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Spanish Kidnapping Disaster Hardcover – Mar 19 2004


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co (March 19 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395556961
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395556962
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.7 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 336 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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From Publishers Weekly

Tagging along on her mother's honeymoon in Spain, Felicia knows there's no love lost between herself and her new stepsiblings, Amy and Phillip. But when Grace, an exotic and self-styled "citizen of the world," kidnaps the three, their differences become far less important than escape and simple survival. As in Zilpha Snyder's The Famous Stanley Kidnapping , the European locale serves to emphasize each child's particular temperament. Phillip the know-it-all offers a passing fluency in Spanish, while headstrong Felicia leads them out of the trouble she has helped cause. The book bucks convention by presenting the abductors fairly: in showing the reader cold-eyed Orlando, weak Charles and the idealistic and appealing Grace, Hahn offers a surprisingly understanding look at what impels people to terrorist activity. While the resolution of the natural resentment among the stepchildren may verge on the facile, the story offers a lively adventure for middle-grade readers. Ages 9-12.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From School Library Journal

Grade 4-6-- While accompanying her newlywed mother; stepfather; and new siblings, Amy and Phillip, on a trip to Spain, Felix's exaggerations to a stranger about her family's wealth get the three children abducted by the mysterious Grace. Once the kidnapping has occurred, Felix plots with her stepbrother and stepsister to escape, and after a wild bus and van chase, the family is reunited. While the abduction and escape are one aspect of the plot, the other is the adjustment of the children to their new family situation. Thus, a craving for attention leads to Felix's lies, and the wearisome bickering between the two girls lasts until the very end of the story. While Grace, a "citizen of the world," does have a foreign air that would be intriguing to a young girl, her two cohorts in crime are rather shadowy, almost stereotypical figures who are fairly incompetent for all their glares and threats. There's little edge-of-the-seat suspense in the story, which depends on some implausibility and occasionally weak dialogue. In the end, Grace, who had initiated the kidnapping to get money "to help the African babies," is rewarded for helping the children escape after she is disillusioned with her partners, and the girls promise to be kinder to each other. --Susan Schuller, Milwaukee Pub . Lib .
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Spain is a wonderfully interesting country, and Felix and Amy and Phillip have come to visit with their new family after the recent marriage of their parents. Travel to Europe is not always interesting for boys and girls whose lives are filled with other activities and interests, but the children meet a woman named Grace in Toledo, and she takes them on an adventure that they never will forget!! This is a story of not only the feelings and emotions of the children, but it is a fine study in human relations and the slow melding of people from two families into one! This is a high interest book for middle and upper grade elementary school students and middle school age students
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By A Customer on Dec 14 2002
Format: Paperback
The Spanish Kidnapping Disaster is one of my favorite books ever! It's such an awesome book, I recomend it for everyone. It's an adventure book that takes place in Spain. Felix meets a woman she wants to be just like; Grace. Her mom just remarried and know she has a stepsister and stepbrother she doesn't like. Knw all the kids have tag along on their parent's honeymoon in Spain. Graces saves them when they were lost, but she isn't what Felic thinks she is. Grace leads them all into a disasterous adventure the kids will never forget. Will Grace come through to them? This is a book you'll want to own so you can read it over and over again!
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Amazon.com: 3 reviews
One of the best books Nov. 28 2014
By anonymous - Published on Amazon.com
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I recommend this wonderful book to everyone who likes excitement! my favorite character was Grace I like her because I could easily relate to her she did something wrong but made up for it in the end! I hate Orlando and Charles but I hated Orlando the most because you don't do that to 3 poor innocent kids and then scare them and threaten to kill them! I rated this book because it was so good I lived it and I finished it in 2 days!!! it is about the l three's and their parents going on a trip to Spain and the kids went to see the windmills with a girl and their parents didn't go but the parents let the kids go. they get kidnapped at the windmills and stay 2 or 3 nights in the mountains one of them in a cave then they escape and run to a nearby town but no-one understands English and they go into a bus and then the kidnapped go into the busbut don't see they kids and you'll just have to see what happens next! good luck
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
An awesome adventure book! Dec 14 2002
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The Spanish Kidnapping Disaster is one of my favorite books ever! It's such an awesome book, I recomend it for everyone. It's an adventure book that takes place in Spain. Felix meets a woman she wants to be just like; Grace. Her mom just remarried and know she has a stepsister and stepbrother she doesn't like. Knw all the kids have tag along on their parent's honeymoon in Spain. Graces saves them when they were lost, but she isn't what Felic thinks she is. Grace leads them all into a disasterous adventure the kids will never forget. Will Grace come through to them? This is a book you'll want to own so you can read it over and over again!
2 of 5 people found the following review helpful
An Adventure in Ancient and Mysterious Spain! Aug. 1 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Spain is a wonderfully interesting country, and Felix and Amy and Phillip have come to visit with their new family after the recent marriage of their parents. Travel to Europe is not always interesting for boys and girls whose lives are filled with other activities and interests, but the children meet a woman named Grace in Toledo, and she takes them on an adventure that they never will forget!! This is a story of not only the feelings and emotions of the children, but it is a fine study in human relations and the slow melding of people from two families into one! This is a high interest book for middle and upper grade elementary school students and middle school age students


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