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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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4.0 out of 5 stars The Scariest Bus Ride Nov. 6 2003
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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
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars The suspenceful story Nov. 5 2002
Format:School & Library Binding
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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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Tight, Suspenseful Thriller
Another tight, suspenseful thriller from Lois Duncan! Five students living in a rich area of town are kidnapped and held for ransom. Read more
Published on Oct. 18 2007 by Nicola Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars OH MY GOD!!!!:)
Do you like mysteries? Do you like excitement, action, suspense?Then you should read "Ransom," by Louis Duncan. Read more
Published on May 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars "Ransom"
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. Read more
Published on May 12 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars Breathtaking
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. Read more
Published on May 6 2004 by Amanda
4.0 out of 5 stars Overall Good Book, Recommended to Get from Library
"Ransom" was my first book by Lois Duncan, and I was impressed, but not totally thrilled with the book. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by Willow
4.0 out of 5 stars ransom
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. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2003 by Ashley
3.0 out of 5 stars Ransom
This book was enjoyable to me, but certainly not as much as her other books. To me, she puts in a lot of stuff she didn't need, just so the story would be longer. Read more
Published on Oct. 26 2003 by Nadine
4.0 out of 5 stars Ransom
5 students from a rich neighboorhood are kidnapped. They are taken to a remote mountain cabin where they are going to be kept until the kidnappers get the ransom money. Read more
Published on June 6 2003 by Nea
1.0 out of 5 stars Ransom
This is the worst Lois Duncan Book I have ever read! The plot was well, and the characters were secure, but the way she kept the story going as if it didn't even have an end, made... Read more
Published on April 3 2003 by Andrew Fowler
3.0 out of 5 stars A Suggestive book in the sense of boredum.
I'm usually pretty impressed by Lois Duncan's books. Sadly, this one took most of my energy to read. The beginning made me sour with boredom. Read more
Published on Feb. 23 2003 by "cowsrso4me"
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