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The Kidnappers [Turtleback]

Willo Davis Roberts
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April 1999
No one believes eleven-year-old Joey, who has a reputation for telling tall tales, when he claims to have witnessed the kidnapping of the class bully outside their expensive New York City private school.
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Joey Bishop witnesses a kidnapping and comes to regret his reputation for making up stories. Later, when he is kidnapped himself, Joey must rely on his own wits to escape the culprits. Ages 8-12. (Dec.)
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Grade 4-6?In a new twist on the old "The Boy Who Cried Wolf" story, 11-year-old Joey Bishop's well-deserved reputation as a liar and teller of tall tales gets in the way of helping to solve a crime. When Joey accidentally hits the class bully in the nose, he knows it's only a matter of time before Willie seeks revenge. Hiding outside of his expensive New York City private school after most of the chauffeurs have come and gone, Joey witnesses the abduction of his worst enemy. By the time he convinces others of the veracity of his story, he realizes that having seen the kidnapping is nearly as dangerous as being kidnapped. The fast-paced mystery unfolds with suspense and excitement, as Joey is nearly run down and then abducted himself. A double-crossing by an old friend and the making of a new one conclude this first-person narrative. Joey's frustrations with his schoolmates and family add humor to the mystery. While the subplots tend to dilute the tension, this remains a quick, satisfying read.?Connie Tyrrell Burns, Mahoney Middle School, South Portland, ME
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kidnappers by: Willo Davis Roberts Oct. 23 2002
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The Kidnappers
By Willo Davis Roberts
Sep.20, 20002
I read the greatest book this summer! The Kidnappers by Willo Davis Roberts takes place in the modern day about a boy who is kidnapped. A bully from school that always beats on people is standing outside the school waiting for his chauffeur and he is kidnapped. Nobody believed the only kid that saw the kidnapping because he was always making up stories. All of his family thought that he was making up another story but he told them to call Willie's parents. When they called Willie's parents their secretary said that they were busy and that was strange because they were never busy. Joey thought they had gone to dinner or someplace else.
My favorite character in the book is the bully Willie. The reason I like him is because he is the main victim and everything is happening to him and he is the one that has to go through the pain and the suffering. Another reason I like him is because he sounds like he is really nice on the inside and doesn't really want to bully other people. The main reason I like him is because he is one of the main characters in the book and I like the main characters. Ii don't like that he bully's other people because I don't like when I get bullied, so I know that all of the kids are probably afraid of him.
In conclusion, I liked the book because I like mystery books. The kind of reader that would like this book is someone that enjoys reading mystery books that you have to think about and try to solve on your own. Also, the kind of person that would like this book is a person that doesn't like to put a book down when they pick it up.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ideal for the age-group Oct. 10 2000
I've watched Chenowyth devour several of Roberts' books, and i wondered what the attraction was for a twelve year old. Now i know. There is suspense, as Joel Bishop's best enemy is kidnapped, within Joel's view, and he struggles to make the adults around him believe that something actually happened. There are a good couple of twists to the plot, as...i can't tell you what. There are believeable characters, including a pair of hard policemen; well-observed, well portrayed. For a young reader, this is probably just the right level of complexity, frustration with adults, exposure to evil, and certainty of a happy ending. No wonder Chen adores these and checks the "R" section every time we visit the library.
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I first got introduced to Willo Davis Roberts(the author of this book)and her writing when I read Twisted Summer, another book by her, for a book report. I was fascinanted by her style and immediately checked out other books by her. One of them was The Kidnappers. When I finally got to this book through my stack of about eleven others, I started to read it, figuring it would be like every other kidnapping story. Boy, was I wrong! It turned out to be totally unpredictable, which I like about a book. I won't tell you much, only that if you don't read it, you're missing out on a great oppurtunity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fine read for the young teen March 7 2004
No gratuitous violence. No sex. No foul language.
What more could a parent or teacher want in a novel!!!
This is just a simple mystery about an enterprising lad with occasional flights of fantasy that witnesses the kidnapping of one of his tormenters at school. His attempts to rescue his antagonist places are jeopardized by his tendancy to "exaggerate". Family members, as well as the household help, don't believe him and he must use his own determination to make things right and save the life of the missing boy.
I highly recommended the book for any classroom or home library.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Geez that's a good book! Aug. 23 2000
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Joey is someone who extends his stories and has a great imagination. So no one believes him that Willy Groves, his ultimate enemy at school, has been kidnapped! He is so desperate to make someone believe him, he tells as many people as possible about the kidnapping. Big mistake! When he comes face to face with the kidnappers. This is a the kind of book that I say "geez that's a good book!
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