The Kidnappers Turtleback – Apr 1999
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From Publishers Weekly
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.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From School Library Journal
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.
Top Customer Reviews
By Willo Davis Roberts
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.Read more ›
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.
Most recent customer reviews
The kidnappers is the best book around.I loved it from begging to end. I also like the wrighter of this book. I will always read her books. Read morePublished on March 3 2004
I read a lot but had never heard of Willo Davis Roberts. So when i saw one of her books in the libraey i decided to check it out. I loved it! I couldn't put it down. Read morePublished on Oct. 18 2002
I stummbled over this book at school when i had to do a report on any book at school.and the title the kidnappers just sounded amusing and i could never get my eyes off of it! Read morePublished on Sept. 29 2001
I THOUGHT THAT THIS BOOK WAS VERY INTERSTING. I HAVE NOT FINISHED THAT MANY BOOK BECAUSE I LOOSE INTEREST IN THEM BUT THIS BOOK KEPT ME READING UNTIL THE END BECAUSE IT HAD LOTS OF... Read morePublished on Sept. 26 2001