Suspenseful Thriller Oct. 18 2007
By Nicola Mansfield HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Another tight, suspenseful thriller from Lois Duncan! Five students living in a rich area of town are kidnapped and held for ransom. The perspective switches occasionally from the teens to the parents and we find that each family has problems and secrets. The characters, as well as their background, are incredibly well-developed, especially for a book that comes in at under 200 pages. The plot was very suspenseful and just when you thought you knew how it would end you were thrown for a twist. The back of my book states that Lois Duncan has written 45 books, so I can see I've got a lot more reading ahead of me. Highly recommended!
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5.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOD!!!!:) May 12 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Do you like mysteries? Do you like excitement, action, suspense?Then you should read "Ransom," by Louis Duncan. It is about 5 kids who get kidnapped, and the parents have to pay the ransom of $15,000 for EACH kid in order to get them back. Not only does it have mysteries, action, and suspense, but it has somewhat of romance and sadness. 2 of the kids start to fall in love with each other after something extreme happens to one of them. I'm sure you won't be able to put this book down.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "Ransom" May 12 2004
By A Customer
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Do you enjoy mysteries? You would love "Ransom" by LoisDuncan.The jorney of five young teenage kids going throug a wild ride while they are held captive by three kidnappers.whiel they are held captive friendships are made and family member torn apart.A younger brother finds out his brother is a fraud.A young girl that father is in the army and can not raise the money for the ransom.A nephew whos uncel dosent even he is gone.A girl whois countig on her father to come up with the money. And all this and more
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4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking May 6 2004
By Amanda
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Ransom is a great mysterious book that takes you through a ransom and a story of how the victims try to get away from there kidnappers.They learned many things through there journey. Also Bruce learns who his brother really is and doesn't think he's such a hero
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4.0 out of 5 stars ransom Nov. 20 2003
By Ashley
Format:Mass Market Paperback
ransom is a great book . I give it 4 stars becouse when you read it it is kind of scary and funny. What happens is there are these people named dexter,marine,jesie,gween,bruce. They all are coming home from school. THere bus driver is sick so this guy takes over , he kidnapps all the 5 children.He calls all there parents and says they all haft to give him 1000 dollers per kid. Some of the parents dont have enough money so they call marines parents and asked if they had enough money they said yes dont you she said no so they are working together to get the money. I think you should get the book.
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By Willow
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"Ransom" was my first book by Lois Duncan, and I was impressed, but not totally thrilled with the book.
Five teenagers (a cheerleader, an army brat, two brothers, and a physically different boy) are all kidnapped one day on their way home from school. Yes that's right, five high school students are kidnapped. How? Two men take over the bus and drive the five kids to a secluded mountain cabin. The kidnappers are asking for $15,000.00 in ransom money, and some of the kids don't think that their parents can pay it. What will happen to the five teenagers and their families?
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Scariest Bus Ride Nov. 6 2003
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars bus ride Nov. 2 2003
By A Customer
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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